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A perfect all-round introduction to West Africa, Ghana is accessible, welcoming, and packed with sightseeing. It is also one of the few countries in the region where English is more widely spoken than French, which facilitates the ease of getting around. The main tourist focus is the coast, and most visitors arrive at Accra, the historic but vibrant capital. Elsewhere, picture-postcard beaches, timeworn small towns and sleepy villages are overlooked by a string of 500-year-old European forts and castles whose links with the trans-Atlantic slave trade have made them poignant sites of pilgrimage for African-American and Afro-Caribbean ...

A perfect all-round introduction to West Africa, Ghana is accessible, welcoming, and packed with sightseeing. It is also one of the few countries in the region where English is more widely spoken than French, which facilitates the ease of getting around. The main tourist focus is the coast, and most visitors arrive at Accra, the historic but vibrant capital. Elsewhere, picture-postcard beaches, timeworn small towns and sleepy villages are overlooked by a string of 500-year-old European forts and castles whose links with the trans-Atlantic slave trade have made them poignant sites of pilgrimage for African-American and Afro-Caribbean tourists. Other coastal sites of interest include Kakum National Park, with its suspended canopy walkway, and the lovely stilt village of Nzulezo. Farther inland, Kumasi is the fascinating capital of the renowned Ashanti Kingdom, and Mole National Park is a great place to see elephants and other wildlife on foot. The painted adobe mosques and villages of the far north are of great cultural interest, while the highlands east of Lake Volta offer good walking and hiking among lushly forested slopes studded with pretty waterfalls.

Philip Briggs
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Philip Briggs has written or contributed to 50-plus editions of Bradt, Insight, AA and Berlitz guidebooks to African destinations.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: The Republic of Ghana is a country in West Africa. It borders Côte d'Ivoire (also known as Ivory Coast) to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south.
  • Language: English
  • Currency: Ghanaian Cedi
  • Research: Wikitravel | Ghana | Accra
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight