About Ghana

You can find the Republic of Ghana with a constitutional country at the West of Africa.

 Beautiful Ghana is being bordered by Cote d’Ivoire in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, Togo in the east and Gulf of Guinea in the south, Ghana is almost landlocked from three sides.

Ghana has only 539 km long coastline. The total area covered by Ghana territory is 238,533 sq. km. making it the eighty second largest country of the world.

Geographically Ghana is estimated to be the closest country to the center of the earth.

It is also located in closer proximity, north of the equator, thus Ghana mostly has tropical warm climate. The latitudinal extent of Ghana is 4° to 12°N latitudes and 4°W to 2°E longitudes.

Incredibly the World’s largest artificial lake by surface area, the Lake Volta is situated in Ghana.

 Akwaaba!!!      

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Ghana has a wonderful diversity of natural attractions, historical heritage and the vibrant cultural identity.

Those who visit Ghana receive a microcosmic representation taste of Africa.

We are known for the hospitality and friendliness. Ghana is an obvious first port of call for especially first time travelers to the African continent and is a pleasant destination for travelers with children.

Ghana is one of the few English speaking countries in the region.

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  • 61.13

Life Expectancy

  • 0.37

Carbon dioxide emission per capita (tonnes)

  • 72.6%

Fixed and mobile telephone subscribers

  • 0.42

Income index

  • 0.55

Gender inequality index

  • 71.5%

Adult (above 15) literacy rate

Visit our 10 Spectacular Regions

 

ASHANTI REGION

The Ashanti Region of Ghana is a kingdom of gold, history and culture. The Ashanti Region is found at the central part of the modern Ghana. 


ATTRACTIONS & EXCURSIONS IN THE ASHANTI REGION

  • Kumasi and the Asante heritage
  • Kumasi is the capital of the Asante kingdom and the local highlights are:
  • Manhyia Palace Museum
  • Centre for National Culture
  • The Prempeh II Jubilee Museum
  • Kumasi Fort and Military Museum
  • Okomfo Anokye Sword
  • The Akwasidae Ceremony
  • Kejetia Market
  • Kumasi Zoo
  • Traditional street sculptures
  • University of Science and Technology

The Crafts of the Asante

  • The craft villages surrounding Kumasi include:
  • Bonwire - 18km NE of Kumasi - Kente weaving
  • Pankronu - 3km N of Kumasi - pottery
  • Ahwiaa - 6km N of Kumasi - wood carvings
  • Ntonsu - Adinkra cloth making
  • Asuofia/Asamang - Barakese road - beadmaking
  • Ampabame Krofrom - 10km from Ahodwo - brass smiths
  • Goldsmiths and silversmiths can be seen in Kumasi.
The Natural Attractions of Ashanti
The Ashanti Region is a great area in which to explore unspoilt natural attractions. For birds and butterflies the forests are the place to go, while wildlife can be spotted
around the lakes and in the nature reserves.
The following locations are great for trekking, or just rewarding forest walks:

    Lake Bosomtwi - 35km S of Kumasi
    Bobiri Forest Reserve 35km SE of Kumasi
    Owabi Wildlife sanctuary - 23km NW of Kumasi
    Bomfobiri Wildlife Sanctuary - 50km from Kumasi
    Digya National Park - From Kumawu to Atebubu
    Atwia Rock Formations - 40km from Kumasi
    Mframabuom Caves - Kwamang, 55km from Kumasi
    Obuasi gold Mines

The Cultural Attractions of the Asante
The traditional culture of the people is one of the attractions of the Ashanti Region.
Important illustrations can be discovered at:

    Asantemanso Village
    Kumawu Town
    Kentinkronu Shirne
    Adarko Jachie Shrine
    Ejisu Besease Shrine
    Statues of Kumasi
    Patakro Shrine
BRONG AHAFO REGION

 Visitors will be welcome in many of our traditional villages, and enjoy visiting agricultural fairs and local festivals. Visits to cocoa farms and lumber factories can be arranged by the regional office of the Ghana Tourist Board.

A selection of welcoming hotels and restaurants will be found in the main towns of the region.

