Ghana

by Philip Briggs

Ghana

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This 8th edition of Bradt's Ghana remains the only dedicated guidebook on the market and the most comprehensive source of travel information on the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence and the world's second-largest producer of chocolate. Covering everything from Ghana's 550km of Atlantic coastline to its remote and sparsely populated northern border with Burkina Faso, this new edition has been thoroughly updated and is an ideal companion no matter what your interests are. Written by Philip Briggs, arguably the world's most experienced guidebook writer, it covers everything from inexpensive opportunities to see wildlife to cultural and historical aspects such as the slave trading posts. Background, practical and health information are complemented by a dedicated, illustrated chapter on wildlife, 60 maps and 18 chapters split across five regional sections, from Accra and surrounds to the coast, through eastern and central Ghana, right up to the north. The popular Cape Coast and Ashanti regions are both covered, as is the increasingly high profile Chale Wote Street Art festival. Friendly, safe and inexpensive, Ghana is an ideal destination for first-time visitors to Africa. It is rich in little-visited national parks, forest reserves, cultural sites and scenic waterfalls and blessed with bleached white beaches and the lush rainforest of the Atlantic coastline. Bradt's Ghana is accompanied by a dedicated, updated website run by the author himself and caters for everyone from birdwatchers to bar-hoppers. Whether you want to cruise the world's largest man-made reservoir, Lake Volta, on a pokey old steamer, hike with elephants in Mole National Park, or party all night in Accra's glittering Osu district, Bradt's Ghana is an indispensable companion.

About the author

Philip Briggs has been exploring Africa since 1986. He has visited more than two dozen African countries and written about most of them for specialist travel and wildlife magazines including Africa Birds & Birding, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Travel Africa and Wanderlust. His long relationship with Ghana started in 1997, when he researched the first edition of a Bradt guide to the country that is soon to go into its 7th edition. Philip has returned to West Africa regularly since then to update the Bradt Guide to Ghana and to explore neighbouring countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Gambia. He still spends at least four months on the road every year, usually accompanied by his wife, the travel photographer Ariadne Van Zandbergen, and spends his rest of the time battering away at a keyboard in the sleepy South African coastal village of Wilderness.
This edition has been updated by Nancy Chuang. From peaceful fishing villages to the country's busiest festivals, she is fully immersed in all aspects of Ghana. Her cultural education has covered jollof and waakye, highlife and reggae, expat bars and chop bars. From the back of a motorbike or the backseat of a trotro, she dives deep into conversations about solo women travellers and how 'real Americans' are supposed to look. After multiple visits around Africa, she sees Ghana as one of the friendliest, liveliest, and quirkiest countries on the continent. Nancy is physically based in Brooklyn where her commute unfortunately doesn't involve canoeing through Ghana's mangroves.

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Contents

PART 1 GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography and location, Climate, History, Economy, Language, Religion
Chapter 2 Natural History
Wildlife
Chapter 3 Practical Information
When to visit, Tourist information, Itineraries and highlights, Tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, Safety and hassles, What to take, Money, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Media and communications, Business, Cultural etiquette
Chapter 4 Health
Preparations, Common medical problems, Unusual medical problems, Other safety concerns

PART 2 ACCRA AND SURROUNDS
Chapter 5 Accra
History, Getting there and away, Orientation, Safety, Getting around, Tourist information and tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 6 Around Accra
Teshie-Nungua, Tema, Prampram and Ningo, Atsiekpoe, Aburi, Shai Hills Resource Reserve, Kokrobite, Bojo and Langma beaches, Gomoah Fetteh and Senya Beraku

PART 3 THE COAST WEST OF ACCRA
Overview, Best of the West Coast
Chapter 7 Winneba and the Cape Coast Road
Winneba, Apam, Mankessim, Saltpond and surrounds, Anomabu and Biriwa, Moree
Chapter 8 Cape Coast and Elmina
Cape Coast, Kakum National Park, Elmina, Towards Takoradi
Chapter 9 Takoradi
History, Orientation, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Around Takoradi
Chapter 10 Busua and Surrounds
Busua, Butre, Akwidaa and Cape Three Points
Chapter 11 Axim and the Far Southwest
Prince's Town, Axim, Beyin, Nzulezo and the Amansuri Wetlands, Half Assini, Ankassa Protected Area, Elubo

PART 4 EASTERN GHANA
Overview, Best of Eastern Ghana
Chapter 12 Ada and the East Coast
Ada Foah, Sogakope, Avu Lagoon, Keta and surrounds, Aflao
Chapter 13 Akosombo and Krobo
Akosombo, Atimpoku and surrounds, Manya Krobo and Yilo Krobo
Chapter 14 Ho and the Volta Interior
Ho, Amedzofe and the Avatime Hills, Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, Kpandu, Hohoe, Agumatsa Wildlife Sanctuary, Mount Afadjato, Nkwanta
Chapter 15 Koforidua and the Kumasi Road
Koforidua, Bunso and surrounds, The Kwahu Plateau

PART 5 CENTRAL GHANA
Overview, Best of Central Ghana
Chapter 16 Kumasi
History, Getting there and away, Orientation, Tourist information, Safety, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Bars and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Bia National Park and Resource Reserve
Chapter 17 Greater Ashanti
Craft villages northeast of Kumasi, Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary, Lake Bosomtwe, Obuasi, Bonkro Picathartes Site, Ejisu and surrounds, Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary, Effiduase and surrounds, Bomfobiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Mampong and surrounds
Chapter 18 From Kumasi to Tamale
Sunyani, Asumura Conservation Initiative, Bui National Park, Techiman and surrounds, Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, Kintampo

PART SIX NORTHERN GHANA
Overview, Best of Northern Ghana
Chapter 19 Tamale and Surrounds
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Guides and tours, Safety, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Bars and nightclubs, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Excursions further afield
Chapter 20 Mole National Park
History and wildlife, Getting there and away, Where to stay and eat, What to see and do, Around Mole National Park
Chapter 21 Bolgatanga and the Upper East
Bolgatanga, Around Bolgatanga, The Gambaga Escarpment, Navrongo, Paga
Chapter 22 Wa and the Upper West
Wa, Around Wa, Lawra, Tumu, Around Tumu

Appendices
Language
Glossary
Further information
Index