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Ghana-A Guide to the Gold Coast

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Ghana, a country on western coast of Africa known for its gold, cocoa and oil. Ghana is a beautiful travel destination. From the beaches, sunshine, wildlife, national parks to the rich cultural heritage.

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WHEN TO GO

The best time to visit Ghana is from mid November to April. This is when the weather is hot and roads are not flooded and wild animals are easy to spot. Several airlines fly to Ghana and the main airport is the Kotoka International Airport.

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WHERE TO STAY

Ghana has several lodging options both affordable and luxurious. There’s also camping options for those who love the experience

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WHAT TO DO

Ghana is packed with  exciting historical and cultural activities and lots of other outdoor activities.

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Visit the Elmina and Cape Coast castles; Both being UNESCO World Heritage sites. They are known for being slave castles in the colonial period. These castles have been turned into museums and offer guided tours where you’ll be informed about about the heartbreaking experiences of those forced into slave trade.

Explore Ghana’s natural wonder; visit Owabi Forest Reserve and Bird Sanctuary to see some of the 161 bird species that have been recorded there. In this reserve you’ll also find the Bombofri Falls and The salt marshes of Songow Lagoon.

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Kakum National Park; this rainforest is home to monkeys, antelopes and some amazing forest birds. There’s a wobbly canopy walk from where you can view the wildlife

Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary; home to some beautiful monkey species, the Lowe’s mona monkey and the black and white colobus monkey. You stand a chance of getting a close up encounter with these beautiful creatures that are considered sacred by the locals.

Join a tribal Festival; Like I earlier said, Ghana has a rich cultural heritage. Each region in the country has its own annual festival filled with drumming, dancing and feasting. Taking part in one of these festivals is an experience of a lifetime. The most famous festival is the Adae Kese Festival.

Relaxing at the Beach; when you get tired of running up and down and exploring the beautiful sceneries and wildlife of Ghana, you could always take some time off and relax at one of the many sandy beaches in Ghana filled with swaying palms. 

Makola Market; Grab yourself some shoes, clothes, handicraft and some jewellery made from handcrafted beads at this busy market.

Hiking Mount Adaklu; if you love adventure you’ll enjoy hiking this 600m mountain. You’ll enjoy seeing various bird species and some beautiful butterflies

Kumasi in Ashanti Region; Kumasi hosts several interesting sites such as Manhyia Palace, home to the Ashanti King, the Armed Forces museum and the Prempeh II jubilee museum. Outside Kumasi you’ll find some remains of traditional Ashanti architecture that are a protected  UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

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Ghana has lots and I literally mean lots of other exciting places to explore. You’ll need lots of time to fully explore this beautiful country and if you do not have time, you could always make several visits to the country.

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