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Full name: Republic of Ghana
Population: 25.5 million (UN, 2012)
Capital: Accra
Area: 238,533 sq km (92,098 sq miles)
Major languages: English, African languages including Akan, Ewe
Major religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs, Islam
Life expectancy: 64 years (men), 66 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: Cedi
Main exports: Gold, cocoa, timber, tuna, bauxite, aluminium, manganese ore, diamonds
GNI per capita: US $1,410 (World Bank, 2011)
Internet domain: .gh
International dialling code: +233

Ghana was the first place in sub-Saharan Africa where Europeans arrived to trade - first in gold, later in slaves.

It was also the first black African nation in the region to achieve independence from a colonial power, in this instance Britain.

Despite being rich in mineral resources, and endowed with a good education system and efficient civil service, Ghana fell victim to corruption and mismanagement soon after independence in 1957.

In 1966 its first president and pan-African hero, Kwame Nkrumah, was deposed in a coup, heralding years of mostly-military rule. In 1981 Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings staged his second coup. The country began to move towards economic stability and democracy.

Elmina Castle, Ghana
Elmina Castle, an important centre of the slave trade
In April 1992 a constitution allowing for a multi-party system was approved in a referendum, ushering in a period of democracy.

A well-administered country by regional standards, Ghana is often seen as a model for political and economic reform in Africa.

Cocoa exports are an essential part of the economy; Ghana is the world's second-largest producer.

The discovery of major offshore oil reserves was announced in June 2007, encouraging expectations of a major economic boost.

Production officially began at the end of 2010, but some analysts expressed concern over the country's ability to manage its new industry, as laws governing the oil sector had not yet been passed.

The Ghanaian economy proved to be relatively resilient because to the world economic shock of 2008-9, mainly because of the high prices of cocoa and gold. It has continued to post some of Africa's highest annual GDP growth rates.

Ghana has a high-profile peacekeeping role; troops have been deployed in Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone and DR Congo.

Although Ghana has largely escaped the civil strife that has plagued other West African countries, in 1994-95 land disputes in the north erupted into ethnic violence, resulting in the deaths of 1,000 people and the displacement of a further 150,000.

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Ghana ,officially called the Republic of Ghana is a sovereign unitary presidential constitutional democracy,located on the west Coast of Africa along the Gulf of Guinea and on the Greenwich Meridian,Ghana is bordered by Burkina Faso to the North,Cote D'Ivoire to the West,Togo to the East and Atlantic Ocean to the south.
Precisely,Ghana lies on latitude -4-11.5ºNorth and Longitude3.11West and 1.11º East, and it is indeed the center of the world.The word Ghana means "Warrior King"in mande.
"Akwaaba" means welcome to Ghana.It is Africas friendliest country.Ghana stands out as a preferred tourism destination with its rich history,time honoured traditions,arts as well as natural scenetic beauty.Ghana played a vivid role in Pan Africanism,leading other African countries to attain independence from colonial rule.
Visitors are enthralled by the fascinating cultural experience that links the past to the present in the institution of chieftaincy and variety of handicrafts and the proverbial Ghanaian hospitality.
Nature lovers will marvel at the richness of Ghanaian wild life which includes elephants,monkeys,birds and butterflies as well as the breathtaking views of landscapes and healthy sandy beaches.Ghana's diverse geography and ecology ranges from coastal savannahs to tropical jungles.Its economy is the 9th largest on Africas continent by purchasing power parity and nominal GDP.Ghana is a major producer of petroleum and natural gas,with the continents fifth largest oil reserves and sixth lagest natural gas reserves.It is a member of the Non-Aligned Movement,the Economic Community of West African states(ECOWAS) and the group of 24.The etymology of the word Ghana means "warriors king"it was accorded to the kings of the medieval Ghana Empire in West Africa,although the empire was further north than the modern day country of Ghana in Guinea Region.
The name Ghana was a possible source of the name Guinea(via French Guinoye)used to refer to the West African coast off Ghana(as in Gulf of Guinea)Archeological evidence suggest that humans lived in the present day Ghana since the Bronze age.The flag of Ghana consisting of red,gold,green and black star was designed by Theodosia Salome Okoh,the red signifies the blood that was shed towards independence,the gold signifies the Mineral wealth of Ghana ,the green symbolises the rich grassland and the black star is a symbol of Ghanaian people and African Emancipation.
Kwame Nkrumah,first prime minister and then president of Ghana was the first African head of state to promote Pan-Africanism ,an idea he adopted during his studies at Lincoln University,Pennsylvania in the United states.Ghana has a great relationship with the United States.All of the last three U.S presidents-Bill Clinton,George W.Bush and Barack Obama have made Diplomatic trips to Ghana.Many Ghanaian Diplomats and politicians hold positions in International organisations.These includes Ghanaian Diplomat and former Secretary -General of the United Nations,Kofi Annan.,International Criminal Court Judge Akua Kuenyehia,for president s Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kuffour ,who have both served as diplomats of the United Nations
In 2010,Ghana's late former president John Atta Mills visited China on an official visit.Mills and former Hu Jitao of China marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties betwwen the two nations
Your safety,unforgetable memory and exploration of the Ghanaian lifestyle and beauty is guaranteed.

