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A magnificent African country with its rich traditions and culture, numerous historic and natural landmarks, Ghana has become a popular tourist destination relatively not long ago. Nowadays, modern tourists come to this country to visit colorful markets where they can purchase jewelry with precious stones and attend interesting historic landmarks of different epochs. If you are interested in wild nature and unique natural landmarks, you will not feel bored in Ghana.
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First settlements in the territory of modern Ghana appeared yet during the Bronze Age. Until the first Europeans stepped on this land, this region belonged to different tribes. There were several city-states here yet in the 13th century. Colonists from Portugal paid their attention to this land at the end of the 15th century – rich gold mines attracted them.
Europeans called the coast of modern Ghana the Gold Coast. For many years, gold mines attracted colonizers from Sweden, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Prussia. Closer to the mid-16th century, the United Kingdom managed to get rid of all competitors and claim ownership of the fertile lands of Ghana despite protests of indigenous people. Ghana became a colony of the United Kingdom. The country managed to restore independence only in March 1957. Copyright
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If an excursion program full of interesting activities is your primary target, consider visiting the capital of Ghana – the historic city of Accra. It was founded by Europeans in the 15th century. Even centuries later, the city still has colonial quarters. The capital is also not deprived of interesting museums and cultural centers. It is particularly interesting to visit the National Museum with its rich collection of art. The Mausoleum of Kwame Nkrumah is also an important symbol of the city. There is an excellent theater in Accra. Besides rich cultural life, the capital is famous for its numerous entertainment venues.
The city of Kumasi is the capital of the ancient Ashanti Kingdom. This is one of the most important cultural centers in Africa. In this city, tourists can attend the Center of the National Culture that casts the light upon the traditions of the indigenous people. Moreover, visitors are welcome to participate in interesting master classes. The Asantehene's Palace is considered the main architectural landmark of the city. If you plan to visit Kumasi together with children, don’t forget to attend the local zoo. This is also a wonderful destination to shop for interesting souvenirs because the city is famous for its old artisan shops.
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The city of Tarkwa is located in western Ghana. This is an important mining region. The city doesn’t have many attractions that are interesting for tourists. Its suburbs are, however, a lot more exciting to visit. There are many interesting farms that attract numerous fans of agricultural tourism. There are old gold mines close to Tarkwa that were transformed into tourist objects.
Do you want to spend more time away from vibrant cities? In this case, Volta Region is one of the best places. This part of the country got its name after a lake with the same name. Here, tourists can explore beautiful areas, see rare animals, and even visit interesting historic attractions – fragments of old European forts that have survived until our days. There is the colonial city of Ho not far from the lake. As the city is deserted, it has become an interesting landmark in the open air.
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Do you want to try something unusual? If yes, New Tafo in the eastern part of the country is a great destination. This town is mostly famous for old tree nurseries. There are educational excursions for tourists. Visitors can also explore old cocoa plantations and even attend an unusual institute that specializes in studying this important national product.
Bolgatanga is a popular town for everyone who wants to find interesting items and souvenirs in the national style. For several centuries, it has been a large trading center. In this town, visitors can find dozens of artisan shops and factories. This is a wonderful place to buy unique handmade items and, of course, quality gold jewelry. After a walk in colorful markets of this town, tourists can explore its old churches and buildings of the colonial time.
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In Accra, there is a large international airport that has a regular connection with different cities of Africa and Europe. Airplanes by Air France from Paris, as well as airplanes by British Airways from London land here. The airport accepts flights from Abidjan at least three times a day. Côte d'Ivoire also has bus connection with Ghana. Finally, it is possible to reach the capital of Ghana by car from Togo using a beautiful coastal highway.

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Famous and uniques places in Ghana from our review series

Elmina Castle Prison

From the series “Famous prisons of the world”
A unique monument of the colonial period is located in Ghana. This is the Elmina Castle. It is the oldest colonial structure in the region. The castle was completed in 1492. This castle has been used for the detention of prisoners since its construction for more than 300 years. Many of the prisoners of Elmina Castle were sold as slaves. It is estimated that about 30,000 slaves were sold in the castle annually during the Middle Ages. The conditions of their detention were appalling. The prisoners were locked in cramped cages. Up to 200 people could be kept in one such cage.

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Bosumtwi Crater

From the series “Largest Meteorite Craters on Earth”
Bosumtwi located in Ghana can be mentioned among the most picturesque meteorite craters of the planet. This structure was formed by a meteorite that collided with the planet about 1.3 million years ago. The diameter of the bowl is 10.5 km. Currently, the crater is filled with water. Bosumtwi lake is considered one of the main natural attractions of Ghana.

The crater specialty lies in tektites, which are fragments of the relatively rare type of comet meteorites. Just to get on, let’s say that by now about 170 impact craters are investigated, and tektites have been found on the territory of only 4 of them, including the Bosumtwi Crater. These rare mineral deposits have enabled scientists to describe the catastrophe that happened more than a million years ago.

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Asante Traditional Buildings

From the series “The Unesco World Heritage Sites in Africa”
In Ghana, there is a curious object that will appeal to lovers of unusual architectural sights. It is the traditional architecture of Ashanti people in the district of Asanta. The complex of 13 buildings is incredibly beautiful and is nowadays, unfortunately, the only memory of the once powerful and prosperous state of Ashanti. The state flourished in the 18th century, and from the beginning of the 19th century, it was ravaged by destructive wars. Finally, the state was conquered by the British army in 1901, during the war years almost all the buildings were destroyed. The beautiful houses that travellers can see today are witnesses to the most tragic events in the history of the Ashanti state. At present, architectural structures are under special protection and are constantly being … Read all
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Ga tribes founded the first settlement here in the 15th century. This was the largest settlement at that time because there had been no settlements of this size in the region before. When Europeans appeared in the territory of modern Ghana, the region started developing and increasing in size. First of all, settlers from Europe built two fortresses, namely, Ussher Fort and Osu Castle. One of the largest trading centers in the country emerged near these fortifications. Closer to the beginning … Read more
During archaeological excavations in the region, scientists discovered that the first settlers in this area appeared yet during the Neolithic age. At that time, people tried to settle near a source of water, and this is the reason why the first settlement was located close to Lake Bosumtwi. We have almost no information about the early history of Kumasi. The first official mentions of Kumasi as a town date back to the 90s of the 17th century. The city became the capital of the Ashanti … Read more

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