what makes ghana more unique is that apart from the hospitable people we have here there is a all year round festival.no matter which month you want to come to ghana there are one or two festivals for you to witness. Festivals are very important occasion on the traditional calendars of the various traditional areas in Ghana. Festivals are celebrated in Ghana for a variety of reasons. In some cases, it is in commemoration of a significant past event in the annals of a particular traditional area. In other cases, the celebration is done to mark the harvesting of a staple food and more
we have festivals like TINGA,FAO,ADAAKOYA,KUURE(HOE),KUSEKBKO LAKERE,INKRONU,AFAHYE/EDIE,EDDIE,NKOMPO,ADDAE TUNTUM,ADDAE KESEE,APOMASU,PARAGBIELE,MASQUERADING,EDINA BRONYA.
we have DZAWUWU AND PARAGBIELE.
we have FIEVIE KPOR LAGBAZA,GOLOGO-GOLIB,PAPA,APOO,KPLEDJOO,NGMAYEM.
we have JINTIGI,BOBUM.DIPO,APOO,ZUMBENTI,KALIBI,WILAA.
we only have the ABOAKYER which is a very interesting festival.
we have OHUM and in ,
we have DAMBA,EDINA BAKATUE,KENTE,SUNGWEH,ALLUOLE.
is the HOMOWO,ASAFOTOFIAM,AKWAMBO,PANAFEST,YAA ASANTEWAA,KENTE,FORDJOUR,BAYIDIE,KUNDUM,ALLUOLE,ODWIRA,AGBELIZA,AGBAMEVOZA,AFERNORTO.
is the HOMOWO (ENDS),OGUAA FETU,NKYIFIE,KUNDUM,ADIKANFO,KUNDUM,OHUM,YAM,WLI FALLS.
we have the DAA,KOBINE,NGMAYEM,MMOA NI NKO,FOYAWOO,KWAFIE,MUNUFIE,KUNDUM,ELLUO,SASADU.
is the KPALIKPAKPA,AMU(RICE),GBIDUKOR,ODWIRA,ZENDO GLIMETOTOZA,KAKUBE,BOARAM,AKWANTUKESE,AYIMAGOONU,KLOYO SIKPLEMI,INKRONU. And finally in
we have the KAKUBE,APOO,ADDAE TUNTUM,ADDAE KESEE.
This festivals are celebrated in different traditional areas and different regions.you will also find out that some of them keeps occurring, well its just that it’s the same people but living in different traditional areas so all chooses its convenient time to celebrate its own.
Mole National Park is the largest and most frequently visited national park in Ghana. It is reasonably well set up to cater for tourists and although it is more expensive than many other parts of Ghana it is well worth a visit
in Mole you see mostly elefants, antilops,warthogs and monkeys..you can go for morning guided walk and/or evening afternoon drive safari
Mole National Park is Ghana's largest wildlife refuge. The park is located in northwest Ghana on grassland savanna and riparian ecosystems at an elevation of 150 m, with sharp escarpment forming the southern boundary of the park. The park's entrance is reached through the nearby city of Larabanga. The Lovi and Mole Rivers are ephemeral rivers flowing through the park, leaving behind only drinking holes during the long dry season. This area of Ghana receives over 1000 mm per year of rainfall. A long-term study has been done on Mole National Park to understand the impact of human hunters on the animals in the preserve.
Be careful around the beaches near the cities as they are not what you may used to in other parts of the world. The beaches in Accra do not have the best reputation as the water tends to be a bit on the dirty side. The good thing is that Kokrobite (Cocro-beet-tee) is close by and there are a few places to stay..check out my hotel tip... While not great for those moonlit strolls it is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and is popular with locals and tourists alike..these are not the mega resorts but rather small encampments along the beach where you can enjoy a book, work on your tan or swim as the local fishermen work
a 50 minutes beautiful walk through rain-forest brings you to one of hte most beautiful and most famous waterfalls of ghana: the tagbo waterfall
The forefathers of the current villagers considered the river Tagbo sacred, and still today a number of taboos are associated with it. For example, no fishing is allowed in the stream, as the spirit of the people is thought to live in it. Washing is also not allowed in the stream on Fridays because on this day the spirit of the river and his children bathe. Furthermore, dogs are taboo in the village, as the villagers believe that the dogs can see spirits and would bark and scare them off. Once every three years, a ceremony for the river takes place, in which a male goat is slaughtered at the riverside.
At the heart of the Volta region (43km South of Hohoe) lies the beautiful village of Tafi Atome. Tafi Atome is surrounded by an indigenous tropical forest with very high floral concentration. In this forest, one could find the endangered, playful and rather sacred True Mona Monkeys. Believing the monkeys to be messengers to the gods and their protectors, the chiefs and people of Tafi have been protecting them for the past 200 years.
