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Favorite thing: We visited a Dagarti village on the way to Mole National Park. The village was small and very primitive by western standards. There was no electricity, nor a well in the village, and the women would walk two miles or more to fecth water, carrying it back in a large container on their head.
The huts are built around a small courtyard, with the village chief having his own hut and each of his wives (he may have up to four wives) a hut each with their young children. There is no kitchen as such in their houses – during the dry season they would cook outside, when it rains they would take the fire inside. There is no chimney in the hut, so the smoke would linger inside.
Written Jan 21, 2007
Favorite thing: In ancient times Ghana was called, Gold Coast and in Obuasi you see why.
Large mining elevators, gold dealers, statues and so on.
More info: Obuasi
Written Jan 28, 2006
Favorite thing: Ghana is a great country to visit..especially if you've never been anywhere in Africa. Most people can understand and/or speak English, friendly, and safe. You will feel welcome alsmot everywhere you go. There are many places to go and things to do. From going to the villages (attending festivals), going to the different parks (kakum, mole), major towns (kumasi, accra etc), some beaches, going to the art center, and just walking around the different places. One must definitely buy a travel guide -- I used Brandt & it was good enough. Great country!!!
Written Oct 22, 2005
Favorite thing: see the interesting places like cape coast where you get to see the castles where slavery used to take place.learn about the fishing village of elmina,aburi where you can get to see the garden and some old and ageless trees,the asantehenes palace at kumasi,etc.
Fondest memory: i miss the kindness of the citizens.
Updated May 30, 2005
Favorite thing: Make sure you bring some mosquito repellant and sunscreen. The bugs seemed to be worse in the smaller cities -not too bad in Accra. Most of the locals seemed immune to the humidity but I was sweating buckets, so I had to buy a hankie/bandana to keep with me- if you have some at home be sure to bring them.
Fondest memory: I loved the slow relaxed pace of life in Ghana and miss that very much! They don't do anything fast there (except drive!) and it was truly a great vacation. It was not the "typical" African vacation where you see wildlife on safari, but it was exciting all the same. On the way to the Volta Lake cruise, some monkeys ran out of the bush in front of our car, so that was cool!
Written Feb 18, 2005
Favorite thing: When you meet people, you don't just shake the hand. When you meet somebody in Ghana, you shake the hand and you also slam the medius with your friend's one.
When you meet several people, you must also start greting and shaking hand from the right to the left. Starting from the left is very inpolite.
Updated May 16, 2004
Favorite thing: Post office.
Post is very slow in Ghana, but not much than in other African countries.
You must have a PO BOX because there is no postman delivering the mail. (there is even no addresses).
When you want to send mail, post it at the main post office or at the airport. Else, it takes too long.
Updated May 16, 2004
Favorite thing: Palm Wine
In West Africa, they drink Palm Wine.
Ghanaian are even more drinking this alcohol because they have a lot of palm trees and also because religion does not prevent them from drinking alcoholic beverages from time to time.
This alcool is coming from the typical palm tree for production of palm oil.
This palm tree is cultivated to give fresh fruits. Thoses fruits are pressed and give this oil.
In Europe they use this oil for production of soap and other beauty products.
In Ghana too, but they also use the palm kernel oil in the food. It is a good red oil they add to lots of local dishes.
Fondest memory: The tree gives fruits during 27 years, from the 3rd till the 30st. After, the tree is so tall that they cannot harvest the fruits anymore. So, they chop it down and take the sap to make alcool.
This is very good and nice to drink a cup with some Ghanaian friends.
When they cut the tree, the day after, there is some nice light alcoholised juice, sometimes naturally sparkling.
Everyday, the production of alcohol becomes stronger and at the end, it cam be more than 50 degrees, however everythin is usually already taken at this time.
Palm wine is better in the early days.
It is not possible to conserve it, so you drink it on place. Take it back to Europe is not possible. I tasted some bottled palm wine in Senegal, but that is just for tourists and does not taste the real one.
Updated May 8, 2004
Favorite thing: Cape Coast was the capital of the British Gold Coast possessions until the 1870s, when the capital was transferred to Accra. At the port in Cape Coast, they export products of the district, such as frozen fish, cacao, coconuts, citrus fruits, corn, and cassava. Cape coast is also known for its qualitative university.
Written Apr 26, 2004
Favorite thing: Cape Coast is the capital of the Central Region. The area was settled by the Portuguese in 1610. The Swedes built in 1652 the fort of Carolusberg, which passed to the Dutch in 1659 and to the British in 1667.
Written Apr 26, 2004
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