Live Now Foundation in Tinkong
GoGhana represents the projects of the Live Now Foundation in Tinkong, Eastern Region
Our home in Ghana: Tinkong
Tinkong is the village where the Live Now Foundation is settled. It's a village in the Eastern Region of Ghana, about 15 kilometers south of the region capital Koforidua and about 60 kilometers north of national capital Accra, where you also find the international airport. Tinkong counts about 5000 inhabitants.
Everybody who comes to Love Now Foundation will be picked up from the airport by our staff in Tinkong. It's about one hour drive.
Tinkong is on the highway from Accra to Koforidua and is quite easy to reach on an asphalted road.
Less services in Tinkong
Like in most African countries you find lots of churches and schools and all trade is organised in small shops and market stands, filled with 'home needs' and foodstuffs.
Tinkong is quit a busy place, due to the fact it's on the regional highway. But just a few distance from the highway the village is a quite en authentic African village with clay houses and sandy roads.
The trotros, small buses for public transport, are riding off and on between the surrounding villages and het regional capital, Koforidua.
Tinkong doesn't offer much services. If you need anything more than the daily needs, you'll have to go to Koforidua.
Koforidua is aan town that counts a little moren than 100.000 people. It has a big everyday market and all kinds of services that you might need. You won't find much tourists in Koforidua. It's of no specific touristic interest, although it's a friendly and typical African town in which you can easily feel comfortable.
The lack of service in Tinkong are not really a big problem: Koforidua is only half an hour away by trotro. In Tinkong you can read your Whatsapp en also your mails on your phone. But to mail yourself and to brow on the internet you'd better visit the Vodafone-internetcafé in town.
From the big busstation in Koforidua you can travel anywhere. Bus transport in Ghana is quite well organised: bigger and smaller busses drive big distances. The capital, Accra, is about one and a half hour by trotro from Koforidua. To Kumasi, the Ashanti capital, it's about 4 hours by bus.
Ghana was the first colony to gain independancy
Out of all African colonies Ghana, in 1957, was the first to gain its independancy from suppresor England
Ghana's name in colonial times was 'Gold Coast'. In 1957 Ghana was the first African colony the gain independancy. Ghana had his own 'Mandela'. He was called Kwame Nkrumah. For years, during the 40's and the 50's of the previous century, he fought against colonial suppression. And he was the first president of the independant state of Ghana.
Ghana experienced more coups d'etat over the years. A major difference with other African countries is, that in Ghana there was never any bloodshed during those events. The Ghanian people take much pride in their peaceloving history.
Ghana is a democracy and, however you can put some questions marks at the honesty of election results, there is room for opposition. In december 2016 there were presidential elections and the winner was the candidate for the oppositioin party NPP. The two big parties (NDC and NPP) do really oppose each other, but in practice their programs don't differ that much. You can compare the system with the system in the United States.
Ghana is 6 times bigger than The Netherlands
African countries are always bigger than you think
Ghana is a much bigger country than you would think: it's about six times bigger than Holland. And even 10% bigger than Great Brittain. De biggest cities are the capital, Accra, with 2 million people, and Kumasi, which used to be the capital of the old Ashanti kingdom, with 1,5 million people. Ghana counts about 25 million people and, like in all Africa countries, the number of inhabitants is expanding rapidly. Only 20 years ago there were only 15 million people living in Ghana.
Ghana is close to the equator. The climate is tropical. Near and at the coast it's a little less hot than in the north of the country. In the north temperature can easily rise up to 40 Celsius. The north is much dryer and less green than the middle and the south. But also in the north the rains in the rainy season can be huge. The surface is relatively flat. The highest mountains are in the Volta region, near the border with Togo, and are about 800 metres high. Almost 95% of the surface of Ghana is below 300 meters above sea level.
Ghana shows lots of beautiful landscapes. The national parks are worthwile to pay a visit. You''ll spot elephants, hippo's, crocodiles and lots of other animals. In Ghana you won't find lions, rhino's and giraffes.
In the south and the east there's lush and green hilly landscapes. In the north it's much dryer, much more sandy.
Ghans is also famous for it's beautiful coastline with lots of sunny beaches where you won't be accompanied by bunches of tourists. On many places you can have the whole beach for yourself and your friends.
During the outbreak of ebola, in 2014 and 2015, tourism fell back. And volunteerism also. Ghana suffered hugely from this, although there never was any case of ebola in Ghana during that years. All countries in Europe and America gave negative travel advices, so everybody avoided African country. Also countries that were thousands of kilometers away from the ebola victims.
From 2016 on Ghana works hard the get the tourism market back on its feet.
Visit the old colonial fortresses alongside the coast in Ghana
Very special places to visit are the old colonial fortresses. From the 15th until the 19th centruy the colonial suppressors built many fortresses along the coastline of West-Africa and the most impressive ones are in Ghana, formerly called Gold Coast.
Some of these fortresses have a Dutch history, like the famous Elmina-fortress, originally built in 1483, even before America was discovered! In the 17th century Michiel de Ruyter fought sea battles near the coast of Ghana to conquer of reconquer fortresses.
It's easy to travel through Ghana. You can travel on your own, using local transport, rather unluxury, or take long distance busses with some more luxury. And it's quite cheap. The only thing is: you have to take time!
You have bigger and smaller travel agencies in Ghana. If you want to know more about the possibilities, don't hesitate to contact us. Ofcourse volunteers and interns of GoGhana with the Live Now Foundation get all the information they need about touristic possibilities during their stay in Ghana, before, in between or after their work period.