Rustic Pathways first ventured into Africa in 1996. In 2006 we opened our first programs in Tanzania and have been running enriching community service and adventure trips there ever since. We are excited to announce our first trips into the welcoming West African country of Ghana. With both touring and service programs, we offer students a comprehensive look at this fascinating destination and the chance to immerse themselves in local life.
All Ghana programs start and finish in Accra, Ghana. Please visit rusticpathways.com.au/flights or call us on 1800 321 435 for complete information about air travel. All of our Ghana programs connect together seamlessly and upon request we can connect them with our programs in Morocco, Tanzania, Namibia and Botswana.
Population: 23 million
Capital City: Accra
Currency: New Cedi - 1 Aussie dollar buys about 1.41 new cedis (as of November 2010)
Languages: The official language is English, but the country is also home to 47 other local dialects.
Saint George's Castle: a stunning monument and a sobering reminder of the slave trade in West Africa
Lake Volta: one of the largest reservoirs in the world and an important resource in Ghana
Mole National Park: the best place to catch a glimpse of native wildlife
Tro-tros: Colourful vans that are the most common form of Ghanian transport
Maa che: Good morning
The name Ghana literally translates to "warrior king" and comes from the ancient Ghana Empire, which flourished for over three centuries. Also home to the powerful, precolonial Ashanti Kingdom, Ghana now has over 100 different ethnic groups and is a colourful melting pot of different customs, traditions and languages.
In 1957 Ghana became the first sub-Saharan African country to gain independence and has subsequently become one of Africa's most prosperous and successful democracies. In regard to the Ghanaian flag, the red represents the struggle for independence from the British, the gold is symbolic of the mineral wealth of the nation, the green stands for the country's rich agriculture and the black star is synonymous with African emancipation. Ghana has produced many influential international figures. The most famous Ghanian is perhaps Kofi Annan, who was the United Nations Secretary-General and the corecipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for his founding of the Global AIDS and Health Fund to help battle dire health issues in developing nations.