Overview of Ghana

 

The Gold Coast, as it was then known, was the first black African nation to achieve independence. In 1957 it became Ghana.

This small country on Africa’s west coast is located between Togo and the Côte d'Ivoire. The country is yet to capture the eye of adventurous leisure travellers which is a great shame because Ghana is something of an unexplored tropical gem.

This untapped destination contains all you need for an exciting and varied break that will be something to remember for a long time. Within its small area it offers history, culture, wildlife, activities and beautiful scenery, with premium accommodation to boot.

Eco-tourists in Ghana are in for a real treat with its miles of unspoilt beaches, waterfalls, rolling hills, forests, rivers and lakes. Nature has bestowed a great many gifts on Ghana and its national parks and reserves teem with native flora and fauna.

Visit the grasslands of Mole National Park in the country’s north to spot a wide variety of large animals such as wild elephants, or take a trip to marvel at the birds and butterflies that swarm in the rainforests throughout Ghana.

In the south of the country, you could be walking through the canopy of the trees, getting your own birds-eye view of the lush foliage at Kakum National Park.

The diverse ethnic groups of Ghana and their ancient traditions help to create a fascinating cultural environment away from the wildlife. You can expect festivals, dances and music performances, colourful dress and a wide variety of traditional arts and crafts.

The vibrant capital city of Accra strains to pull all the diverse people and lands together, but it just about manages. This is the gateway to the country whether you are travelling on business or for pleasure. It offers excellent accommodation, restaurants and nightlife, markets, and is a good base from which to explore the Atlantic coast’s palm-fringed beaches, resorts, ancient forts, castles, and fascinating fishing villages.

Climate 

The average temperatures of Ghana range from 21 to 28 degrees Celsius (70 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit) with a relative humidity between 77 percent and 85 percent. In the northern part of Ghana, there are two rainy seasons: April through June and September through November.

Language

English is the official language of Ghana but its diverse people speak many African languages including Twi, Fante, Ga, Ewe, Hausa and Dagbani.

Passport Visa

Foreign visitors to Ghana must hold a return or onward ticket or be prepared to make a deposit, with the Immigration Office, equal to the amount of a return fare.

Visas can be obtained on arrival, but you must apply for prior consent from the Director of Immigration at least 48 hours before arrival. The visa fee is USD 100. The rules around visa requirements are always changing, so visitors are recommended to check official rules before traveling.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required to enter Ghana.

Safety

Safety in Ghana is generally not too much of a concern, but it is wise to be vigilant in public areas, just as you would anywhere.

Visitors to the Northern Region should be alert to the possibility of renewed outbreaks of inter-ethnic fighting.

 

For all your high-end, bespoke leisure and corporate travel needs to Ghana, contact our Travel Managers on 0203 535 9290 or info@simplexitytravel.com today.

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