Historic and UNESCO World Heritage sites
Many tourists associate Ghana’s past with the slave trade and interactions with Europeans, although the country has a long and varied history. The Larabanga mosque, built in the 15th century, and the Nalerigu Defence Wall, built in the 16th century, are also examples of flourishing civilisations.
Kumasi, the Ashanti Kingdom’s capital, rose in power and prominence between the 17th and 19th centuries, and today houses a variety of historic sites.
The slave trade did, however, leave an indelible imprint on Ghana, with forts constructed by the British, Dutch, Danish, Germans, Portuguese, and Swedish along the coast. Both Cape Coast and Elmina have excellent examples of these forts, which provide a look into the period of slavery and a vista of Africa’s final sight for millions of people, as well as being Unesco World Heritage sites.
The hamlet of Nzulezo, which is constructed on stilts, is another kind of World Heritage site.
Beautiful beaches, such as those at Kokrobite and Winneba, where you may relax with a drink, stay at a beach front hotel, or watch the fisherman at work, are among Ghana’s natural riches. Alternatively, you can take the waters inland. Volta Lake, which was formed by damming the River Volta at Akosombo in the mid 1960s to supply power to Ghana, today offers a great observation point from the dam or excursions out into the lake itself, or you may take a ride on the River Volta at Ada.
Lake Bosumtwi, a 10.5km diameter meteor impact crater lake in the Ashanti region not far from Kumasi, was created by a meteor strike approximately 1 million years ago. In addition to being extremely picturesque, the lake holds a spiritual significance to the Ashanti, who believe that souls of the dead meet the god Twi at the lake.
Two additional national treasures may be found inland in the shape of two world-renowned national parks. To enjoy a safari experience with the chance to see elephants, big cats, and other animals on the savannah, go to Kakum National Park to walk across elevated rope bridges within the forest, with the opportunity for bird watching and butterfly and other nature spotting, or to Mole National Park to enjoy a safari experience with the chance to see elephants, big cats, and other animals on the savannah.
In the rain forest near Wli Falls, there’s also the highland hamlet of Wli Todzi, which is renowned for its spectacular landscape and ecotourism services.
Ghana’s first and second cities each have much to see and do. Independence Square, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, and the WB Dubois Centre are among the historic attractions in Accra. Shopping in a variety of markets, including the Makola market in the city’s center. A number of museums and the national theatre are among the cultural highlights. The vast botantical gardens of Aburi are located outside of the city.
The Manhiya Palace, the Asantehene’s Palace, and the Okomfo Anokye Sword are among the attractions of Kumasi based on Ashanti history.
There are also additional items to find in terms of Asante culture, such as wood carvings from Ahwiaa, Adinkra patterns and clothing from Ntonso and Aboaso, and Kente weaving in parts of Kwabre Bonwire, Adanwomasi, and Wonoo.