Ghana is a beautiful and culturally rich country located in the western part of Africa. It is a small country with impressive tourist attractions. Ghana is also considered one of the most peaceful countries in the world, whose citizens are full of hope and joy. There are 14 regions in Ghana, but it is mainly divided into northern and southern parts. There are beautiful places in Ghana in almost every district.
Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park is a place that every tourist should visit. The park has an area of 145 square meters and is located on the coast of southern Ghana. Kakum Park is also home to many endangered animals, especially mammals such as antelopes and elephants.
Waterfalls always attract people from all over the world, and the Boti Waterfall is no exception. It is located in the Eastern Region of Ghana, 17 kilometers northeast of Koforidua. This is a landmark of Ghana with a rich history. According to history, the Boti waterfall is a twin waterfall, in particular male and female, which represents the upper and lower waterfalls. Locals believe that when the volume of water from the waterfall becomes large, the two waterfalls merge together, so a marriage ceremony is organized. A rainbow is usually formed during the ceremony when there is a continuous splash of water.
The Volta region is the least visited region in Ghana, although it has many tourist attractions such as mountains, waterfalls and lakes. Lake Volta is located in this region and is the largest artificial lake in the world. Lake Volta with an area of 8,502 square kilometers washes the whole country. The outstanding lake is surrounded by the Akosombo Dam and is used to provide transportation. It also produces electricity for Ghanaians.
Mole National Park
Mole National Park, located in the northern part of Ghana, is a habitat for endangered species such as elephants, roan antelope and several rare birds. Since the area of this national park is 4,840 square kilometers, it is one of the most suitable places to visit if you want to explore nature. This is the first park that has been reserved by Ghana for wildlife conservation. It protects more than 300 species of birds, 94 mammals and several other wild animals.
Waterfalls of Vli
In the Volta region of Ghana, a 5-hour drive from Accra, you can find the Agumatsa Waterfalls, also known as the Vli Waterfalls. The Vli Waterfall is recognized as the highest waterfall in Ghana and West Africa, which makes it a major tourist attraction. You will find plenty of entertainment when you visit the Vli Waterfalls. For example, you can relax while enjoying the flow of a waterfall or swimming in the water. If you want to challenge yourself, you can go hiking with a guide to the top of the waterfall. At the top of the waterfall there is a sanctuary, which, as the ancestors of the village believe, was brought from Togo.
Another waterfall in Ghana that fascinates all travelers is the Kintampo Waterfall. It is located exactly 4 kilometers from the town of Kintampo. The waterfall has the form of a ladder, thanks to which the water disappears and reappears about 200 meters from the original place. The view from the top of the waterfall shows how magnificent nature can be. After visiting the Kintampo Waterfalls, you can also visit the Boambeng Fiema Monkey Reserve, which is located in the same region.
There are many tourist sites in the Ashanti region of Ghana that attract thousands of tourists. In Kumasi, the capital of the region, you can find the only natural lake in Ghana, Lake Bosomtwe. The lake has an area of about 49 square kilometers and a depth of 70-74 meters. Mountains surround the lake, and it serves as a habitat for various species of fish. They say that the lake was formed when a meteorite fell on the city.
The Larabanga Mosque is the oldest in Ghana and it is located in the northern region of Ghana. It was built in 1421 and is usually referred to as the “Mecca of West Africa”. The mosque was inspired by the Sudanese architectural style and built of clay and sticks. Due to its rich history, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ghana. The history of the mosque and its construction is still a mystery. They say that the mosque was built by a Muslim named Ayuba. He was traveling around the area and needed rest. When he fell asleep, he dreamed that he was building a mosque, and after waking up, the foundation was already laid, and from that moment he completed it.
Place of the sword Okomfo Anokye
Okomfo Anokye is a popular character in the history of the Ashanti Kingdom. He was the first priest of the Kingdom. With his help, the Ashanti Kingdom expanded and defeated its enemies. About 300 years ago, before the death of Okomfo Anokye, he plunged his sword into the ground and declared that no one could take it out. So far, no one has succeeded, despite numerous attempts.
Ghana is a country with many traditional communities, which means that the locals still believe in the important role of chiefs in the development of the country. There are several chiefs in the Ashanti region, but the most prestigious of them is Asantehene from Asanteman. The Mankhia Palace is the place where the chief resides. A visit to the Mankhia Palace will show you the unique culture of the Ashanti region. Ghanaians do not joke with their culture, so it is very important to study it before visiting this country.
Asher Fort Museum
The Dutch built Fort Asher in 1649 in Accra, but its former name was Fort Krevekr. This is one of three forts that were built by Europeans for trade back in the 17th century. The fort became a prison for enslaved people until 1993. Today the fort is used as a museum.
St. George’s Castle is a tourist attraction located in the Central region of Ghana. It is commonly known as Elmina Castle. It can be found along the coast if you drive from Accra to the Central Region. When Europeans came to Ghana, it was the first European structure that they built back in 1482 to trade gold and other natural resources. It took the Portuguese two years to build the castle, completing it in 1486. Although the castle was originally built for the gold trade, it later became the center of the slave trade in Ghana. When you decide to visit this place, you will witness the history of the slave trade in the country and its impact on people at that time.
Cape Coast Castle
Another popular tourist destination in Ghana is another castle, Cape Coast Castle. The Portuguese built this castle on top, like Elmina Castle, but this one was erected in 1555. The castle was built for the precious gold trade, but later was also used for slavery. At that time, Ghana was called the Gold Coast because gold was everywhere in the country. This is what attracted the Portuguese here, and later the British. Cape Coast Castle is one of the places to visit in the Central Region.
You can go to the “Door of No Return”, which is one of the features of the castle with an interesting history. It is believed that through this door the colonial masters transported enslaved people from the castle to the ships. Not a single enslaved person returned alive after that.