Ghana as Africa Travel Destination

Visit Ghana, a beautiful African country, using the services of professional travel agents who possess a good knowledge of the local conditions and skills to organize your tour in the best and most inexpensive way.

Ghana is one of the most unique countries on the African continent. The ancient history of this land shows the world a great many unique cultures and peoples.

Faces of Ghanaian Children, Kabile, Brong-Ahafo Region, Ghana

Faces of Ghanaian Children by
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The Empire of Ghana flourished here in the Middle Ages. The medieval Kingdom of Mali helped one of the most colorful African ethnic groups, Ashanti, to foster their culture that can now be studied by tourists.

The modern Republic of Ghana was formed from the former British colonies of Gold Coast and Togoland and became the first country in the region that gained independence in 1957. Colonial history has left the strongest imprint on modern Ghana.

Ghana is an African ‘castle country’. The two coastal forts, the British Usher Fort and the Danish Kristianborg castle, were the place where the capital of Ghana, Accra, was founded. Up to this day, it has preserved these historic neighborhoods. Near the center of the capital, one will find Makola Market, the best place to buy batik and glass-art products made by local craftsmen.

Jamestown is a small peninsula on the south-west of the capital. It is an area of picturesque ruins of the past which are neighboured by the settlements of the city’s poorest people. Independence Square in Accra is considered by many to be the copy of the Red Square in Moscow; it is a very picturesque place of regular festive military parades.

Accra Arts Center is located between Independence Square and the city center. It hosts a museum and a permanent exhibition, where the products of local artisans are sold. The Arts Center is also a good venue for regular song festivals, dance performances and theatrical troupes. Nearby is one of the few in Africa full-fledged dance clubs, Nkrumah Circle. From the south, the capital city is bordered by beautiful beaches, some of which coreespond to the world standards: Coco Beach, Nungu and others.

To the north of the capital, there is quite an interesting Aburi Botanical Garden, which was opened in 1890. To the west of the capital, there lies the town of Kokrobit, the location of a unique African institution, the African Academy of Music and Art with numerous schools of vocal and dance skills, exhibition halls and art studios. There is also a beautiful hotel, a restaurant and a well-groomed beach area. The number of exhibitions, concerts and festivals held here is huge.

Along the coast, there are old European fortresses, reaching 15 in number. Hundreds of fishing villages give you an insight into the local traditions. One of the most visited villages is Senja Beraku. It is populated by very friendly people and has a magnificent beach, the cleanest one in the region, which is a kind of Mecca for surfers. Apamea, another small fishing village, is famous for its Fort Patience, reconstructed as a hotel.

The main town of the region, Cape Coast, is famous for its Castle of Cape Coast and a few nearby castles. Some of the local Dutch castles were literally brought from Holland and rebuilt in Ghana. The very popular among tourists Kakuma National Park is created for the protection of the coastal populations of antelope, monkeys, elephants and more than 200 species of birds.

Kumasi is the ancient capital of the Ashanti kingdom, which still retains a reputation as one of the leading cultural centers in West Africa. The local National Cultural Center is a charming museum of the history of the Ashanti people with a library and a trade center. In Kumasi, you can also visit an original Zoo, organized so well that in fact it is an exact copy of a piece of local nature, grown with vegetation and looking even more like a botanical garden. Be sure to visit a lot of colorful celebrations and festivals, so admired by the people of this country.

Travel agencies in Ghana are ready to answer your online requests and provide a good tour estimate. Ghana tour operators will send you offers with best rates for flights, hotels and tours.

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Wild Dog on the Move

Wild dog on the move

Caption: An African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) moving at pace through the bush in Mashatu Game Reserve, Tuli Block, Botswana.

Photo Info: Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Canon Rebel XS 10.1MP); Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM; Focal Length: 95mm; Shutter speed: 1/30; Aperture: f8; ISO: 400.

African wild dogs, also known as Painted Dogs or Hunting Dogs, were re-introduced to the Tuli area in the far eastern corner of Botswana in November 2007 in the hope of establishing a viable pack in the region.

Wild dogs have in the past been hunted, shot, and poisoned as “vermin” and are now classified as endangered on the IUCN red list. Their numbers continue to dwindle and they’re now extinct in large areas over which they previously roamed, mainly as a result of habitat loss.

For more photos, see these Wild Dog Posters and Prints.

Hippo Making Waves in Threat Display

Hippo breaching surface

Caption: Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) breaches the surface in a threat display to show who’s the boss, Santawani area, Botswana.

The picture above is of a bull or male hippo. He, together with a female and youngster, share one of the pools in the Santawani area adjacent to Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve.

Although the photographer was parked some way from the water's edge, the hippo made it clear this was his territory, warning intruders to keep their distance.

Adult hippos are dangerous animals, particularly when threatened, and should not be underestimated because of their clumsy and lumbering appearance. They can outrun a human on land, so should never be approached when they're sunbathing on riverbanks or near the water's edge.

For more hippo pictures, see this selection of Hippo Prints and Posters.