20 Must Visit Tourist Sites in Ghana


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The "Gold Coast" of Ghana

Ghana is a beautiful cultural-filled country located in the western part of Africa. It is a small country that has amazing tourist sites to show the world. When you come to Africa, Ghana is a country considered to be stable when it comes to democracy and gradual development.

Ghana is regarded as one of the most peaceful countries in the world, with a country that has citizens full of hope and joy. With its sunny beaches, lively cities, friendly people, and easy methods of travelling around the country - Ghana is a great place to visit for tourists.

There are 14 regions in Ghana but mainly divided into the Northern and Southern parts. Every region in the country has tourist sites. For example, when you go to the southern part of Ghana, you will find attractions like the Kakum National park, and when you go to the northern part, you can discover places like Mole National Park.

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An aerial shot of treetops of Kakum National Park
The canopy walkway of Kakum National Park
Two separate waterfalls, Boti Falls
Boti Falls, Eastern Region, Ghana
Elmina Castle and Fortress, Ghana
Elmina Castle and Fortress, Ghana
Mist between the trees in Aburi Botanical Garden, Ghana
Mist between the trees in Aburi Botanical Garden, Ghana
The oldest mosque in Ghana, Larabanga Mosque
The oldest mosque in Ghana, Larabanga Mosque
Wli Waterfall in the Volta Region in Ghana
Wli Waterfall in the Volta Region in Ghana
The canons at Cape Coast Castle, Ghana
The canons at Cape Coast Castle, Ghana
Elephants bathing in Mole National Park, Ghana
Elephants bathing in Mole National Park, Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Accra, Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Accra, Ghana
Lake Volta, Volta Region, Ghana
Lake Volta, Volta Region, Ghana
Kintampo Falls in the Ahafo Region, Ghana
Kintampo Falls in the Ahafo Region, Ghana
Sunrise at Lake Bosomtwi, Ghana
Sunrise at Lake Bosomtwi, Ghana
James Fort, Accra, Ghana
James Fort, Accra, Ghana

Kakum National Park

Considered as the nations park, the Kakum National Park is a destination that every tourist must-see, having an area of 145 square meters. It is located on the coast of southern Ghana (specifically the Central Region of Ghana), and it is a habitat to many endangered animals especially mammals like antelopes and elephants.

The park also has a canopy walk which is suspended about 30 meters above the ground. The canopy walk can sometimes be scary if you are trying it for the first time, but if you have a sense of adventure, it should not be a problem. It provides a view above the trees that allows you to appreciate nature a lot more.

Boti Falls

Waterfalls always attract people from all over the country and around the world, and Boti Falls is no different. Located in the Eastern Region of Ghana, 17km North-east of Koforidua, it is one of the attractions in the country with a history. The Boti Falls forms an integral part of Ghana.

According to history, Boti Falls is a twin waterfall, specifically male and female representing the upper and lower falls. The locals believe that when the volume of water from the falls becomes high, it means the two falls are mating, and a mating ceremony is organized. A rainbow is usually formed during the ceremony when there is a continuous splashing of water.

Elmina Castle

St. George Castle is a tourist site located in the Central Region of Ghana. This castle is one of the well-known landmarks in Ghana and is popularly known as the Elmina Castle. It can be found along the coast when driving from Accra to the Central region.

When the Europeans (specifically Portuguese) came to Ghana, it was the first European structure they built back in the year 1482, for trading in gold and other natural resources.

The Portuguese took 2 years to build the castle, completing it in 1486. The castle was initially built for trading in gold, and later became a central point in the slave trade that took place in Ghana. Slaves were gathered here and later sold to their owners. When you decide to visit this place, you will witness the physical history of the slave trade in the country and the impact it had on the people during that time.

Aburi Botanical Garden

Since Ghana is located in Africa, she enjoys lots of benefits from nature and Aburi Botanical Gardens is one of the most attractive sites in Ghana!

The gardens were officially opened in March 1890. The gardens are located in the town of Aburi, hence its name, and it is about 30km north from Accra in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The garden has a land size of 160 acres, with 157 acres reserved and the 3 acres developed into basic infrastructure.

Visiting the Aburi Gardens is a journey that can take your mind off the stress you might be going through in life. Because it is approximately a 45 minutes drive from Accra, you can easily travel here to have a picnic with your family and enjoy what nature has to offer.

Larabanga Mosque

The Larabanga Mosque is the oldest mosque in Ghana and is located in Larabanga, in the Northern Region of Ghana (Savannah Region). It was built in 1421 and is usually referred to as "the Mecca of West Africa".

Due to the Mosque's rich history, it currently features on the World Monuments Fund's "Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites". The Mosque was built with inspiration from the Sudanese architectural style, with mud and sticks. Because of its rich history, it is one of the most popular tourist sites in Ghana.

The history behind the Mosque and how it was constructed is still a mystery. A story is told that a Muslim named Ayuba built the Mosque. He was travelling through the area and had to rest. When he fell asleep, he had a dream to build a Mosque, and after waking up, the foundation was already built, so he completed it from that point. This is the place to be if you are a religious person, and you want to see some of the most significant sacred sites in Ghana.

