Travel Guide in Ghana

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Ghana is located on the southern coast of West Africa. Reading over this Ghana travel guide should help ensure you have a wonderful visit. In 1957 Ghana received independence from the United Kingdom. Ghana was the first sub-Saharan nation to receive independence. Ghana is part of United Nations, the African Union, Common Wealth of Nations and several other organizations.

Brief History

There were many wars wars prior to Ghana becoming an independent nation. The people of Ghana, and even some chiefs, rebelled against the policies of the British. After World War II the people pushed for independence and after a long and trying struggle, they finally received it.

People of Ghana

Ghana is a great place for first-time visitors to Africa. The people of Ghana are very friendly and welcome tourists. Tourism in Ghana is growing steadily. You will offer find several tour operators available. Keep in mind that tourism to Ghana is still relatively new and some of the tours and operators are unorganized. It is important to be patient when dealing with tour operators. You will soon realize that your patience has paid off when you explore the beautiful sights of Ghana. Getting to know the people of Ghana will afford you a truly unique and educational way to learn about the country.

Economy and Safety

Ghana is a stable country and the economy is growing. Ghana produces the second largest amount of cocoa and Ghana is also rich in gold. Ghana has a fairly low crime rate but, like in any major city, muggings can be a problem. Try not to use your cell phone in public unless necessary. If you visit a nightclub leave in a big group if possible and get in a taxi right away. Muggings seem to be more common at night when people are leaving nightclubs.

Staying Healthy

Prior to taking your trip to Ghana visit your doctor to get any required vaccinations. Also keep in mind that malaria is still a wide spread disease in Africa. Make sure to have mosquito repellents and mosquito avoidance with you. The HIV and AIDS rate is extremely lower than other countries in Africa but avoid having unprotected sex and receiving blood transfusions.

Traditions

While in Ghana certain practices are considered to be disrespectful. If you are offered food it is considered disrespectful to not to eat it. It is also considered disrespectful to not greet others. Saying a simple hello, good morning or good evening is an acceptable greeting.

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