Ghana is home to a wonderful mix of animal species, beaches, mountains, landscapes, and an incredible coastline. The country 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.

Although the country may look geographically small on the African map, it boasts of many, many beautiful tourist sites.

A visit to some of these sites could be tricky but enjoyable too. To avoid getting lost in the maze of attraction sites in Ghana, one needs to know where exactly they are going.

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10 Most Beautiful Tourist Attractions You Should Visit in Ghana

 

  1. Kakum National Park

Kakum National Park - Ghana Attractions

Located just 30km north of Cape Coast, Kakum National Park is one of Ghana’s most famous parks. This 357km² national park consists of undisturbed coastal forest. It’s also home to Africa’s only rainforest canopy walkway. This canopy walkway is one of only a dozen or so such walkways in the world.

Walking tours through the park offers the opportunity to spot much of Ghana’s indigenous plant life, as well as many types of birds and butterflies. However, due to the number of visitors at the main entrance and the canopy walkway, game sightings are rare and can only occur when well into the park. This is certainly possible, and the park will allow early and overnight guests for such visits, but realize that a casual visit to Kakum National Park will result in a wildlife experience consisting only of birds, butterflies, insects and lizards

 

  1. Cape Three Points

Cape Three Points is at the southernmost tip of Ghana. On the map, you’ll see one tip, but when you climb the eighty-four-year-old lighthouse at the Cape, you’ll see something else!

The village of Cape Three Points is the southernmost community in Ghana, and its beach is one of the most beautiful along Ghana’s West Coast. Surrounded by Ghana’s only coastal rainforest reserve and many rolling hills, the village also has a few secondary attractions, such as relaxation, beach and sea activities, hiking, and exploration of its cultural present and colonial past.

The drive to Cape Three Points takes visitors through several rural communities, oil palm plantations and an extensive rubber plantation which was originally planted by Ghana’s first president, some fifty years ago. You will view at first-hand how fresh rubber is collected from the rubber trees, before being part-processed in Ghana and shipped to Europe. Between the views of crop farms and rubber plantations, you might have a bit of luck and run into a group of monkeys. If not, you will still be able to see a wide variety of trees, birds and butterflies that inhabit this area.

Cape Three Points has a Tourism Development Committee and several trained local tour guides.

 

  1. Bobi Forest and Butterfly Sanctuary

The Bobiri Forest and Butterfly Sanctuary are 54 square kilometres of virgin semi-deciduous tropical rainforest offering natural delights and one of the nicest ecotourism visitor centres and guesthouses in Ghana. See Bobiri’s massive trees, a wide variety of birds, landscape butterfly garden (to showcase the sanctuary’s 400-plus butterfly species) and arboretum with plant labels. Each room of the guesthouse and visitor centre features a different mural painting created by a talented local artist.

 

  1. Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle - Ghana Tourist Attractions

St. George Castle, also known as Elmina Castle, is located in Central Region of Ghana, about a 3.5-hour drive along the coast from Accra. It is the oldest European structure in sub-Saharan Africa. Construction of Elmina castle was started by the Portuguese in 1482 and was originally completed in 1486. Later colonized by the Dutch in 1637, it was during this time that Elmina attained its highest status.

 

Upon visiting, you will experience the physical history of the slave trade, the impact of which is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today. Most visitors to Ghana tour Elmina Castle, because of its history as a major trans-Atlantic slave hub. Originally, Elmina Castle was not built to hold and trade slaves, but instead as a trading post for gold and other African goods. It is from this trade that the name “Elmina” was derived from the Portuguese name for “Da Costa de el Mina de Ouro” (The Coast of Gold Mines).

 

  1. Boti Falls

Boti Falls - Ghana Tourist Attractions

Boti Falls has located just 17km North-east of Koforidua, the Eastern regional capital. For those interested in how soon it takes to get there, it is just over 30 minutes’ drive from Koforidua and over 90 minutes from Accra depending on your means of transportation.

 

River Pawnpawn which forms the falls takes it source from Ahenkwa-Amalakpo before falling over an igneous rock outcrop at the Boti Langmase that is how the falls get its name. The fall was hidden in the forest until it was discovered by a white catholic priest. It is recounted by locals that the priest used the base of the falls as an entertainment ground for his friends and himself.

 

River Pawnpawn which forms the falls takes it source from Ahenkwa-Amalakpo before falling over an igneous rock outcrop at the Boti Langmase that is how the falls get its name. The fall was hidden in the forest until it was discovered by a white catholic priest. It is recounted by locals that the priest used the base of the falls as an entertainment ground for his friends and himself.

