Ghana is one of the safest and most stable African countries you can visit. It is also considered one of the best ‘starter’ countries for Africa. This is not only due to its relative safety, but a reasonably well-organized infrastructure, good (if sometimes interesting) transportation system and really friendly, welcoming people. It’s rich in arts, crafts, music and dance and has a huge range of activities and options to fit almost any traveler’s taste.
I first visited Ghana in 2003 on a 3-week solo trip – and what a trip. I saw so much: Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle, Posuban, a Vodun fetish market, Kakum’s Canopy Walkway, Kumasi and all of the surrounding craft villages, Nzulezu stilt village, Tamale, Mole National Park, Aburi Botanical Gardens, and I’m sure I’m forgetting a few things. Throughout it all, I felt very safe.
Well, Ghana has had a boon since then. They found oil off the coast and the money flowing through the country has created some changes. Lots of dirt road villages have grown into thriving towns with paved roads. They’re getting much more modern in places like Accra. Education is now free and there’s a burgeoning middle class.
What’s really great is that the people are still their same wonderful selves. Progress hasn’t gone to their heads, they haven’t become jaded or greedy. They’re still upbeat, easygoing and quick to smile and laugh. This is what makes Ghana great.
I was worried whether Tim would like Ghana, because I loved it so much. Turns out, he loved it too. We ended up staying 5 months and even considered settling down there. We might have, but we still have a lot to see. When the time comes, though, Ghana is one of our top choices for unpacking our bags long term.
If you haven’t been to Ghana, put it on your list. You won’t be disappointed.