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A secluded pearl in western Africa, Ghana is slowly climbing up the global tourism ladder – and judging by the thrills and wonders it has in store for curious tourists, it will not be long before it makes it to the list of the world’s top exotic destinations. From vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and friendly locals to wonderful surfing spots, wild safari tours, and colorful festivals, Ghana truly has it all! Here are only some of the things that make this shy African beauty a perfect place to spend your next holiday.

A true Ghanaian treat: Spice it up!

Ghana is an ideal destination for foodies: with hundreds of unique recipes and surprising flavor combinations, the country’s palate-tingling cuisine will have you readily coming back for second helpings. Although locally sourced seafood is the most popular item on the Ghanaian menu, beef, sausages, and chicken are frequently used as well. For starters, order waakye, banku, chichinga, and red red – nutritious and appetizing, these dishes boast a unique blend of spices, dressings, and sauce along with a dash of rice, beans, meat, and curry.

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Point breaks galore: Surf it out!

Western Africa is extremely popular among avid surfers worldwide: with a wide range of point breaks suited to different skill levels, Ghana is the best place to climb the board and carve the wild waters. Beginner surfers can learn the wave-shredding basics at Achenim and Busua Beach, while those with a bit more experience under their belt can try conquering the foamy seas at Black Mamba and Kokrobite.

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Ghana’s natural beauty: Safari away!

Although it cannot live up to the wildlife standards of some other African destinations such as Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa, Ghana still offers several safari options that will make you fall in love with the country’s nature and its fascinating creatures. Mole National Park is one of the most sought-after safari tours: a former game reserve and the country’s largest wildlife refuge, Mole boasts as many as 93 mammal species, including elephants, hippos, buffalos, warthogs, antelopes, baboons, and monkeys. Other national parks in the area include Bia (62 different mammal species and 160 bird species), Digya (with elephants, otters, six primate species, and over 236 bird species), and Kakum, where you can see elephants, leopards, pangolins, and dwarf crocs.

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The marvelous Accra: Bustling cultural and business hub

Ghana’s capital of Accra nowadays resembles major world metropolises, with numerous shopping malls, business centers and cultural sites. For a lesson on the country’s history, head over to Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum, James Town Lighthouse, Ussher Fort and Museum, or Nubuke Foundation. The National Theatre and Museum are the best places to find out more about Ghana’s culture and arts. For a shopping tour, try Makola Market, Junction Mall, Accra Mall, Marina Mall, Palace Hypermarket, and if you need a breath of fresh air off the city streets, try Aburi Botanical Gardens.

Make merry: Ghana’s many beaches and festivals

Ghana is well-known for its many festivals and scenic beaches. If you are after suntan, try o marvelous sandy stretches such as Kokrobite, Cocoloco, Bojo, Ada, Busua, Labadi, Elmina or Fete beach. With a bit of luck, you may even get a chance to take part in a regional celebration such as the Rice Festival (January), womanhood initiation rite in Krobo land known as Dipo festival (April), Bakatue Festival which marks the beginning of the fishing season in Elmina Region (July), or Odambea Festival (August) which honors the local tradition and ancient roots.

Accommodation on a dime: From hostels to mansions

As far as accommodation is concerned, Ghana is every traveler’s dream come true. Here, you can get a decent accommodation deal at every corner, but if you intend to stay in Accra for more than a few days, rent a house in Spintex. Although shared accommodation has its perks, flats for rent offer more peace and greater flexibility, and the price of flats to let in Ghana’s capital ranges from $300 to $12,000 a month.

Are you ready for a wild Ghanaian adventure? A place where magic, adventure, and reality collide, Ghana is an excellent tropical destination for every hard-core globetrotter eager to start their enchanting explorations of Africa against a scenic backdrop. Bon voyage!

Author bio:

Oliver Hyde is an experienced business consultant from the UK. His job allows him to travel, which also happens to be one of his greatest passions. You can follow his adventures on Twitter and Google+.

 

 

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