FACTS ABOUT GHANAGhana is one of West Africa's most popular tourist destinations. It's a relatively safe and friendly country filled with interesting historical sights, lots of culture, colorful festivals, good beaches and decent wildlife parks.
Location: Ghana is located in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea, between Cote d'Ivoire and Togo, see map.
Area: 239,460 sq km, Capital City: Accra
Population: Over 23 million people live in Ghana
Language: English (official) and many African languages including Akan, Moshi-Dagomba, Ewe, and Ga.
Religion: Christian 63%, Muslim 16% and indigenous beliefs 21%.
Climate: Ghana has a tropical climate, it is warm and comparatively dry along southeast coast; hot and humid in southwest; hot and dry in north. Rainy seasons are April - June and September - November in the center and south; March - September in the north.
Currency: The Cedi, click here for currency converter.
- Ghana's Main Attractions:
Cape Coast Castle and Elmina are Ghana's most impressive slave forts. Tours of the dungeons are depressing but of course educational. A fine museum at Cape Coast Castle documents the slave-trade.
Accra, Ghana's bustling capital is home to the fascinating Makola market as well as some of the regions best nightclubs. Accra is a fairly modern African city and relatively hassle free and safe. More about Accra...
Kakum National Park is a rain forest with an attractive canopy walkway to help you spot some if the wildlife that hides in the dense foliage.
Kumasi is the former capital of Ghana's Ashanti Kingdom and there are some excellent museums that let visitors delve into the fascinating history of the Ashanti people.
Mole National Park is Ghana's largest wildlife park and offers a chance for a walking safari. Elephants and lions have been reintroduced recently.
Beaches - Ghana has many excellent beaches with excellent surf. The best include Busua, Langma (near Kokrobite) and Butre. More about Ghana's beaches...
Travel to GhanaGhana's International Airport: Kotaka International Airport (Airport code: ACC) lies 7 miles (12 km) from the city center of Accra, and is the main entry point into Ghana for foreign visitors.
Getting to Ghana: Most international flights into Ghana come via Europe (London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam). Regional flights are also available. Long-distance buses travel to and from the neighboring countries of Togo, Burkina Faso and Cote d'Ivoire.
Ghana's Embassies/Visas: All visitors to Ghana are required to have a visa unless you are a citizen of a West African country. Tourist visas are valid for 3 months from their date of issue. See Ghana's embassy web sites for more information about visas.