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10 Reasons to Visit Ghana, Africa

 

When planning a vacation, it isn’t too often you hear people choosing Ghana as their must-visit destination. In reality, there are many unique and worthwhile experiences to be had in this African country. Before I visited, I was unsure what to expect, as I didn’t know anyone who had ever been there. However, the friendly people, unique foods, and culturally immersive experiences made me fall in love with the country. To give you a better idea of what I’m talking about, here are 10 reasons you should add Ghana, Africa, to your bucket list.

Rich history

There are many fascinating museums and historical sites to visit in Ghana. If you want this to be the focus of your trip, I would recommend making a stop in the city of Cape Coast. This is where you’ll find Cape Coast Castle (pictured above) and Elmina Castle, two castle museums that were stops on the trans-Atlantic slave trade. While hard to stomach, a tour of these castles will give you an important lesson in history as you are shown dungeons, slave vessels, old cannons and secret chambers while hearing stories of the past. There are also numerous forts, like Fort William and Fort Victoria, which were used as lookout points to protect the city from Ashanti attacks in the nineteenth century…

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4 Comments

  1. Alex on March 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Jess, loved this post. You are actually the third person I know to have gone to Ghana which is odd considering I didn’t know it existed a year ago (seriously). What brought you there? Was it part of a larger Africa trip or was it your sole destination?

    • jess2716 on March 21, 2012 at 10:49 am

      sole destination. Went to volunteer at an orphanage and then traveled before/after/on weekends. great experience! 🙂

  2. Sky on July 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I love this post! It was especially nice to find now because I just decided this week that I will be heading to Ghana in January with Habitat for Humanity!

    • jess2716 on July 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Ah, thanks excellent! I’m OBSESSED with Ghana, so if you have any questions let me know. I also did volunteer work there 🙂

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