Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country in West Africa. It spans the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean to the south, sharing borders with the Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, and Togo in the east. Ghana covers an area of 238,535 km2 (92,099 sq mi), spanning a diverse geography and ecology that ranges from coastal savannahs to tropical rain forests. With over 31 million people, Ghana is the second-most populous country in West Africa, after Nigeria. The capital and largest city is Accra; other major cities include Kumasi, Tamale, and Sekondi-Takoradi.
If you are planning to visit Ghana we have put together a list of 12 nice places to explore. Below is the list of the list.
- Cape Cost Castle
- Kakum National Park
- Kokrobite Beach
- St. George’s Castle
- Mole National Park
- Busua Beach
- Nzulezu Ghana
- Lake Volta
- Paga Crocodile Pond
- Labadi Beach
- Lake Bosumtwe
Vist The Dungeon at Cape Coast Castle
Ghana’s Atlantic coast is lined with seventeenth-century forts and castles and the Cape Coast Castle is one of the largest. Built in 1653 for the Swedish Africa Company, this building was originally used as a trading post for the timber and gold industries. Later, the castle’s footprint was expanded by the Dutch and the British and served as an essential holding station for slaves bound for the Americas. The Cape Coast Castle is now a museum full of information about Ghana’s history, the slave trade, and local culture. Tours take you through the dungeons and the “door of no return,” through which the castle’s slaves once passed.
Kakum National Park
Ghana is a biodiverse place that has some unique species of plants and animals and certainly one of the most beautiful regions in Ghana. Kakum national park is a place that one needs to go for visiting the rainforests of Ghana. It is stretched over an extensive part of southern Ghana. One can see buffalos, meerkats, civets, elephants and several species of birds when they are at this place. The Canopy Walkway is a key part of the national park and pulls a lot of tourists. People should definitely take guided tours to have a complete idea of the place.
Location: R82, Ghana
Timings: 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM
VIEW MAPADDRESSKokrobitey,Langma, Ghana
Waves of Kokrobite Beach
The place is yet another beach that will catch your attention when you are in Ghana. The place is just 30 KM away from Accra so people can actually club the journey. The Academy of African Music and Art present in this location pulls in a lot of people who are interested in the creative side of human lives. One can book the resorts which provide a beautiful view of the beach. Or else they can also visit it for a day trip where they enjoy the beautiful sunny beach. The ‘Homowo’ festival held in the month of May is also a popular time when tourists flock to this beach destination.
20-minute drive west of Cape Coast Castle brings you to the picturesque fishing town of Elmina. Elmina is home to one of Ghana’s most important historic landmarks, St. George’s Castle. The stark beauty of the castle’s white-washed walls contrasts its dark history. Built by the Portuguese in 1482, it was taken over by the Dutch 150 years later. The location served as the headquarters of the Dutch West India Company for more than two centuries. After that, the slave trade replaced gold exports. Today, tours through the dungeons give visitors an emotional insight into the horrors the slaves entailed.
Safari: Mole National Park
This is yet another national park on our list and it falls in the northwest part of Ghana. This is the largest wildlife park in Ghana. Tourists can see several different types of animals including roan antelope, buffalo, elephants, hyenas, leopards etc. They may also spot lions from time to time. The park is home to more than 250 species of birds which is great for bird enthusiasts. If you can, try to visit the park during the dry season which lasts from January to March to catch most of the animals as they come to drink water. For every reason, it is counted amongst the best places to visit in Ghana.
Visit and Meet The King of Kumasi
VIEW MAPADDRESSP929+QQ4, Kumasi, Ghana
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.
Busua Beach Sunbathe
As we said, Ghana is a country that is very close to the ocean. Busua is a very beautiful beach where tourists can sunbathe and eat freshly cooked lobster. It is also the place where people can learn surfing and indulge in the exciting ocean activity. The place is also known for the several luxurious resorts that are situated very close to the beach. You will never go back disappointed if you choose Busua beach as the holiday destination of Ghana. Definitely try out the local cuisine from the nearby restaurants and also from the vendors present beside the beach.
Vist Nzulezu Ghana
This is one of the most unique and beautiful places that are present in Ghana. The name means ‘surface of water’ in English. The houses are built over a lagoon and all of the houses are placed on stilts. This is a place that people should visit to experience the innovation of the village people and their livelihood. These days’ tourists can even spend quality time in the hotels sitting on top of the lagoon. Tourists can enjoy swimming, diving, boating etc. in this place with a beautiful ambiance. Apart from the water and the houses tourists can often spot crocodiles and monkeys while at this place.
Visit Lake Volta
This is the largest man-made lake that is present in this world. The location is really beautiful and a must-visit when someone comes to Ghana. The lake formed when the Akosombo dam over the Volta river. It also covers 3.6% of the land present in Ghana. While visiting the place one can visit the Dodi Island. People have the option to fish in some parts of the lake or actually go on a trip to the dam. Exotic and luxurious hotels have been constructed nearby the lake to house the tourists who are interested in spending quality time by the natural recluse.
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. Book here to vist. Non-Muslins are not welcome to enter the mosque
Paga Crocodile Pond
Most of us do not know much about crocodiles as they either scare us or we do not want to meet them. But this sanctuary is made for hosting the crocodiles and the enthusiasts can see many of them over here. The crocodiles residing over here are actually very friendly towards the humans that visit them. Tourists can feed the crocodiles and get up-close-and-personal with them. This place respects and honors their crocodiles and is dead against hurting any of them. Guides are always present to break tourists unnecessary fear of crocodiles.
Often called the perfect city beach by tourists and locals alike, Labadi is the most popular shoreline in Accra, Ghana. Other than basking under the sun and lazying on the sands, one can enjoy the awesome food and cocktails available at the many local eateries here. Since the beach is essentially a property of the neighboring hotels, one needs to pay a small entrance fee for getting in. If you visit on the weekends, you’ll surely be able to catch some local entertainment like native drumming, local reggae bands, dancing, and music. It’s one of the best places to visit in Ghana, Africa to witness the local Ghanaian culture blend with hip hop and other Western styles of dance and music.
12. Lake Bosumtwe
The only natural lake in Ashanti and Ghana, Lake Bosumtwe was formed when a large meteorite had hit this place a long while ago. 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.
Shop The local Market in Accra
Ghana’s vibrant capital of Accra—a sprawling city—contains over two million residents. It constitutes an eclectic blend of contemporary architecture, ramshackle townships, colonial castles, and lively markets, and is considered one of Africa’s safest capital cities. Highlights include the Makola Market—a central hub selling everything from fresh produce to local arts and crafts—and the National Museum of Ghana. The museum hosts beautiful displays of Ghanaian culture and history, including the legacies of the Ashanti Kingdom and the slave trade. Accra also has several scenic beaches, including Labadi Beach, Coco Beach, and Bojo Beach.