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Bradt's Ghana is the only dedicated guidebook on the market and the most comprehensive source of travel information on the country, written by Philip Briggs, the leading writer of guidebooks to Africa. Catering for all types of visitors, from bar-hoppers to birdwatchers, and covering everything from Ghana's 550 km of Atlantic coastline to its remote and sparsely populated northern border, Bradt's Ghana is the most detailed resource for those who want to explore the country's wealth of tropical beaches, national parks, forest reserves, cultural sites and scenic waterfalls. It also includes more than 60 maps and is accompanied by a dedicated updated website run by the author himself.
Friendly, safe and inexpensive, Ghana is an ideal destination for first-time visitors to Africa. It is rich in little-visited national parks, forest reserves, cultural sites and scenic waterfalls and blessed with bleached white beaches and the lush rainforest of the Atlantic coastline. Updated throughout, this revised guide includes authoritative history and wildlife sections, accommodation and restaurant recommendations and a wealth of background and practical information. Written by Africa expert Philip Briggs, it provides unrivalled detail and knowledge of this little-visited nation.
This edition has been updated by Sean Connolly, author of Bradt's Senegal and a contributor to several of Bradt's African titles, who has been visiting the continent regularly since 2008. It has been thoroughly updated and carefully tailored to any changes in the Ghana travel scene since the last edition.
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography and location, Climate, History, Economy, Language, Religion
Chapter 2 Natural History
Chapter 3 Practical Information
When to visit, Tourist information, Itineraries and highlights, Tour operators, Red tape, Ghana high commissions, embassies and diplomatic representatives, Getting there and away, Safety and hassles, What to take, Money, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Media and communications, Business, Cultural etiquette
Chapter 4 Health
Preparations, In Ghana
PART TWO ACCRA AND SURROUNDS
Chapter 5 Accra
History, Getting there and away, Orientation, Safety, Getting around, Tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 6 Around Accra
Teshie-Nungua, Tema, Prampram and Ningo, Atsiekpoe, Aburi, Shai Hills Resource Reserve, Kokrobite, Bojo and Langma beaches, Gomoah Fetteh and Senya Beraku
PART THREE THE COAST WEST OF ACCRA
Chapter 7 Winneba and the Cape Coast Road
Winneba, Apam , Mankessim, Saltpond and surrounds, Anomabu and Biriwa , Moree
Chapter 8 Cape Coast and Elmina
Cape Coast, Kakum National Park, Elmina, Towards Takoradi
Chapter 9 Takoradi
History, Orientation, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist informatio, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Around Takoradi
Chapter 10 Busua and Surrounds
Busua, Butre, Akwidaa and Cape Three Points
Chapter 11 Axim and the Far Southwest 257
Prince's Town, Axim, Beyin, Nzulezo and the Amansuri Wetlands, Half Assini Ankasa Protected Area, Elubo
PART FOUR EASTERN GHANA
Chapter 12 Ada and the East Coast
Ada Foah, Sogakope, Avu Lagoon, Keta and surrounds, Aflao
Chapter 13 Akosombo and Krobo
Akosombo, Atimpoku and surrounds, Manya Krobo and Yilo Krobo
Chapter 14 Ho and the Volta Interior
Ho, Amedzofe and the Avatime Hills, Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, Kpandu, Hohoe, Agumatsa Wildlife Sanctuary, Mount Afadjato, Nkwanta
Chapter 15 Koforidua and the Kumasi Road
Koforidua, Bunso and surrounds, The Kwahu Plateau
PART FIVE CENTRAL GHANA
Chapter 16 Kumasi
History, Getting there and away, Orientation, Tourist information, Hassles, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink 363, Bars and nightlife, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Bia National Park and Resource Reserve
Chapter 17 Greater Ashanti
Craft villages northeast of Kumasi, Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary, Lake Bosomtwe, Obuasi, Bonkro Picathartes Site, Ejisu and surrounds, Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary, Effiduase and surrounds, Bomfobiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Mampong and surrounds
Chapter 18 From Kumasi to Tamale
Sunyani, Asumura Conservation Initiative, Bui National Park, Techiman and surrounds, Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, Kintampo
PART SIX NORTHERN GHANA
Chapter 19 Tamale and Surrounds
History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Guides and tours, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Nightclubs, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Excursions further afield
Chapter 20 Mole National Park 429
History and wildlife, Getting there and away, Where to stay and eat, What to see and do, Around Mole National Park
Chapter 21 Bolgatanga and the Upper East 443
Bolgatanga, Around Bolgatanga, The Gambaga Escarpment, Navrongo, Paga
Chapter 22 Wa and the Upper West
Wa, Around Wa, Lawra, Tumu, Around Tumu
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Glossary
Appendix 3 Further Information
Philip Briggs has been exploring Africa since 1986. He has visited more than two dozen African countries and written about most of them for specialist travel and wildlife magazines including Africa Birds & Birding, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Travel Africa and Wanderlust. His long relationship with Ghana started in 1997, when he researched the first edition of a Bradt guide to the country that is soon to go into its 7th edition. Philip has returned to West Africa regularly since then to update the Bradt's Ghana and to explore neighbouring countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Gambia. He still spends at least four months on the road every year, usually accompanied by his wife, the travel photographer Ariadne Van Zandbergen, and spends the rest of his time battering away at a keyboard in the sleepy village of Wilderness, on the south coast of South Africa.
"Philip Briggs is clearly not only an expert on travel in Africa but also someone who cares deeply about the countries he is visiting."
"Highly informative and rich in local detail"
"The best guidebook to the country."
– The Sunday Times
"One of the few comprehensive guides available."
– Time Out
"The best guide to Ghana."
"Contains a wealth of information for travellers of all budgets."