One of the safer tourist destinations situated in the west of the Black Continent.
Ghana extends to about 238 thousand square kilometers in the west of the Black Continent. It borders with Burkina Faso in the north, with Toga in the east, Ivory Coast in the west, and in the south it has an exit to the Gulf of Guinea, which is an integral part of the Atlantic Ocean. Guinea territory is dominated with plains and gentle hills. Only exceptions are mountains far in the west and east of the country. On the border with Toga the highest peak in the country Adjafato rises (880 m).
Ghana has a population of 23 million people and they belong to various ethnic groups, mostly Akan, Moshi-Dagomba and Ewe. Population depends on water from river Volta, which passes through the territory of Ghana, as well as its accumulation lake with the same name. Lake Volta covers an area of 8502 square kilometers, making it the largest artificial lake in the world. It was built after constructing the Akosombo dam.
The capital and largest city – Accra – is situated on the shores of the Gulf of Guinea, and it represents a major economic and tourist center. Travelers like to visit the old part of a town – Jamestown, as well as other cultural and historical monuments of the city, while the most common destination are- beautiful beaches Labadi.
Traditional Ghanaian cuisine is based on fish, goat meat, nuts, and a rich selection of vegetables and fruits, and most often they drink beer and fruit juices.
5 memorable tourist attractions in Ghana:
Explore the untouched wilderness of the West African country! Visit National Park Kakum, situated in the coastal belt of Ghana and one of the best preserved rain forests in the country. If you prefer watching the elephants, monkeys, antelopes and other animals typical for this part of Africa visit the largest national park in the country – Mole.
Visit Bosumtwi – the only natural lake in the country! It covers the central part of Ghana, has a diameter of about 8 kilometers, and was built on the site of the meteorite crater that crashed a million years ago. Asanti consider it a holy lake – or the place where the souls of the dead are forgiven by God Twi.
The village on stilts
Popular tourist attraction is the village Nzulezo (surface on the water) in the west of Ghana, which is located in the middle of the lake Tadano. Rural dwellings are built on the water and surrounded by vegetation – and the only way to move on it is to walk along rope bridges.
Touch the crocodile
Crocodiles are sacred animals! Or at least it is true in the city Pag in the north of the country where these animals live in many lakes. Do not worry – the crocodiles are harmless, so you can even fondle them. According to the legend, these tropical predators have saved the life of a young man Navehu, who later founded the town.
Slaves and gold
The coastal city of Cape Cost is home to the castle of slaves, which is also protected by UNESCO. This is a site that includes a fortress built in the 17th century as a place where gold and wood were exchanged. Sometime later, people and chains were thrown there and sent as slaves to the world. The castle is now a museum and a witness of this painful history.
Official language: English
Religion: Christianity (63 percent), local religions (21 percent), Muslim (16 percent)
Currency: Cedi (GHC)
Visa: required – you can obtain it through the Ghana Embassy in Rome (Via Ostriana 4
Tel. 00 39 068 62 17 191, 068 62 19 307)
How to travel: by plane – Ghana’s main airport is the Kotoka International Airport near the capital.
Disease and prevention: you should get vaccinated against yellow fever. You can get vaccinated at the Department of Public Health, Dr. Andrija Štampar in Zagreb. There is a great danger of contracting malaria, cholera, hepatitis A and B, so it is necessary to take preventive steps.
When to travel: From December to April.
Accommodation: Hotel Big Milly’s Backyard and Villa Monticello are an excellent choice.
Restaurants: The capital city has many restaurants – Italian, Indian, Thai – where you can eat well. If you want to try African cuisine go to restaurant Buku.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns citizens of certain security risks in Ghana. They primarily relate to the provinces of the Northern Region, Upper East Region and the Volt because of potential ethnic conflict.
Crime is on the rise in the country so always keep an eye on your property and avoid places of demonstrations and large assembly. Keep in mind that homosexuality among women is tolerated, whereas among men – is forbidden. Avoid risky behavior as certain percentage of Ghana’s population is infected with HIV.
Drink only bottled water. Avoid ice in drinks because it comes from the local tap water. Eat in hotel restaurants and other checked restaurants.