Ghana is a country rich in natural resources and fantastic landscapes, with a very important cultural heritage. The West African nation is also one of the safest and more prosperous countries in the region, so with such a plethora of places and the right conditions for tourism, it’s no wonder that many of the tourist sites in Ghana are worth a visit.
In this article, we take a look at the most remarkable tourist attractions in Ghana, where you’ll quickly realize there’s something for everyone: beautiful beach resorts and places full of adventure and culture, not to mention the top quality hotels in Accra…there’s simply so much to see! So, without further ado and in no particular, welcome to the most beautiful places to visit in Ghana
Top tourist sites in Ghana
Kakum National Park
Located around 20 kilometers to the north of Cape Coast, Kakum National Park is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Ghana. It provides shelter for endangered animals, some of which include forest elephants, bongo antelopes, squirrels, leopards, and Diana monkeys.
It boasts one of just 3 canopy walks existing currently in Africa. In fact, the 350 meter long canopy walk is one of its most known attractions. Located 30 meters above the ground, it provides a bird’s eye view of the stunning natural surroundings.
Lake Volta, one of the historical places in Ghana
Lake Volta is one of the most important places to visit in Ghana. Not only is it a place to enjoy scenic environments with plenty of activities such as boat rides, hiking in the surrounding mountains and even fishing, it’s also known as the largest artificial reservoir in the world.
Lake Volta is the result of the construction of the Akosombo Dam in the 1960s. There are plenty of accommodation options nearby to enjoy a fantastic escapade in the Ghanaian countryside.
In the surroundings you’ll find great accommodation options, like the stunning BridgeView Resort.
Wli Water Falls
Not only is it the highest waterfall in Ghana, but Wli Waterfalls are the tallest in all of West Africa. Located in the Volta region, very close to the border with Togo, it’s an area of great beauty and one of the top tourist sites in the Ghana eastern region.
There are plenty of activities and things to do around Wli Falls: hiking, either along flat trails or the steep and challenging trails to the upper falls. (we recommend hiring a hiking guided tour).
You can also visit the shrine of lesser gods, which legends say was brought from early ancestors from Togo, or see the village’s ostrich farm, an NGO supported project aimed at creating sustainable jobs in the region.
Wli Falls can be visited all year long, but it’s best to visit from April to October, during the rainy season, when you can actually see and hear the thunderous flow of water at its peak.
Cape Coast Castle, the top tourist site in Cape Coast
The Cape Coast Castle was among the various forts built in Ghana during the slave period. The construction was begun by Swedes, back when it was named Carolusborg, for marketing timber as well as gold.
In 1664, it was captured by the British and renamed as the Cape Coast Castle. It’s the second largest castle of its type in Ghana.
Cape Coast Castle is a tragic reminder of the slavery period, where people were sent to Europe or the Americas never to return again, hence the “Door no No Return”, one of the main places to see in the castle.
It is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, along with other castles in Ghana, because of its legacy of the Atlantic gold and slave trades.
Mole National Park
Mole National Park is the largest and most popular national park of its kind in Ghana. Located in the northern region of the country, it covers an area of 4,577 square kilometers and is home to a wide variety of wildlife and vegetation, such as baobab trees, acacia, and shea butter trees.
It is home to over 93 species of mammals, including elephants, antelopes, warthogs, baboons, and hyenas, and over 300 species of birds, including the rare Abyssinian Ground Hornbill.
Visitors can participate in guided walking tours or safaris to see these animals up close and personal. In addition to wildlife viewing, the park offers visitors the opportunity to explore traditional Ghanaian culture by visiting nearby villages and participating in cultural activities.
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Zaina Lodge is an eco-lodge that offers luxurious accommodations, breathtaking views, and an unforgettable experience in the heart of Mole National Park.
They have an eco-friendly approach where they advocate using solar energy, recycling, and supporting local communities. Plus, they’re dedicated to preserving the natural habitat of the park and the animals that call it home.
At the end of the day, retreat to your luxurious room at Zaina Lodge. Relax on your private terrace or take a dip in the infinity pool, one of the best swimming pools in Ghana!
Zaina Lodge is definitely one of the most interesting places and best tourist sites in Ghana.
“Meet Me There” African Lodge
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There are many beautiful beach resorts in Ghana but Meet me there African Lodge is not your typical vacation place in Ghana.
It offers an eco-friendly experience, all within a natural and rich environment where there’s no wifi but the promise of a better connection: with nature. Here you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city but also from technology.
Your stay at Meet Me There African lodge will contribute towards improving the living conditions of the local community.
Legon Botanical Gardens
Located in the heart of Accra, Legon Botanical Gardens is a beautiful, dynamic outdoor play space for all ages. It’s one of the most recommended activities in Accra with kids.
The garden provides many recreational activities, such as rope climbing structures, suspension bridges, a jungle gym, swings, and slides. There is also a canopy walk and the possibility to do canoeing.
Tills Beach Resort
Tills Beach Resort is a beautiful white sand beach stretch where endless groups of palm trees will make you feel as if you are in paradise.
Getting in the sea is also very possible because the currents are not as strong as in other of the swimmable beaches in Ghana.
Tills beach is also known to be a great surfing spot in Ghana, but if you’re not into such extreme sport, you can enjoy a handful of activities such as beach games, bonfires, movie shows, painting, live bands and much more.
Shai Hills Reserve
Among the many tourist sites in Ghana, there is one that is a force to be reckoned with: Shai Hills Reserve, where you can practice “glamping” in the most beautiful environment.
The place features three luxury tented camps situated “literally” in the middle of nature. The beautifully decorated tents come with a bathtub but overall the main protagonist here are the breathtaking views and the overall tranquility of the area.
Hiking, walking, cycling and even a mini safari are among the resort’s activities. You also have the option of hiking to some historical caves that were originally inhabited by the Shai people who were expelled by the British people and forced to move to other parts of the region.
This beautiful resort is the perfect excuse for a weekend getaway in Ghana. It’s located in Doryumu in the Shai Osudoku District, approximately 50 km away from Accra.
Adem Falls and Dodowa Falls
Adem Falls and Dodowa Falls are two beautiful waterfalls not far from Accra. If you’re looking to visit beautiful places near Accra, this is your answer.
A visit to the waterfalls can be combined in one day. It takes a hike of approximately 13 kilometers and the place is accessible from the Aburi area in Accra. It is recommended to take a guided hike to truly enjoy the area, learn stories about the place and enjoy the best panoramic views.
Sao Tome and Principe
Even though it’s not a part of Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe is a paradisiac destination, just minutes away by plane from Accra. Naturally, it’s a top travel destination to consider if you’re doing tourism in Ghana.
Whether you’re into some rest or relaxing at the beach, looking for culture and history, hiking or snorkeling, Sao Tome has all of this and more.
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