Ghana is a beautiful and exciting country located in the Western part of Africa. The country is a magical place full of history, culture, scenery, wildlife and some of the friendliest people on earth.
Ghana is boarded by Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. It is also famous for its mineral wealth most notable of them are gold, bauxite, manganese, diamonds among many others.
So if you’re visiting this beautiful country for the first time there are some exciting places that you need to visit. However, to avoid getting lost in the maze of attraction sites in Ghana, one needs to know where exactly they are going.
15 Most Beautiful Tourist Sites To Visit In Ghana
In my own personal view, I think you should visit these beautiful attraction sites in Ghana before you leave the country. You can explore these places during your trip in order to know more about the country.
- Kakum National Park
- Mole National Park
- Busua Beach
- St. George’s Castle
- Kintampo Falls
- Nzulezu Ghana
- Lake Volta
- Kokrobite Beach
- Paga Crocodile Pond
- Labadi Beach
- Lake Bosumtwe
Accra is the capital city of Ghana with about 2 million residents. The city has a lot of tourist attraction sites. Some of the places you should visit in Accra are;
- The National Museum: This museum has wonderful displays about Ghana’s culture and history including the slave-trade, and the Ashanti Kingdom.
- Makola Market is colourful, bustling, and you can buy absolutely everything. It is one place you can never miss in Accra.
- James Fort: This is situated in the suburb of Jamestown. It used to be one of the monuments of Europeans and slavery. Presently it houses a number of prisoners in Accra.
- Christianborg castle-it is unique among the castles and forts in Ghana as it served as Government House during various periods in the 19th centuries and continues to play that role today.
- Beaches — there are some nice beaches in and around Accra, with Labadi Beach, Coco Beach and Bojo Beach being the most visited beaches in Accra.
- The Arts Center is a great place to shop for handicrafts but you must also be prepared for a hard sell.
- Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum (Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park(KNMP))– is the last resting place of the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. It is dedicated to him for his outstanding campaign to liberate Ghana(by then Gold Coast) from colonial rule on 6th March,1957.
Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park is a dense tropical rain forest in southern Ghana. The forest is home to over 40 species of larger mammals including forest elephants, forest buffalo, Mona-meerkats and civets. The birdlife is fantastic as well with over 250 species living in the forest.
The highlight of any visit to Kakum is a stroll on the Canopy Walkway that is built 30 meters above ground, crosses several bridges and is over 1000 feet (350 m) in length. The canopy walkway offers a unique viewing perspective of the wildlife and unique plants of the forest. Trained guides are on hand to take you on a tour and provide detailed insight into the medicinal uses of the forest plants. There’s a basic campsite for those who want to stay overnight.
Mole National Park
Mole National Park is Ghana’s largest wildlife park and is located in northwestern Ghana. In Mole, you can expect to see buffalo, roam antelope, elephants, warthogs, hyenas and if you’re very lucky, leopard. Lions have recently been re-introduced to the park as well. There are also more than 250 species of birds to enjoy.
You can opt for a walking safari or a traditional game drive accompanied by an armed guard. There’s a motel just near the park headquarters. The best time to spot wildlife is during the dry season from January to March as animals congregate around the water sources. You can also visit the Larabanga Mosque near the park, the oldest mosque in Ghana.
Kumasi is the former capital of Ghana’s Ashanti Kingdom in southern-central Ghana. Kumasi is Ghana’s second-largest city with a population of around 2 million. The Ashanti are famous artisans, their gold jewelry and trinkets are famous throughout the world, as is their Kente cloth and wood-carved stools. You can see examples at the National Culture Center as well as various craft villages on the outskirts of Kumasi.
The bustling Kejetia Market is worth visiting, the Kente cloth is good value here if you can stomach the chaos. If you’re interested to see how the Ashanti Kings used to live, you can visit the Manhyia Palace Museum. You can meet the current Ashanti king here; he makes an appearance to greet the public every 42 days.
You can never miss these sites in this region: Okomfo Anokye Sword Site, Lake Bosomtwe, Kumasi Market and Fort. Miles outside Kumasi is also the Obuasi Gold Mine and Bonwire( the Kente City).
