Ghana is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Located in West Africa, Ghana is known for its political stability, economic growth, rich ethnic diversity and beautiful tourist sites.
The tourist sites range from pleasure beaches, national parks, memorials, and lovely cosmopolitan cities with a buzzing nightlife. The best part, however, is Ghana’s joyful and peaceful fun-loving people.
Ghana is also a relatively vast country. For this reason, having a list of places to visit while there comes in handy. We've put together a list of some of the top places to see and activities to do while in Ghana. This list will assist you in touring Ghana, whether you are travelling alone or with your family.
There are 16 regions in Ghana with wonderful and delightful places to visit.
The Northern region of Ghana has many tourist destinations that will blow your mind. For starters, the Mole National Park will give you some of the best wildlife adventures. Apart from that, you will get to experience the Larabanga Mosque and Salaga town. Salaga was an important town along the slave trade route from the Northern portions of Ghana and Burkina Faso. So, whether it’s for multi-day tours, cultural tours, or nature and wildlife, the Northern region of Ghana is a must-visit.
The Volta region is another place to consider touring. It is home to the largest artificial lake, Lake Volta. It also offers several adventurous undertakings like hikes to the peak of Mount Afadzato, the highest mountain in Ghana. You can also enjoy boat cruises on the lake, fishing, music, and go bird-watching at Shai Hills.
The Ashanti region is one of the most popular places in Ghana, with a plethora of cultures and history to experience. To this day, the ancient kingdom of Ashanti remains a renowned tourist destination. The Asante Kingdom's King, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, resides in the Manhyia palace which you can visit. You can also go to one of the country's largest markets, Kejetia where you may get a real sense of what it's like to shop on a daily basis. The Ntonso craft village, Bonwire (the town where the first Kente cloth was created), Lake Bosomtwe (Ghana's only natural lake), and the Bobiri butterfly sanctuary are all places worth seeing in the Ashanti region.
The Western region records the highest amount of rainfall in all of Ghana. As a result, it has wonderful forests for lovers of nature. Other tourist sites you will find in this region include the Akatekyi crocodile pond. Apart from that, you will also enjoy the Ankasa conservation area. The area contains two wildlife reserves, the Nini-Suhien National Park and the Ankasa Resource Reserve.
Other places you will enjoy visiting while in Ghana are as follows;
The Cape Coast: Right by the Atlantic Ocean, this site is a must-visit for history lovers. Cape Coast stores memories of the transatlantic slave trade from the 15th century. Historically, African slaves were kept here before shipping to the New World. You can visit many slave castles here including Cape Coast and Elmina castles. You can also visit the Kakum National Park and many beautiful beaches.
Accra: The capital of Ghana is a very exciting place to visit. Here too, you can find beautiful castles and beaches such as the Labadi beach, Bojo and Kobrobite beaches. The National Museum and the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum can also be found in Accra. If you are in Accra within August and September, you might just catch the Homowo festival. You will certainly not be left out for lovers of the nightlife because you are in for a treat. Places like Bloom Bar, Santoku, Sky Bar and Twist are just a few of the spots you must visit if you are ever in Accra.
The list cannot be exhausted because we couldn’t even cover all the regions of Ghana and the fun things to do there but these should be enough to get you started. Have fun!!