It's been described as 'Africa for beginners.' As one of the more developed nations in Africa, Ghana is the ideal gateway to the continent for intrepid but, perhaps, apprehensive travellers looking for a soft introduction. In 2012, Ghana is predicted to become increasingly popular given that the country offers visitors a microcosmic taste of the continent in a politically stable, economic prosperous environment -- all in English to boot (English is the country's official language). For an authentic Ghanian experience, be sure to attend one of the country's many festivals, flamboyant, colourful displays of pageantry that showcase their love of song and dancing. Wildlife watching is also plentiful at Mole National Park, home to elephants, crocodiles and antelopes. For the artisan traveller, the country is also renown for its mastery of traditional crafts like pottery, woodcarving and textiles, which are clustered in a string of villages north of Kumasi. And with miles of coastline, Ghana also offers travellers a beach holiday, around Busua, Elmina and Ada.
The waters around the southern Line Islands in the Pacific Ocean are home to some of the healthiest coral reefs in the world. The government of Kiribat... More The waters around the southern Line Islands in the Pacific Ocean are home to some of the healthiest coral reefs in the world. The government of Kiribati recently declared a 12-nautical-mile fishing exclusion zone around each of the five islands, thanks in part to the efforts of National Geographic's Pristine Seas initiative and Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala, who led a research expedition there in 2009. "Diving at the southern Line Islands reveals what the seas once were, in all their richness and wonder," says Sala. "Coming here has reset our entire understanding of what's natural, and has given us a new baseline against which to measure healthy and unhealthy reefs everywhere." Read more about the southern Line Islands online in National Geographic magazine: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/09/southern-line-islands/warne-text
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