 

  1. Aburi Botanical Gardens

Aburi Botanical Gardens - Ghana Top Attractions

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Aburi is located on the Akwapim-Togo Range of Ghana. It’s just three-quarters of an hour drive from Accra, the capital of Ghana. The cool mountainous weather of Aburi makes it a destination for people who love the cool side of life. Located in this cool tranquil environment is the Aburi Botanical Gardens. The garden covers a total land area of about one hundred and sixty (160) acres. However, it is only three (3) acres that have been developed and the remaining serving as a botanical reserve.

 

To reduce the features of this garden to just seeing plants will be a great undervaluation of the essence of the garden. This garden offers an edifying, aesthetic and spiritual experience for all groups of people. And this becomes very important if one considers the fact that human beings have been genetically coded to remain closer to nature and draw from its healing, peace and replenishment their energies.

 

On a visit to the garden, the first thing that graces you is the beautifully lined royal palm trees (Roystonea regia) on both sides of the road leading to the car park. These palm trees cannot be said to be part of the original plants that were cultivated but look very old.

 

  1. Bonwire Kente Weaving Village

Kente was developed around 17th Century A.D by the people of Asanti the Kingdom; it can be traced to the long tradition of weaving in African dating back to circa 3000 BC. The origin of Kente is grounded in both legends and history. For the legend, a man named Ota Karaban and friend, Kwaku from a town called Bonwire (a leading town for the production of Kente in Ghana) had their weaving lessons from a spider that was weaving its web.

Kente, now Ghana’s national cloth is one indigenous handicraft that has won worldwide recognition. There are many types of Kente each with its symbolism and name, which tells the history, culture and social practice of the weavers of the cloth. As declared a national cloth on the attainment of independence on 6th March 1957, Kente is used for different purposes and at different functions.

It is important to note that Kente is used not only for its beauty but also for its representational imperative. The weaver derives names and meaning from moral values, oral literature, philosophical concepts, human behaviour, individual achievements, animal life, proverbs and social code of conduct.

 

  1. Kwame Nkrumah Park and Mausoleum
Kwame Nkrumah's Mausoleum and Memorial in Accra Ghana

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This tranquil park is full of bronze statues, fountains and wandering peacocks, with the mausoleum of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first leader, at its heart. It’s a pleasant enough place to wander around, but the park museum is rather disheveled. It houses a curious collection of Nkrumah’s personal belongings, including the smock he wore while declaring Ghana’s independence, as well as copies of personal correspondence and numerous photos of him and various world leaders.

 

  1. Meet the King in Kumasi
Meet the King of Ashanti

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The former capital of Ghana’s Ashanti Kingdom, Kumasi is located in southern central Ghana. It is the country’s second-largest city with a population of over two million people. The Ashanti are famous artisans, specializing in gold jewelry and trinkets, Kente cloth, and carved wooden stools.

Examples are displayed at the Kumasi Cultural Center and at craft villages on the outskirts of Kumasi. The bustling Kejetia Market is chaotic but well worth a visit. To see how the Ashanti kings used to live, check out the Manhyia Palace Museum. If you time it right, you can meet the current Ashanti king, as he makes an appearance every 42 days.

 

  1. Visit Ghana’s Oldest Mosque
Visit Ghana's Oldest Mosque

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Ghana’s oldest mosque, and one of its most treasured spiritual sites, lies just outside of Mole. The Larabanga Mosque is one of eight mosques in the country built from packed earth and horizontal timbers complete with towers and buttresses.

 

In 2002, this mosque was included in the World Monuments Watch after it fell into a state of disrepair, allowing for conservation efforts to repair rotting wood and replace broken cement with mud-based plaster.

 

This pilgrimage site, used by Ghana’s Muslim population, still operates as a center of worship today. To visit, contact Ibrahim who works at the local orphanage in Mole, for specifics. Non-Muslins are not welcome to enter the mosque.

 

Year of Return, Ghana 2019

 

The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a key breakthrough marketing campaign aiming the African – American and Diaspora Market to mark 400 years of the first enslaved African arriving in Jamestown Virginia.

The event was launched at colorful events both in the USA and Ghana.

This year, Ghana is open to welcome home each and everyone in what will become a birthright journey home for the global African family.

 

Hotels in Accra – Ghana

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