Among African countries, Ghana is probably one of the most successful ones, cherishing a stable political scene and favoring international and regional political and economic co-operation. This former British colony, known as the Gold Coast, and a major slave port, is today an active member of the United Nations and the African Union, many of its diplomats and politicians holding prestigious positions in the international political scene. The nation's steadiness coupled with diverse landscapes and plenty of tourist infrastructure put the country on not one a West African itinerary. Often called "Africa for beginners", Ghana is a perfect destination to start your Black Continent adventure. You are sure to kick it off scorched in the baking sun and yearning for even the tiniest patch of shade to cool off. Say, it is a kind of christening or simply a literally warm welcome.
Ghana is a place where you'll make nose-to-nose encounters with frolicking baboons and keep up the languid pace with elephants (Mole National Park), shop till you drop at the Makola Market haggling over a piece of the prestige kaleidoscopic Kente cloth, please your inner history buff exploring ruined European forts like the Cape Coast Castle and let your days roll by with waves crashing against the supreme beaches of Kokrobite or Busua. In this highly diverse land blessed by nature with miles of pristine beaches, waterfalls, forest-clad hills, rivers and lakes - nature lovers have the time of their lives. But just as much as it is heaven for eco-tourists, Ghana is also a paradise for people watchers. Colorful and bustling with life, the cities of Kumasi and the capital Accra resound with the tones and sights of the African bazaar and festivals where the diverse ethnic groups, their traditions and handicrafts come together revealing the country's intriguing social fabric. The Ashanti, the nation's dominant tribe, will enrich your Ghana memories with ancient artistry in fabrics and exquisite craftwork to take back home. And so will a canoe trip through the mangrove jungle of the Ankobra River made even more tantalizing by the local rower's tales, a hike at Mount Afadjato and Togbo Falls or a bit of exploring along the the Earth's largest man-made reservoir, Lake Volta.