LAND AREA: 238,540 sq km(92,100sq miles)

COASTLINE: 540 km

CLIMATE : Tropical,Temperature ranges from 21º-32ºc.There are two rainy seasons from march to July and september to October.November to March is the dry season with the Harmattan winds blowing from the Sahara Desert.
POPULATION: 27.9 million

LANGUAGE : The official language is English.Other languages includes Ga,Akan,Ewe,Dagbani and Hausa.

RELIGION :Over 62% of Ghanaians are Christians,15% Muslim and the rest follow traditional religion.

CAPITAL CITY :Accra

INDEPENDENCE:6th March 1957 from British Administration.The country was formerly known as the Gold Coast.

REPUBLIC:Ghana became Republic on July 1,1960.

GOVERNMENT: Constitutional Democracy.

BUSINESS HOURS: General;From8:00 a.m to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm;Banks 8 : 30 a.m to 3:30 pm.
Saturday banking starts from 8:00 a.m to 3:00 pm.

LOCAL TIME : Greenwich Meridian Time(GMT)

CURRENCY: Ghana Cedi (Ghc).Ghanaian cedi notes are in the denominations of Ghc 1, Ghc 2, Ghc 5 , Ghc 10,Ghc 20 and Ghc 50. Coins in circulation are Gh 1,50Gp, 20Gp, 10Gp , 5Gp , and 1Gp.

NATURAL RESOURCES : Major Natural Resources includes Gold , Diamond, Bauxite,Manganese ,Timber and Cocoa.

ADMINISTRATION: Ghana is divided into ten (10) Administrative Regions with their Capitals and mileage from Accra as follows;

REGION CAPITAL MILEAGE
Gt.Accra Accra 24km(Tema)
Eastern Koforidua 85km
Volta Ho 165km
Central Cape coast 144km
Western Takoradi 218km
Ashanti Kumasi 270km
Brong Ahafo Sunyani 400km
Northern Tamale 658km
Upper East Bolgatanga 810km
Upper West Wa 740km

REPUBLIC HOLIDAYS:
January 1 - New year's day
January/February - Eid Ul -Fitr
March 6 - Independence Day
March/April -Good friday/Easter
May 1 -May Day
May 25 - African Union Day
July 1 - Republic Day
September 21 -Founder's Day
October/November -Eid al Adha
December(1st friday)- Farmer's Day
December 25 -Christmas Day
December 26 -Boxing Day.


COUNTRY CODE- +(233)
MOBILE NETWORK CODES:
Vodafone - 020, 050
MTN -024,054,0554
Tigo -027,057
Airtel -026
Glo -023
Expresso -028

GHANA TOURISM AUTHORITY
HEAD OFFICE:
Tel:(030)2682601/2682608
EMAIL :This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
WEBSITE:www.ghana.travel

REGIONAL OFFICES
Accra (030)2244612/2231811
Koforidua (034)2023209
Ho (036)2026560
Cape Coast (033)2132062
Takoradi (031)2022357
Kumasi (032)2035848
Sunyani (035)2027108
Tamale (037)2024835
Wa (039)2022431
Bolgatanga (038)2023416

MINISTRY OF TOURISM, CULTURAL AND CREATIVE ARTS.
TEL:(030)2666426

SHOPPING:
There is ample opportunity for shopping for souvenir items at the Arts center,Craft shops, Art Galleries, Open markets,Jewelry shops .U will also be opportuned to Shop in the biggest mall in West Africa(The Westhills Mall)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
•PASSPORT: A valid passport is mandatory.
•VISAS: Are required of most non-residents; Ecowas nationals are exempted.

POTOGRAPHY:DOS AND DONTs
You are encouraged to use your cemera throughout your vacation but there are certain areas such as the Seat of Government(Flagstaff House),Military installations and the Airport.

HEALTH: Yellow fever vaccination is required by all.Infants under one year are exempt.Precaution against Malaria,Cholera, Typhoid and polio recommended.

EMMERGENCY NUMBERS:
•POLICE:999,191
•FIRE :192,999
•AMBULANCE: 999

FLIGHT INFO: For information on airline services,contact the information desk at the Airports:
•Kotoka International Airport (030)2776171/2776177
•Kumasi Airport :(032)2022969
•Takoradi Airport:(031)2022972/8
•Tamale Airport(037)2022108
•Sunyani Airport(035)2023316/2023436
LIST OF UNIVERSITIES IN GHANA:
Ghana has eight national Universities;
☆University of Education,Winneba
☆University of Ghana ,Legon
☆Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.(KNUST)
☆ University of Cape Coast
☆University for Development Studies
☆University of Mines and Technology
☆University of Professional Studies,Accra.
☆University of Energy and Natural Resources
☆University of Health and Allied Science.
OTHERS:
☆Ghana Technology University college
☆Ghana Institute of Journalism
☆Ashesi University
☆Methodist University college
☆Central University College
☆Regent University College of Science and Technology
☆Valley View University
☆Zenith University College

