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Ghana Travel Guide
Ghana's stability, amazing energy and riot of colour make it the perfect destination for first-time visitors to Africa. Formerly a colony known as the British Gold Coast, this somewhat unexplored gem abounds with history, culture, wildlife and beautiful scenery, and warm-hearted locals will greet travellers throughout its 10 regions.
Nature has been extremely generous to Ghana and the country's large national parks and reserves provide a sanctuary for the native flora and fauna. The grasslands of Mole National Park in the north are home to a variety of large animals, while birds and butterflies are particularly numerous in Ghana's forests. Rainforests such as that of Kakum National Park in the southern central region, where attractions include a canopy walkway and wonderful nature trails, provide a haven for eco-tourists. Miles of unspoilt beaches, waterfalls, rolling forested hills, rivers and lakes complete the portrait of a country that is a nature lover's delight.
The diverse ethnic groups of Ghana and the ancient traditions of its people have shaped one of the richest cultural environments in Africa, and a holiday in Ghana might well include wonderful traditional festivals, dancing and music, as well as a wide variety of arts and crafts. The cultural heartland of the country is the Ashanti region, which is where the country's dominant tribe, the Ashanti, reside. They are most famous today for their craftwork and ancient artistry in fabrics, particularly the colourful cloth.
Ghana's vibrant capital city, Accra, is located in the smallest, yet most populated region on the Gulf of Guinea. This modern city is becoming increasingly popular with expats and has excellent accommodation, restaurants and nightlife, and colourful markets. It's also a good base from which to explore the Atlantic coast west of Accra, which boasts many fine palm-fringed beaches, resorts, ancient forts, castles, and fascinating fishing villages. The forts and castles along the coastline date back to the 15th century and have an intriguing history of European occupation, fierce battles and slavery. The Cape Coast Castle, Fort St Jago and Elim Castle are recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Monuments.