Larabanga has the oldest, and best preserved example of a mud and stick mosque in Ghana
Story of the Larabanga Mosque
After Ndewura Jakpa died, and Ibrahim decided to remain in the Gonja kingdom, he realized that as an Islamic spiritual leader, or Imam, he needed a Koran. At this time there were only seven korans in existence, all of them written by hand and bound into no less than sixty Hinzibs each and kept wrapped bulkily in many blankets and stored in large calabash bowls far away in Mecca. Ibrahim decided to consult an old Dhen Zuo man who was a remaining resident of Zuriyir and he learned of the Mystic stone which was already known as a holy spot to the residents of Zuriyir. Ibrahim went to the Mystic Stone and prayed hard for a Koran to be brought to Larabanga and it is said that his prayers were rewarded when one of the original seven Koran from Mecca was delivered to him from the heavens. This Koran is preserved in the village today by a caretaker and it is brought out for special prayers each year during the Fire Festival when the new Muslim calendar year is celebrated. Many people converge at Larabanga from far and wide to attend these readings outside the ancient mosque.
Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is unique. It is the only place where two different species of monkeys, regarded as sacred - the Campbell's Mona and the Geoffroy's Columbus - live together within the same habitat in peace and in harmony with human beings. Monkeys around the world do not enjoy this status, according to Wildlife Experts. Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, Minister of Tourism and Modernisation of the Capital City, observed during a trip to the Sanctuary that Boabeng-Fiema could be an icon for the implementation of a national Tourism Action Plan that seeks to increase tourists arrivals to more than a million
Boabeng and Fiema villages in the Brong Ahafo Region have become synonymous with monkeys. There are about 500 Mona monkeys in the Sanctuary. They are brownish and omnivorous. The black and white Geoffroy's Columbus monkeys number about 200. They are vegetarians, living on leaves mainly. Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary typifies traditional African
Mole National Park is well worth the three hour journey from Tamale, tickets for the buses there do sell out so it's worth arriving at the metro mass station a few hours before it's due to leave, which is either 6am or 2pm. The last half an hour is pretty bumpy but it's an amazing place and the Mole Motel has a pool and is fairly cheap if you're sharing. One thing to note if you are staying at Mole is that there are no stall or chop bars and they don't sell satchet water so if you're on a budget you'd be best to take some food and water with you.
Yes I played golf - every come across anyone else who's played golf in Ghana and I did it twice. It was a very interesting experience!!! I played match play against the pro who plays off +4 but has never played outside Ghana! It is also mandatory to have a caddie - these are local boys who start by hanging around clubhouse cleaning clubs shoes etc, graduate to becoming carries hoping eventually to become a pro. The fairways are rough - no seriously really rough and hard with the ball bouncing all over the place. Plus they are very bare so your caddy will place the ball for you. The greens are "greens" but used to be "browns" browns are a mixture of sand and oil and give a truer reading than African greens which are worse that you worst winter temporary greens. Another problem is chasing the hens off the greens and I don't mean 1 or 2! Having said all of the that it was an experience and I'm glad I did it. I played on the Ghanian Championship course so would love to know what the others are like. Green fees are cheap but by the time you pay for your caddy, buy him a few drinks, buy your pro drinks and a meal and you will end up buying drinks for loads of other people too it doesn't work out cheap. Beware of the heat - my other half played once and got heat stroke so drink plenty water.
In 1674, the British built a small fort using more durable materials and called it Fort Charles, after the reigning monarch King Charles II. However, it was abandoned in order to concentrate efforts and costs on Fort Carolusburg at Cape Coast.
These days they use it as a prison, but you still can find it on the beach in Anomabou town.
The largest of Ghana's National Parks with a size of 4840 square km.
Mole National Park is situated in the heart of the Guinea savannah woodland ecosystem.
A total of 600km of game protection and viewing roads have been developed within the park.
A basic 33-bed, no frills hotel facility, which overlooks an elephant bath, offers overnight accommodation and restaurant facilities.
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The Sports College at Winneba is one place where teachers and college professors might want to stop for a day. The facilities are limited, but there is a guest house that can be rented or borrowed for modest donation. From there, one can catch a ride into town and visit the fishing village. Few tourists are there, but curious children and fishermen fixing their boats and nets are worth an afternoon. Take a leisurely pace along the beach and catch an image like this. In a country that is itself off the beaten path, Winneba appears to be even more so for tourists. Virtualtourist.com doesn't even list it among the popular destinations. See more in my Winneba pages.
Bolgatanga is not the sort of town tourists flock to, but there many comfortable guest houses and hotels to stay in, and the variety of villages and other activities outside of town are sure to please anyone who visits. The town has good hospitality. I have more information at my Bolgatanga pages.
The Upper West region is one of the most remote corners of Ghana and most tourists don't get there. Too bad. The old Muslim mud mosques, hippos on the Black Volta River at Weichau, and Lobi tribal villages here make this destination very worthwhile. Since the two letter town of Wa, which is the capitol of the region, isn't on the Virtualtourist.com map, you'll have to see my pages images and insights on this underappreciated corner of Ghana. This is a great route for entering Burkina Faso, incidentally.
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