15 Adorable Places to Visit in Ghana
Ghana is evidence that cool stuff comes in tiny packets.
Considered to be one of the true success stories of Africa, this nation enjoys a stable democracy and incredible growth.
The mix generates a happy energy in the country.
You get a stunning hinterland with Ghana, sunny beaches, rich culture, vibrant towns, friendly locals, loads of wildlife, and easy access to every part of the world.
There is a major disparity, including different religions, geography and history, between northern and southern Ghana.
But you will always feel like one harmonious unit is the world. Ghana is known as ‘Africa for beginners’ if you’ve never been to Africa, making it a great destination for those who want to get their feet wet.
Best Places to Visit in Ghana
- Accra, Ghana: tourist-destinations
- Artists Alliance Gallery: flickr
- Labadi Beach: flickr
- Jamestown: flickr
- Cape Coast: flickr
- Kakum National Park: flickr
- National Museum of Ghana: wikipedia
- Elmina Castle: flickr
- Busua Beach: flickr
- Mole National Park: flickr
- Cape Three Points: flickr
- Kumasi: flickr
15. Volta Region
Lake Volta in Ghana is the largest man-made lake on Earth.
Stay in Ho or Ewe’s neighbouring towns as you explore this green and beautiful place.
Enjoy Aburi botanical gardens, lake music cruises, canoeing, sanctuaries of monkeys, fishing, waterfalls, and a weaving village in Kente.
You can hike to the top of Mount Afadjato, Ghana’s tallest mountain, if you’re up for it.
While you’re there, be sure to check out Shai Hills, a wildlife refuge, and Xavi, a sanctuary for bird watching.
This is really one of the most beautiful and not to be missed pieces of Ghana.
14. Lake Bosumtwe
Lake Bosumtwe is just 32km from Kumasi.
This crater lake is nearly 90 metres deep and was formed when the Earth collided with a massive meteorite.
The lake is surrounded by amazing hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails.
Furthermore, as the lake is a holy sight for the Ashanti people, you’ll find that many locals come here.
Folklore claims that in order to say farewell to the god Twi, people’s spirits come to Lake Bosumtwe after death.
This is an ideal weekend destination if you’re looking for a relaxed location for water spots.
Inhabited primarily by the Mole-Dagomba group, Tamale is the country’s northern capital.
There are several gorgeous mosques here and the cultural centre has craft shops, dance and music performances.
Considered to be the ‘kitchen’ of Ghana, you’ll find fantastic local and exotic foods here.
It’s probably the fastest growing city in West Africa and it’s also probably one of the most welcoming.
Farmers by tradition, this hot and arid land is located close to the Sahara Desert.
Don’t miss the two traditional palaces of Dapkema and Gulkpe Naa.
In Ghana, Kumasi, once the capital of the powerful Ashanti empire, is the second largest city.
The town itself is still full of Ashanti customs.
The Kejetia market is the main attraction here.
A place where for days, you can get lost.
Really the whole city can often feel like one big market.
Visit and read about traditional African democracy at Manhyia Palace.
Do not forget to check out the National Cultural Centre while you’re there and sit down for a dance or drumming class.
11. Akwidaa & Cape Three Points
For discerning beachcombers, Ghana offers Akwidaa – with a long and pristine white sand beach, you’ll find it’s one of the best that the country has to offer.
Explore the nearby cocoa plantations and forests and get a night-time guided tour of the turtle nesting spots along the beach.
If you like, you can take a canoe ride to Cape Three Points, the southernmost tip of Ghana.
There’s a great bar scene, good food, and plenty of local attractions to provide a good combination of lazing about and seeing new things.
10. Mole National Park
This is a family safari spot in Ghana.
A vast savannah packed with African elephants, buffalos, baboons, warthogs, and kob antelopes covers Mole National Park.
You can find about 100 species of mammals and at least 300 species of birds here.
The park allows safaris for walking and driving and if you don’t have your own, you can rent a park car.
The best time for elephant sightings is between December and April, although you’re sure to see plenty of mammals during the year.
Perhaps the most chill beach in Ghana is Busua.
It’s a magnet for the backpacker and volunteer crowds who love to come to unwind on the beach for a few days at a time.
