Provided on this page are the Top Ten Tourist Attractions in Ghana which we hope you will find helpful as you plan your visit to Ghana. We will be working with some of the small enterprises as part of our Doorway To Africa Capacity Building Programme and more news will be available on our Projects page
1. Cape Coast Castle
Cape Coast Castle is one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts along the southern coast of Ghana.
Cape Coast Castle is one of about thirty “slave castles”, or large commercial forts, built on the Gold Coast of West Africa (now Ghana) by European traders. It was originally built by the Swedes for trade in timber and gold, but later used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Other Ghanaian slave castles include Elmina Castle and Fort Christiansborg. They were used to hold slaves before they were loaded onto ships and sold in the Americas, especially the Caribbean. This “gate of no return” was the last stop before crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
2. Labadi Beach
Labadi Beach or more properly known as La Pleasure Beach is the busiest beach on Ghana’s coast.
It is one of Accra’s beautiful beaches and is maintained by the local hotels. Labadi Beach is near Teshie in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. An entrance fee to those not staying the hotels is charged. On holidays and weekends there are often performances of reggae, hiplife, Playback, and cultural drumming and dancing.
3. Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park is a dense tropical rain forest in southern Ghana. The forest is home to over 40 species of larger mammals including forest elephants, forest buffalo, Mona-meerkats and civets. The bird life is fantastic as well with over 250 species living in the forest. The highlight of any visit to Kakum, is a stroll on the Canopy Walkway that is built 30 meters above ground, crosses several bridges and is over 1000 feet (350 m) in length. The canopy walkway offers a unique viewing perspective of the wildlife and unique plants of the forest.
4. Nzulezo Stilt Village
Nzulezo is a village built on stilts in the marshy Amansuri Lagoon. Similar in looks and atmosphere to Genvie in Benin. This is a unique little fishing community, far from the hustle and bustle of daily Ghanaian life. You can only reach it by renting a canoe, available from the village of Beyin (about two hours drive from Axim). It takes about an hour to reach the village. Simple accommodation is available in a stilt house, the Ghana Wildlife Society can help you make arrangements.
5. Lake Volta (Volta Lake)
Lake Volta (or Volta Lake) is the largest man-made lake in the world. A passenger boat, the Yapei Queen runs the entire length of the lake between Akosombo in the South to Yeji in the North. The trip takes about 24 hours one way and departs from Akosombo every Monday. You can book your voyage through the Volta Lake Transport Company.
Kumasi is the former capital of Ghana’s Ashanti Kingdom in southern-central Ghana. Kumasi is Ghana’s second largest city with a population of around 1.5 million. The Ashanti are famous artisans, their gold jewelry and trinkets are famous throughout the world, as is their Kente cloth and wood-carved stools. You can see examples at the National Culture Center as well as various craft villages on the outskirts of Kumasi. The bustling Kejetia Market is worth visiting, the Kente cloth is good value here if you can stomach the chaos. If you’re interested to see how the Ashanti Kings used to live, check out the Manhyia Palace Museum. You can meet the current Ashanti king here, he makes an appearance to greet the public every 42 days.
7. Mole National Park
Mole National Park is Ghana’s largest wildlife park and is located in north western Ghana. In Mole you can expect to see buffalo, roam antelope, elephants, warthogs, hyenas and if you’re very lucky, leopard. Lions have recently been re-introduced to the park as well. There are also more than 250 species of birds to enjoy. You can opt for a walking safari or a traditional game drive accompanied by an armed guard. There’s a motel just near the park headquarters. The best time to spot wildlife is during the dry season from January to March as animals congregate around the water sources. Mole can be reached by public transport, note the roads are not in great condition. Do visit the Larabanga Mosque near the park, the oldest mosque in Ghana.
8. Paga Crocodile Pond
Paga Crocodile Pond located in the north-eastern border of Ghana, Paga is a sacred crocodile sanctuary.
Although crocodiles are considered as wild creatures, the Paga crocodiles are friendly and coexist with humans.
The friendly relationship between the crocodiles and humans continue to baffle the minds of many.
This is in contrast to the perception of crocodiles as dangerous.
It is a customary offence to harm, kill or show any sign of disrespect to the crocodile of Paga. It is not uncommon to find children and or visitors sitting at the back of or holding the tale of a crocodile without any harm, after a sacrifice of fowl. This is normal for the people of Paga but a mystery to visitors. Other tourist attractions in the area include the Paga-Nania slave camp, the mystery dam of Kayoro called Kukula and the Nasaga Game Reserve, eight kilometers away from Burkina-Faso and Paga.
9. The National Museum, Accra (1957)
The National Museum, located at No. 2 Barnes Road in Central Accra, was opened on 5th March 1957, the eve of Ghana’s Independence. The National Museum has three main galleries: these deal respectively with Ghana’s past; her traditions; and with the country’s arts culture. The galleries present exhibits on prehistoric Africa; they display sculptures and paintings from pioneering and contemporary artists; and they provide examples of traditional attire, local musical instruments, and sacred tribal artefacts such as Asante ancestral stools, traditionally believed to be the receptacle of the soul of the chief who sat on them.
Also on display are: chiefs’ regalia; indigenous Ghanaian musical instruments; gold-weights; beads; traditional textiles, stools and pottery; exhibits on traditional dance, agriculture and iron making; exhibits on the slave trade in Ghana; Senfu masks from La Cote d’ Ivoire; Zulu wooden figures and bead-ware from Southern Africa; ancient Ife bronze heads from Nigeria and Bushongo; carvings from the Congo; Ghanaian paintings executed in oil, pastel, acrylic and watercolour; and sculpture pieces in different media.
The Museum also boasts a sculpture garden, displaying, amongst other artworks, life-size statues of historical figures such as Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana.
10. Makola Market
Makola Market is a renowned market place and shopping district in the centre of the city of Accra, the capital of Ghana. One can find a wide array of products being sold in the markets and its surrounding streets, from car parts to land snails. The market, dominated by women traders, sells fresh produce, manufactured and imported foods, clothes, shoes, tools, medicines, and pots and pans. Jewelry made from locally handcrafted beads can also be found for sale in the market.