Travel to Southern Ghana – Gold Coast Castles, Wetlands and Rainforest
Southern Ghana, although close to the equator, has a climate that is tempered for much of the year by cooling ocean breezes. The coastline is a wonderful necklace of beaches, mangroves swamps, lagoons and palm gardens. In the Keta-Angaw lagoon basin important wetlands are a special breeding ground for migratory birds, as are the wetlands towards the eastern part of Accra, while the sandbanks of the Volta estuary are visited by rare Hawksbill, Leatherback and Green Turtles to lay their eggs.
In the Volta Region, which borders in Ghana’s most important river, the River Volta, that has been dammed at Akosombo to harness nature for the benefit of man and to create one of the world’s largest lakes, the scenic beauty of the wooded hills has always lured adventurous ramblers and eco-tourists.
Kakum National Park is the showpiece of Ghana’s conservation programmes. A natural rainforest in the Central Region, and a traditional habitat for some 40 species of larger mammals including the forest elephant, rare plants, birds and butterflies. A world-class canopy walkway provides for an adventure and allows visitors a unique view of the forest.
For the more culturally-inclined visitor take a tour along the Atlantic coast and discover some of the numerous old colonial forts and castles that were built as links in old trade routes.
- Visit the UNESCO classified forts and castles of Ghana’s Atlantic coast – Elmina and Cape Coast are the most impressive.
- Immerse yourself in Asante culture and tradition and spend a few days exploring Kumasi and the surrounding region.
- Experience the frenetic pace of life in Accra, Ghana’s capital, then unwind on a leisurely steamer ride crossing of Lake Volta.