10 Tourists Sights You Should Visit In Ghana

Ghana is one of the most exciting destinations in Africa. There’s definitely a reason for that. This country is richly blessed with cosmopolitan cities, exotic wildlife, amazing beaches, and rich history. If you love places with vast diversity and interesting adventure, then Ghana is the place to. The country has numerous tourist attractions which can make your visit very interesting and memorable. There are several sensational tourist destinations in Ghana but the top which we think you should visit anytime you find yourself in Ghana are listed below.

 

The Cape Coast Castle

The Cape Coast Castle is a place you would love to be. It is among the most visited tourist destinations in Ghana. It is located at Ghana’s Atlantic coast. The Cape Coast Castle was at the center of most European powers. Initially built by the Swedish Africa Company in 1653 to act as the trading point for Gold and timber industries, this castle was later converted into a slave holding point by the British and Dutch. Presently, the Cape Coast Castle is a museum and a store of the important history of the Ghana nation and it is the destination for several tourists from across the world. It is at the height of tourism in Ghana.

Accra

Accra is the capital of Ghana. The entire city is actually a tourist destination any time any day. There’s a lot of wonderful sights to behold in Accra. This is a sprawling city with a vibrant economy and warm residents where you can learn a lot about the rich cultural heritage and development history of Ghana. This city is considered one of the safest cities in the world to live and have fun. Accra is also strategically located, having a distance of 253km from the city to Kumasi and this makes it virtually accessible to anybody. The St George’s Castle which is one of the top tourist attractions and historic landmarks in Ghana is one of the fun places in Accra you must visit while in Accra.

Mole National Park

If you love wildlife and nature, the Mole National Park presents an exciting adventure you’ll never forget. It is located in the northwest Ghana and it is the largest park in the country. Mole National Park protects an area of savannah and forest in northern Ghana. Here you would find a wide variety of animal species and birds that will make your visit memorable. This is home to elephants, leopards and rare birds such as the white-backed vulture. In the western part of the park, a location called the Konkori Escarpment has panoramic views and overlooks waterholes where animals drink. There are waterfalls along the Kparia and Polzen rivers, all located in the park. What an amazing experience a visit to Mole National Park would be.

Kokrobite

The Kokrobite has some of the most amazing beaches in Accra. Kokrobite is a town along the Atlantic coast, 30 km to the west of Accra the capital city of Ghana. This town is known for traditional sea fishing, its white-sand beaches and its lively nightlife. Though geographically close to Accra, Kokrobite Beach feels as if it is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Exciting activities and sights there make it an ideal place to spend a few days relaxing while soaking in the view of this tropical beach. Sounds very interesting, doesn’t it? The Kokrobite beach leaves you with amazing experiences that will make you want to keep coming back.

Kumasi

Kumasi is the second largest city in Ghana. It is located in the southern central part of the country. It is the capital city of the Ashanti Region, in southern Ghana and it is popular as a center for Ashanti culture. In the huge, open-air Kejetia Market, stalls sell everything from glass beads to Ashanti sandals. This is why you have to ensure that you are prepared with enough money to spend while heading to Kumasi as there is surely enough of beautiful items such as gold jewellery, wooden carvings and clothes for you to buy. Kumasi is described as one of the most beautiful places in Ghana with lots of warm and friendly residents. This is a place you get to enjoy some of the most amazing tourist attractions in Ghana such as the Kejetia market, Manhiya palace museum, Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, kumasi Fort and Military Museum, Lake Bosumtwi, Asante Traditional Buildings, Kumasi Centre for National Culture, Bantama High Street, and Kumasi zoological gardens.

 

Kakum National Park

Kakum National Park is one of Ghana’s most visited attractions. It is located in the coastal environs of the Central Region of Ghana, about 33 kilometres north of Cape Coast and Elmina near the small village of Abrafo. Kakum National Park is easily accessible by taxis from the town center, and through organized tour buses. This park presents amazing wildlife and serene weather of the densely populated forest. One of your major highlights while on a visit to this park should be the walk on the amazing Canopy Walkway. This walkway hangs 30 meters/100 feet above ground level, and it is more than 350 meters/1150 feet long and passes through several bridges. You have to be brave enough to experience the walkway because it offers you an amazing opportunity to enjoy Kakum National Park’s nature and wildlife.

Busua Beach

Busua Beach is another amazing place you should checkout while in Ghana. Busua is a beach resort and fishing village in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region in Ghana, about 30 kilometers west of the regional capital, Sekondi-Takoradi in the Gulf of Guinea. At Busua Beach, tourists and all kinds of visitors get an awesome opportunity to unwind their day while beholding the amazing view of the magnificent Atlantic, also enjoying the beautiful sunset. Locals are super friendly and helpful without being intrusive, just always on hand to assist visitors in need. An array of luxury hotels surrounding the beach give you exciting experiences of the amazing culture of Ghana, especially their food culture.

Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary

Bobiri Forest Reserve and Butterfly Sanctuary is one of the most popular ecotourism centers in Ghana. It is the only butterfly sanctuary in West Africa. Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary has about 400 species of butterflies. It is located on the main Accra – Kumasi Highway at the village of Kubease, about 30 kilometres from Kumasi. This is a great destination for lovers of butterfly. You can stay in Kumasi city while visiting the sanctuary since it is just 20km from that city.

Lake Volta, Ghana

Lake Volta is another amazing tourist attraction in Ghana. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to visit the largest artificial reservoir in the world based on surface area, and that is Lake Volta. This lake is contained behind the Akosombo Dam which generates a substantial amount of Ghana’s electricity. You can get to enjoy a fantastic boat ride in Lake Volta while beholding the amazingly beautiful mountains surrounding it.

Bonwire Kente Weaving Village

You must have heard of the popular Kente cloth which Ghana is known for. Well, you should visit the origin of that fabric, which is the Bonwire Kente Weaving Village. Bonwire is a town in Ghana, where the most popular cloth in Africa – Kente – originated. The Kente is worn by the king of the Ashanti Kingdom in Ghana. Bonwire is part of Ejisu-Juaben Municipal district within Ghana’s Ashanti Region. The town is located about 18km on the Kumasi-Mampong road. Bonwire Kente Weaving Village is where you get to learn about the weaving process of the most significant wear in Ghana, the Kente. You might need to prepare some money while visiting this village because you would definitely love to buy some clothes for family and friends back home.

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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