Kakum National Park

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Ghana is one of Africa’s most popular tourism destinations, and for good reason. I know this because I have been there myself. Here are a few reasons why this West African country should be the next stop on your adventures:

Nature

At the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, guides give you bananas to feed to the friendly monkeys, and if you’re lucky, one will sit on your arm. A few hours’ drive away lie the spectacular Wli Waterfalls, the highest in West Africa. Visitors from all over the world swim to the waterfall to stand beneath it. Meanwhile, the Aburi Gardens show off some of Ghana’s most interesting plant diversity. And for a real adventure—and a thrill—be sure to visit the Kakum National Park, where you can do the Kakum Canopy Walk.

Food

Spicy, savory, and finger-licking (literally), Ghanaian food is fantastic. Try the jollof rice, or fufu with okra stew, and prepare to have your mind blown

People   

I lost my debit card while at a gas station ATM near my hotel. After 24 hours, the desk clerk called me to let me know that a Ghanaian had noticed my last name, knew that several Americans were staying nearby, and returned it to the hotel on his way to work. 

This kind of hospitality is standard in Ghana. The people make you feel safe and at home. Ghanaians love Americans and are really concerned about making sure their stay is perfect. If you’re lucky, you’ll walk upon a chief ceremony, where you’ll see lots of Ghanaians dancing and laughing in colorful garments galore.    

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

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Museums

The final home and resting place of American leader visionary W.E.B. DuBois lies in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The National Museum of Ghana, a sanctuary for much of the country’s history pre- and post-colonization, isn’t too far down the road.

I also recommend just talking to an elder standing near the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, a center dedicated to Ghana’s first leader after independence. They will be happy to fill your head with plenty of knowledge.  

In Cape Coast, visitors walk through the castles where thousands of slaves were held during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. More slaves were shipped out of here than any other post on the continent.

Shopping

Make sure to practice your bartering skills before getting on that plane, because the markets in Ghana are the best place to get timeless, hand-made pieces of art. It can be intense at first, but just stay calm and you’ll get the hang of it. Of course, vendors know a tourist when they see one, so stand your ground and keep your cedis close while you negotiate a price.

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