Formerly known as the Gold Coast, Ghana is renowned for being the first country in Africa to gain independence. Famous for its friendly people and rich, colorful culture, Ghana is often referred to as the ‘Gateway to Africa’. Ghana is certainly a wonderful first port of call as it embodies so many of the great things Africa has to offer.
Discover the rich history of the ancient Ghanaian Empire that spans almost 2000 years. Indeed, abundant trade in gold, ivory, salt and kola nuts between the empire and other African nations eventually drew Europeans to the shores of West Africa and to the country then known as the Gold Coast. From the legendary Ashanti Kingdom to the vibrant streets of Accra, you will find virgin beaches, bustling markets, and historical sites steeped in epic histories of tribulations and triumph. In Ghana, you will appreciate exquisite arts and crafts and experience cultural drumming and dancing that will touch your very soul with its intensity.
Outdoor Adventures in Ghana
Conquer the heights of Mount Afadjato (the highest mountain in West Africa), view the verdant terrain below and swim in sparkling waters and behold the breathtaking Wli Waterfall cascading from above. Visit the most noted rainforest in West Africa, Kakum National Park, and experience the spectacular views of the rainforest as you cross the 100 foot high canopy walkway (one of only five of its kind in the world).
The park is a prime location to view birds such as the African Hornbill, and in 1993 a butterfly species unseen anywhere else in the world was discovered in the park. Delight in a festival of butterflies at Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary. Take a stroll through Aburi Botanical Gardens in the Akwapim Mountains and venture to Shai Hills to view West Africa’s savannah animals: antelopes, bushbucks, kobs, baboons and monkeys.
Ethnic groups in Ghana celebrate more than 60 festivals each year. At any given time, you find from two to twelve festivals taking place in a month. The most popular events, the Bakatue Festival and the Akwasidae Festival. “Bakatue” means the opening up of the Benya Lagoon into the sea.
A solemn casting of the net symbolizes the beginning of a new fishing season and is celebrated annually by the people of Elmina. The highlight of the Bakatue festival is the regatta boat race. The Adae and Akwasidae festivals feature the pomp and pageantry of the Ashanti Kingdom and take place every six weeks at the King’s palace. The King is adorned in gold ornament, riding high in a Palanquin carried by his subjects as he comes out to receive the homage of his sub-Chiefs and his people