Paga Crocodile Pond

If you want to interact with wildlife without having to worry about your life! Then the Paga Crocodile Pond is your go-to attraction site!

The Paga Crocodile Pond is a sacred pond located 44 kilometres outside of Bolgatanga, in the Upper East Region of Ghana. The pond serves as a habitat for West African crocodiles, who are friendly (by crocodile standards) towards humans, and this is why this place is so popular. Paga Crocodile Pond has a lot of history as well.

The natives believe that when they die, their souls continue to reside in the crocodiles. Because of this, it is an offence if you are caught trying to harm any of these crocodiles, either for food or for the mere purpose of entertainment.

A story told by the natives, is that a crocodile in the past brought a dying man to the pond for a drink. The man later survived and decided that the pond should be reserved as a sacred place and that no one should think of bringing harm to the crocodiles who reside in it.

Labadi Beach

When you come to Accra, the coastline is full of popular beaches that are great places for relaxation and entertainment.

Labadi Beach popularly known to Ghanaians as La Pleasure Beach is one of the most occupied beaches on the coast of Ghana and is maintained by the Labadi Beach Hotel, and La Palm Royale Beach.

If you are in Accra for a business trip, and if you are looking for some relaxing things to do in Ghana, then Labadi Beach could be the place for you to sit back and relax in your spare time.

During the weekends, people crowd the beach to enjoy themselves, playing games, horseback riding, and dancing to loud music in the background. But if you are the quiet type, the weekdays are the best time for you to relax at Labadi Beach.

Wli Waterfalls

When you desire a serene place to visit so you can have a pleasant relaxing time, then the best landmark to visit is a waterfall.

In the Volta Region of Ghana, a 5-hour journey when driving from Accra is the home of Agumatsa Falls, popularly known as the Wli Waterfalls. Wli Falls is recognized to be the highest waterfall in Ghana and West Africa - making it a top tourist site.

You can engage in lots of activities when you visit the Wli Waterfalls. For example, you can choose to relax by enjoying the flow of the falls, or by swimming in the water.

If you want to challenge yourself, you can go hiking with a guide to the top of the falls. At the top of the falls, is the shrine of the lesser gods believed to have been brought from Togo by the village ancestors.

Cape Coast Castle

Another one of the top sights in Ghana, is another Castle, Cape Coast Castle.

The Portuguese built this Castle on top just like the Elmina Castle, but this was built in 1555. The Castle was built for trading in precious gold but was also later used for slavery. During that time, Ghana was called the Gold Coast because there was gold everywhere in the country. This is what lured the Portuguese and later on, the British to Ghana.

The Cape Coast Castle is one of the sites to visit when you are in the Central Region. You can go to the "Door of No Return," which is one of the features of the Castle that has a history. It is believed the colonial masters transported the slaves from the Castle to the ships through this door. No slave has come back alive after undergoing this experience. Properly exploring this place will inform you about the impact of slavery on Ghanaians.

Mole National Park

Another place to keep in mind when you visit Ghana is the Northern Region.

Located in the northern part of Ghana, the Mole National Park is the habitat of endangered species like elephants, roan antelope, and few rare birds.

As the Mole National Park has a land size of 4,840 square kilometres, it is one of the most suitable places to visit when you want to explore nature.

Mole National Park was the first park reserved by Ghana to conserve wildlife. The park protects over 300 bird species, 94 mammals, and other wildlife creatures.

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park & Mausoleum

Dr Kwame Nkrumah is remembered to be one of the greatest African leaders in the world. He led Ghana to gain independence from their colonial masters (Britain) on the 6th of March, 1957.

The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Memorial Park was dedicated in 1992, to commemorate the death of one of Africa's greatest leaders.

Located in Accra, the capital of Ghana, the mausoleum serves as the final resting place of Dr Kwame Nkrumah and his wife, Fathia Nkrumah. It is a place that displays rare artefacts related to the independence of Ghana.

Visiting the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Memorial Park will enlighten you on the in-depth history of how Ghana gained independence, I highly recommend a visit!

Lake Volta

The Volta Region is the least visited region in Ghana, even though it has quite a few tourist sites like mountains, waterfalls, and lakes to offer.

Lake Volta located in the Volta Region of Ghana is the largest artificial lake in the world. With a surface area of 8,502 square kilometres, the Lake Volta flows around the whole country.

The prominent lake is contained by the Akosombo Dam, used to provide transportation, and most importantly, to generate electricity for the people of Ghana. The volta lake sustains a serene environment that allows you to feel free and release stress.

Kintampo Falls

Another waterfall in Ghana that fascinates visitors to Ghana is the Kintampo Falls located when driving from Kumasi to Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo Region, exactly 4km away from the Kintampo Township.

The waterfall is shaped like a staircase, whereby the water disappears and resurfaces about 200 meters away from the original location.

When you are at the top of the falls, the view from there shows you how magnificent nature can be. The scenery and view is one of the primary attractions of the place.

After visiting the Kintampo falls, when you have more time to spare, you can also visit the Boambeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, also located in the Brong Ahafo Region.

