Having enjoyed many years of stable government Ghana is a growing tourist destination. The country has plenty to offer with a wonderful golden coastline and vast National Parks waiting to be explored. Accra is huge, noisy and chaotic but friendly and full of life. Its reputation for dining, entertainment and nightlife is growing fast and there's a long history of music and art which is more accessible than ever for tourists to enjoy. A trip to the famous Makola Market gives you a great chance to soak up the hustle and bustle of life here and buy everything from brightly patterned cloth to land snails! Labadi Beach on Accra's outskirts is definitely worth a visit - it's like a big party with music, acrobats, horses and vendors of everything from sunglasses to wooden carvings - don't expect a peaceful sunbathe!
Leaving Accra behind the pace of life slows and there's a much more chilled out vibe as you head down the coast. At Cape Coast and Elima you will find ancient castles oozing with colonial history and shocking stories of slavery.
Heading North inland, Kakum and Mole National Parks give you the opportunity to explore some of the amazing rainforest landscape and if you're lucky you can spot elephants, monkeys and even leopards as well as a wide range of birds.
Remember Ghana does not have a sophisticated tourism infrastructure, roads are not great, things don't always run smoothly and sometimes our European expectations are not quite met. If, however, you're after an adventure and want a taste of vibrant African culture, history and nature then this could be a destination for you.
Most passport holders will need a visa to travel to Ghana. Check out our visa advice page for more information.
Travel to and in Ghana
There are direct flights between London and Accra with British Airways which take around 6-7 hours. Within Ghana the road network isn't great but there are buses between major towns and flights for longer distances. For domestic flights check out Africa World Airlines who fly from Accra to Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale. Prices are relatively cheap and you can save hours of travelling on bumpy roads.
For shorter distances taxis are plentiful and cheap and it's also possible to hire a car with a driver which can work out good value if there are a few of you.
For flight finding tips visit our How to book a flight page.
In the major cities it is possible to find some high quality hotels although these often come with a surprisingly high price tag. Cheaper rooms are available in guesthouses but do you research well as standards really vary and price is not always a good indication of what you'll get. There are a few gems out there where you will be warmly welcomed by your Ghanaian hosts.
A few recommendations:
Movenpick Ambassador Hotel- centrally located with the biggest outdoor swimming pool in Accra. For the big price tag you get plush rooms, average restaurants and peaceful gardens in which to escape the hustle bustle of the streets.
Labadi Beach Hotel - set in beautiful grounds which lead down to the beach this lovely hotel is a real treat.
Big Milly's Backyard - cheap, simple, round thatched rooms with open air bathrooms. Chilled out vibe with good food and a relaxing bar right on the beach.
Mole National Park
Zaina Lodge - this luxury safari lodge in the heart of Mole National Park is worth every penny and the journey to reach it. The accommodation is set in a stunning location where you can watch elephants from the infinity pool and gaze at the Savanna from your veranda. Friendly and knowledgable staff and great food make this an incredible base to explore the park from.
Charlestina Beach Resort - wonderful beachside location just 17 km from Cape Coast castle. Fabulous restaurant, attentive service and lovely rooms.