Ghana

Ghana
November 17, 2014 Miriam Chiazor

Welcome to Ghana

Ghana is officially recognized as the Republic of Ghana, and extends its location from the Gulf of Guinea on the western edge of Africa, complemented by Atlantic Ocean to the south, Burkina Faso and Togo to the east and west respectively. It covers about 238,837 square kilometers in its surface area, just like the size of Great Britain or Oregon in United States of America.

The population of Ghana was recorded to mount a total of 24 million people, approximately 10% of whom reside in and around Accra. The GDP is estimated at $103 billion as of 2014. Other main urban areas include Tema, Tamale, Kumasi, Cape Coast and Takoradi.

Ghana was occupied by the Europeans who imposed a strong rule from 1874 till it attained its independence in 1957, It was renamed Ghana under Dr Nkrumah’s regime, as it was formerly called Gold Coast.

Ghana exhibits a rising profile on world stage, representing a model of political stability and economic strength, thanks to its recent oil discovery, energy sector, organised education system and vibrant scene in the area of music and fashion plus a hot tourism spot on the continent of Africa.

Ghana has a lot to offer travelers. From its cosmopolitan beaches in the urban center Accra, or perhaps your preference lies in safaris with an intent to explore one, then a move to the Mole National Park should be considered, where you can encounter amazing herd of elephants passing by.

Described as a microcosmic taste of Africa, containing hospitable and friendly people; Ghana ranks among preferred destinations or a first port of call for many first time tourists to the continent. Most parts of Ghana retain a hot and dry weather from April to October, with an exception being the Northern areas. The temperature is an approximate 38 degrees centigrade, and it rains from April to June in the South.

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    Experience the Best of Ghana in 5 days / 4 nights

    Say after me "I love Ghana!" "I love Ghana!!" "I love Ghana!!!" Join us on this unforgettable adventure as we explore this beautiful West African country and its amazing destinations in 5 days / 4 nights Day 1: Arrival and check-in to Hotel Day 2: Accra City Tour Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Ghana’s Famous Casket Shop and Independence Square - spot where Ghana's Independence was declared by Kwame Nkrumah Begin the city tour of Accra by visiting the unique casket making shops. Various designs of caskets are produced based on the African belief of life after death. Caskets are designed to reflect the earthly profession of the deceased with the belief that they can continue to practice this profession in the other world. Hence a bus driver will be buried in a bus, a teacher in a book, a doctor in a syringe etc. Continue to Old Accra which was divided into Dutch and British Accra as a result of the two European nations operating from different locations within the same township of a little under 1 sq. kilometer. You will drive past Fort Crêvecoeur (Ussher Fort) built by the Dutch in 1652, James Fort built by the British in 1662, Old Accra Square and the Post Office, the old light House built by the British to guide commercial ships into the Accra Harbour. Lunch (on own account) Visit the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Park, final resting place of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana. The Mausoleum has been visited by many world dignitaries. Drive past the Independence Arch and Black Star Square - Accra’s ceremonial grounds. View from a distance the Christiansburg Castle the former residence of the President of Ghana. Continue to the National Art and Cultural Centre for shopping and to view a varied collection of Ghanaian hand-crafted items on sale. You may try out your bargaining skills on the local vendors and “shop till you drop”. Continue to drive through Drop off at the Hotel or Overnight Day 3: Early morning: Depart Accra on a 3 hour drive to Cape Coast in the Central Region. Drive along the coast through several fishing villages and coconut lined beaches. Visit the Kakum National Park. Go on a morning walk of the Kuntan Trail. Return to Cape Coast. Arrive at lunch at a seaside restaurant (on own account). After lunch, depart to visit the Cape Coast Castle built by the Swedes in 1652 and was later taken over by the British, for a conducted tour. Sleep over at a Hotel in Cape coast Day 4: After breakfast and morning at leisure, return to Accra. The rest of the day is free for you to engage in any activity of choice Day 5: Departure   NOTE: Rates, and Itineraries are subject to change due to availability and without notice. Amount stated is for per person for a double occupancy (2 persons in a room)   Cancellation and Refund Policy:
    • 1 month before travel date, there will be a full payment refund minus bank charges.
    • 2 weeks before travel date, 50% charges will be made.
    • Less than 2 weeks to travel date, 100% charges will be made.
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Destinations in Ghana

  • Accra

    Founded in the 17th century, and known as the eleventh largest metropolitan...

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    Cape Coast

    From the name Cape Coast you can already picture a beach – and that means: ocean waves...

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    Ho

    Ho is one of the twelve (12) districts in the Volta Region of Ghana. The city is the administrative

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  • Kumasi

    Kumasi is the capital city of the Ashanti region, a very important and historical centre...

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    Sekondi-Takoradi

    Sekondi-Takoradi, also known as the Twin City, is Ghana’s third largest city. Situated in the western

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    Tamale

    Tamale is West Africa’s fastest growing city and the capital town of the Northern Region of Ghana.

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    Wa

    The city Wa has an interesting historical link to the trans-Sahara slave trade. Located in the...

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Quick facts

  • Official name
    Republic of Ghana
  • Location
    Ghana is located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in West Africa. It is bordered by Cote d’Ivoire to the west; Burkina Faso to the north; Togo to the east; the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean to the south
  • Government
    Unitary State, Presidential System, Constitutional Republic
  • Dialing code
    +233
  • Climate weather
    Tropical
  • Population
    25,758,108 on 227,533 km².
  • Official language
    English
  • Other major languages
    (Akan): Akuapem Twi, Asante Twi; (Mole-Dagbani): Dagaare, Dagbani
  • Currency
    Ghana Cedi (GHC)
  • Foreign currencies accepted
    GBP (£), EUR (€), USD ($)
  • Entry requirements
    Visa (takes less than 7 days to process); Yellow Fever certificate is required on arrival from all travelers. (For more information, visit - www.touringghana.com)
  • Numbers to know
    Emergency (general) - 999 Fire - 192 Ambulance - 193