This country has a great wealth of nature and culture

A trip to Ghana in Africa is an adventure. The country on the west coast of Africa has been relatively quiet for years and is therefore easy to travel. It offers great diversity, including a beautiful coastline of no less than 539 kilometers long.

Ghana borders Ivory Coast to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The capital of Ghana is Accra.

Europeans first arrived in Ghana at the end of the fifteenth century. During this period, the coast of Ghana and its neighbours were nicknamed Gold Coast. At the end of the sixteenth century, the Dutch built their first trading posts here. These remained in their possession until the end of the nineteenth century.

Dutch Forts

The former castles, forts and/or fortified trading posts that were built between 1482 and 1786 along the Gold Coast are now tourist highlights. With names such as Fort Amsterdam, Fort Batenstein and Fort Lijdzaamheid. It's a past with a grim history. Ghana was for centuries an important part of bringing slavery to America, and to other nations.

Mole National Park

In Ghana, a lot has been invested in various nature parks in recent years. This effort is to restore them to its former glory. Mole National Park in northern Ghana is the largest nature reserve in the country. Animals that can be seen here are elephants, baboons, various antelopes and nile crocodiles.

Larabanga Mosque

The Larabanga Mosque in Larabanga is special. It was built in Sudanese style and dates back to 1421. An Islamic trader named Ayuba had a dream where he was told to build this mosque.

The fight for independence

The country played an important role in the fight for independence. In 1957, Ghana became the first colonised country in Africa to regain its independence. After which many other African countries followed.

Remarkably few tourists travel to Ghana. It is relatively unknown, although this has a lot to do with the unrest in surrounding countries such as Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone. On my visit I didn't notice any turmoil or tension.