Whether you are returning for a repeat trip or you are a first time visitor to Ghana, there are plenty of things to do and many places to visit in this West African country. According to statistics, over 1,000,000 tourists each year visit Ghana. This is mainly because the country is a popular destination for nature and wildlife enthusiasts due to the favorable tropical climate. Here are 10 attractions sites you won’t want to miss once you visit Ghana.
1. Kejetia Market
Kejetia Market which is one of the largest markets in West Africa is located in the center of Kumasi. The market is a shopping hub that has over 11,000 stalls and 40,000 workers and sells items such as Ashanti sandals, glass beads, food stuffs, shoes and jewelry. If you need to visit this market for shopping, you can go with a guide who can provide you with tips on bargaining and assist you to find obscure goods.
2. Cape Coast Castle
The whitewashed Cape Coast Castle is a historical wonder that is located at the heart of Cape Coast. When you visit this place, you will have a chance to see slave quarters and dungeons that contrast greatly with the grand governor’s bedroom. The Cape Coast Castle also has a museum that provides more details on the history of Ghana, slave trade, and Akan culture.
3. Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park is a great place to check out if you are interested in Ghana’s wildlife. The National Park is located within the rainforest where there is canopy walkway suspended approximately 100 feet above the ground. The Kakum National Park features the colobus monkey, over 300 species of birds, endangered forest elephants and approximately 600 butterfly species.
4. The Kumasi Voodoo Experience
If you are looking forward to have an exciting tour in Ghana, it is good to consider the unique experience of the world of Voodoo in Kumasi. Once you visit this place, you will have a chance to watch a voodoo dance completed by costumed dancers and ritualistic chant. In addition, you will have a chance to visit the voodoo shrine where you will meet the local priests who will clearly explain the dances, rituals, age-old spells and other practices and traditions.
5. Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is a small community-protected forest that features two different monkey species – the Lowe’s Mona monkey and the black and white colobus monkey. Both species are held by the area’s local villagers as sacred.
6. Nzulezu Stilted Village
Nzulezu Stilted Village is another unique place to visit during the rainy season when the water levels around the area are high. The unique village lies in the middle of the Amansuri wetlands and is seated on stilts. The area is also rich in birds and other wildlife.
7. Ghanaian Festivals
Consider Ghanaian festivals if you are interested in knowing more about the Ghana culture. The festivals feature drumming, dancing and feasting. Each region in Ghana has its own events to remember the ancestors, to affirm its tribal values and to prepare for another year.
8. Mole National Park
The Mole National Park is one of the well-equipped and largest game reserves where visitors can see spotted hyenas, lions, elephants, and antelopes like the bushbuck, roan and waterbuck. Visitors can explore the park on foot or can use a four wheel drive but must be accompanied by a tour guide who will help them to navigate through the thick forest.
Accra is Ghana’s capital city. Here, visitors have a chance to visit the National Museum where they can see the Ghanaian art. The first time visitors can learn more about the city by travelling around the Independence Square. In addition, the Centre for National Culture is a good place to carry out your shopping of kente cloth and other crafts.
When you visit Ghana, consider the coastal village of Busua if you are interested in beach adventures. The coastal village features a popular surfing scene and a great seafood restaurant. Busua runs for approximate nine miles and is lined with isolated and rustic resorts.