Brong Ahafo is the great agricultural region of Ghana, and is often recognised as our breadbasket as, apart from its extensive forests reserve and cocoa plantations, it has a large acreage of food crops.

The main towns in the region are Sunyani, the regional capital, and Techiman, legendary birthplace of the Akan people. Close to
Techiman is the famous Catholic monastery of Tuobodom.


ATTRACTIONS & EXCURSIONS IN BRONG AHAFO REGION

Kintampo Falls
These beautiful falls are hidden away in the woods close to the Kumasi/Kintampo highway

The Centre of Ghana
The geographical centre of Ghana is a tourist spot pinpointed close by in Kintampo town.

Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
22km north of Nkoranza, and home to many families of Colobus and Mona monkeys, which are held sacred by the local people. Visitors taking the forest walks, along shaded trails, are rewarded with sightings of many birds, butterflies and indigenous flowers and trees.

Traditional cloth making at Boama
20km from Techiman, the village of Nsuta is famous for the production of Kyenkyen, a local cloth, produced from the bark of trees.

The Heritage of Brong Ahafo
The history and culture of Brong Ahafo comes alive if you visit the Hani archeological site 50km from Wenchi, inhabited by the Benghos about 1200 BC, and the Kwaku Fri shrine at Nwoase 6km from Wenchi. This shrine is only accessible to visitors on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Lake Volta
Lake Volta flows along the eastern edge of Brong Ahafo and a visit to the port of Yeji makes a pleasant excursion. Local fishermen land their catch here and the boats from Akosombo stop off here.

CENTRAL REGION

 The Central Region is the former government centre of the Gold Coast. Cape Coast was the seat of the British colonial administration up until 1877.


The coastline is famous for its ancient forts and castles built by early European traders, and three of them at Elmina, St. Jago and Cape Coast have been identified as World Heritage Monuments by the World heritage Foundation under UNESCO.

The Region is also famous for its

  • palm-fringed beaches,
  • fascinating fishing villages and historic towns,
  • and rich natural attractions.
  • Kakum National Park, just 30km north of Cape Coast,
  • foremost nature reserve in Southern Ghana and well worth a visit.

The Region's culture is depicted through its many exciting festivals which are held throughout the year. Some of the best known festivals are 'Bakatue', literally the opening up of Benya Lagoon into the sea, which symbolised the beginning of the fishing season for the people of Elmina; 'Edina Buronya', a native version of Christmas celebrated by the people of Elmina on the first Thursday of the New Year; 'Aboakyer' or game hunting, one of the most famous festivals celebrated by the chiefs and people of Winneba on the first Saturday in May; and 'Fetu Afahye' celebrated with a durbar of chiefs by the people of Cape Coast on the first Saturday of September. Another famous festival is 'Odambea' celebrated on the last Saturday in August in Saltpond Traditional Area, and reflecting a migration of the local people centuries ago.

The historic towns in the region that deserve a visit include Winneba, traditionally known as 'Simpa' Winneba; Kromantsej Abanze, the site of Fort Amsterdam; Duakwa and Mensa Krom, home of some of the Region's best woodcarvers; Ajumako aware where the carvers specialise in royal regalia, stools, linguistic staffs and clan totems.

 

 EASTERN REGION

 The Eastern Region of Ghana is a rich blend of dramatic landscapes, historic relics and traditional cultures. The ancient blends with the 20th century in this region so close to but such a contrast with Accra.
The region is dominated by Lake Volta, one of the world's largest man-made lakes, and the Akosombo Dam, source of much of Ghana's hydroelectric power. Both are worth a visit. A favourite excursion is the weekend trip to Dodi Islands.

Attractions & Excursions In The Eastern Region

Aburi Botanical Gardens
These century-old botanical gardens, about one hour’s drive from Accra offer a rich collection of tropical flora which attracts scores of special birds and butterflies. The tranquil paths are a popular excursion for our city dwellers.

Tetteh Quarshieâ Cocoa Farm
The first cocoa farm established in the country from seeds first brought from Fernando Po Island. From this small beginning grew our major cocoa industry.

Lake Volta
One of the largest man-made lakes in the world, and it is one of Ghana’s great achievements, out of the construction of the Akosombo Dam. The lake offers opportunities for cruising, especially to the Dodi Islands.

