Ghana Tourism - Vacation Ghana
Experience Cultural Tourism ( Visual, Performing and Culinary Arts ) and Eco Tourism of Ghana. Through our regular various themed trips and group tours of Ghana, we expose interested Travelers and the Diaspora to the rich History and Heritage, Nature and Landscape, Creatives Arts, Culture and Hospitality of Ghana.
Some Geography about Ghana
- Ghana is situated on the west coast of Africa and is a land of lowland hills.
- The country shares borders with Côte Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, and Togo to the east. To the south are the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean.
- Lake Volta is the largest artificial lake in the world. It extends for over 320 miles and can be seen from space.
- Accra, the capital, is a large city with a population of 4.1m.
- Ghana has a very warm climate as it is located on the equator.
A Little History about Ghana
- Ancient Ghana was located hundreds of miles to the north of present-day Ghana between the Senegal and Niger rivers. It was known as the Wagadugu Empire and the name “Ghana” was the title given to the rulers of the kingdom.
- The first Europeans to arrive in Ghana were the Portuguese in 1470, who built Elmina Castle in 1482. Their main reason to stay was to trade gold, ivory and slaves with other countries. Due to the gold production in the country, Ghana became known as the Gold Coast.
- The Danish built a fortress called Christianborg Castle in 1661 which became a center of slave trading.
- Slave trade was banned in Ghana in the early 19th century. The British eventually made the Gold Coast a colony. This area along with Togoland, a trust territory would later become Ghana.
- In 1957 Ghana was the first of the sub-Saharan African country to become an Independent nation and the country became known as the Republic of Ghana.
- Dr. Kwame Nkrumah PC became the first prime minister and president of Ghana, having led it to independence from Britain.
Some Fun Facts About Ghana
- Ghana is the second largest producer of gold in Africa.
- Ghana is the world’s second largest producer of cocoa beans.
- The colorful national costume is made from century old handwoven cloth called kente.
- Ghana is in the Greenwich Meridian time zone.
The National flag of Ghana was designed to replace the Union Jack upon Ghana’s independence in 1957. The flag consists of the pan-African colors (red, yellow and green) in three horizontal stripes. In the center of the yellow stripe is a black star. The red colors represent the blood spilt by those in the struggle for Independence. The yellow color represents the mineral wealth of the county. The green color represents the rich forest.
The black star stands for the loadstar of African Freedom.
Ghana is blessed with is a country blessed with miles of idyllic beaches and a picturesque coast and unique West African landscape and nature reserves. It is also a country steeped in rich history, creative Arts, culture and heritage. In particular, the colonial trading Forts that still exist along the Atlantic coast stand as a testament to the suffering caused by the transatlantic slave trade.
Knowing where to start your adventure in this exotic country can be difficult. But with Vacation Ghana various themed trips and explorations, you can experience Creative and Cultural Arts, History and Heritage, Eco, Nature and Landscape and the Hospitality of Ghana from a Native’s perspective.