HOTELS: Ghana's hotels are classified according to the international star rating system with 5-star as the highest and 1-star being the minimum internationally accepted quality.In addition,there are local budget hotels with minimum standards of sanitation and comfort.
The grade of a hotel in Ghana is identified on the Hotel Licence issued by the Ghana Tourism Authority which is displayed at the Hotel Reception.
Log on to www.ghanahotels.com

BEST OF COFFEE
•Cuppa Cupuccino:Airport -Accra
Price :Ghc7-15
(Tel:0302773412,Mon-Sat,8am-8pm)

•Koffee Lounge:A&C Mall-East Legon.
Price:Ghc 7-15
(Tel:0246854306,Mon-Sun,8am -9pm)

•Koala Coffee Shop:Dankwa Circle- Osu.
Price:Ghc 8-10
(Tel:0302773455,Mon-Sun,8am-9pm)

•Melting Moments:Labone
Price:Ghc 8-10
(Tel:0302770834,Mon-Sat,7am -9pm)

Cafe` dez Amis: Opp.French Embassy,
Afrikiko Price:Ghc8-10
(Tel:0302782937,Mon-Sun,7am-9pm)

BEST OF PUBS
•Livingstones Bar:Osu,Opp.Fire Service
Price:Ghc 4-10
(Mon-Sun,5pm Till late)

•Twist :Inside Headlines Hospitality,Labone
Price:Ghc 5-10
(Tel:0302772179,Mon-Sun,12noon -till late)

•The sports Pub&Restaurant :Opp.Antrak Main Office Takoradi
Price: Ghc5-10
(Tel:0312097958,Mon-Sun,9am-Till late)

•Ryan's Irish Pub& Restaurant: Osu, Behind foto Club
Price:Ghc 5-10
(0274921383,Mon-Sun,11am-Till late)

•Qbase Pub:Labone Junction
Price:Ghc4-10
(0244669779,Mon-Sun,12noon Till late)

•Champs Bar&Restaurant:Ring Road Central,Paloma
Price:Ghc5-12
(Tel:03132777,Mon-Sun,12noon-till late)

•Honey Suckle Pub&Restaurant: Opp.Osu Fire Service
Price: Ghc4-11
(Tel:0249236666,Mon-Sun,12noon-till late)

•Jokers Pub&Grill:Off the La Beach Road
Price:Ghc 5-10
(Tel:0244259911,Wed-Sun, 8:30-Till late)

•Spikes Bar&Grill:Akroma Streets,Takoradi
Price:Ghc 5-10
(Tel: 0275772058,Mon-Sun,12noon-Till late)

•Yoko's Pub:Asylum Down
Price:Ghc 4-10
(Tel:0302237675,Mon-Sun,5pm-Till late)

•KQ Lunch Box: Beach Rd round-about,Takoradi
Price:Ghc4-10
(Tel:0208133122,Mon-Sun,9am-Till late)

•La-ounge: Inside Trade fair La,Admin Block
Price:Ghc 5-10
(Tel:0244341434,Mon-Sun,5pm-Till late)

•Galaxy Bar & Lounge:East Legon,Inside A&C Mall.
Price:Ghc 10-15
(Tel:0244878533,Mon-Sun,12pm -Till late)

•Whizzy Lounge:East Legon,IPS Road.
Price:Ghc12-20
(Tel:0269135533,Daily,12pm-Till late)

•Venus Pub: Osu Behind Total filling Station.
Price:Ghc 10-15
(Tel:0302782250,Daily,9am-Till late)

•Bella Roma: Osu,Adjacent Frankies.
Price:Ghc 10-30
(Tel:0247474007,Tue-Sun,5pm-Till late)

•Tilly's h, Beach Road
Price:Ghc10-15
(Tel:0244778479,Daily,24hrs)

BEST OF AFRICAN CUISINE
•BUKA: Osu,Behind Former American Embassy
(Tel:021782953,Mon-Sun,12noon-7pm)
Price:Ghc12-18

•Tante Marie:Accra Mall Food Court.
(Tel:0243225181,Mon-Sun,9am-Till late)
Price:Ghc12-18

•Ambar Royal Restaurant:Osu,Same lane as Asanka locals
(Tel:0302941804,Daily,11am-Till late)
Price:Ghc 10-20

•Home Touch Restaurant:Elwark
(Tel: 0302777662,Daily, 10am-Till late)
Price:Ghc 10-15

•Azmera Restaurant:Roman Ridge Mall
(Tel: 0541194119,Mon-Sat,9am -Till late)
Price:Ghc12-20


BEST OF FRENCH CUISINE

•Le Must: North Labone-Orphan Crescent
(Tel:0244661069,Mon-Sat,12noon-11pm)
Price:Gh 12-17

•Au Grand Ecuyer: Osu,Opposite Fire Service
(Tel:0244661069, Mon-Sat,12noon-11pm)
Price:Gh 12-17

•Safari French Restaurant and Pizzeria:8n front of Kohinor Rest'
(Tel:0246485135,Mon-Sun,12pm -10am)
Price:Ghc 22-30