Akonedi Shrine, Larteb
On the Akwapim Ridge the fetish shrine is an important place of traditional healing and religious ceremonies.

Slave Market of Abonse
Traces of the 17th and 18th century slave market can still be seen in a town that was an important crossroads on the Slave Route.

Okomfo Anokyeâ Shrine
60km from Koforidua, this important shrine is dedicated to the legendary priest credited with the founding of the Asante Empire.

Boti Falls
Spectacular, but seasonal, waterfalls in the forest reserve at Huhunya. In the immediate vicinity are cascades, at their best in June to August.
The Waterfalls of Begoro
A series of falls and cascades surrounded by attractive woodlands and forest. Just the place for a picnic.

 

GREATER ACCRA REGION

 Greater Accra Region, the gateway to Ghana and home of our vibrant Capital City, is one of the most exciting and distinctive regions. Although the smallest region, it is the most densely populated, containing the two great metropolitan areas of Accra and Tema, the Country's major industrial and commercial centres. Kotoka International Airport is located about 12km from the centre of the city.

The City of Accra has been Ghana's capital since 1877, and contains fine public buildings reflecting its transition from a 19th century suburb of Victoriaborg to the modern metropolis it is today

 Among the highlights of Accra are the National Museum, with its splendid display of exhibits that reflect the heritage of Ghana from prehistoric times to modern times, the National Theatre with its distinctive modern architecture, the Centre for National Culture, Independence Square, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, the fishing port at James Town and Makola Market.

The University of Ghana at Legon is just 14km north of Accra, and its distinctive buildings are set amongst elegant tree-lined gardens that are popular with students and visitors alike.

The Accra International Conference Centre is the foremost conference centre in the Country, and has played host to many international gatherings.


Attractions & Excursions In And Around Accra

The National Museum
Located on Barnes Road, this fine museum houses a fascinating collection of Ghana's historical treasures.

Independence Square
The venue for many national celebrations, dominated by the Independence Arch and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier.

Accra International Conference Centre
Its 1600 seater plenary hall is the most important meeting venue in Ghana, and often plays host to important international gatherings.

The National Theatre

The distinctive architecture of this modern building encompasses an important national centre for the performing arts.

The Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture
A source of inspiration to many, this Centre now houses a research library and gallery of manuscripts, as well as the grave of this famous African-American scholar and his wife.

The George Padmore Research Library of African Affairs
A famous research and educational centre for African-American studies.

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
This is the last resting place of the first President of Ghana, and a famous Pan-Africanist.

Osu Castle
Formerly known as Christianborg Castle and built in 1659, it has been the seat of government since the early 1920s. It is the official residence of the President of Ghana, and not open to the public.

Accra Zoo
A small, but fascinating, collection of many birds and animals indigenous to Africa, now part of an ongoing conservation programme.

Centre for National Culture
The Centre's arts and crafts bazaar and traditional textile market is the best place in Accra to find traditional handicrafts from all over Ghana.

University of Ghana at Legon
Ghana's premier centre of higher education, it was founded in 1948. Set in beautiful gardens, including a striking botanical garden, it also houses the School of Performing Arts and the Balme Library.

Kokrobite Beach Resort
25km west of Accra, Kokrobite is also home to the Academy of African Music and Arts.

The Markets of Accra
Amongst the most famous markets of Accra are Makola market located on Kojo Thompson road, and the Osu Night Market, where market stalls are illuminated by hundreds of lanterns and candles.

Shai Resource Reserve
The conservation area in the Shai Hills is part of Ghana's commitment to the preservation of its natural heritage and wildlife.

Ada Manet Paradise Beach Resort
Popular resort area and a favourite base for watersports and game fishing.

 

 VOLTA REGION

 The most easterly region of Ghana, bordering on Togo, the Volta Region is an area of extraordinary scenic beauty. The rolling hills and valleys, rocky outcrops overlooking Lake Volta, and lagoons, rivers and waterfalls make for one of nature's most attractive gifts to Ghana.

The region stretches from the coastal plains on the atlantic coast right up to the arid lands of the north, and climatic conditions can vary tremendously.

