A strange mixture of traditional and modern, Ghana is a tiny little country in West Africa that borders Burkina Faso, Togo, and Cote d’lvoire. It is a coastal country with an extremely laid-back attitude, perfect for first-time visitors to Africa. Here you will a complex mixture of cell-phone-using natives dressed in traditional African garb, to suit-and-tie businessmen making offerings to tribal chiefs. As it used to be a British colony, English is the official language, although there are over 40 different languages spoken in this country, and first-time visitors might find the Pidgin English to be a bit disconcerting, due to the strange euphemisms and accents.
There is a variety of geographical destinations to choose from in Ghana. The country has literally hundreds of kilometers worth of coastline lined with plenty of pristine beaches, old European forts like Cape Coast Castle, or you can travel inland to Kumasi, an area known for its hand-crafted goods made by the Ashanti people. It may not have famous destinations, but there is a plethora of undiscovered country within Ghana just waiting for the adventurer to uncover.
Although it has been called “Africa for beginners”, there are still some things to consider. Bottled water is a given, and while the traditional food is a must, visitors should be aware that the normal rules apply. If in doubt about the street vendor, just walk away. Accommodations in the major areas will include luxury hotels, while there are more rustic places in the countryside where you can rent houses or otherwise. Be sure to bring malaria pills and get a polysaccharide vaccine against Meningitis. Transportation is iffy outside of the major cities, but it is getting better, as tourism is beginning to become the country's secondary source of income, outside of gold.
From the club scene in Accra to the African wildlife of Mole National Park, to the various beaches along the coast, Ghana has a wide variety of destinations available to every range of traveler, and plenty of adventure just waiting for you to stumble into.