Safe, friendly, and English speaking: it’s no surprise Ghana is billed as the ideal destination for first-time visitors to Africa. And yet, it’s still largely devoid of mass tourism, meaning off-the-beaten-track experiences – attractive to established Afrophiles as well – are plentiful.
Just a six-hour flight from Europe, it’s a country of immense natural and cultural diversity with an assortment of UNESCO-listed 17–19th-century Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, German and British castles and forts dotted along the coast, especially in the towns of Cape Coast and Elmina. While the city of Kumasi served as the royal capital of the Ashanti Kingdom for more than three centuries. Ancient mosques can be found around the northwest and not forgetting the significant role Ghana played in the Atlantic slave trade.
Ghana also offers the unique opportunity to track elephant on foot inside Mole National Park. Sightings of waterbuck, kob, hippo, warthog, bushbuck, water buffalo, hyenas and baboon are common and you can be among the first to stay at a brand-new lodge being built inside the park.
Closer to the coast, Kakum National Park protects a large part of Ghana’s remaining rainforest and is home to forest elephant, leopard, 300 species of bird – of which eight are of global conservation concern – duiker, bongo, bushbuck, and 650 species of butterfly (more than the whole of Europe). Get a bird’s eye view of the forest on a 40 metre-high canopy walkway.
Meanwhile, eastern Ghana is ideal for hikers and ramblers thanks to its beautiful waterfalls and mountains of the Volta region. While, those who prefer to take things at a slower pace can relax on the white-sand beaches of Busua and Kokrobite.
Ghana is an adventurers dream and a real favourite of ours here at Tailormade Africa. Co-founder Rob Morley has spent a considerable amount of time in country and we are proud to work with fantastic local operators who will show you all of what this vibrant country has to offer.