This region is also dominated by the river Volta and Lake Volta, on its western flank. The lake is a source of power, and much of the water for the region; it is the water highway to the north, a great fishing lake as well as a popular recreational area.

Hohoe is an important centre of herbal medicine, which is of significance and growing importance both in Ghana and the western world today.

Discover the Wli Waterfalls in the tropical forest near Hohoe, the highest in Ghana, or the nearby Tsatsadu Falls at Alavanyo, or the Tagbo Falls at Liate Wote which are almost as spectacular. Afadjato Mountain attracts climbers of all ages, while the Kalakpa Game Production Reserve is a special place for environmentalists.

Volta is famous for its festivals and ceremonies, of which the Hogbetsotso of the Anlos people in November is probably the most famous. The people of Wli have a unique festival to give thanks for the gift of water.

The main gateway from Togo is at Aflao, and hotels, guest houses and restaurants can he found in all the main centres, including Ho, Keta, Kpando and Hohoe.

The beaches of the Volta estuary are amongst the best in Ghana. Swimming is popular in some areas, although the sea is generally rough along the Atlantic coast. New hotels are providing facilities for watersports and deep sea fishing. Tuna, tarpon and barracuda may be caught, and arrangements can be made in advance through the local hotels.


Attractions & Excursions In The Volta Region

River Volta Estuary
The estuary is an area of great scenic beauty, with river and ocean beaches, and picnic spots shaded by palm trees. The sand bars are the nesting grounds for sea birds, and endangered species of turtle are still found here.

The Keta-Angaw Lagoon Basin
Important wetlands and breeding grounds for migratory birds.

Tafi Monkey Village
The sacred monkey sanctuaries around Tafi Atome, some 5km away from the Avatime Hills.

The Waterfalls of the Volta Region
Although some may be seasonal, all are set in attractive wooded or mountain settings.
Wli Falls - 20km from Hohoe, in the Wli Nature Reserve
Tagbo Falls - Liate Wote
Tsatsadu Falls - 10km from Hohoe
Aflambo Falls - Leklebi
Amedzofe-Abadzeme Falls

Kalakpe Game Production Reserve

At Abutia Kloe, 15km from Ho, the reserve has increasing species of migratory and indigenous birdlife, buck, buffalo and monkeys.

Kyabobo National Park
A newly designated national park in the foothills of Mt Djebobo, on the border with Togo.

Grottos and Caves
In the limestone hills, the grottos and caves are dramatic.
The ancestral caves of Likpe - 14km from Hohoe
The grottos of Kpando - Agbehoe and Aziavi
The caves of Nyagbo and Logba
Caves and ironmine workings - Alepafu

Historical Sites
Fort Prinzenstein, Keta
Cape St Paul Lighthouse, Woe
German historical sites at Kpando, Ho, Amedzofe, Kpedze

 

NORTHERN REGION

 The Northern Region, one of the ten administrative regions of Ghana, a country lying on 0 longitude of the West Africa Coast. Ghanaian hospitality is legendary, the Northern Region is no exception.

Location
Northern Region has 13 of the 110 district of the country. Its geographical features are mostly low lying, except in the north eastern corner with the Gambaga escarpment and along the western corridor.

The land is drained by the tributaries of the Volta Lake: Rivers Nasia, Daka, Oti, the Black and White Volta covering over a third of the whole land mass of the 70,390km big enough to swallow up other regions like Volta, Ashanti, Western and Greater Accra put together; call it the mother of all Regions!

Borders
The region if bounded on the north by the Upper East and Upper West regions, on the west by Cote D’Ivoire and on the east by Togo. The regions on the south are the Brong Ahafo and Volta regions.

Population & Ethnic Groups

With population of nearly 2 million, the main ethnic groups are Dagomba, Nanumba, Mamprusi, Gonja and Komkombas. Other groups include Chekosis, Bimobas and Vaglas.

Capital
Tamale, the capital, is the country's fourth largest city. It is the nerve centre of all commercial activities in the whole of the Northern Sector of Ghana. Tamale is an incredible juxta-position of the ancient and modern. The traditional architecture of round huts with conical thatched roofs are sights to see.