•Le Magellan Restaurant:Near Osu Danquah Circle
(Tel:0302777629,Mon-Sat,12noon-3pm,6pm-11pm)
Price:Ghc 15-15

BEST OF NITE CLUBS

•Aphrodisiac Nite Club(Prive Lounge):Dzorwulu Traffic Light
(Wed-Sun,10pm-Till Late)
Price:Ghc 10-20

•Vanity Nite Club:Osu Akoadjei
(Tel:0542999929on-Sun,5pm -Till late)
Price: Ghc 10

•Cinderella's: Off Ring Road, Behind policeHQ
(Thurs-Sat,9pm-Till late,Ghc 5-10)

OTHER PLACES

•3121 Sushi Bar:Osu , Behind Barclays Bank
(Tel:026773121,Mon-sat,6pm-Till Midnight)
Price:Ghc15-30

•Enda Restaurant: Tetteh Quashie, Accra Mall
(Tel:0302925045,Daily,8am-Till late)
Price:15-20

•Polo Club: Liberation Rd,behind Granada Hotel.
(Tel:0302823131,Mon-Sun,Price:10-40)

• The Orange Crepes and Salad Bar: Asylum down
(Tel:0302232988,Mon-Sat,Proce:Ghc12-30)

•Landing Restaurant:Kotoka Int.Airport
(Tel:0302860775,Mon- Sun,7am-11:30pm)
Price :12-30

•Osteria Micjelangelo: Airport,Close to Expresso Office
(0302762792,Daily,6-10:30pm)
Price:Ghc13-35

•Magnoliase Restaurant: Switchback Rd,Cantoment.
(Tel:0302917527,Daily,7:30am-11pm)
Price:10-20

RELIABLE FUEL STATIONS:

○Glory Oil:Osu,Danquah Circle
○Goil Filling Station,Circle
○Shell Filling Station,Airport
○Allied Oil Station: East legon

BEST OF PORK JOINTS
◆Crossroads-Osu,behind Total filling station
(Tel:0244677545,Daily,12pm-Till late)

◆Qbase:Labone junction
(Tel:0244669779,Daily,12pm-Till late)

BEST OF HOTELS

◆La Palm Royal Beach Hotel :Near Labadi Beach
(Tel:0302781621,Exp')

◆Green Oak Hotel: Osu,Off the Oxford Street
(Tel:0302760169,Mid Range)

◆Hotel Byblos: Osu,Near Citizen Kofi
(Tel:0302782250,Mid-Range)

◆Ramada Resort:Teshie Nungua.
(Tel:03027172357,Exp')

◆Hotel Loreto:Cape Coast
(Tel:0278558500,Mid-Range)

◆Big Millies Backyard:Kokrobite
(Tel:0244812255,Mid-Range)

◆Mahogany Hotel:East Cantonments
(Tel:0302762162,Exp')

◆Alisa Hotel:North Ridge
(Tel:0302214244,Exp')

◆Frankies:Osu,Oxford Street
(Tel:0302773567,Mid-Range)

◆Novotel:Accra Central
(Tel:0302667546,Exp')

◆Labadi Beach Hotel:La,Labadi Beach
(Tel:030277501,Exp')

TRANSPORTATION
Taxis,recognizable by their bright yellow fenders,operate from City centers to the suburbs and can be hired for longer trips or shared with other passengers for cheaper rates.
There are also less expensive but adventure-filled mini buses(trotro) that ply the cities and towns.

The State Transport Inter-City buses and other bus companies operate reliable bus and coach service to the major cities and neighbouring countries.Licenced car rental services offer chauffeur-driven and self -drive cars as well as air-conditioned tourist coaches at reasonable rates.

AREA TELEPHONE CODES
♥Accra: 030(2)
♥Akosombo : 034(30)
♥Cape Coast: 033(21)
♥Ho: 036(20)
♥Koforidua: 034(20)
♥Kumasi : 032(20)
♥Bolgatanga: 038(20)
♥Sekondi-T'di: 031(20)
♥Sunyani: 035(20)
♥Tamale: 037(20)
♥Tema: 030(3)
♥Wa: 039(20)

DRIVING
Ghana drives on the right.International Driving licence and Insurance are required of visitors wishing to drive.Vehicles driven across the border require a special permit.Night driving is not recommended because of unfavourable road conditions outside the major cities.

MEDICAL FACILITIES:

Modern private and public hospitals and clinics are available in all cities and towns.Health Insurance is advised.

DRINKING WATER:
Bottled mineral water is recommended.

CLOTHING:
Light and casual clothing for warm and climates.

CREDIT CARD FACILITIES & CURRENCY EXCHANGE:
The most widely accepted credit cards are American Express,Diner's and Visas.Your card may be used for payment at leading jotels,Airlines and Supermarkets.Foreign currencies are freely exchanged at forex bureaux and banks.

FESTIVALS:
■ADAE KESE FESTIVAL:
The great Ashanti festival held to Climax celebrations of specific milestones and achievements of the Asante Kingdom.(Celebrated every 5 years).

■DIPO FESTOVAL
Puberty /Initiation rites is celebrated in the Krobo and Ada areas of the Eastern and Greater Accra Regions respectively in March/April.

