Welcome to Ghana; a beautiful African country with a gorgeous coastline at the Gulf of Guinea. Let us introduce you to this awesome place, which is said to be one of the top democratic, transparent, and safe nations in all of Africa.
Accra, Ghana’s capital, is located right at that already mentioned coastline. So obviously you can take a great swim right at its beaches. If you don’t want to swim within the ocean for some reason, you should travel a little bit further north and visit Lake Volta. This lake isn’t just any lake within the country, it’s 400 km long and thereby holds about 4 % of all of Ghanaian land. The lake is man built, as it’s a huge water reservoir for the country, but it’s also very peaceful. So you can totally enjoy this vastness of a calming water body.
After you relaxed at the beaches of the ocean or the lake, you can move on to safaris in the Mole National Park. The variety of wild animals you might get to see includes elephants, hippos, crocodiles, baboons, antelopes, and eagles. It’s small lakes and waterholes never dry out, so this park is a highlight all year around. These safaris are way more affordable than they usually are in other regions of Africa. So you should totally check it out on your tour through Ghana.
Another highlight awaits you in a different park, that’s located further south; the Canopy Walk within the Kakum National Park. This park consists of a thick tropical jungle. The Canopy Walk allows you to experience this jungle while walking through the treetops. It’s seven separate bridges hang from tree to tree in about 40 m of height. The bridges look old-fashioned as though they are made in a traditional way with all their ropes and materials from the jungle. Don’t you worry though, all bridges are made of wire rope and aluminum and they also provide safety netting.
You also shouldn’t miss the oldest European building in Sub-Saharan Africa, that’s built in the late 1400s. It is called Elmina castle and is located directly at the coastline of the Gulf of Guinea. Its location is due to its dark history, as it was a huge slavery trading portal where they “stored” African slaves under horrible conditions until they were shipped to the New World. And with “horrible conditions” I mean very horrible conditions. You can learn all about this dark part of Ghanaian history right at the castle. Although thankfully slavery isn’t an issue in Ghana anymore, history should not be forgotten.
All in all, Ghana is a great place to start when you don’t know which country should be your first African country ever to visit. It is safe, it holds a great biodiversity and it is rich in culture and history. So what are you waiting for? Book your trip to Ghana via Socialbnb! And feel free to tell us all about your travel experience!
Written by: Sophie Fritzen
Edited by: Robert Beahr