5 Fantastic Places to Visit in Ghana
Published: 16 May 2015
Ghana may not be on everyone’s travel bucket list, but is one of our top choices for off-beat vacations in 2015. Though marked by its history of slave trade, this is one of the friendliest countries to visit in Africa that is shedding off the phantoms of its past and emerging as one of the most requested travel destinations. Our tip, visit Ghana before it gets too mainstream, and when you do, make sure to check out these great places:
Accra, the sprawling capital of Ghana is home to almost 3 million people. Here, you can find modern buildings and shanty towns co-existing to form a multi-layered urban landscape that is home to vibrant markets and even a castle. The Makola Market is one of the main hubs in the city where you can buy anything from imitation Rolex watches to batik clothing. Things to do in Accra include visiting the National Museum for wonderful displays of items related to Ghana culture and the country’s rich history and frolicking on any one of its popular beaches such as Coco Beach, Bojo Beach or Labadi Beach.
This is the largest man-made lake in the world. A 24-hour ride down the length of the lake between Akosombo in the south to Yeji in the north is a wonderfully adventurous experience to have during your Ghana holidays. The boat that takes you down the lake is commonly referred to as the ‘yam boat’ because apart from other passengers you may just have to share space with livestock and lots of vegetables! It makes not only for some great memories but amusing photographs as well.
The Nzulezo stilt village in Ghana is found in the marshlands of the Amansuri Lagoon. Tucked away from the chaos of urban life, this charming fishing village can be reached by pleasant canoe ride from the village of Beyin, which is about two hours away from Axim. The village, built entirely on stilts provides a fascinating sight, and should not be missed when travelling to Ghana.
St. George’s Castle:
A number of castles flourished in the country thanks to the slave trade, but one of the most famous of Ghana tourist attractions is St. George’s Castle in the scenic fishing town of Elmina. The castle was built by the Portuguese in 1482. About 150 years later it was captured by the Dutch and made the headquarters of the West Indies Company for 250 years where it soon earned a dark and gruesome history. Take a guided tour of the small museum found in the castle and visit the dungeons to get an idea of how terribly cruel the slave trade was. A visit to Fort St. Jago, across the lagoon, allows for some incredible views of Elmina and the majestic whitewashed castle, a picturesque sight to enjoy during your Ghana holidays in 2015.
Kakum National Park:
Of all the fascinating sights and enjoyable things to do in Ghana, one experience you absolutely must have is a visit to the dense tropical rainforest of the Kakum National Park in Southern Ghana. Home to forest elephants, forest buffalo, Mona-meerkats, civets and over 250 species of birds, the park offers some great wildlife sightings. A treat for any traveller, whether nature-lover or not, is a thrilling stroll along the Canopy Walkway. This walkway, built 30 metres above the ground is about 35 metres in length and crosses several bridges, offers an amazing view of the surrounding forest. Guided tours of the walkway are available, where you can learn the medicinal uses of the plants around you.