The Busua Beach Resort in the Western Region is a magnificent location for business trips or family vacations away from the stress of the city. At night, the true beauty of the beach is revealed in the splendidly decorated beachfront with thatch roofs, scented oil lamps, summer huts and a beautiful bonfire.
Elmina and St George’s Castle
Elmina is a picturesque fishing town along Ghana’s coast, not far from Cape Coast. It is home to one of Ghana’s biggest attractions, St George’s Castle. Built by the Portuguese in 1482, it was captured by the Dutch 150 years later and became the headquarters of their West Indies Company for the following 250 years.
Gold exports were soon replaced by slaves and the tours through the dungeons will give you a good idea of how gruesome a trade it was. The Castle houses a small museum and guided tours are available. The stark beauty of the white-washed Castle walls contrast deeply with the dark history of this place.
Fort St Jago lies across the lagoon from the castle, and is worth visiting for the views it offers of the town and Castle.
The Kintampo waterfalls located on the Kumasi-Kintampo highway provides a panoramic scene and superbly display the beauty of nature.
It is about 4km away from the Kintampo Township, on the Kumasi-Tamale road. This is the point where the Pumpu River falls some seventy (70) meters to continue its journey towards the Black Volta at Buipe. The Kintampo falls is shaped in a beautiful staircase. This superb falls mysteriously disappears and resurfaces 200 meters away from its original location.
Its great scenery makes it a favourite attraction for tourists who visit the region (Bono Region formerly Brong Ahafo). One can never miss the Boambeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary in the Brong Ahafo region as well.
Nzulezu is a village built on stilts in the marshy Amansuri Lagoon. Similar in looks and atmosphere to Genvie in Benin, this is a unique little fishing community, far from the hustle and bustle of daily Ghanaian life.
You can only reach it by renting a canoe, available from the village of Beyin (about two hours drive from Axim). It takes about an hour to reach the village. Simple accommodation is available in a stilt house. You can also find the Ankasa National Park in this region.
Lake Volta (or Volta Lake) is the largest man-made lake in the world. A passenger boat, the Yapei Queen runs the entire length of the lake between Akosombo in the South to Yeji in the North.
The trip takes about 24 hours one way and departs from Akosombo every Monday. You can book your voyage through the Volta Lake Transport Company. You’ll be sharing the boat with some livestock and lots of vegetables. The boat is sometimes referred to as the “yam boat”. The sleeping is rough but certainly rewarding for the adventurous traveler.
Kokrobite is also another popular beach destination in Ghana located a few kilometres outside Accra. It is always teeming with expats who come to enjoy the Rastafarian culture prominent there. It is great for a party, with many seats and a calm atmosphere because of the shade of the many palm trees on the shoreline.
Paga Crocodile Pond
The Paga Crocodile Pond is located in the north-eastern border of Ghana.
Although crocodiles are considered as wild creatures, the Paga crocodiles are friendly and coexist with humans. The friendly relationship between the crocodiles and humans continue to baffle the minds of many. This is in contrast to the perception of crocodiles as dangerous.
It is a customary offence to harm, kill or show any sign of disrespect to the crocodiles of Paga. It is not uncommon to find children and or visitors sitting at the back of or holding the tail of a crocodile without any harm, after a sacrifice of fowl. This is normal for the people of Paga but a mystery to visitors.
Labadi Beach is the most popular beach in Ghana, located in the capital Accra. It is well patronised by locals and foreigners for its night-time parties by bonfires. Enjoy horseback rides, delicious street food, and live band music without travelling out of town.
Lake Bosumtwe is the only natural lake in Ashanti and Ghana. It is located about 30km from Kumasi. The lake is considered sacred by the Ashanti people who believe that people’s spirits come here after death so that they can say goodbye to the God Twi. Other than being a pilgrimage site, Lake Bosumtwe is a great spot for adventure. Almost 90 meters deep, the lake makes for an excellent destination for relaxing, hiking, trekking, picnicking, horseback riding, biking, and indulging in water sports.