Welcome to the Ghana hub at David’s Been Here! Here, you will find all of my travel guides and travel episodes from my time in Ghana. Ghana was once rich in gold, earning it the nickname “The Land of Gold.” It’s the 81st country I’ve visited in my lifetime, and the time I spent there is an experience I will never forget. To explore the country in-depth, I partnered with Jolinaiko Eco Tours, who took me on a beautiful and eventful road trip over the course of 10 unbelievable days.
I started in the capital city, Accra, to explore the culture, street food, and markets of Ghana’s largest city. From here, I headed west along the coast to Cape Coast and Elmina, two cities that played a crucial role in the North Atlantic Slave Trade. Some of the most sobering and heartbreaking experiences I’ve ever had while traveling happened in these two cities as I explored their dark and horrific histories. From Elmina, I made my way inland to Kumasi, a city known for its expert craftsmen and unique cultural markets. My next destination was Mole National Park, one of the best places in West Africa to get an up-close look at Africa’s amazing wildlife. Then, I made my way to the town of Tamale before wrapping up my trip where I started, Accra.
Ghana is a truly beautiful country. It’s absolutely gorgeous and is a must for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in West African culture. It can also be a difficult country to navigate. In Accra, I found that many of the locals were wary of me, a white foreigner, filming them and their businesses due to the negative way Africa is often portrayed in Western media. But once I got out of the city, I found the locals to be a bit more open to me and my camera.
As is always the case, a big part of my exploration is diving deep into the local food, which is very flavorful but quite different from what I’m used to. I briefly fell ill from something I ate about midway through my trip, but I refused to let it hamper my experiences going forward. By the end of my trip, I had tried (and fallen in love with) a wide variety of mouthwatering Ghanaian dishes, from kenkey to banku to red red to millet porridge. I even tried some local delicacies like grasscutter and giant African snail! When in Rome, right?
Below, please find all of my Ghana articles and videos listed in order. I hope they inspire you to visit this wonderful West African nation. Even though my time there was filled with awesome highs and some challenging lows, I loved every minute of it. It was a phenomenal, eye-opening, and life-changing experience. In other words, the experience I had there is why I travel in the first place. To learn, to have my heart and mind opened a bit more, and to meet amazing people. That’s exactly what happened to me in Ghana, and it’s why it should be one of the next countries on your travel itinerary.
GHANA TRAVEL & FOOD GUIDES
Below are all of my written Ghana travel guides, listed in the order in which I visited each city/area.
Below, you will find links to every episode from my Ghana travel series. They’re listed in the order I visited them in and are organized by destination.
Episode 8: Incredible African Street Food!! Eating Fufu + UNESCO Slave Castle Tour | Cape Coast, Ghana
Episode 10: The Most Famous Fish Market in Ghana!! Eating Waakye + Elmina Castle Tour | Elmina, Ghana
KAKUM NATIONAL PARK
Episode 17: Traditional West African Street Food!! Eating Kokonte + Weaving Village Tours | Kumasi, Ghana
MOLE NATIONAL PARK
Episode 19: My First West African Game Drive!! Spicy Ghanaian Pork Chop Dinner | Mole National Park, Ghana
Episode 20: 24 Hours in Luxury African Safari Camp!! Ghanaian Food & Attractions | Mole National Park, Ghana
Episode 21: Exploring a West African Village in Ghana!! Ghanaian Street Food + Road Trip | Tamale, Ghana
Episode 26: Eating English Breakfast at Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food Restaurant in Heathrow!! London, UK
And those are all of my travel guides and episodes for Ghana! I hope they were entertaining and informative and helped you plan your trip to this beautiful West African nation. If you have any questions about traveling to Ghana or any other place I’ve explored, I’m an open book! Send me a message at david[at]davidsbeenhere.com or shoot me a DM on Instagram and I’ll get back to you ASAP!