Ghana, the vibrant West African nation known for its rich cultural heritage and friendly people, is also a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. With its diverse landscapes ranging from pristine beaches to lush rainforests, there are so many outdoor activities and things to do in Ghana catering to all interests and adventure levels. 

Whether you’re a nature lover, an adrenaline junkie, or simply seeking relaxation in the great outdoors, Ghana has something for everyone. 

In this article, we will delve into some of the most exciting and captivating outdoor activities that this beautiful country has to offer.

1. Hiking and trekking

Ghana boasts a wealth of natural wonders, and exploring its picturesque landscapes on foot is an experience like no other. From the abundant Volta Region to the enchanting mountains of Aburi, there are countless hiking and trekking trails to suit various levels of fitness and expertise

One of the most popular destinations is Mount Afadjato, the highest peak in Ghana, offering breathtaking panoramic views from its summit. Additionally, the Kakum National Park provides an opportunity to trek through dense rainforest canopies on its suspended rope bridges, immersing yourself in the wonders of Ghana’s biodiversity.

2. Wildlife Safaris

Mole National Park

For wildlife enthusiasts, Ghana is home to several national parks and reserves that offer thrilling safari experiences. The Mole National Park, situated in the northern part of the country, is a must-visit destination. 

Embark on a guided tour through the park and encounter majestic elephants, buffalo herds, antelopes, and a variety of primate species. Other notable wildlife reserves include the Bui National Park and the Shai Hills Resource Reserve, where you can spot baboons, zebras, and numerous bird species, apart from being able to lodge in an amazing luxurious tent camp in the middle of nature. 

3. Water Adventures

With its extensive coastline along the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana presents excellent opportunities for water-based activities. Surfing enthusiasts will find world-class breaks along the country’s coastline, particularly in spots like Busua and Kokrobite. 

Kayaking and paddleboarding are also popular activities in the coastal regions, allowing visitors to explore serene lagoons and picturesque estuaries. You can enjoy a nice kayaking experience if you lodge at The Royal Senchi (they provide free kayaks as part of their services), located in the Volta Region, very close to Akosombo. 

For a more relaxed experience, take a boat tour on the Volta River, where you can enjoy breathtaking scenery and observe local fishing communities.

4. Canopy Walks and Waterfalls

Ghana is home to some remarkable waterfalls and canopy walkways that offer thrilling experiences. The Wli Waterfall, one of the top tourist sites in Ghana, is the highest waterfall in West Africa and an awe-inspiring sight to behold. 

After exploring the falls, venture into the adjacent Agumatsa Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can enjoy a canopy walk amidst the treetops, providing a unique perspective of the surrounding rainforest. Another notable waterfall destination is Boti Falls, near Koforidua, where you can swim in natural pools and marvel at the cascading waters.

5. Cycling and Mountain Biking

For those seeking to discover more of the country whilst being active, Ghana’s diverse terrains provide excellent opportunities for cycling and mountain biking. Explore the beautiful countryside, pedal through cocoa and palm plantations, and interact with friendly locals along the way. 

The Aburi Mountains, with their scenic routes and refreshing climate, are a popular destination for cyclists, offering challenging uphill climbs and thrilling descents. The Akosombo Dam area also provides picturesque cycling routes, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Volta River and its surrounding landscapes.

If you prefer to stay around Accra, you can rent a bike from The Shop Accra and go on a bike ride without leaving the city. 

Check out Accra Cyclist Instagram page and Gladiators Cycling Club on Facebook, for tips, sharing rides, creating community, etc!

6. Birdwatching

With over 750 bird species, Ghana is a paradise for birdwatching enthusiasts. Greenviews and its green environment, attracts a variety of birds that contribute to the serene and peaceful environment you are able to enjoy. We have created a guide of the most important bird species in Ghana where you can find out the birds that live around you! 

The country’s diverse ecosystems, including wetlands, forests, and savannahs, attract a wide variety of bird species, some of which are endemic to the region. 

There are a number of wildlife sanctuaries in Ghana, many of which are protected legally; Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary, Agumatsa Wildlife Sanctuary or Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary, are excellent locations where you can spot a diverse range of wildlife. 

7. Rock Climbing

For those seeking a more adventurous experience, rock climbing is gaining popularity in Ghana. The rugged landscapes of the Kwahu Plateau and the Togo-Atakora Mountains offer challenging rock formations that attract climbers of all skill levels. 

Rock climbing tours and guided expeditions are available for both beginners and experienced climbers, providing an adrenaline-filled adventure amidst Ghana’s natural beauty.

Check out Great the Ghana mountaineers group who organize hiking and climbing activities, also a great way to connect with other expats in Accra!

8. Beach Activities

Elmina beach

Elmina beach

A more laid back and relaxing outdoors activity in Ghana, is enjoying its amazing beaches. From the palm-fringed beaches of Ada Foah to the tranquil shores of Cape Coast, there are plenty of opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and other beach sports.

Check out this post with recommendations of three clean and swimmable beaches in Ghana or if you’re looking for a beach getaway we also have you covered with this post on 10 beach resorts in Ghana you must visit. 

9. Go camping


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Are you a camping lover? There are some pretty amazing camping sites in Ghana; on the beach, under the stars, in the middle of a nature reserve…Build bonfires, share stories, and enjoy the warmth of Ghanaian hospitality as you connect with fellow campers and create unforgettable memories.

10. Cultural immersion outdoors!

Last but not least, we could not talk about the option of immersing ourselves into Ghana’s cultural heritage and local traditions. Visit traditional villages such as Nzulezu, built entirely on stilts over Lake Tadane, and witness the daily lives of the local communities. 

Attend to some of the most vibrant festivals in Ghana, such as the Aboakyir Deer Hunt in Winneba or the Homowo festival in Accra, and you’ll experience the pulsating rhythms of traditional music and witness colorful displays of dance and attire.