While Italy or France might be the first places that come to mind when it comes to taking a vacation, there are dozens of reasons why taking on something a little more adventurous can be a lot more rewarding. West Africa, for instance, is a wonderful region in a continent that is largely unexplored by Western tourists. Ghana in particular is a relatively unknown jewel in the area, despite being a country of more than 25 million people. So if you're looking for reasons to make Ghana your next vacation destination, keep reading to discover just a few of the best.
While there's certainly nothing wrong with spending an afternoon among elephants and giraffes, there's plenty more to explore outside of the savanna. Ghana hosts a huge diversity of landscapes, from tropical jungles to mountains to staggeringly beautiful beaches. Regardless of what you're looking for in natural scenery, Ghana is bound to have it.
It's an unfortunate reality of the modern world that much of sub-Saharan Africa is marred by conflict and lack of stability. But Ghana is an exception to this: since transitioning to a democracy in the early 1990s, the country has been considered one of the safest and most stable in the region. Of course, it's wise to exercise necessary precautions while traveling (just as with anywhere), but you certainly won't have to worry about finding yourself in the middle of a violent political coup.
One of the biggest draws of traveling to Ghana is the incredible culture. Brightly colored clothing competes with upbeat drum-based music for tourists' attention on every street in the main cities, and you're more likely than not to experience sensory overload of the best kind. If you want to dive deeper into what makes Ghana unique, you can even sign up for lessons to learn how to play the djembe, a classic West African instrument. This allows for a more intimate, personal connection with the local culture and can be an unforgettable experience.
A trip abroad is rarely worth it if you feel unwelcome in the country you're traveling through. Fortunately, Ghanaians are among the friendliest people you'll meet, always ready to help you out or talk at length about the best things to do or eat in their country. And as an added bonus, English is the official language of the country, which means that communication breakdowns due to a language barrier aren't as common as elsewhere.
For more information on traveling to Ghana, contact a company like Continent Tours.
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