Welcome to Africa’s friendliest country. Ghana stands out as a preferred tourist destination in West Africa that combines the charms of a tropical beach with a fascinating historical heritage, rich cultural variety and some interesting wildlife.
Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African nation to gain independence, becoming a republic in 1957 under the guidance of pan-Africanist and first president, Kwame Nkrumah. Soon afterwards, other nations followed suit, looking to Ghana for guidance and inspiration on how to bring together nations filled with diverse tribes and varied landscapes. Ghana is home to more historic forts and castles than any other African nation; a throwback to its tumultuous history of colonization and slavery.
Ghana is a multicultural country in which about eighty languages are spoken. However, the official language is English.
Geography and Climate
Situated on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea in western Africa, Ghana is bordered to the northwest and north by Burkina Faso, to the east by Togo, to the south by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the west by Côte d’Ivoire. It has a typically tropical climate thanks to its proximity to the equator and low elevations – the entire country lies below 1,000m. Daytime temperatures are high throughout the year, approaching or surpassing 30°C on most days, and humidity is also very high, especially along the coast. Temperatures tend to drop to around 20°C at night, more noticeably in the relatively dry north than the humid south.
Ghana has the reputation of being one of the friendliest countries in Africa; many recommend it as an excellent entry point for first time travelers to the continent. Ghanaians will want to help you get around town and teach you to do everyday activities. They will also teach you to use words and phrases in Twi, the most common of the many languages spoken within Ghana.
Ghana is also one of the safest countries in Africa. While crime may be rampant in some other tourism destinations in Africa, it is an uncommon occurrence in Ghana, and visitors rarely have any problems regardless of where they travel.
Discovering the local culture is a focus of any Ghanaian holiday. You will receive welcoming greetings every place you step, traditional festivals and are commonplace and have not changed in centuries. Add to this the ancient connection with arts and crafts such as Kente, Adinkra, pottery and brass works and not forgetting a rich musical history, the inquisitive traveller will not be disappointed.