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Ghana Travel


Ghana, or the Republic of Ghana, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Burkina Faso, Togo, the Ivory Coast, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. Ghana, which means “Warrior King”, is the source of the French word “Guinea” where the name of the Gulf of Guinea was derived. Inhabited in pre-colonial times by several ancient kingdoms, including the Ga Adangbes, was an important trading partner with several European states in the 15 th century and later. Its importance in trade increased even further when the British Empire established a crown colony in the Gold Coast in 1874. Gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, Ghana was chosen as the new nations name to reflect the ancient Empire of Ghana that once dominated most of western Africa.


Sites

There are two major national parks that visitors to Ghana will not want to miss. The first is the Mole National Park. Mole National Park is by far the biggest and most repeatedly visited national park in the country. It is very well designed to cater to tourists and even though it is more expensive than most other parts of Ghana it is a must-see site that you will not want to miss. The second national park on your list should be the Kakum National Park. Located in the southern part of Ghana, it is the most preserved area of virgin rainforest in the entire country. Kakum provides the simplest access to the rainforest for visitors with its famous canopy walkway. Another site you should see is the Cape Coast Castle. The former slave castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a former colonial headquarters for the British-led government of the Gold Coast.

 

Ghana Travel


Transport

International flights are available at Kotoka International Airport in Accra. It is central to the entire country and there are usually plenty of taxis available. Before going anywhere you should be aware that a taxi ride to any destination in the city should be no more than 4 cedis. There are once-a-week flights from New York City and Baltimore via North American Airlines. Delta Airlines flies into Accra four times a week. You can also get direct flights from London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Milan. Several other countries offer direct flights as well, check with your international airport before planning a trip. There are no international rail connections to Ghana.

Climate

Located on the Gulf of Guinea and just a few degrees north of the Equator Ghana has a warmer tropical climate. The eastern coastal area is warm and relatively dry; the southwest area is hotter and humid while the north of Ghana is hot and dry.


 
 
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