They say that Ghana is close to the “centre” of the world, reason enough for those with the travel bug to visit this African nation. This country borders the Gulf of Guinea, the Atlantic Ocean and the less-travelled Togo, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, one of the most beginner-friendly African travel destinations.
Thanks to the coast, this West African nation has a warm climate that attracts sun-worshippers. Beyond the coasts there are grasslands, shrublands, forests, savannas and mangroves where wildlife thrives. Even the bustling urban centers are places of awe.
Tourists who want to swim, stroll around the city or be in lush forests will have a good time in Ghana.
10 The capital Accra is fantastic
Accra is Ghana’s capital and once tourists land in this bustling city, they would understand why it is the heart of this nation.
Not only is the city thriving, but it also has stunning sights that reflect Ghanaian history and culture. For starters, it has a sprawling Independence Square highlighted by an arch.
Kwame Nkrumah Park and Mausoleum, on the other hand, is a place with statues, fountains, peacocks and objects associated with the country’s first President.
The National Museum is perfect for history buffs, while the Legon Botanical Gardens await the adventurous. Accra is indeed an accredited place for fun.
9 Ghana is home to majestic waterfalls
Those who want to take a quick dip after the hustle and bustle of Accra can visit a stunning waterfall. Wli is a must because it is the highest waterfall in West Africa.
As tourists hike to the falls, they can spot flying foxes, baboons, monkeys and birds guiding them to their destination.
Another majestic cascade is Kintampo, a popular picnic spot thanks to the shade of towering trees. Tagbo Falls, on the other hand, might interest hikers as it is located in a rainforest. The falls of Ghana are great.
8th Find stunning Atlantic beaches
Ghana has over 340 miles of Atlantic coastline, something that will delight beachgoers.
The busiest beach is Labadi, popular for its wide shore and location near Accra. Bojo Beach is also close to the capital, so families often visit this sandy spot.
Those who like to party on the beach should feel the vibe of Kokrobite, while cultural immersion is the order of the day at Butre Beach.
If sunbathers want to stay away from the crowds, they should place their picnic mats on the beaches at Cape Three Points and Cococoloco.
Last but not least, surfers will enjoy hanging ten on Busua Beach. The warm weather and fine waters make Ghana a place of sun-kissed memories.
7 Ghana’s highest peak is inviting
Hikers looking to conquer Ghana’s highest peak, Mount Afadja, should prepare for a day of fun courtesy of Mother Nature.
This 800 meter high charmer in the Agumatsa Range is a place of relaxation thanks to the greenery. It takes 2.5 hours to reach the summit, and hikers can also visit Wli and Tagbo waterfalls, inviting caves, relaxing streams, and a monkey sanctuary.
The tropical rainforest knows how to hide its wonders, so lucky are those who can capture its tracks.
6 The country has castles and fortresses
Ghana has a long colonial history, so it’s no surprise that it’s dotted with forts and castles built by traders from Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
It’s like there are pockets of Europe in this African nation. The most famous castles are Cape Coast, St. George’s d’Elmina and Christiansborg, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Many of his forts are also included in said list, such as Good Hope, Patience and Metal Cross among others.
Visiting Ghanaian castles and fortresses – ruined or well preserved – is a worthwhile journey.
5 An old impact crater is a Ghanaian attraction
There is only one natural lake in Ghana: Lake Bosumtwi, a meteorite impact crater. This lake is considered a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and is praised for its diversity.
Thanks to the lushness of the area, the nearby community thrives on fishing, agriculture and tourism.
The lake is a popular recreational spot where families and groups of friends can picnic, swim, enjoy a boat ride, spot wildlife, and hike the hills, villages, and sacred sites.
Bosumtwi is Ghana’s lonely lake, but it’s never lonely.
4 Ghana has one of the largest artificial reservoirs in the world
Today’s Lake Volta was formed in the mid-1960s when the Akosombo Dam flooded the area. This lake is now one of the largest artificial reservoirs in the world.
This waterway has a busy fishing and timber industry, and tourism is still booming. Boat trips are a top pastime, the perfect activity to enjoy the sights and sounds of the lake, dam and surrounding villages.
Boating is usually visited by domestic tourists, and foreign travelers who want to try it will have a good time.
3 The national parks in Ghana are diverse
Nature lovers will have a wonderful time exploring Ghana’s wildlife sanctuaries. You can start at Mole National Park, the largest and home to elephant, hippo, warthog and buffalo.
The coastal Kakum National Park is a bird watcher’s paradise, while the Ankasa Conservation Area is the perfect place to relax thanks to its lush tropical rainforest.
Not to be outdone is Digya National Park, the oldest and home to elephants, primates, antelope, as well as otters and manatees on its lake. Being one with Mother Nature has never been so good.
2 There are well-preserved traditional buildings
Castles and forts aside, another World Heritage Site in Ghana is a complex of well-preserved structures known as the Asante Traditional Buildings.
These 10 structures made of wood, straw and clay have stood the test of time. They date from the time of the Ashanti Empire, a reminder of its rich history and culture.
UNESCO praised the traditional architecture of the structures, which should be protected for future generations. Taking a step into the past has never been so easy.
1 The markets are thriving
If tourists want to feel the atmosphere of the community and be in the presence of an authentic Ghana, they should head to the bustling open markets.
In Accra you can visit the Kantamanto and Makola markets where clothes, shoes and good food abound. In Kumasi, the Kejetia Market is a must-see, considered the largest of its kind in West Africa.
In the city of Cape Coast, near the famous castle, tourists can shop for souvenirs at the Kotokoraba market.
Business is thriving in Ghana and tourists shouldn’t miss the opportunity to snag an item.