Lake Bosomtwi

The Ashanti Region of Ghana also has many tourist sites that attract thousands of visitors from outside the country.

In Kumasi, the capital of the region, we can find the only natural lake in Ghana, Lake Bosomtwi. The lake has an area of about 49 square kilometres and a depth of 70-74 meters. Mountains surround the lake, and it serves as a habitat for different fish species.

A story is told that the lake was created when a meteorite hit the town.

You might be wondering what to do when you visit the famous Lake Bosomtwi in Ghana. You can go fishing, diving, boat rides, swimming and even hiking by the nearby mountains. There are a lot of activities available once you get there, you just have to find the one that suits your style.

The Manhyia Palace

Ghana is a country that has many traditional communities. When I say traditional, it means the people still believe that Chiefs still play an important role in the growth of the country. The Ashanti Region has many chiefs, but the most prestigious among them is the Asantehene of Asanteman. The Manhyia Palace is where the Chief resides.

Visiting the Manhyia palace will show you the amazing cultures in the Ashanti Region. You will get the opportunity to meet and interact with the Chief himself. The people of Ghana don't joke with their culture, so it is important to learn part of it especially when you visit to help you interact with them properly.

Kumasi National Zoological Garden

Another tourist site the Ashanti Region specifically Kumasi can boast about is the Kumasi National Zoological Garden. The Zoo was built in 1951, and it occupies an area of 1.5 square kilometres, which is between the old Kumasi racecourse and the Kumasi Centre for National Culture.

The Kumasi National Zoological Garden was built to conserve endangered wildlife creatures in Ghana. It has an array of different animals like lions, baboons, camels, and a few bird creatures like parrots, eagle, and ostriches.

This Zoo is the best place to explore if you want to interact with African creatures when you are in Kumasi.

James Fort

James Fort was built in Accra when the British came to Ghana during the Gold Coast days. The Royal African Company of England in 1673, built the fort to aid them in trade both gold and slaves. It serves as a reminder of the country's colonial rule. The fort was later turned into a prison until 2008.

Today the James Fort is one of the most popular attractions in Ghana, attracting visitors who are eager to educate themselves on the nation's past. If you are a visitor in Ghana, the James Fort is the place for you to explore the life of assumed criminals who were convicted in this facility.

Ussher Fort

The Usher Fort was built by the Dutch in 1649 in Accra but had the name Fort Crèvecœur. It is one of the three forts built by the Europeans for trading back in the 17th Century. It was transferred to the British administrator and renamed Usher Fort after him. During that time, the British Administrator carried out a crucial role in the Exchange of Territories between both countries.

The Usher Fort is located about 500m away from Fort James, which is also in Accra. The fort became a prison for slaves until 1993.

Today, the fort is used as a museum, and it serves as the offices of the Monuments of the Ghana Museum and Monuments Board. It opens from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am through to 4:30 pm.

The first president of Ghana, Dr Kwame Nkrumah was once held captive here before he steered the country to independence. Tourists visit to have a feel and inform themselves about what the world-renowned leader endured during his imprisonment.

Okomfo Anokye Sword Site

Okomfo Anokye is a popular character in the history of the Ashanti Kingdom. He was the first priest of the Ashanti Kingdom, and through his help, the Ashanti Kingdom expanded and overcame their enemies.

About 300 years ago, when before Okomfo Anokye died, he struck his sword into the ground and pronounced that no one would be able to remove it.

Till this day, no one has accomplished this, despite many attempts. When you are in Kumasi as a tourist, going to the site should be included in your list of activities. The site offers insight into the beginning of the Ashanti Kingdom.

Lakeside Marina Park

Ghana provides a few recreational parks, but most of them can be found in Accra, Greater Accra Region. The Lakeside Marina Park is a recreational park that was established in 2003, and it is located near Lake Mamoni. The park maintains a relaxing atmosphere, with well-kept facilities that ensures visitors will always have a good time.

Lakeside Marina Park is the place to take your family when you want to have a good time. They host games like swings, slides, and play-sets for the children to keep them occupied while adults relax. The park also has water activities like canoeing and boating; which is a great activity for couples looking to relax in Ghana.

Conclusion

Ghana is an African country with many tourist sites to share with their visitors. This list of 20 tourist sites in Ghana can help you make the most of a trip to Ghana.

Since Ghana is divided into 16 regions, each region has its share of attractions for its visitors. This list is a guide to help you explore a few of the most popular tourist attractions in Ghana.

When coming to Ghana, it is important to plan for more than 14 days, because you cannot explore many tourist sites within a short time. Every region has its cultural differences, and this is what makes Ghana a unique country. The people are friendly and willing to assist you in any way that seems fit.

If you want to learn about the culture also, the ideal time to schedule your visit is when a festival is approaching. There are many festivals in Ghana, with at least one festival every month. When you have ample time to spare, witnessing any of these festivals will be one of the most memorable things.

Enjoy exploring to Ghana!

This article was edited by Loredana Elena.


Written by Samuel Caesar

Caesar I am Samuel Caesar from Accra, Ghana. I am a computer engineer and freelance writer. Writing is how I escape from the real world and into my imaginations. Join me as I share my skills with the world.


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