Ghana has a variety of tourist attractions that showcase its rich culture and history. If you are not sure where to start with planning your trip, this post details tourist destination across the country by region. Here are 20 of some of the top tourist attractions in the country:
1. Cape Coast Castle: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cape Coast Castle was one of the largest slave-holding forts in Africa during the transatlantic slave trade. Cape Coast Castle is a European-built fortress situated on the central coastline of Ghana. Since its initial construction in 1652, the Castle served as a trading post for European nations and as the headquarters of British colonial administration for the Gold Coast Colony.
2. Mole National Park: Mole National Park is Ghana’s largest wildlife reserve and home to elephants, antelopes, baboons, and various bird species.
3. Lake Volta: The largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Volta is a popular spot for fishing and water sports.
4. Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park: Located in the capital city of Accra, the park is dedicated to the first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah.
5. Aburi Botanical Gardens: These gardens offer a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of Accra, with lush gardens and a peaceful atmosphere.
6. Wli Waterfalls: Located in the Volta Region, Wli Waterfalls is the highest waterfall in Ghana, with a height of over 200 feet.
7. Independence Square: This square in Accra is an important landmark in Ghana’s history, as it is where the country’s independence was declared on March 6, 1957.
8. Osu Castle: Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Osu Castle was built by the Danes in the 17th century and served as the seat of government during Ghana’s colonial period.
9. Nzulezo Stilt Village: Located in the Western Region, Nzulezo is a unique village built on stilts in the middle of a lake, accessible only by boat.
10. Elmina Castle: Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elmina Castle is one of the oldest European-built structures in sub-Saharan Africa and played a significant role in the slave trade.
11. Labadi Beach: Located in Accra, Labadi Beach is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and socializing.
12. National Museum of Ghana: Located in Accra, the museum has exhibits that showcase Ghana’s history, culture, and art.
13. Paga Crocodile Pond: Located in the Upper East Region, the pond is home to dozens of crocodiles that have become accustomed to human presence.
14. Boti Falls: Located in the Eastern Region, Boti Falls is a picturesque waterfall with a height of over 160 feet.
15. Kokrobite Beach: A laid-back beach town located about 25 miles from Accra, Kokrobite is a popular spot for surfing and relaxation.
16. Kintampo Waterfalls: Located in the Brong-Ahafo Region, Kintampo Waterfalls is a beautiful cascade that drops from a height of about 70 feet.
17. Nzema Manle Waterfalls: Located in the Western Region, this waterfall offers stunning views and a serene atmosphere.
18. The West African Historical Museum: Located in Cape Coast, the museum showcases the history and culture of West Africa.
19 Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary: Located in the Volta Region, the sanctuary is home to dozens of Mona monkeys that are considered sacred by the local community.
20. Lake Bosumtwi
Tourist Destination grouped according to regions
- Greater Accra Region:
- Labadi Beach
- Independence Square
- Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
- Osu Castle
- Accra Mall
- Central Region:
- Cape Coast Castle
- Kakum National Park
- Elmina Castle
- Hans Cottage Botel
- Nzulezo Stilt Village
- Western Region:
- Nzema Manle Waterfalls
- Fort Apollonia
- Ankasa Conservation Area
- Butre Village and Beach
- Busua Beach
- Ashanti Region:
- Manhyia Palace Museum
- Kejetia Market
- Kumasi Fort and Military Museum
- Lake Bosumtwi
- Bonwire Kente Weaving Village
- Brong-Ahafo Region:
- Kintampo Waterfalls
- Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
- Buabeng-Fiema Hippopotamus Sanctuary
- Tanoboase Sacred Grove
- Tano River
- Northern Region:
- Mole National Park
- Larabanga Mosque
- Tamale Cultural Centre
- Gambaga Scarp
- Dagomba Chief’s Palace
- Upper East Region:
- Paga Crocodile Pond
- Tongo Hills
- Bolgatanga Market
- Sirigu Pottery Village
- Bongo Hills
- Upper West Region:
- Wechiau Hippopotamus Sanctuary
- Wa Naa’s Palace
- Gwollu Slave Defence Wall
- Tenzug Shrine
- Tumu Ancient Mosque
- Eastern Region:
- Aburi Botanical Gardens
- Boti Falls
- Akosombo Dam
- Bead Factory and Showroom
- Lake Volta Islands