Top 12 Things Ghana Is Famous For - Updated 2024

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Plarlene Juliane
Plarlene Juliane 
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Ghana is a country along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean, in the subregion of West Africa. The name Ghana means “Warrior King” in the Soninke language. A lot of empires had emerged in the country, and the most powerful were the Kingdom of Dagbon and the Kingdom of Ashanti. In the 15th century, various European countries vied for trading rights until the British established control of the coast in the late 19th century. The Republic of Ghana has a diverse population spanning a variety of ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups. Ghana is a multilingual country. There are over 80 languages spoken here, one of which is English. Planning a vacation soon? Consider staying in one of the top beach resorts and Airbnb vacation rentals for a memorable getaway. In the meantime, scroll down for a list of the top things Ghana is famous for.

1. Trotro

'trotro' in Ghana
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You will find plenty of luxury resorts to ensure an indulgent stay in Ghana. If you would, however, like to experience life like a local, you can hop inside a trotro.

The motor vehicle saw the light of day in the 1960s and was primarily used by cocoa farmers who thought it was a good investment because they could transport goods directly to the Gold Coast. In the following years, the number of trotro drivers continued to thrive and swell.

In the present day, the trotro is one of the most popular modes of transport in the country, especially in its capital city, Accra. A vast majority of the urban population depends on it when it comes to moving around. These vehicles have a sticker with slogans on folk philosophy. Some of them even convey the message of faith and religious beliefs while others talk about the driver’s existential concerns.

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2. Kente

Kent wove
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If you are wondering what to buy in Ghana, you can do some Kente shopping to begin with.

This fabric is generally regarded as a class and status symbol in the country, and most of the population associate it with high culture, elegance, and sophistication. The ‘cloth of kings’ has found its way into the homes of the common people in the present day, even while its royal charm and flavor remain intact.

Kente cloth is made from the fiber of palm fronds, and weaving originated in the small town of Bonwire. In this context, King Osei Tutu deserves special mention as he traveled to the Ivory Coast in 1697 with a group of weavers to learn the tricks of the trade. Since then, it has been worn on special occasions and has secured a place that is much more than just a piece of fabric.

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3. Gold

Gold bars
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Mining has always been a huge part of Ghana’s economy. Gold is a very valuable resource, and the Republic of Ghana has an abundance of it in the country. As a matter of fact, this country has 23 big companies producing gold and 300 registered small mining groups. While there is a huge market for gold in the country, there are also a lot of scams offering lower-priced gold. If you are interested in buying gold in Ghana, you must do your research in order to avoid these scams.

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4. Cocoa

cocoa tree
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Ever wondered what is Ghana known for? Well, you have the answer now. As the major agricultural export product, cocoa is considered Ghana’s holy grail. Farmers produce and cultivate cocoas in forested areas such as in the central, eastern, and western regions, Ashanti, and Volta. Every year, the country produces approximately 850,000 metric tons of cocoa beans. Since Ghana is a country known for its production of cocoa, you should definitely try their locally made chocolates if you’re visiting the country.

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Ghana Tour Guide

Kormi

Kormi

Kormi is my name; I am a licensed certified Tour Guide and Director located in Accra, Ghana. I have lived most of his life in the city of Accra and been in the tourism business over 10 years. I have been recognized as one of the most highly rated tour guides based on customer reviews.I also worked as a tour agent for travel agencies. I have a background in computer science and communication. In the field of tourism, I have served in the roles as both Tour Manager and Tour Guide Agent. Throughout my career, I have been arranging travels and guiding tours with diverse groups of tourists from all over the world. I am responsible for organizing, planning, conducting expeditions, travels, and tours for individuals and groups alike. I can also give you original itinerary depending on your preferences. I also ensure that, travel runs smoothly from destination point to point without issues. I pride myself on my ability to add a personal touch and care to every tour adventure. Under my care, I put my customers' needs in the forefront of his / her thoughts and actions. I love to travel; enjoy music, loves cooking and go out of my way to help strangers. My goal as a tour guide has always been to inform, educate, inspire, and entertain my tourist guest to the best of my abilities.My tours include medical research tours, historical tours, adventure tours, wildlife safari tours, cultural exchange tours, pleasure and romance tours, city tours, nature tours, and custom-made tours for individuals, families, students and business tours.From the moment you arrive until you walk into the departure lounge at one of the airports, you are my guest. I schedule your tour/travel to suit your needs (please keep in mind that all travel between cities should be done during the day). New destinations can be arranged as it’s flexible.