■ABOAKYER FESTIVAL:(Live Antelope Hunt)
Celebrated by the people of winneba,Central Region on the first saturday of May.

■BAKATUE FESTIVAL:
Bakatue is celebrated by the people og Elmina in the Central Rehion.It is in the form of a regatta to usher in the fishing season and is celebrated on the first Tuesday of July.

■ASAFOTUFIAM FESTIVAL:
A war festival celebrated by the poeple of Ada on the last Thursday of July.

■HOMOWO:
The festival of the Gas on Accra and its Satelite towns.It is a harvest to "hoot at hunger" and is celebrated between August and September.

■FETU AFAHYE FESTIVAL:
Oguaa Fetu Afahye Festival in the form of a carnival,is held to purify the state.It is celebrated by the people of Cape Coast in the central Region on the first Saturday of September.

■ODWIRA FESTIVAL:
The popular Odwira festival of Akropong Akwapim,Eastern Region is celebrated between September and October.It is a harvest Festival and brings together the chiefs and people for stocktaking,purification and development of the state.

■KUNDUM FESTIVAL:
Celebrated by the Nzemas in the Western Region(October)

■HOGBETSOTSO FESTIVAL:
Celebrated by the Anlos of the Volta Region on the first saturday of November,it commemorates the migration of the Anlos from the ancient walled city of Notsie in the present day Northern Togo.

■FIOK FESTIVAL:
Festival of the people of Sandema in the Builsa Traditional Area of Upper East Region.It is a war festival,which marks the victory over the slave raider,Babatu.It is held in December with war dances and a durber of chiefs.For more information on other traditional festivals, please contact your tour operator.


SPECIAL EVENTS:

●CHOCOLATE DAY-February

●HANG/PARAGLIDING FESTIVAL:
This event coincides with the Easter velebrations in March/April and is celebrated at Atibie,Kwahu in the Eastern Region.

●CARNIVAL-July

●PANAFEST:
(Pan African Historical Theatre Festival):It is a cultural event dedicated to the enhancement of the Ideas of Pan Africanism and development of the Africa Continent.A biennial event celebrated in July/August.

● EMANCIPATION CELEBRATIONDAY:
Celebrated in July/August every year in the solidarity with the Africans in Jamaica and the Diaspora, in commemoration of the stuggles for self determination and freedom in the past centuries.

●WORLD TOURISM DAY CELEBRATION:
Observed yearly on the 27th September.

GHANAIAN CUISINE
REGIONAL DISHES:
GREATER ACCRA:
The main traditional dishes by this region include Kenkey with hot pepper and fried fish,banku with fried fish and pepper or with okro or groundnut soup,"red red" and "yo-ke gari",-beans stew with fried plantain or tatale,"Omo Tuo"(rice balls)served with palm or groundnut soup,a sunday special!,fried yam with turkey tail"(Chofi)"with hot spicy ginded pepper,khebabs.
Meat of liver dipped in spicy powder and grilled.They are delicious. Beverages incle"asana" or maize beer,palm wine,coconut juice and"akpeteshie"liquor.

WESTERN REGION
Their main dishes include"akyeke" with Avocado pear,fufu and light soup with mushroom or snails.Beverages are coconut juice,palmwine and"Akpeteshie"

CENTRAL REGION
The main dishes of the Central Region include"fante dokonu" or kenkey with fish and gravy,fufu and jollof rice,"fante fante(palm oil stew with small fresh fish) and "tatale",ampesi and oto(mashed yam).Beverages include tea/coffee,coconut drinks, palmwine and Akpeteshie.

VOLTA REGION
The main dishes of the Volta Region are"Akple" with okro soup,fufu with palmnut soup,"Abolo" with shrimp or one man thousand",banku with okro stew and pepper,red-red or beans stew and fried plantain.Beverages include Akpeteshie and palmwine.

BRONG -AHAFO REGION:
The main dishes of Brong -Ahafo Region includes fufu with "Nkontomire" soup,plantain and cocoyam Ampesi".Beverages includes Palmwine and "Akpeteshie"

NORTHERN REGION
Main dishes includes"Tuo Zaafi",Omo Tuo(rice balls) with groundnut soup or green leaves,cowpea with sheanut oil and pepper called "Tubaani","Koko"(millet or corn porridge)with koose(fried beans balls.Beverages includes "pito"(a locally brewed beer from millet,zom koom(toasted millet flour in wayer and "fula" blended with milk, ginger and sugar.

UPPER -WEST REGION
Main dishes of this Region are "TZ",Rice balls(Omo Tuo) with groundnut soup, beans, and cowpea orTubaani",koko with "koose".Beverages include"pito" and "zom koom.


UPPER -EAST REGION
The main dishes of the Upper-East Region are "Tuo Zaafi",Rice balls with groundnut soup, beans,rice and cowpea, Koko with koose.Beverages include "pito" and zom koom.

