Ghana tops Conde Nast Traveller’s 24 Best Places to Go in 2024

Travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller has released the list of Best 24 places to Go in 2024. African country Ghana tops the list.

Image of Cover Page of the magazine Conde Nast Traveller of Best Places to Go in 2024
Image of Cover Page of the magazine Conde Nast Traveller of Best Places to Go in 2024

The well-renowned travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller has released the list of 24 best places to visit in the year 2024. Africa’s country ‘Ghana’ has been placed on top above all by the experts.

Considering the destinations that excite the travellers, the magazine listed out the places that can be visited in 2024. CNT was asked by the wanderers, ‘What should we do with our enviable power to traverse the globe in 2024?’

Conde Nast Traveller was also asked, ‘Where we wonder, will we go first?’

To which they responded that there are so many compelling reasons to travel far and wide in the year ahead. The travel places include emerging boutique hotels, wellness resorts and expedition cruises as they vie for travellers’ bookings with new offerings and are being forced to carefully consider what it means to be relevant and exciting and also sustainable.

Gif image of AfroFuture-Afrochella by Conde Nast Traveller
GIF image of AfroFuture-Afrochella by Conde Nast Traveller

In the list, especially the city Accra of Ghana was given a special shoutout by the magazine. While mentioning the city, CNT editors advised the travellers to go for cultural renaissance and cuisines and dinners if they are planning to visit Accra.

The CNT editors wrote, “Go for: the heart of a pan-African cultural renaissance, Indigenous pop-up dinners and Afro beats.”

Eulogizing Accra, the editors began with their words, “Accra has steadily been cementing its reputation as the continent’s capital of cool and a reimagination of pan-African heritage has ignited the city’s foodies.”

Mentioning the Ghana Food Movement, the editors added, “Leading the way is the Ghana Food Movement, a network of food change-makers intent on surfacing the sexy in sustainable food. With the May 2024 opening of its Link-up Kitchen in the buzzing Osu neighbourhood, this meeting place-cum-test kitchen will house the Movemnet’s popular Dine and Dance series. At D&D, young chefs highlight local ingredients in multicourse dinners before getting down to beats by local DJs.”

Representative image of Dine and Dance series held in Ghana
Representative image of the Dine and Dance series held in Ghana

The hub will also host pop-ups featuring up-and-coming chefs and Indigenous menus, such as those offered by Abena Offeh-Gyimah, whose food tours spotlight heirloom ingredients and a ‘reconnection to ancestral ways of eating,” added the editors.

Talking about this year’s speciality in the cooking competition, the CNT editors enlightened, “This year also sees chef Selassie Atadika of Midunu resuming her Nomadic Dinners celebrating African ingredients, as well as quarterly chocolate tastings of her gorgeous bonbons inspired by flavours like beriberi chilli and Cape Malay spice.”

They also suggested the after-dinner places to visit in Accra, “After dinner, you’ll find the balmy West African capital’s electric club scene spoils you for choice.”

The magazine also considered various fests and shows, such as the Grammys and the Chale Wote Street Art Festival. The CNT editor writes, “While the Grammys have just come to the party (the awards, which will feature a Best African Music Performance category for the first time, in 2024), locals have been lighting it up at festivals like Chale Wote Street Art Festival in August and AfroFuture in December (which was previously known as Afrochella), for years.”

Photograph from previous year's Chale Wote Arts Festival
Photograph from previous year’s Chale Wote Arts Festival

About the accommodation arrangements, the magazine includes, “find time to sleep, in the recently opened 145-room Hilton Accra Cantonments, that marks the brand’s debut in Ghana.”

For the people who love art and culture and like to visit heritage sites, editors write, “Looking ahead: A state-of-the-art cultural institution is coming just outside the city as well.”

The magazine emphasized the Pan African Heritage Museum and informed that the construction of the museum has begun and will open in the year 2025 or 2026.

The museum is being constructed on the 10 acres ground in Winneba which is 40 miles away from Accra city. First and foremost, the space will offer a music amphitheatre and a youth innovation centre along with a food court.

Pan African Heritage Museum, Accra, Ghana
Pan African Heritage Museum, Accra, Ghana

Like other planned exhibits, which can be previewed digitally, these will showcase and connect the continent’s rich history and cultures to its contemporary global might – Lee Middleton.

The list has been arranged after months of research and vetted from a large pool of fantastic cities, regions and countries with unique reasons to visit.

Other than Ghana’s Accra, Madagascar has been placed at number 10 and is also included in the best 24 places. The list goes like this:

  1. Accra, Ghana
  2. Budapest, Hungary
  3. The Cyclades, Greece
  4. French Polynesia
  5. Grenada
  6. Guatemala
  7. The Kimberley, Australia
  8. Kobe, Japan
  9. Kosovo
  10. Madagascar
  11. Magdelana River, Colombia
  12. Mauritius
  13. Mongolia
  14. Northern Rivers, Australia
  15. Okavango Delta, Botswana
  16. Quebec, Canada
  17. Quito, Ecuador
  18. Red Sea, Saudi Arabia
  19. San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  20. Santa Fe, US
  21. South & Central Sri Lanka
  22. South Island, New Zealand
  23. Upstate New York, US
  24. Yorkshire, United Kingdom