Take a flight to Ghana and land among golden beaches, beguiling traditions and rural adventures within this handsome and diverse landscape...
This ancient land, officially known as the Republic of Ghana, is wedged between Ivory Coast and Togo, with Burkina Faso to the north. It's a great place to be introduced to Africa, though don't expect glimmering highways and air-conditioned tours. Though tourism continues to grow here, the infrastructure does not lend itself to getting around with ease. Many would agree, however, that this all adds to the charm of Ghana, where life is often as laidback as a sun lounger.
Talking of sun loungers, you'll find plenty along the glorious coastline of Ghana, where holiday resorts attract those seeking sun and relaxation. The national parks, hills, wildlife reserves and eco villages of Ghana lure visitors with a fondness for nature and activity, while the cities, such as Accra and Kumasi, take tourists on a journey of sensory overload with shopping and cultural experiences like nowhere else on Earth.
Ghana flights from the UK land at Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra. From here you can make your way along the coast or stay in the city, or transfer by plane or overland to one of Ghana's other exciting destinations.
The Ghanaian capital is well served with non-stop flights from London as well as on connecting services from around the country...
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly up to twice daily from Heathrow, taking around six and a half hours to reach the West African city. Gambia Bird also has a weekly service from Gatwick via Banjul.
There are also a range of connections to the city via Madrid with Iberia, Royal Air Maroc via Casablanca and Arik Air via Lagos. For those in the UK regions you can fly to London and onwards from there or connect via Frankfurt with Lufthansa or KLM via Amsterdam.
Discover how to find your way around Ghana and how to get to and from Accra Airport...
Arriving at Kotoka International Airport can be a daunting experience for some visitors. You are likely to be approached and asked if you need a taxi before you even leave the terminal building - there is an official taxi rank at the airport, however, and you should take taxis only from here, unless you want to pay over the odds. Even at the official rank, agree a price before you get in the car.
Public bus services are likely to be heading to your final destination, while long-distance coach services, for example from Accra to Kumasi, are incredible value and reliable.
Tro tros are private minibuses that pick up and drop off passengers, often squeezing as many people (and sometimes livestock) on board as possible. You'll see many of them around Accra. They aren't registered but they are incredibly cheap.
If you are staying at a coastal resort, check whether your hotel offers an airport shuttle service.
Once you've booked your cheap flights to Ghana, figure out where you want to stay by using our helpful guide...
Stay in the capital city of Accra to really throw yourself into Ghana's hot and spicy fire. This coastal city is packed with museums, historic buildings, and some of West Africa's best eateries - get your lips around delicious stews and fried fish. Popular city beach destinations include the glorious Labadi Beach.
Kumasi, a little further north, is the enchanting centre of the Ashanti Kingdom. It's a cosmopolitan city and well known for its wonderful markets and crafts.
Further north you'll find rainforests and wildlife sanctuaries - Kakum National Park is one of the most popular - while there are many places to be at one with nature and spot wildlife close to the main cities. You can stay in the city and take day trips into Ghana's vibrant palette of natural beauty.
The coast offers up a ribbon of seemingly never-ending sands, punctuated occasionally by fishing villages, coastal forts and buzzing cities. There are many lodges and hotels behind the palm-fringed sands, especially around the beaches of Cape Coast, Elmina and Winneba.