TOURIST SITES
GREATER ACCRA REGION:
It is the gateway to Ghana.It has some of the best and most developed beaches and waterfront destinations including the La pleasure beach,Tawala beach,Ada Beach Enstuary,Next Door, Bojo Beach,Muuston Beach,Big Millies Backyard,Titanic ,Kokrobite and Prampram Beaches.The region boast of attractions such as Nkrumah Mausoleum, th3 National Museum,Du Bois Memorial,Center for Pan African Culture and the open markets.
The Region has some colouful festivals including Homowo,Kpledjoo and Asafotufiam.Most of Ghana's international standard hotels and restaurants can be found in the Greater Accra Region.Accra has a vibrant night life comparable to any city of its size in the world.

●National Museum: Barnes Rd,Accra

●Art Center and Craft Bazaar: High Street Accra

●Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park:High street Accra

●Dr.W.E.B Du Bois Center for Pan-African Studies :Cantonment ,Accra.

●Cocoa Processing and other Industries recommended for group tours:Tema.

●Ada Beach:Ada(for sports and spot fishing): Off Accra-Afloa road.

●Shai Hills Resource Reserved Tours recommended between November to March

●National Theatre: Accra (for cultural performance.

●Academy of African Music and Arts: Kokrobite.

●Achimota Ecological park:Achimota(Christian Village)

WESTERN REGION
Western Region ,which is a three- hour drive from the West of the city of Accra,was one of the areas to welcome early European traders to Ghana.It has a large number of castles and forts including Fort San Antonio at Axim,Forte Metal Cross, Discove and Forte Appolonia at Beyin.
This region is a leading producer of most of Ghana's cash crops including Cocoa, oil palm and rubber and has a bulk of Ghana's mineral wealth.

★Nzuezo: Village on Stilts, Beyi (90km west of Takoradi)

★Ankasa National Park:Ankasa(130km from Takoradi)

★Busua Beach Resort:Busua(20km from Takoradi)

★Forte Metal Cross:Dixcove(5km from Busua)

★Wassa Domama Rock Shrine(62km from Cape Coast

★Bia Resource Reserve

★Akatekyi Crocodile pond

★Dr.Kwame Nkruma's origional Tomb

★Princess Town Beach,Sports club Beach: Takoradi

★Ajua Beach at Miamia

★Fort st.Appolonia at Beyin

★Fort Groot Friederichsburg at Princess Town

★Fort St.Antonio at Axim

★Fort Sebastian at shama

ASHANTI REGION
This Region is known as the cultural heartbeat of Ghana's tourism.It is the home of the Golden stool,the symbol and soul of the revered Ashanti kingdom.known for its Agricultural resouces as well as famous Obuasi Gold Mine.It also boast of Craft villages like Bonwire,Adawomasi and Ntonso, and Ghana's only natural lake,Lake Bosomtwi and also the prestine Bobiri Forest Reserve.
Its capital, Kumasi is the second largest city in the country.

■Kumasi Cultural Center:Bantama

■Okomfo Anokye Sword Site: Kumasi

■Kumasi Fort and Millitary Millitary Museum:Adum

■Manhyia Palace Museum: Manhyia

■Craft Villages: Pankrono,Ahwiaa and Ntonso

■Adanwomase and Bonwire Kente Villages

■Ejisu Besease Shrine:Ejisu

■Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary :Off main Accra-Kumasi Highway

■Lake Bosomtwi: 40 km south east of Kumasi.

■Kumasi Zoo: KNUST(Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

■Prempeh 11 Jubilee Museum: Kejetia Market

■Obuase Gold mines: Obuase.

NORTHERN REGION
This Region is boarded on the North by Upper East and Upper West regions,on the west by La Cote D'Ivoire,on the east by Togo and on the south by Brong Ahafo Region.Tamale is the Capital;it is also the center of all commercial activities in the whole of the Northern Sector of Ghana.It is the home of Ghana's most developed national park, Mole.

●Mole National Park:146km west of Tamale.

●Larabanga Mosque and the Mystery Rock:90km from Tamale.

●Salaga slave Heritage Site
●Makango Beach
●Nalerigu Defence wall: Nalerigu
●Daboya Cultural village
●German Settlement: Yendi
●Bui National Park

BRONG- AHAFO REGION
It is the second largest region in terms of land size.Sunyani is the capital ans its about 418km from Accra.The region is bordered in the North by Northern Region, Ashanti and Western regions in the south,Eastern and Volta in the southeast and east respectively,and the Republic of La Cote d'voire to the west.Brong Ahafo is the greatest Agricultural region with cocoa plantations and extensive forest reserves.The region is also known for handicrafts such as Kente weaving at Yamfo,Adinkra stamping at Asuoye,pettery at Odumasi and wood carving at Chiraa.

◆Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary :accesed from Kintampo and Techiman
■Kintampo Waterfalls: Kintampo
■Fuller falls: Kintampo
■Tano Boase Sacred Grove:(on the Techiman-Tamale Highway)
■The Geographical Center of Ghana:Kintampo
■Traditional Cloth Making at Boaman.
■Hani Archaeological Site.
■Volta Lake and Nchiraa Falls.

