In Ghana, there is a fascinating intersection between old and new, traditional and modern. Lonely Planet notes that "you’ll see men and women in traditional clothes text messaging friends and suited businessmen taking offerings to tribal chiefs." From the moment you step off the plane, you will be blown away by the gracious hospitality you encounter from all of Ghana's numerous and diverse ethnic groups. While there is no huge iconic landform such as Lake Victoria or Mt. Kilimanjaro in East Africa (see our Kenya programs for more details), Ghana is blessed with hundreds of miles of beautiful beaches, as well as intriguing landmarks such as Cape Coast Castle, a chilling reminder of the country's role in the Atlantic slave trade many centuries ago. Ghana is easy to navigate, especially with the help of our local guides, and is sometimes called "Africa for beginners," due in large part to the prominence of English as an official national language, and the country's notable lack of violence or political conflict in its recent history. The performing arts permeate every facet of society, and in many cultures, music and dance represent the most sacred aspects of life.