Travel By Numbers: Ghana
Two months after President Obama's visit, the coastal West African nation hosts the 30th UN World Tourism Day tomorrow. Sophie Lam calculates its appeal
Saturday 26 September 2009
The position – in size – of Lake Volta, the planet's largest man-made lake. Day trips on the lake are offered by Expert Travel, and cost US$119 (£79) per person, including lunch. expertravel.com.gh
The starting price, in dollars, of a coffin for a Ga tribe funeral. The elaborate designs reflect the deceased. London's British Museum has a small collection. Admission free. britishmuseum.org
The year that locals believe the Larabanga mosque to date back to. It also serves as a gateway to Mole National Park, home to more than 93 species of mammal and 300 species of bird, including elephants, monkeys and buffalo. Fulani Travel's 10-day 'Ghana Discovery' tour takes in the mosque and park for €1,490 per person. fulanitravel.co.uk
Tema, a suburb of Accra, is the closest point on land to the centre of the world at 0°,0° (the site is just south, in the Atlantic Ocean). British Airways flies to Accra from Heathrow. Returns from £622.10. ba.com
The average population of Ashanti people thought to live in Ghana, mostly based in the central Ashanti Region. Theirs is a culture steeped in tradition. Central to their beliefs is a small golden stool, thought to have floated out of the sky into the lap of the first Ashanti king. Wars have broken out over it – including over a British governor who demanded to sit on it. Explore! runs a 16-day 'Kingdom of the Ashanti' tour; prices start at £1,729 per person. explore.co.uk
The year the Gold Coast achieved independence from the UK to become Ghana. Visit colonial sites on Imaginative Traveller's 15-day 'Kingdoms of Gold' tour, from £1,449. imaginative-traveller.com
The distance, in kilometres, of Ghana's coastline, much of which encompasses long stretches of palm-fringed golden sand and balmy, teal-hued water. Axim, where the country's second oldest Portuguese fort is situated, is also a jumping-off point for some of the coast's most idyllic beaches. Here, the Axim Beach Hotel offers stylish chalets with sea views. B&B starts at US$30 (£20). aximbeach.com
The number of languages and dialects spoken in Ghana. The population is made up of eight main ethnic groups and many more sub-groups; the former UN secretary general Kofi Annan was born into the coastal-based Fanti group. This year the UN's 30th World Tourism Day will be held in Ghana, its theme celebrating diversity. unwto.org/wtd
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