Flights to Ghana uncover an eclectic mix of old and new. Today’s Ghana is a true testament to the effort put into building a democracy that has brought unrivaled development and an energy that is a joy to witness. While the coastal forts provide moments of reflection on the country’s troubled past, it’s the future that is firmly in the sights of Ghanaians as they enthusiastically go about their business.
Cape Coast Castle is one of the best examples of the country’s colonial history. Built in the 17th century by the Dutch, it was eventually taken over by the British, who used it as their headquarters until a move to Accra. The castle now serves as a museum.
The capital, Accra, still retains remnants of its time as the capital of the British Gold Coast; indeed, English is the official language of Ghana. But modernization has brought five-star hotels, museums, and nightlife venues, making Accra the tourist hub of the region. Soccer is the most popular of sports in the city; during your stay, try to get tickets to cheer on the Accra Hearts of Oak at the Accra Sports Stadium. For shopping, head for the lively market in Kumasi, where all manner of goods can be purchased from the never-ending market stalls.
Ghana is an amazing destination for nature lovers, too. The largely untouched east of the country is resplendent with lush farmland and beautiful mountains, while the country’s best beach is in Akwidaa, with its flawless white sands and vibrant blue waters. Mole National Park is the place to go for one of the cheapest safari experiences in the whole of Africa. And in the north of Ghana, the town of Tamale is intriguing with its mosques, unique cuisine, and passion for cultural performances.