Upon arrival at Kotoka International airport in Ghana’s capital city Accra, you are immediately greeted by a sign that says “Akwaaba,” which means “Welcome” — and this is exactly how you will feel when visiting this beautiful West African country.
A success story of African development, democracy and stability. Ghana is a nation made up of people that are as warm as its climate. Rich in history, culture and natural beauty. Ghana, the perfect introduction to Africa if you are a first-time traveler to the continent, or a great alternative for those who have exhausted the Safari circuit, and crave a different African experience.
There is something for everyone in Ghana, ranging from nature trails and UNESCO World Heritage sites to bustling markets, tranquil beaches and vibrant nightlife.
There are 15 national parks and reserves across the country. A must see is Kakum National Park, in the central region.
The area is covered with stunning tropical rainforest and rare animals, and a long series of hanging bridges known as the Canopy Walkway. Not for the faint hearted, the walkway is located at the forest canopy level, and is secured by a series of nets and wires for safety. The walkway provides tourists with a spectacular vantage point of the beautiful surroundings.
Another great place to visit is Ghana’s largest wildlife refuge, Mole National Park. The park is located in northwest Ghana, and the park’s entrance is reached through the nearby town of Larabanga.
It is home to over 93 mammal species, with large mammals including elephants, hippos, buffalo, and warthogs. The park is considered a primary African preserve for numerous antelope species; olive baboons, black-and-white colobus monkeys and the green vervet are among the monkey species resident there. Slender-snouted and dwarf crocodiles are among the 33 known species of reptiles that call this breathtaking park home.
The country became a major economic hub with the emergence of the slave trade, and several slave castles erected by the Europeans in 15th century remain standing.
Built by the Portuguese in 1482, Elmina Castle is the oldest remaining slave castle in Africa. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it has become a pilgrimage site, drawing thousands of visitors from around the world — in particular African-Americans and Caribbean people seeking to connect with their heritage.