Roughly 30k from the city of Takoradi and situated right between Dixcove and Butre, the village of Busua has potential for great excursions, making it an ideal base camp.
Many beaches in Ghana have a strong surf, making swimming a little precarious, but Busua waters are as relaxed as its vibe.
Because it’s primarily a tourist town, you’ll find great hotels and restaurants, shopping, and renting surfboards and bicycles.
8. Elmina Castle
Africa’s first European slave trade post was Elmina Castle.
Founded by the Portuguese in the 15th century, it is situated in what is now Ghana today.
It has been dominated by the Dutch and the British throughout the centuries and mostly served the Caribbean and Brazilian slave routes.
You will see upstairs the lavish accommodations where the Europeans stayed and then visit the dungeons below where up to 200 people were housed in one cell.
It’s a really eye-opening look at a complicated part of the history of Africa and Europe.
The castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument listed and is part of the scheme of national museums.
7. National Museum of Ghana
History buffs will love the National Museum of Ghana.
There are a number of exhibits dedicated to the Atlantic slave-trade and the African lives that where irreparably changed because of it.
If you’re looking for a good explanation of the ethnographic diversity of modern-day Ghana, this is the place to go.
Get insights into the past and present people, see traditional household objects, art, the royal Ashanti tools, and learn how to weave Kente cloth.
6. Kakum National Park
It’s a perfect day trip from the Cape Coast to visit Kakum National Park.
You’ll find 40 species of mammals, 300 species of birds and over 600 species of butterflies there.The Canopy Walk is the most common part of the park.
It is a string of viewing platforms connected approximately 30 meters above the park floor by secure and bouncy suspension bridges.
Make plans in advance for a park ranger or guide to take you further inside for a deeper insight into the park.
5. Cape Coast
Cape Coast is a former European colonial capital and one of the most culturally significant spots in all of Africa.
Originally called Cabo Corso by the Portuguese, the town was once the largest slave trading centre in West Africa.
It was here that slaves where brought, locked deep in the towns intimidating castle, and then loaded on to vessels heading to the New World.
What you will see and experience here will move you deeply.
Today Cape Coast is primarily a fishing town with an artsy vibe.
Old colonial buildings line the streets perfect for leisurely strolls.
Use Cape Coast as your base for exploring Anomabu, Elmina, and Kakum National Park.
Jamestown is a tough but moving neighbourhood of Accra.
There’s a ton of history to discover as both the British and the Portuguese left behind a cultural and architectural legacy.
The Jamestown community is close-knit and the atmosphere is lively.
There aren’t many markers to explain the context of the history that you’re seeing, so a guide is a welcome addition, but certainly not necessary.
The neighbourhood is a cross between rural and urban and is famous for turning out incredible national boxers.
3. Labadi Beach
Arguably Accra’s most popular beach, Labadi is the perfect city beach.
Great food and cocktails are available, as well as local entertainment and people watching.
The beach itself is maintained by the surrounding hotels so be forewarned that there is a small entrance fee for those not staying there.
If you happen to be there on the weekend you’ll for sure catch some native drumming, local reggae bands, and plenty of spots for dancing to hiplife – a unique music style that blends hip hop with Ghanaian culture.
2. Artists Alliance Gallery
This gallery will blow you away with its contemporary and fine art collections.
Created by respected Ghanaian artist, Ablade Glover, the three story gallery is a treasure chest of Kente clothe, furniture, Asafo flags, masks, and unique metal sculptures.
You can see almost every prominent Ghanaian artist represented and most of the pieces are for sale
At just over two million inhabitants Accra is the largest city in Ghana.
This capital city is full of character and radiates friendliness.
Whether you’re there as a solo traveller or with a family, on your big annual holiday or there for business, Accra has something to make you feel comfortable.
What tourists really love are the many beaches surrounding the city – particularly Labadi Beach. Accra is home to the National Museum where you’ll find many of the countries historical treasures.
You can also visit the National Theatre, International Trade Fair, the Kwame Nkrumah memorial, Independence Square, and W.E.B. Dubois Centre.
At every turn you’ll find markets, incredible food, wonderful music, and lots of traffic! Top it all off with a trip to one of the many coffin shops in Teshie.