Learn about Ghana’s most visited tourist sites!

Ghana has some of the most visited tourist sites on the continent. Every single year, thousands of international tourists arrive in the country to share in its pleasures and rich cultural heritage. Evidently, In 2019 (The Year of Return), the Ministry of Tourism recorded about 1.13 million tourist visits. Due to COVID-induced restrictions, the estimated upward surge in tourist visits succeeding The Year of Return did not happen. However, the tourism industry in Ghana is still doing well.

We decided to research Ghana’s most visited tourist sites so that we know which places to recommend for folks who want to visit Ghana. Overall, we collected data from Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism, Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook.

Ghana’s most visited tourist sites:

1. Kakum National Park

Kakum National Park, located in the coastal environs of the Central Region of Ghana, covers an area of 375 square kilometers. Although it was established as a reserve in 1931, it was only in 1992 that it was designated as a national park following an initial assessment of avifauna. Tropical woods cover the entire area. The park is peculiar because it began at the initiative of the local people rather than by the State Department of Wildlife (which is in charge of wildlife preservation in Ghana). It is one of only three spots in Africa with a 350-meter-long canopy walkway that connects seven tree tops and allows access to the jungle.

2. Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

The memorial park is located in the capital city of Ghana, Accra. It includes a mausoleum and a museum built for and named after Ghana’s “founding father,” late President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park is located on the Atta Mills High Street in Accra’s major commercial district.

3. Cape Coast Castle

The Cape Coast castle is one of around forty “slave castles” or massive commercial forts established by European traders in West Africa’s Gold Coast (now Ghana). Previously, it was a Portuguese “feitoria,” or trading center (1555), with the name Cabo Corso.  It was originally a center for trading timber and gold but later, it was used to hold enslaved Africans in captivity before loading them onto ships and selling them in the Americas, particularly the Caribbean.

4. Elmina Castle

This was the first commercial post on the Gulf of Guinea and the oldest European structure south of the Sahara. The castle was originally a trading post but later became one of the key sites on the path of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. After a failed attempt to seize the fort from the Portuguese in 1596, the Dutch took over the entire Portuguese Gold Coast in 1642. The Dutch Gold Coast, including the fort, was also taken over by the British in 1872.

5. Aburi Botanical Gardens

This is one of Ghana’s most visited tourist sites. It was built by the British colonial government based on the design of the Royal Botanical Garden in the UK to serve as a sanatorium for government officials. With a land area of 64 hectares and an elevation of up to 460 meters above sea level, it overlooks the Accra coastal plain. Since its opening in March 1890, the garden has been a source of scientific research, spiritual experience, and leisure.

6. Kintampo Waterfalls

Kintampo waterfalls, formerly known as Sanders Falls, is one of Ghana’s highest waterfalls, located in Bono East. It is situated on the Pumpum River. A tributary of the Black Volta, approximately 4 kilometers north of the Kintampo Municipality on the Kumasi–Tamale route. The waterfall flows from three primary drops, the longest of which is 25 meters in height.

7. Mole National Park

Mole is Ghana’s first, largest and most prestigious protected area. The Park is managed mainly for its outstanding natural, physical, historical and cultural relevance. It covers an area of 4,577 km square of fairly undisturbed Guinea savannah in the northern part of Ghana. Mole is rich in biodiversity and home to some 742 vascular plant species and over 90 mammal species.

8. Manhyia Palace Museum.

The Manhyia Palace Museum is a historical museum housed within the Manhyia Palace in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The Museum was first built in 1925 as a private residence for Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh I (who was returning from nearly three decades in exile). Today, it provides a good insight into the Ashanti culture and Ghana’s history before British colonization.

9. Lake Bosomtwe

Lake Bosomtwe is one of the world’s six meteoritic lakes. The site’s southernmost half overlaps the northern section of the Bosomtwe Range Forest Reserve, resulting in a mix of forest, wetland, and mountain ecosystems. The biosphere reserve is home to 35 tree species, which is a source of timber. The site also has a diverse wildlife population and a human population of about 50,000 people whose primary economic activities include farming, fishing, and tourism.

10. Larabanga Mosque

The Larabanga Mosque is a Sudanese-style mosque located in the Ghanaian hamlet of Larabanga. It is the country’s oldest mosque. And one of the oldest in West Africa. It is the “Mecca of West Africa.” The mosque has seen many renovations since its foundation in 1421. The World Monuments Fund has made significant contributions to its refurbishment.

If you’re planning a vacation to Ghana, we highly recommend these historic sites.

CAUTION: Ghana is strictly enforcing COVID protocols at its international airport. Make sure to get vaccinated before you visit the country.

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