Mole National Park, which covers an area of 4,480 square kilometres, is Ghana’s largest wildlife refuge. It is home to a stunning terrain of grassland savannah veined with streams and rivers. Elephants are the unofficial symbol of the park, which also contains lions, leopards, buffalo and 3,000 bird species.
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Elmina must be one of the most colourful places in the world. Most of the town comes out twice a day, to wish its fishermen a safe trip and greet them again as they return. Brightly painted boats, everyone wearing football shirts, the flip-flopping catch being sold on the dockside: it’s an overwhelming site...
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This small beach town has become a destination for sun seekers and pleasure seekers. The long-established Big Milly’s has become somewhat of a backpackers classic – a laid back hostel with an open bar. But the beach is the main attraction – the finest near Accra.
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Kakum National Park is a hugely popular day trip from Accra. Leave the visitors’ centre and you start walking on a series of vertiginous walkways suspended high in the canopy. It offers a fabulous view of the park, and a bit of an adrenalin rush to boot.
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Thatched umbrellas stud the shoreline, looking out over the area’s characteristically crashing waves. Rustic to say the least, Bojo is a delightfully simplistic set up of sand, water and seating. Bojo is well-maintained, clean, and the urban hubbub seems eons away.
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We were rather taken aback by Aqua Safari. It faces out to the estuary of the River Volta, a mile or so upstream from the ocean. From an open-sided restaurant and bar you can see Ghana’s island-dwelling folk crab-fishing and clam-diving in the water. The forward-thinking owners offer guided tours to the islands for boat-building and basket-weaving workshops – there’s also a lot of water to play around in on a jet-ski or one of the pontoons.
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The Royal Senchi Resort is a bold undertaking; a largely thatched 84-room complex with facilities for large conferences just west of the town of Akosombo. Its location by the river gives it a wild tropical feel, while being within a 90-minute drive from Accra.
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Cape Coast might be the former capital city, but when held up against Accra, it's the very picture of serenity. The centre is an appealing place in which to watch and wander - particularly down by the crescent-shaped harbour - it also has a sharply sobering history. You'll most likely be aware that Cape Coast Castle was where some of the worst atrocities of the slave trade era were committed.
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