Ghana Vacations, Tours & Experiences
Our Ghana Vacations and Tours
Ghana has largely flown under the radar for North American tourists. This is partially due to its geographic location next to Ivory Coast, Togo, and Burkina Faso in West Africa. But its relative obscurity ought to change. It’s one of the most stable democracies on the continent and a fascinating blend of attractive beaches, historically-rich cities, and verdant jungles. There is a wealth of history to discover across the nation, from the coastal forts that were central to the slave trade to cities that uncover stories of Ghana’s independence from European colonial control—it was the first sub-Saharan Black African nation to achieve independence. The geography is split between the coast and the inland. On the coast, beaches and trading ports abound, offering a lively environment with great seafood and colourful markets. Inland, the landscape completely changes to one of thick forest full of beloved animals. It’s relatively easy to get around the country and the people are friendly and generous, making it a good place to make friends.
What is there to do in Ghana?
The capital Accra lies on the coast in the Gulf of Guinea. It’s hot, hectic, and a bit overwhelming for people used to laid back coastal locations, but it also has the best food and drink in the country, as well as abundant shopping options. And let’s not forget the gorgeous beaches, chief among them the popular sands of Labadi. If you aren’t daunted by busyness, you’ll find plenty to like in the capital.
One of Ghana’s other commercial centres, Kumasi is most fascinating as the former capital of the Ashanti Kingdom, which ruled the region a few centuries ago. Massive Kejetia Market is the heart of the city, where music is always playing and you’ll find all manner of goods for sale.
Cape Coast and Elmina
Cape Coast and Elmina along the gulf are known for their historic slave trade castles and Portuguese forts. The Cape Coast Castle is a whitewashed fortification that used to be one of the key slave-trading sites in the world. It’s a place to learn about the dire history of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Elmina is a more picturesque spot. St George’s Castle is another historic landmark with ties to the terrifying slave trade, but the town itself is a lovely spot with old colonial homes, salty air, and a colourful fish market.
Mole National Park
Mole National Park is possibly the best game reserve in the country. Located in the country’s northwest, the park has over 300 species of birds and around 100 species of mammals, most notably elephants, baboons, and warthogs. If you visit between December and April, you’ll have a good chance of getting up close with the elephants. Best of all: the safari prices are a fraction of those in East and Southern Africa. You won’t find a more affordable safari on the continent.
Kakum National Park
Unlike Mole, Kakum is better known for its jungle canopy, where hundreds of species of birds and butterflies live. Most wildlife excursions here take travellers along the canopy walkways to spot the animals in the early morning or late afternoon. Unfortunately, sometimes the large tour groups can make it hard to spot the animals. The park makes for a good day trip from the coast, so it’s easy to pair with visits to Cape Coast and Elmina.
When is the best time to visit Ghana?
Like much of West Africa, Ghana has two rainy seasons. The long rains are from April to June, making it hard to travel through the parks. November through March is the dry season and the best time to visit, with warm temperatures along the coast and plenty of wildlife viewing in the parks.
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