CENTRAL REGION
The Central Region is noted for the development of tourism in Ghana and its vast wealth of beaches, forts,castles, festivals and forest reserves.The regional capital is Cape Coast about 137km from Accra.Cape coast was the first Capital of Gold Coast and the seat of the former government of British colonial administration until 1877.

■Kakum National park: Kakum(A forest Reserve and Canopy walkway)30km North of Cape Coast.

■Cape Coast Castle and the West African Historical Museum:Cape Coast.

■Elmina Castle: Elmina(First European Edifice South of the Sahara)

■Brenu Akyinim Beach

■Coconut grove Resort :Elmina

■Assin manso slave Market

■Anomaba Beach Resort:Mankessim

■Superb Beaches at Gomo Fetteh(off winneba Road)

■Fort st.Jago:Elmina

■The 19th Century Dutch Cemetery-Elmina.

EASTERN REGION
Koforidua is the capital of the Eastern Region.It shares boundaries on the north with Brong Ahafo and Ashanti Regions,on the east with the Volta Region, on the west with Central and Greater Accra on the south.Koforidua is about 85 km from Accra.The Eastern Region is noted for its verdant vegetation,exotic beads and Ghana's premier botanical garden.

★Aburi Botanical Gardens:Aburi(40km North of Accra)
★Tetteh Quarshie's Orginal Cocoa Farm:Mampong- Akuapem
★Boti Falls:(Huhunya near Koforidua)
★Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana:Tafo
★Bunso Arboretum:Bunso(off Accra-Kumasi Highway)
★Kwahu Mountains:(Paragliding and panoramic viewing)
★The Volta Lake and Cruises to Dodi Island.
★Akonedi Shrine:Larteh
★Slave Market at Abonse
★Okomfo Anokyw Shrine:Awukugua
★Waterfalls:Begoro

VOLTA REGION
The Volta Region is the most easterly region in Ghana and shares border with Togo on the eastern side of the country.It also shares boundary with the Northern Region in the North and the Atlantic Ocean to the South.The Region is blessed with extraordinary scenic beauty and many tourist attractions including picturesque waterfalls,mountains and caves.

◆Tafi Atome Monkey Santuary:Near Hohoe.

◆Afadza Mountain: (The Highest Mountain in Ghana,2095 Feet),Liate Wote , near Hohoe.

◆Wli waterfalls:20km southwest of Hohoe.

◆Mount Gemi :Amedzofe(Cool and Invigorating Climate)

◆Xavi Bird Santuary: Akatsi(Off Accra Afloa Road.

◆Health Spa :Sogakope

◆Kyabobo National park

◆German Historical Sites

◆Forye Prinzestein:Keta

◆Ancestral Caves: Leklebi

◆The Grotto :Kpando

◆Kalakpa Resource Reserve

■Mount Adaklu.

UPPER-EAST REGION
Bolgatanga, the capital is about 539km from Accra and a trade centre for traders from Mali and Burkina Faso on their way to the southern parts of Ghana.The region is noted for handicrafts and famous for designed straw baskets,hats and smocks.There is a small regional museum with items like beautiful carved dark wood stools,jewellery,weapons,chief's possessions and bronze ancestors'vases.

♥Paga Crocodile pond and Slave market:Close to the Ghana-Burkina- Faso Boarder.

♥Tong-Tenzug Shrines:10km south of Bolgatanga.

♥Sirigu Art and pottery Village(30km off the Bolga-Navrongo Road.

♥Widnaba(Culture and Hiking Trail):Bawku Road,off the Bolgatanga Zebilla-Bawku Road.

♥Bolga Basket Centre

♥Historical Mud:built church(Navrongo)

♥Tango Rocks

♥Naa Gbewaa's Shrine.

UPPER-WEST REGION
Wa is the Capital City of Upper West Region,which is also the seat of Waa Naa,the paramount Chief of the Walas,and the 16th century magnificent palace.The Region served as the traditional croasroads for Trans Sahara trade roites.The remnants of the defence wall as a result of slave trade can be found at the border town of Gwollu,70.28 km north of Wa.The wall waa built by their King Koro Limann as a defence for the local residents at that time against slave traders.
■Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary

■Gwollu Slave Defence wall

■Nakore Ancient Mosque

■Wuling Mushroom-shaped Rocks

■Dahili ans Hamile Caves(For Hiking)

■Gbelle Resource Reserve

■Wa Naa's Palace

■George Ekem Furguson's tomb

■UDS(University of Development Studies.

Ghana has generally managed to avoid civil strife

 

EMBASSIES IN GHANA
●ALGERIA:(No.22 Josif Broz Tito Ave,Cantonments-Accra):(233)302776719.
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●AUSTRIA:(No.16 Wawa Street,Dzorwulu;233(303)783368.
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●AUSTRALIA:(No.2,2nd Rangoon Close,Cantonments;233(302)216400.
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●BELGIUM(CONSULATE):(No.4 Liberation Link.
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●BENIN:(No.10 Switchback Link,Cantoments)
Tel:233(302)774860.


