[All content and prices updated August 2013]

Why you should add Ghanato your Indie/RTW trip

  • Ghana may be the friendliest travel destination in West Africa. And that's not just because most of Ghana's neighbors have been stuck in civil wars in recent years. The people themselves are noticeably friendly and open, making it a joy to travel in the country.
  • Stop and talk, interact with the locals, eat and drink and enjoy the atmosphere.
  • Once you've done that, take a trip to see the national parks and rainforests.
  • The Cape Coast Castle, the seat of the British colonial power back when Britain was trying to get everyone in Africa to take up cricket, is Ghana's only UNESCO Heritage sight.
  • Mole National Park may be named for tiny mammals, but it's home to some giant ones. Elephants roam the park and pose for photos by the herd, and in Kakum National Park, an entirely different ecosystem is on display in the jungle canopy walks and rainforest hikes.


Ghana's capital city, Accra, is one of the travel hubs for flights and buses in the region, so you shouldn't have much trouble getting in to Ghana or getting around once you're there. Taxis, buses and cars for hire are plentiful and while there aren't many tourist groups or tours to ferry you around, you should be able to find your way to the best sights on your own.


Hostels are widely available in cities on the coast and can be a cheaper way to stay in Ghana.