5. Being a peaceful country

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As recently as June 2020, Ghana ranked as the most peaceful country in West Africa and the third most peaceful country in all of Africa behind Mauritius and Botswana. This is possible in Ghana because they value their democracy, and they care about the election. Every time an election happens, the country is able to transfer power without causing much trouble. Freedom of information is a factor for keeping peace in the country as Ghana has free FM radio stations unlike other African countries, which only have government-controlled radio stations. If the truth is not censored by the government, and the people are informed of the truth, peace can be kept in the country.

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6. Ghanaian Coffin

Ghanaian Coffin
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Ghanaian coffins, otherwise known as custom, fantastic, or proverbial coffins, are not just functional coffins but a real work of art. The coffins are made by skilled carpenters. It’s easy to spot the difference between Ghanaian coffins and regular coffins; usually, they come in unusual shapes and colors. If you happen to attend burials in Ghana, you can expect to see these artistic coffins. A status symbol, heads of the family are the only ones allowed to be buried in these types of coffins. Ghanaian coffins are made to order and can take two to six weeks to finish. While originally used by the Ga chiefs and priests, it has become part of the local funeral culture around the 1960s.

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7. Lake Volta

Lake Volta, Ghana
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One of the largest artificial reservoirs in the world and a major attraction in Ghana, Lake Volta is definitely a must-see. Located behind the Akosombo Dam, the waters in Lake Volta is warm all year round. Also, a vast population of fish lives in the lake. Lake Volta is also important for transportation, providing a waterway for both ferries and cargo watercraft. There are also cruises available for tourists that pass through the lake such as the cruise to the island of Dodi.

Lake Volta

Address: Akosombo Dam, Southern Ghana

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8. Jollof rice

Jollof rice
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Your holiday here will not be complete without indulging in jollof rice, one of the traditional dishes in Ghana. It is a one-pot rice dish that is popular in many West African countries. The Ghanaian version of the dish is made up of vegetable oil, onion, bell pepper, cloves of pressed garlic, chilies, tomato paste, beef or goat meat or chicken, local or refined rice, and black pepper. The meat is cooked first, then the vegetables are fried together. Spices are added to make the rice more flavorful. Once everything is mixed together, the rice is added until cooked. The dish is akin to jambalaya or paella.

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9. Friendly people

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Akwaaba is a word you will mostly hear from the locals in Ghana, as it is the Akan word for welcome. Ghanaians are very friendly and hospitable. Ghanaians are proud of their culture and love welcoming people from outside to experience their local customs and way of living. The people emphasize communal values such as family, respect for the elderly, and proper social conduct. As a guest, you must always be respectful of the people around you.

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10. Accra (from USD 256.0)

Accra is the capital of Ghana and one of the best places to visit. It has an estimated population of around 4.2 million as of 2020. Football is the most popular sport here, and Accra Sports Stadium is home to the Hearts of Oak, and a host venue of the Black Stars, the national football team of Ghana. The city of Accra will also host the 2023 African Games. There are three five-star hotels in Accra: Labadi Beach Hotel, La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, and Movenpick Ambassador Hotel. Book Accra city tour now to explore its splendid beauty and experience exciting things to do in the area.

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Accra City Tour

Duration: 7 hours

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11. Cape Coast Castle

Things Ghana Is Famous For
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Cape Coast Castle is one of 40 “slave castles” within Ghana. It was built in 1555 initially as a trading post but was later used as a “slave castle” during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This castle had served as a trading post before the slaves were sold in the US. The castle was first restored in the 1920s. In the 1990s, it underwent extensive restoration and still retains its look up to this day. Cape Coast Castle and other forts and castles in Ghana are included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Cape Coast Castle

Address: Victoria Rd, Cape Coast, Ghana

Website: Cape Coast Castle

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

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12. Bolgatanga baskets

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Bolgatanga baskets or Bolga baskets are hand-woven Veta Vera grass baskets. The art of making these baskets has been passed down from generation to generation. It is as old as the community in Bolgatanga. The straws used for the baskets are Veta vera grass, which is grown in the southern part of Ghana. These baskets are very durable and unique, and they make a nice souvenir of your trip here.

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Welcoming and peaceful African country

If you are looking for a peaceful country that you can visit without any worries, look no further than the Republic of Ghana. You will be overwhelmed by the welcoming and friendly smiles of the Ghanaians. Not only will you enjoy a good holiday in the country, but you will also be able to learn more about its rich history. Do check out the best things to do and popular festivals to attend while you’re here!

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Frequently asked questions about the things Ghana is famous for

1. What kind of food is Ghana known for?

If you are holidaying in Ghana and would like to try some of the popular food items during your stay here, you can savor some of the local chocolates made from rich cocoa beans before moving on to a delicious spread of jollof rice.

2. Which art and craft industry is well-known in Ghana?

If you are planning to get some gifts from Ghana for your loved ones back home, you can buy the colorful Kente cloth, which is an integral part of the art and craft industry here.

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