Boasting historical hot spots, diverse wildlife, and plentiful national parks, Ghana is the ultimate West African destination. You can visit the hungry hippos, sit with crocodiles lazing in the sun, or walk through the lands of elephants and wildebeest (really). Beyond the mainstream tourism elements drawing thousands of visitors each year, you can get off the beaten track and get an authentic experience like no other.
Plan your trip with our travel ideas, activity & cultural travel packages in Ghana.
Present day Ghana has been inhabited since approximately 4000BC. Many tribes co-existed with none showing real dominance until the 1600’s, when the Ashanti Kingdom rose up as the most powerful in the land. Much of their wealth was derived from gold. At this time, Kumasi, the centre of the kingdom had amenities comparable to those in Europe. Portuguese, French, British, Swedish, and Danish explorers all arrived on Ghanaian shores.
Colonial powers built forts or castles, which were a transit point for commodity trading, the most notable commodity being slaves. Some of these castles are still standing today (Cape Coast and Elmina castles have been preserved, and you can visit the museum and old slave holding rooms in each). The Ashanti played a major role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and the abolition of slavery in 1821 finally ended the Ashanti dominance. Ghana later became a British colony. Then, led by a charismatic leader Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana became the first African country to gain independence in 1957.
Nkrumah’s popularity declined before long, and he was removed by a military in coup in 1966. Government struggles remained until 1992 when democracy was officially introduced. Today Ghana is a peaceful West African country making considerable inroads to development.
Wet season is late April to October. Dry season is November to late March. There is no best time to plan a trip here as all year is really is pleasant temperature wise and quite hot. We recommend going from January to June. First, because July and August is the rainy season and it is possible to get malaria caused by a mosquito bite which is a disease that is very common in West African countries. Secondly, because it is the time when there are more international visitors.
There are so many things you should add to your Ghana travel itinerary including:
If you are planning on traveling and moving around Ghana alone or independently here are some tips:
Ghana has a stable government but please check latest travel advice before departing. Malaria can be an issue in this country and please check available vaccinations / medication. Walking out of the Kotoka airport in Accra, you might be accosted by several bulky men, demanding money for ‘protection’ on the walk across the eerily lit car park to our taxi. Usually these people are friendly, but nevertheless unknown faces so keep your wits about you. Also it is advised to ‘ignore anyone who asks for your cedis’ (Ghanaian currency). Even though this is a developing country Ghanaian people are very friendly in nature and you shouldn't encounter any problems, people are likely to greet you with smies and occasionally children might utter a high pitched shout – ‘Obruni!’ (Akan for ‘white man’). You might want to check for vaccinations a few months prior to departure.