Travel to Ghana

If you're after a seriously laid back time, then a holiday in Ghana is just the ticket. And there's far more to this West African country than its capital Accra. Take in the ravishing scenery at Mole National Park where lions, elephants and buffalo graze the area, and more daring tourists can brave the canopy walk in the rainforest at Kakum National Park. If you're after a real slice of history, you'll also want to see Elima Castle, which was built in 1482 and is intimately bound up with the history of the nation.

Despite its fur flung location there are various UK airports which offer indirect flights to Ghana. For a substantially higher price, the likes of Virgin Atlantic and British Airways can take you directly from London Heathrow to Kotoka International Airport. A direct flight will take between six and seven hours, and a regular shuttle service operates between the airport and Accra.

Taxis are very easy to come by, but remember to haggle over the price and ensure you settle on the fare before beginning the journey, or you risk being overcharged once you arrive at your destination. Another way to get around is by tro-tro - which basically means any vehicle full to bursting with people. They're cheaper than taxis and buses, and are a great way to get to know the real people and culture of the country during your Ghana holiday.

In order to keep your costs down during your trip, book your Ghana hotel in advance to get a cheap deal. This leaves you with more money to explore the country!

Local people relish haggling and will not be offended if you try to get a good price for a souvenir from your Ghana holiday. Never accept the first price; they will expect you to argue the price down. Large cities have a market on every day but to get a true feel for the culture try to visit a village market. It is best to check dates as they are not open every day. Make sure you use a firm tone when talking to stall owners as they can become quite aggressive when they're trying to sell you something. Don't be afraid to say "No thank you" and move on.

If you're looking for cheap delicious food, look no further than street vendors. For a real taste of Ghana, be sure to try fufu, which is the national dish and consists of plantains, yam and soup, with a hearty helping of fish or meat on the side. Even restaurant meals are very, very good value in Ghana - so tuck into lobster at prices you could only dream of in Blighty.

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