Ghana Travel Guide

by : Douglas Scott

The Republic of Ghana is a country in West Africa. It borders Cote dIvoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The word Ghana means Warrior King.

The climate is tropical. The eastern coastal belt is warm and comparatively dries the southwest corner, hot and humid and the north, hot and dry.

Ghana is renowned for the hospitality of her people and her unique tourist attractions. Having gained a strong positive image as a destination for leisure it is the prime spot in West Africa with strong cultural and environmental attractions, having historic links with both Americans and Europeans.

To discover Ghana is to discover a unique destination in Africa. It is recommended as a safe, affordable and friendly destination. Whether you want to visit our Castles, National Parks, Sun drenched Beaches or trek through the traditional villages, each day will become a new, different and exciting experience.

Much of the attention on Ghana is based on its Hospitality, Arts and Crafts, Unique Cultural Experience, Legacy as the centre of Gold and Ivory, Spectacular Waterfalls, Natural Reserves and remains of the Slave Trade during the 17th and 18th centuries.

There are a number of National parks and wildlife reserves, with many interesting species and a wide range of vegetation types. In addition, the Country has good beaches, especially in the Central and Western Regions, tropical lakes and rivers, waterfalls, and other scenic features. One of the outstanding places is the Kakum National Park. This Park occupies some 350 square km of moist evergreen tropical forests.

About 40 species of larger mammals live in the park, Hogs and 7 primate species. Some 200 species, of birds are known, including 5 hornbill species, the Eagle Owl, African grey and parrots. In the North, mole national park covers over 4,000 square km of Savannah Woodland, with lion, buffalo, elephant and numerous antelopes.

The traditional cultures of Ghana s ethnic groups, such as the Akans, the Guanas, Ewes, Dagabas, Walas and Frafras, are impressive and highly developed. Their cultures is manifested, among others, in elaborate festivals and funerals rites, traditional crafts and contemporary arts, in music and dances, as well as typical architectural styles religious beliefs and practices, natural and herbal medicine, and last but not the least in the typical of these forts and Castles, namely St. Georges Castle and the associated St jago fort at Elinina Castle and Cape coast Castle are World Heritage sites and have been restored recently.