Ghana is a country located at the Western part of Africa (West Africa). A country that is surrounded by Francophone speaking countries such as Burkina Faso to the North, Côte d’Ivoire, on the West and Togo on the East. Ghana has beautiful lands, rich culture and heritage, sunny beaches, bustling beaches and wildlife resorts. These and more make the country an amazing place to travel to for vacations or holidays.
Even though it is a small country, it has attracted many immigrants and tourists. Since the transportation system in the country is fast and easy, tourists enjoy travelling around Ghana.
Ghana is divided into 14 regions; however, each region is blessed with beautiful sites and sightseeing and adventures. Here are some list of five(5) most attractive places you, the tourist will love to visit.
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Top Five (5) Tourist Sites In Ghana
Pack your bags and come along with me. We are off to explore some of the most incredible tourist sites in Ghana. I am sure that as a tourist you plan on seeing and experiencing as much as possible during your stay here so let’s get into the good stuff and have lots of fun.
1. Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Ghana. The park is located along the coast of southern Ghana (Central Region of Ghana).
It has a large area of land that spans up to 145 square meters. At Kakum National Park, you will find many endangered animals such as elephants and antelopes.
The canopy walk in the park is suspended about 30 metres high and gives a feeling of adventure, especially for people that love heights. From there, you get a view of the trees and the surrounding nature.
Did you know? : This Is one of only 3 locations in Africa with a canopy walkway, which is 350 metres (1,150 ft) long and connects seven tree tops that protect wildlife in Ghana and provide access to the forest.
2. Cape Coast Castle
Cape Coast was once called Cabo Corso by the Portuguese and later changed to “Carolusborg” by the Swedes . It is a former European colonial capital. Some years ago, the town represented the largest slave-trading centre in West Africa.
Slaves were bought in this town, locked within the castles before they are loaded into vessels going to the Western world. No, doubt, Cape Coast is amongst the culturally significant places in Africa.
The present-day Cape Coast is a fishing town with ancient colonial buildings lining the streets. With its artsy vibe, Cape Coast forms a perfect spot for strolls.
You can set up your base at Cape Coast while you tour other places like the Kakum National Park, Elmina and Anomabu.
3. Elmina Castle
Just like the Cape Coast, the Elmina Castle holds a historical memory. The Elmina Castle is the first slave trading post set up by the Europeans in Africa.
The Portuguese built the castle in the 15th century. It served as the route for Brazilian and Caribbean slave traders and was under British and Dutch control.
The castles are designed so that the Europeans’ luxury accommodations are located on the top, while dungeons that held the slaves (about 200 slaves per cell) are found below.
The Elmina Coast offers a nice spot to ponder about Africa and its history. African historical writers would love it here.
The castle, which is part of the national museum system, has been designated “UNESCO World Heritage Monument”.
Wli Waterfalls offer the serenity needed to relax and have a great time alone or with a loved one. Wli waterfalls in Ghana offers such serenity.
This waterfall is one of the top five (5) tourist sites in Ghana. It is located in Volta Region, one of the regions of Ghana and is just about five hours journey from the capital city of Accra.
Wli Waterfalls is also known as Agumatsa Fall and it is the highest waterfall located in Ghana and West Africa.
You can spice up your tour by going hiking with your friends at the top of the falls. However, ensure you go along with a guide.
You will find at the top of the falls the ‘shrine of the lesser gods’. This shrine is believed to have been brought by the village ancestors coming from Togo.
5.Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park & Mausoleum
This mausoleum has a large historical significance to the people of Ghana, it is the final resting place of non-other than Ghana’s first President and Africanist Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah The museum premises has on display rare artefacts relating to Ghana’s independence and objects from the various stages of Osagyefo’s life.
Did you know that? The building is meant to represent an upside-down sword, which in Akan culture is a symbol of peace.
If you want to find out more about the history of Ghana’s independence while having a fun tour, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park should be among the top list of places you should visit. It is also home to some rare artefacts that are related to Ghana independence.