Ghana, Africa's first independent former colony, is today a democracy that enjoys political stability and is known for being a safe, hassle-free, friendly destination for visitors. This small, tropical country on the west coast of Africa is home to 23 million people who come from diverse ethnic groups and speak over 40 different African languages (alongside English, the official language). Ghana provides visitors the opportunity to explore historic slave fords, shop in bustling colorful markets, wander through rainforests, view wildlife, and laze on palm lined beaches, all while enjoying the rich culture and welcoming hospitality of Ghana's people.
Cape Coast, set amongst beautiful beaches and home to Cape Coast Castle, previously one of the largest slave holding sites in the world, is a town steeped in history and contradictions. In the 17th century, Cape Coast grew from a small fishing village to an important trading port and the center of West Africa's slave trade, later becoming the first capital of Britain's Gold Coast colony. Today this vibrant town is capital of Ghana's Central Region and home to over 100,000 people and some of the country's leading academic institutions.