Ghana, 5thby Philip Briggs
Ghana is packed with national parks, forest reserves, scenic waterfalls and cultural sites, yet is free of the trappings of mass tourism. It’s an ideal destination for first-time visitors to Africa: rich in little-visited national parks, forest reserves, cultural sites and scenic waterfalls, blessed with bleached white beaches and lush rain forests of the
Ghana is packed with national parks, forest reserves, scenic waterfalls and cultural sites, yet is free of the trappings of mass tourism. It’s an ideal destination for first-time visitors to Africa: rich in little-visited national parks, forest reserves, cultural sites and scenic waterfalls, blessed with bleached white beaches and lush rain forests of the Atlantic coastline. This only stand-alone guide caters for both the budget backpacker and the luxurious resort wallower. Including authoritative history and wildlife sections, updated accommodation and restaurant recommendations and a wealth of background and practical information, Bradt’s Ghana covers the country with unrivalled detail and knowledge. Ghana defeated Sudan 2-0 in Accra to become the first African side to reach the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. What better time to catch this friendly, English-speaking and hassle-free country as it revels on a soccer high?
‘The best guidebook to the country.’ The Sunday Times
‘Philip Briggs is clearly not only an expert on travel in Africa but also someone who cares deeply about the countries he is visiting.’ Traveller Magazine
‘One of the few comprehensive guides available.’ Time Out
‘The best guide to Ghana.’ Elle
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By Briggs, Philip
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INTERACTING WITH GHANAIANS Ghana has the reputation as the friendliest country in west Africa, a title that is patently absurd, but certainly not unjustified. Taken as a whole, Ghanaians do seem to be remarkably affable and friendly both among themselves and in their dealings with tourists, and I find it difficult to think of any other African country where I felt so safe or unhassled. First-time visitors to Africa or at least those with a white skin, may be surprised at the amount of attention they draw by virtue of their conspicuous foreignness – symptoms of which range from having every passing taxi in Accra blare its horn at you to being greeted by mobs of exuberant children chanting obruni as you walk past. At times, this can be exhausting, but I cannot recall an incident of this type that was underscored by anything approaching malice.
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Philip Briggs is an expert on African travel and author of ten Bradt Guides, including Tanzania, Ethopia, Uganda and Malawi.
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