●BRAZIL:(Millennium Heights Building,Airport Residential Area.)
Tel:(233302)4908.
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●BULGARIA:(No.3 Kakramadu Rd,East Cantonment)
Tel:(233302)772404)
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●BURKINA FASO:(No.772 Farrah Ave. Asylum Down)
Tel:233(302)221988.
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●CANADA:(No.46 Independence Ave.)
Tel:233(302)211521.
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●CHINA:(No.6 Agostino Neto Rd,Airport Residencial Area)
Tel:233(302)777073


●CUBA:(No.20 Amilcar Cabral Rd,Airport Residential Area)
Tel:233(302)775868.
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●COTE D'IVOIRE(No.710/2,18th Lane Osu)
Tel:(233302)774611.

●CZECH REPUBLIC:(No.C260/5 Kanda Highway)
Tel:233(302)223540.
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●ROYAL NANISH EMBASSY:(No.67Dr.Isert Rd(8th Ave. Extention,North Ridge.)
Tel:233(302)253473.
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●DJIBOUT(Consulate):Plot 110,Interplast Premises,Spintex Rd.
Tel:233(302)813490

●EGYPT:NO.35 Senchi Street,Airport Residential Area,Accra.
Tel:233(302)776854.
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●EQUITORIAL GUINEA:No .70 Kufour Lane,North Airport Rd.
Tel:233(302)766357.
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●ETHIOPIA:No.2 Milne Close,Off Dr.Amilcar Cabral Rd.Airport Residential Area.
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●FRANCE :No.12 Liberation Avenue.
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●GAMBIA:Fadama Junction, Darkuman Highway.
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●GERMANY :No.6 Ridge Rd,North Ridge.
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●GUINEA:No .125 ,Opp.Accra Girls High School.
Tel:233(302)777921.


●HUNGURY(Consulate):No.203 Tantra Hills,Achimota.
Tel:233(302400770.
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●INDIA:(No.9 Ridge Rd.Roman Ridge)
Tel:233(302)776745.
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●IRAN:No.3 Nme Link,Airpot Residential Area.
Tel:233(302)760521.
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●IRELAND(Consulate):(c/o Taysec Construction Ltd,Suite 101,Adwoa Agyeiwaa House.84Cantonments Rd.)
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●ITALY:(Switchback Crescent,Cantonment.
Tel:233(302)775621.
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●JAPAN:(Fifth Avenue Ext. West Cantonment)
Tel:233(302)765060-1
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●KOREA:(No.3 Kotobadi Rd,East Cantonments)
Tel:233(302)776157
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●LEBANON:(No.F864/1 Off Cantonments Rd,Osu)
Tel:233(302)776727.
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●LIBERIA:(No.10 Odoi Kwao Street,Airport Residential Area)
Tel:233(302)775641


●LIBYA:(No.53 Liberation Rd,Airpot Residential Area)
Tel:233(302)774819.

●MALAYSIA(No.18, Templesi Lane,Airport Residential Area)
Tel:233(302763691)
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●MALI:(1st Bungalow,Liberation Rd,Ministries)
Tel:233(302)663276
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●MOROCCO:(No.1 Switchback Lane,Cantonment)
Tel:233(302)775669
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●NETHERLANDS:NO.89,Liberation Rd.Corner Off Ako Adjei Interchange.
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●NIGER:(No.E104/3Independence Avenue.)
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●NIGERIA:No.20/21 Roman Ridge)
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●NORWAY(Consulate):Cola Ave.Kokomlemle
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●PAKISTAN:(Appiah Street,Mamprobi.)
Tel:233(302)400770

●STATE OF PALESTINE (Consulate):(No.15 Ghana Airways Ave.Addis Ababa Rd.East Legon)
Tel:233(302)777836
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●PHILIPINES(Consulate):(No.44 Lagos Ave,Addis Ababa .East Legon.
Tel:233(302)516441

●POLAND(Consulate):No.37 Shiashie Rd.Opp.OIC,East Legon.
Tel:233(302)502829.

●RUSSIA:(No.F586/1 13th Lane,Osu,Ring Rd.East)
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●SAUDI ARABIA:(No.10 Fetreke Street,Roman Ridge)
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●SEIRRA LEONE:(Senchi Street Res. Area)
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●SOUTH AFRICA:(No.13 Sollar Street,North Labone)
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●SPAIN: (Drake Ave. Ext,Airpor Residential Area)
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●SWEDEN:(11th Lane ,Osu)
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●SWITZERLAND:(No.9 Water Rd,Kanda Highway.North Ridge)
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●TOGO:(Togo House,Cantonments Circle)
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●TURKEY:(No.734 Adjirigano Rd,Otano-East Legon)
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●UNITED KINGDOM:(No.1 Gamel Abdul Nassal Rd,Osu Link Ridge)
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●UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:(No.19,5th Link Circular Rd,Cantonments)
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●ZIMBABWE:(No.16 Akosombo St.,Airpot Residential Area)
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We invite you to sample some of the unique attractions across the country.Facilities in the capital and other Urban centers are excellent.However,these are limited in the remote areas.It is possible to camp at eco-tourism sites.Tours to wildlife sanctuaries must be planned for early mornings or evening and preferably in the dry months from November to April.
ENJOY YOUR STAY.



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