Ghana is often referred to as 'Africa for beginners' and for good reason. It is a friendly and largely safe country with locals who typically speak excellent English and are usually eager to help first time foreigners find their feet on African soil. This spectacularly scenic nation boasts an exquisite tropical coastline and some exceptional national parks providing a haven for some unusual flora and fauna. The capital, Accra is a thriving metropolis complete with bustling markets, luxury hotels and a lively nightlife scene. Pack your itinerary with visits to gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, ancient forts, historical castles, and quaint fishing villages. Whether you are seeking a relaxing beach vacation or are keen to immerse yourself in the fascinating ancient cultures of this nation’s diverse ethnic groups, Ghana offers a unique and compelling African experience.
Days 1 - 3
The word ‘vim’ is Ghanaian slang for ‘energy and industriousness’ and it is this lively atmosphere that overwhelmingly permeates the nation’s bustling capital, Accra. The city offers an intriguing combination of city and village life. Affluent neighbourhoods complete with upmarket restaurants, glitzy shopping malls, and western fast food chains are interspersed with lower economic areas characterised by the bustling street culture that engulfs much of the rest of Ghana. While the city’s vibrant atmosphere and daily life is undoubtedly its primary drawcard, visitors should also take the time to visit: Osu Castle; Nkrumah Memorial Park; the raucous Labadi Beach; and the hidden alleys, old stone houses, and wonderful cliff-top harbour vistas of Jamestown. The National Museum is also certainly worth a visit and provides insight into Ghana’s fascinating history and culture from prehistory to the present.
Days 3 - 5
Spreading to the east of Lake Volta, Ghana’s Volta Region is a majestic land of incredible natural scenery and richly celebrated culture. Visitors can look forward to alluring beaches, beautiful coastal walks, gorgeous gardens, fertile woodlands, picturesque farmlands, and grand mountains. Animal lovers will enjoy a visit to the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, where these creatures are treated with great respect. The people here are proud of their heritage, which is evident in the long list of well-attended traditional festivals. Make sure to make a stop at the Tafi Abuipe Cultural Centre, where you can visit the kente-weaving room, take lessons, and place orders for textiles.
Days 5 - 8
Renowned for its cultural heritage the city of Kumasi serves as an important Ashanti cultural centre of the Ashanti Region in Ghana.The ancient capital of the Ashanti Kingdom features a fascinating blend of modern and historical treasures. Visitors can look forward to exploring many interesting sites and enjoy a host of wonderful activities including: browsing the fascinating open-air Kejetia Market, offering locally made goods; visiting the Jubilee Museum, which displays ceremonial garments and jewellery of the 20th-century Ashanti King; and learning more about Ashanti traditions at the popular National Cultural Centre.
Days 8 - 10
Located along the south coast of Ghana, the fishing port of Elmina is best-known for its beautiful beaches and serves as the capital of the region. It is also known as a historical slave trading port and offers visitors a glimpse into the tragic history of the slave trade. Visitors can learn more about the area's past by visiting a number of fascinating sites including: the 17th-century Fort St. Jago, the Elmina Java Museum, the Dutch Cemetery and Elmina Castle, built by the Portuguese in 1482, it is the oldest European building in existence south of the Sahara.