Climate
The rains come between May and October followed by the dry season which peaks in December and January with the dry Harmattan winds from the Sahara Desert. This tropical climate sustains the Guinea Savanna vegetation made up to grassland, clusters of shrubs, short trees and a sprinkling of big trees like mahogany and baobab. Maximum temperature levels of about 38oC occur in March to April and minimum temperature levels of about 19oC in January.

UPPER EAST REGION

With a population of 917,253 the Upper East region covers 7.8% of Ghana's land mass. It is the gateway to Ghana from Burkina Faso, which is the traditional crossroads for the trans-Saharan trade routes.


An exciting introduction to Ghana, much of the landscape is broad savannah grasslands, dotted with the strange-looking baobab trees, or striking Sahel terrian. In the villages, with their distinctive round huts, communal activities go on as they have for generations.

The principal border posts from Burkina Faso are found at Hamale, Kapulima. Paga and Kulungugu.

For political administration, the region is divided into six Districts: Bawku East, Bawku West, Bongo, Builsa, Kassena-Nankana and Bolgatanga (or 'Bolga' as it is known locally) being the capital of the region has always been a meeting point for traders from Mali and Burkina Faso on their way south to Tamale and Southern Ghana. The markets continue to be important trading points, and 'Bolga' is a famous centre for handicrafts, including straw hats and baskets, leather goods and metal jewellery.

The local villages with their distinctive building styles that have evolved through the generations, and adapt so well to the lifestyle of the people and local conditions, provide a distinct contrast to those in other parts of Ghana and welcome visitors.

 

UPPER WEST REGION

The Upper West Region has a land area of 8,842 square kilometres (3%) of Ghana’s total. The Dagarba, Lobi, Sisala, Vagla and the Wala, all of who speak distinct languages, inhabit this region.


Total population of the region, which comprises five administrative districts – Jirapa-Lambusi, Lawra, Nadawoli, Sissala and Wa, - is 573,873. It is the gateway to Ghana from Burkina Faso, which is a traditional crossroads for the Trans-Saharan trade routes.

In the villages, with their distinctive round huts, communal activities go on as they have for generations.

The principal border posts from Burkina Faso are found at Hamale, Kapulima. Paga and Kulungugu.

The Upper West Region has a different feeling, as a more traditional region. The capital of the region is Wa which is also the seat of the Wa Naa, Paramount Chief of the Walas. The magnificent palace still stands as stately as it did when it was first built in the 19th century. The uniquely styled traditional village houses of round mud-walled structures connected by walls forming large compounds are well adapted to the demanding climate of this region.

Gbelle Game Reserve, located 17km south of Tumu, is an important sanctuary for endangered species of wildlife, as well as hippos, elephants and bucks. Birdwatchers consider this an important habitat for indigenous and migratory birds.

Although a great deal of development is taking place in these regions, access to outlying areas can be difficult at certain times of the year and during and after heavy rains

Who to talk to when you visit Ghana

  1. Ministry for foreign affairs
  2. You may need a translator
  3. Counselor
  4. Travel and tour services
  5. Hotel services
  6. Foreign exchange bureau to change your money into cedis
  7. Voluntary tour guides
  8. Business partners
  9. Embassy

 

Ministry for foreign affairs

You may need their help, in case you developed interest in partnering with the country in doing business in course of your stay in Ghana.

EMBASSY

If you’re visiting or planning to stay in Ghana, you should register your details with your embassy,  so that they  can find you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or if you have a family emergency while you’re abroad. And, if necessary,  they can offer help to you and your family.

The embassy can also connect you to the agencies that will cover your health insurance services and travel insurance services

 Travel and tour services

You need to meet the travel and tour agencies to help you with where to visit and how to get there.

Hotel services

Where will you like to sleep and what will you eat. We link you to hotel services that take care of you and help you with your allergies.

Foreign exchange bureau to change your money into Ghanaian Cedi

You need to change your currency into the Ghanaian Cedi in order to access all service that deals with the legal exchange

Voluntary tour guides

You need a tour guard? We can find you a pleasant one.

Business partners

In case you identify any business prospects during your visit, we can help you talk to the right people for business advice and how to operate legally in Ghana


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