Nigerians have figured out that Ghana is a beautiful country that can provide nice vacation destinations without the stress of traveling for hours on end. Thankfully, Air Peace offers regular and reliable direct flights from Nigeria to Ghana
Although relatively small in area and population (2020 population estimate is 30,777,000), Ghana is generally regarded as a huge and respected voice in Africa, partly because of its considerable natural wealth and partly because it was the first black African country south of the Sahara to achieve independence from colonial rule.
Ghana’s administrative capital is the coastal city of Accra. Originally founded on the site of several Ga settlements, Accra developed into a prosperous trading hub; today it serves as the commercial and educational centre of the county. Kumasi, another prominent commercial centre, is located in the south-central part of the country. Known as the “Garden City of West Africa,” Kumasi is also the seat of the king of the Asante people, the vestige of a rich and powerful empire that existed in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Ghana’s climate, like that of the rest of the Guinea Coast, is determined largely by the interplay of two air masses: a hot, dry continental air mass that forms over the Sahara and a warm, humid maritime tropical air mass that forms over the South Atlantic. Both air masses move toward the Equator with their hemispheric winds and meet at the Guinea Coast for several months each year. Continental air moves southward with the northeast trade winds, known in western Africa as the harmattan, and maritime tropical air moves northward with the southwest trades. The zone where these air masses converge is characterized by seasonal line squall precipitation. The convergence zone itself oscillates north and south, following the seasonal movements of the overhead sun and the thermal equator; it reaches its most northerly position in the central Sahara, about latitude 21° N, in August, and its most southerly position about 7° N, a few miles north of the Ghana coastline, in January. Rains occur when the dominant air mass is maritime tropical, and drought prevails when continental air and the harmattan dominate.
Ghana’s strategic location on a long coastline easily makes it easily accessible to the rest of the continent and indeed the world.
Owing to a number of factors that include a relatively stable democratic government, respect for rule of law and international treaties and of course a carefully managed economy, Ghana has become one of the most preferred destinations in Africa by foreign investors. Only recently, Twitter announced its decision to cite its West African headquarters in Ghana.
Ghana is a melting pot of sorts of a rich heritage, culture and hospitality. So, why are more Nigerians choosing to frequently visit this relatively small nation? Here are seven of the reasons we have deduced from our findings:
- You don’t need a visa
This is the most obvious reason but it is a very important reason. At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic-induced restrictions have slowed down visa processing globally; getting visas to enter some countries this period has become stressful, discouraging and in some instances near impossible. It is nice and somewhat freeing to pick up your passport and go somewhere. Pursuant to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocol, Nigerians do not need visas to enter Ghana.
- It is nearby
A direct flight from Nigeria to Ghana is between 1-2hrs depending on travelling conditions. This is great for people who hate long hours of travel and people who only have a few days to enjoy their vacation. Let’s say you have only 2 days off to travel for a short vacation, the last thing that you want to do is spend 10hrs out of those two days commuting alone. Nigerians have figured that Ghana is a beautiful country that can provide nice vacation destinations without the stress of travelling for hours on end. Thankfully, Air Peace offers regular and reliable direct flights from Nigeria to Ghana.
- Ghanaian water activities
Ghana has a good number of beautifully developed beaches and luxury beachside lodges; a favourite for honeymooners/newly weds. There is the Ada beach for birding, Cocoloca beach where people watch the migratory whales and beaches for water skiing, surfing and boating.
If you like to surf or watch people surf, instead of flying 10 hours to another continent to enjoy it; people have realized that they can go to Ghana to enjoy the same water activity.
There is also a party beach called the Kokrobite beach which is great for tourists who enjoy the night life.
- Great tourist attractions
As relatively small as Ghana is, it is filled with a lot of amazing tourist sites. There is the Elmina Castle, the Cape Coast Castle, the Kumasi Fort, the Larabanga Mosque and many more; all of which explain the rich cultural Ghanaian heritage. For a true history lesson, they visit the National Museum of Ghana. And for people who want to immerse themselves in the Ghanaian self-care routine, they visit Hamamat village; a true Ghanaian spa and a shea butter museum.
- Minimal culture shock
Picture this, you have one week off for a vacation and you decide to go to a country like Japan; although you want to immerse yourself in their culture, it will certainly take over a week for you to adapt (that is if you adapt fast) and then able to understand and even begin to enjoy the culture of the people. But say you decide to go to a place like Ghana, although large aspects of Ghanaian culture are different from the Nigerian culture; it will not take a Nigeria over a week to adapt. Understanding the ways of the people is always easy for the Nigeria who could well begin enjoying his or her visit to Ghana immediately on arrival.
- Ghanaians love Nigerians
I know this is easy to dispute because of all the twitter (and other social media platforms) wars that has gone on between Nigerians and Ghanaians but the truth still stands. Ghanaians love Nigerians. Think about it, what will they do without our music, our movies and more importantly our Jollof rice? (I’m half kidding about the Jollof rice). They love to hate us on twitter only but they are always happy to see us whenever we visit. This is why their hospitality is impeccable from the moment we arrive to the moment we leave.
- Budget friendly
A little over $500 can cover all the costs for one person to visit Ghana for four nights while it could cost same person about $1,500 to visit Mauritius for the same number of nights. Need I say more?
Additional reports from: Britannica.com