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We look forward to welcoming you to Ghana, the gateway to West Africa.
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A few places to visit during your Ghana Vacation :
Ghana is divided into 10 regions, each with its own regional capital.
|Greater Accra Region||Accra|
|Central Region||Cape Coast|
|Western Region||Sekondi Takoradi|
|Upper East Region||Bolgatanga|
|Upper West Region||Wa|
|Brong Ahafo Region||Sunyani|
The Greater Accra Region is where most travellers arrive in Ghana. After landing at Kotoka International Airport in Accra and checking into your hotel, there are many sites to visit in this bustling city. Accra offers an exciting nightlife, museums, historic monuments, busy markets, gorgeous beaches, and restaurants that reflect the many cultures of Ghana and the always friendly people. Accra is the modern gateway to one of Africa’s ancient lands, and the hub for a perfect vacation.
The Central Region is home to three of the most popular historical sites in Ghana: Elmina and Cape Coast Castles and Kakum National Park. PANAFEST is one of the most well known Ghanaian festivals and it takes place in the Central Region, every two years in the odd-number years such as 2013, 2015, 2017 etc. PANAFEST is a week-long cultural event devoted to Pan-Africanism. There are many beaches in the Central Region, including Brenu Beach, Sir Charles Beach, and Gomoa Fetteh Beach. The Central Region is also known for fishing villages, rain forests, the Fante people, the architecture of Posuban shrines, and handcrafted ceramics and woodcarvings.
The Ashanti Region houses the largest ethnic group in Ghana, and is one of the few matrilineal communities. Kumasi, the capital city, is the second largest city in Ghana and is located in the south-central part of the country. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that gold mining in the Ashanti region began on a large scale. Many festivals take place in the Ashanti region throughout the year. The most famous is the Akwasidae, held every six weeks. There is a procession of royals and their entourages through Kumasi’s streets to the palace, where the Asantehene (The Ashanti King) meets and greets his subjects.
Kakum National Park is a largely undisturbed rainforest. In it you will experience tropical plants, wildlife, and a canopy walkway like none other – it is suspended about 100 feet above the forest floor for a spectacular view.
Mole National Park is a natural reserve where you can see antelope, elephants, monkeys, buffalo, warthogs, and the occasional lion. Visitors may take a safari in Mole either on foot or in a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
Shai Hills Reserve is filled with granite-covered hills. Various animals can be seen here, including kob, bushbuck, oribi, primates, and over 160 species of birds. The most important traditional shrines of the Shai people are located within the reserve, and numerous archaeological sites can be visited on the hillsides. Shai Hills is located in the Greater Accra Region.
Buabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is home to the endangered Colobus and Mona monkeys, which live in harmony with the people of the village. The villagers of Buabeng and Fiema revere the monkeys. This sanctuary was established to help protect the endangered primates. When a monkey dies, a ceremony is held and he or she is buried in a coffin. If you arrive in the village before 9 am, you can see the monkeys come into the villages for breakfast, then go to the schoolyards to play. The sancturary is located in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Agumatsa Wildlife Sanctuary is on the Ghana-Togo border, in the Volta Region. The spectacular Wli Water Falls are located here; the water cascades over a 400 m (1,300 ft) cliff. A large colony of bats live in the cliffs of the sanctuary, and they can be seen flying en masse in the evening. Every November, an Agumatsa Waterfalls Festival is held to thank God for the water, which is used in many aspects of daily life.
Aburi Botanical Garden is dedicated to saving plant diversity, and maintaining natural reserves. The gardens offer a staggering array of plants, which attract dozens of beautiful birds and butterflies.
Kumasi Central Market is one of the largest open air markets in West Africa with over 10,000 vendors. This is the perfect place to buy just about anything you need, including cloth, wood carvings, and food.
The Centre of National Culture, also known as Arts Centre in Accra, offers hundreds of vendors, selling wooden carvings, masks, beads, brass and leather crafts, fabric, drums, African music and paintings by local artists.
Elmina Castle, built in 1482, was the first permanent structure south of the Sahara built by Europeans, and the first slave castle to be built along the west coast of Africa. Elmina Fort, or Fort São Jorge da Mina, was elevated to the status of castle because it was the seat of authority for the Portuguese. The castle has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cape Coast Castle is one of the most well preserved castles in existence today. Millions of Africans passed through its walls en route to slavery in the Caribbean and the Americas, and it was the seat of British colonial administration until 1877. The Cape Coast Castle Museum is now located here, and this castles was also designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan African Culture is the former home of W.E.B. Du Bois and his wife Shirley. Dr. Du Bois was an intellectual and Pan-Africanist, who spent his last years in Ghana working with Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana. The Centre is a source of inspiration to all those who visit. The Centre houses a research library and gallery of manuscripts. There are facilities for lectures, workshops and presentations.
There is an endless array of things to do and places to visit in Ghana. Select a Ghana Vacation. However long you spend here or the number of places you visit, your time in Ghana will be a vacation to remember.
Panafest is a biennial festival promoting Pan Africanism through
Arts and Culture that is held every two years during the last week of July in Cape Coast.
Welcome to Ghana and welcome to Panafest , the “Pan-African Historical Theatre Festival”. Each year since its inception in 1992, Panafest has adopted a theme.
Panafest is a cultural event dedicated to enhancement of the ideals of Pan-Africanism and the development of the African continent. It is organized biennially for all persons committed to the well being of the African Continent. It’s goals are to establish the truth about the history of Africa and the experiences of the African people, using the vehicle of African arts and culture. Panafest, by it’s diverse character, projects a potential of being the most prestigious and indeed the most relevant cultural event on the African continent.
The essential thrust of Panafest is to enhance development. Panafest attracts a diverse assembly of people – ranging from political leaders, eminent personalities and intellectuals – to business concerns, investors and tourists. Central to the celebration are major international performing and visual artists from across Africa and the Diaspora. We invite you to join us to celebrate the next Panafest!
– Grand Durbars of Chiefs.
– Rites of Passage Programs.
– Emancipation Day Commemoration.
– Musical and Dramatic Performances.
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* Data is based on Accra, Ghana.
All visitors require a valid passport. All visitors are required to have a visa, except citizens of countries belonging to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Visitors must also hold a return or onward ticket as well as all documents needed for their next destination.
The official currency of Ghana is the cedi (GHC), which is divided into 100 pesewas. Foreign currency can be exchanged at any forex bureaux as well as at some commercial banks; banks and foreign exchange facilities are available at the airport and in all major towns. It is advisable to keep all currency exchange receipts in order to be able to re-exchange when departing.
Banking hours are usually from 8.30am to 4 pm Monday to Friday. Some banks have limited Saturday hours, and most large commercial banks have ATMs located outside, although only limited amounts of cedis can be drawn at a time. Travellers cheques are accepted at banks and forex bureaux in the capital Accra, but the rate of exchange may be lower than for cash transactions.
The most widely accepted credit cards are American Express, Visa and Master Card. Credit cards can be used for payment at major hotels and shops. The most versatile best currencies to bring are US dollars, British pounds and Euros as other currencies exchange at poor rates.
Full country name: Republic of Ghana
Area: 238,540 sq km (93,030 sq mi)
Population: 27 million
Capital city: Accra (pop 3.0 million)
People: Akan (44%), Mole-Dagbane (16%), Ewé (13%), Ga (8%), Guan, Gurma, Gonja, Dagomba
Language: English (official language), Ewé, Ga, Twi
Religion: Christian (60%), Muslim (15%), traditional African religions (25%)
Government: Parliamentary Democracy
President: John Dramani Mahama
Electricity: 220V/240V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric