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Ghana Holiday

Take the friendliest person you know, multiply them by 100, and you're still not even close to the warmth and amiability of the average Ghanaian.

Africa can seem like a scary continent to tackle for amateur and experienced travellers alike, but the friendliness of Ghanaians makes taking a trip to the continent seem like a walk in the park - or the rainforest, so to speak.

Situated in West Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea and nestling innocently between Cote D'Ivoire and Togo, Ghana is easy to overlook.

It is rarely in the headlines; it hasn't experienced any civil wars or military coups for a couple of decades and is regarded as 'doing well' economically and socially.

But Ghana has a lot to offer even the most experienced traveller, and is a great starting point from which to visit other West African countries.

The rest of Africa may have lions, Zulu warriors and the sprawling Serengeti, but Ghana has lush, verdant countryside, pretty beaches, a rich and intriguing culture and - most of all - friendly people who are proud of their country.

Get used to hearing the phrase 'Akwaaba!', simply meaning 'welcome', as you wind your way from the bustling capital city of Accra, to the history-steeped Dutch slave forts of Cape Coast and the dark and mysterious 'North'.

As the first sub-Saharan country to gain its independence in 1957, Ghana is fiercely proud of its relatively new found independence and Ghanaians cannot help but exude a love for their country despite its economic and social problems.

Formerly the Gold Coast, Ghana has a turbulent political past. Fierce tribal wars, colonisation and slavery all feature in Ghana's often violent, sometimes bloody quest to be independent.

Wherever you turn in Ghana are the marks of a rich and intriguing history and everyone you meet, from taxi drivers to stallholders, will have a story to tell.

The official language spoken is English, making it easy for travellers to get by, but communication may become more difficult as you head north to the hot and dusty transport hub of Tamale, the ancient Ashanti Kingdom of Kumasi and Ghana's bustling third city, Takoradi, as different tribes intermingle, each with their own distinct language and characteristics.

Ghanaians are a diverse people coming from a plethora of different tribes, and the amount of languages they speak (79 in total!) reflects this.

The most common however, are Twi, Ga, Ewe and Fante.

It’s worth picking up a few phrases to help you get a good price on a taxi or haggle for beads and carvings at one of Ghana's many markets.

Life in Ghana, much like in the rest of West Africa, revolves around markets and on market days the sights, sounds - and often smells - are overwhelming.

Try your hand at haggling in Ghana's largest market, Makola market, in Accra or travel northwards to the dusty transport hub of Tamale where you can spend your cedis on shrunken monkey heads and other 'interesting' delights at the fetish market.

If you're determined to see a bit of wildlife take a tro-tro (one of Ghana's dilapidated mini-vans which serve as the main mode of transport) to Kakum National Park where you can see monkeys, and perhaps even a rare, rainforest elephant and then on to the hippo sanctuary further north in Wa where you can see the marvellous beasts in their full glory.

And if you get lost along the way, while you jump from bustling city to northern village, from the Cape Coat slave forts to the ancient Ashanti kingdom and from the busy Accra sidewalks to the cool forests of Akosombo, you can always be safe in the knowledge that a friendly Ghanaian will be on hand to help you find your way and continue your adventure though this beautiful, diverse and welcoming country.