9 meaningful tourist sites you need to visit when you are in Ghana
Traveling can be a wholesome activity for fun, adventure, knowledge, and exposure. Having some knowledge about the intended destination adds on even more value. Nothing is more assuring than knowing exactly where you’re going, and having the choice of places you visit at your disposal, not just to be met by chance.
For the tourist, this is even much more convenient if you’re to have a fulfilling trip and exposure to your destination.
Ghana is a land of many opportunities and excitement, sometimes too much to see you don’t even know where to start from and how to navigate your trips. To make your trips a wholesome one, let’s take a virtual trip first and foremost through some must-visit tourist sites in Ghana, some very well known, some not so known but equally intriguing.
- Kakum National Park
The Kakum National Park is the home for nature and purely organic and natural living. Inhabited by many unseen plant and animal species, the park provides the tourist the desire of having first-hand contact with nature in its rawest form. Kakum National Park, located in the coastal environs of the Central Region. The uniqueness of this park lies in the fact that it was established at the initiative of the local people and not the government. Its canopy walkway is one of the highest and most adventurous walkways in the whole of Africa.
The Elmina Castle tells the story of the founding fathers of the nation. The castle depicts the colonial and slave trade story of Ghana. It is found in the Central Region of the country, with its coastal areas, and served as the point of travel for the then slave trade. It was established by the Portuguese. With the history behind it, it gives the tourist a bit of understanding into the history of Ghana, to better appreciate the country.
3.Mole National Park
It is the home and refuge of wildlife. The park has a diversified range of animals. The park has become the home to animals who may have otherwise been endangered. It is situated in the Northern part of the country, and a visit to the park will leave you in astonishment at the sight of nature and species of animals never seen.
Boti Falls is a twin waterfall located at Boti in Manya Krobo in the Eastern Region of Ghana. It is known that the twin waterfalls are male and female. The intersection of the two waterfalls is described by locals as a mating ceremony. The falls are a beautiful sight to behold and an adventurous walk through the wild. To get to the falls is an added adventure one can’t afford to miss.
5.Aburi Botanical Gardens
The Aburi Botanical Gardens is a tourist site in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The botanical gardens are filled with many different species of plants which gives it a serene and welcoming atmosphere. Not only does it have a serene atmosphere, but it also serves as a very nice place for socialization and the taking of pictures. Most of the plants seen there are unique in Africa and the world at large. The journey to the Aburi gardens is also an exciting trip with the mountainous views along the journey.
- Mountain Afadjato
This tourist site is found in the Volta Region of Ghana, close to the Ghana-Togo border. It is the highest mountain in Ghana. Because it is shielded by the tropical forests of Ghana, it is also home to many species of mammals as well as some very beautiful butterflies. Once you’re able to climb to the top of the mountain, it is a very wonderful and captivating view you will never forget.
- Manhyia Palace.
The Manhyia palace serves as the seat of the Asantehene as well as his official residence. The palace has been in existence for so many years. It gives a rich cultural account of the people of Ghana, particularly the Ashanti’s. There is an attached museum which tells the history of the place as well as showing some artifacts. Tourists who visit the palace can enjoy the beauty of the culture of the people in its rawest form, while learning about the history of the place. It is situated in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
- Bunso-Eco Park
The Bunso Eco-park is an eco-tourism site that is ideal for adventures, picnics, and relaxation. The Bonso park includes a canopy walkway, a tour of nature as it is a reserve, a forest hike, horse rides as well as ziplines. Tourists to the park will enjoy the serenity of nature while taking adventurous activities. It is situated in Abuakwa, the Eastern Region.
- Shai Hills
The Shai Hills is a suburb near Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region. It is a plain land but has outcrops of hills. It also has a wildlife reserve that has several wildlife species. It is covered in coastal evergreen savannah and granite hills. It is a beautiful sight for tourists to enjoy the scenery and have a feel of nature.
The tourist sites in Ghana are numerous and very exciting places. In my next blog, we will continue on our virtual visits to these sights through the art of writing even as we prepare to come tour Ghana in person- the land of many opportunities. Feast on the mental images of those I’ve already mentioned and described, to whet your appetite for more.