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Overview to Ghana: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

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It may not be the first name on every traveler’s list of must-see African destinations but with its spectacularly friendly people, Ghana is nothing if not welcoming. For those that do give it a go, it’s often the perfect country from which to start a trip around the continent.

Accra swings along merrily to its own vibe, largely ignoring the gaping disparity cast between its swanky westernized buildings and haphazard shanty towns. Labadi Beach is often the center of things, with colorful entertainers and hawkers pacing the sand.

For genuinely pristine beaches, however, it’s a good idea to head west along Ghana’s shoreline for Busua Beach. Here, the visitor can kick back and relax in style, or happily take a dip in the water without any hassle whatsoever.

Two of Ghana’s primary points of interest lie between Accra and Busua. Cape Coast Castle is arguably the best of the many landmarks that dot the southern coast. As well as an impressive museum, it houses former slave dungeons which make for dismal but essential viewing.

Head inland and the Kakum National Park boasts luxurious, verdant rainforest. There’s a great canopy walkway here that allows visitors to stroll through the treetops and take in an unrivalled view of the unspoiled landscape below.

To the north, the Mole National Park probably offers the best all-African safari in the country. Walking tours, led by a park ranger, are becoming an increasingly popular method of seeing the wildlife without impacting too much on the ecosystem or environment.