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A Life-Changing Experience Challenge in Ghana

  • Jiah Ham
  • 27 July 2015

The author first heard about the Experience Challenge through colleagues who had participated in an earlier trip. The story she brought back from her time in Ghana with AfriKids’ Blue Sky Travel Ltd. was one about people. And it was one she was not prepared for emotionally.

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The Top 10 Things to Do in Senegal

  • Africa.com
  • 13 June 2012

Senegal has it all: it is one the most beautiful countries of the West African coast. Most tourists come for the region’s exceptional weather—more than three thousand hours of sunlight per year—and dazzling, sparsely populated beaches. But Senegal also offers a broad variety of crafts and textiles, and the country’s six major game parks and reserves have great opportunities for hunting, bird watching, and ecotourism.

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When Cooking Becomes an Experience… in Burkina Faso

  • Polona Vida Čeligoj
  • 8 June 2012

Kafuli – which in the local Dioula language means ‘a gathering of different people’ – is a local grassroots organisation in Burkina Faso running a variety of projects, from foster parenting to programs in education, fair-trade agriculture and responsible tourism. Yes, you heard right – it’s small but it actually runs all of these projects.

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The Top Five Things to Do in Cape Verde

  • Africa.com
  • 15 May 2012

Located off the coast of West Africa, Cape Verde is one of the continent’s best-kept island secrets. If you’re a water-sports fanatic, this is the destination for you, plus the blend of Brazilian and West African cultures boosts the excitement level of Cape Verde. From daytime surfing to nighttime dancing, Cape Verde’s perfect for the adventurous and curious spirit.

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Ecotourism in Ghana: Undiscovered Kyabobo

  • Leif Ryman
  • 30 April 2012

Kyabobo is Ghana’s newest national park. For the host communities, the ecotourism that has come with it means “improved livelihood activities” or jobs as guides, cooks and craftspeople. The income generated is used for local development projects, like bringing electricity to nearby communities and providing materials for the construction of schools and toilets.

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World Heritage Sites of Ghana: Castles, Ashanti Houses and a Troubled Lake

  • Godwin Yirenkyi
  • 5 December 2011

Counted individually, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ghana are more plentiful than in any other country in Africa. They consist of 32 historic forts and castles and 13 traditional Ashanti buildings. There remains one Ghanaian asset of immense cultural and scientific value that needs inclusion on the UNESCO list to save it from destruction: Lake Bosomtwe.

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Villages and Volunteers in Ghana Connect on Bamboo Bikes

  • Marian Thompson
  • 28 September 2011

In Kumasi, Ghana, Bamboo Bikes Limited has blossomed from small-scale experimental beginnings into a large-scale producer of just what’s needed: bikes made out of bamboo. The Student and Youth Travel Organization supports its work and uses this local producer to supply what it needs for locals and volunteers headed places that are all but inaccessible by public transport.

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Shea Butter Helps Drive Community Development and Ecotourism in Ghana

  • Victoria Okoye
  • 8 August 2011

Mole National Park, Ghana’s largest protected ecosystem, is surrounded by nearly 30 indigenous rural communities that rely on the land for their livelihood. Addressing these fringe communities’ livelihood concerns is an important part of the work done in the area by one tour company, M&J Travel and Tours, committed to ecotourism in Ghana. It currently works with more than 350 women to support the local shea-butter production efforts for commercial trade.

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Warm Northern Ghana Joins the whl.travel Network

  • whl.travel
  • 25 November 2010

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND DAGBANI. There are also plenty of things to see and do in Northern Ghana that offer incredible insight into local life. The whl.travel local connection, M & J Travel and Tours, is fervent in its commitment to the promotion of sustainable tourism. “It has been our dream as a company to be part of a travel network that focuses on and drives toward sustainability all along the value chain.”

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The Inside Word… on Dakar, Senegal

  • Jérôme Kardos
  • 12 October 2010

With so many destinations in WHL Group’s ever-expanding network, we have an incredible wealth of local travel information at our fingertips. Through the Inside Word, our local partners – all travel experts – share their top tips on what to do, what to eat, where to party and where to shop in their necks of the woods. Here we dig into Dakar, Senegal, proud of being West Africa’s leading city when it comes to cultural events.

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