Ghana is a country located in West Africa, where it stretches along both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea. The area has had a long and chequered history and its people have had many struggles, but they have always bounced back, which is perhaps why Ghana actually means “Warrior King” in Soninke – one of the languages spoken there.
Ghana might not seem like the most fun or exciting place to visit, but you would be wrong More, and more people are descending on the area than ever before. Of course, many Westerners fly there to volunteer in Ghana, but many of its international visitors are there to explore the land and get to know its people.
If you are still unsure about taking a trip to the area, you may find the following fascinating facts about Ghana are enough to sway you:
Ghana was the first sub-Saharan Country in Africa to win its independence when colonialism came to an end. The country was awarded its independence in March 1957.
A Peaceful Place
A fact that often surprises people about Ghana is that it is such a friendly and relaxed place. In fact, so peaceful is Ghana that it was named as the most peaceful country in Africa by the Global Peace Index. So, for people who are perhaps worried about traveling to Africa, it is an excellent choice of destination.
Ghana’s currency is called the cedi. It takes its name from a regional word which means ‘cowry shell’. This may seem a touch odd until you realize that the money in Ghana was at one time made from sea snails, and Brits are worried about having a little bit of tallow in their fivers!
The Biggest Man-Made Lake is in Ghana
Situated in the country’s Volta Region, you will find Lake Volta, which has the accolade of being the biggest artificial lake in the world. Amazingly, the lake stretched 250 miles in length and covers a total area of 3282 square miles. That’s 3.8 percent of the whole country!
It has the Best Market Place
Ghana is home to West Africa’s largest market, which is known as the Kejetia Market. The market, which is located in Kumasi, is the place to go if you want to bask in baking hot weather as you shop for locally made African crafts. At the market, you can also find fresh produce and good quality second-hand clothing, amongst other things. It’s a great place to visit if you’re looking to meet friendly Ghanaians and pick up a few souvenirs for your loved ones.
Ghana is Luxurious
Most people don’t consider Ghana to be a particularly luxurious place, but there are actually some luxury travel options including the 5-star Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra for lovers of luxe travel to book into. Even better, is the fact that the country’s luxury hotels tend to be extremely affordable, so people on almost any budget can get a touch of opulence when visiting Ghana.
As you can see, there is much more to Ghana than meets the eye, and you are unlikely to regret making the decision to add it to your travel list.