Welcome to a haven that combines the charms of a tropical beach idyll with a fascinating historical heritage, rich cultural variety, and some interesting wildlife in the national parks.
Ghana offers a rich and diverse product mix for prospective tourists with a range of unique and exciting natural, cultural and historical attractions. Natural attractions include national parks and natural reserves, scenic mountains and landscapes, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, and pristine beaches among others.
There is an enchanting variety of wildlife, ranging from elephants to monkeys and from marine turtles to crocodiles, as well as hundreds of colorful birds and butterfly species. Some of the ecotourism sites include: Kakum National Park, Bunso Arboretum, Adanwomase Kente Village, Shai Hills wildlife area, Paga Sacred Crocodile Pond, Mole National Park, Wechiau Community Hippo Santuary,and the River Safari, Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, Wli water Falls, Nzulezu stilt Village, Tano Boase Sacred Grove and Formations and Boabeng-Fiame Monkey Sanctuary among others. Here are the best tourist places to visit.
Waterfalls and Lakes
Many popular waterfalls and lakes are great tourist attractions as well. Probably the most well-known lake in the country is the Volta Lake. It is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, and is the main source of light energy for Ghana and its neighboring countries, since it carries one of the largest dams in Africa, the mighty Akosombo Dam.
Discover the spectacular waterfalls such as the Boti waterfall, and the highest waterfall in the entire country – the Wli waterfall. There is also the Akaa Falls, which has Lookout rock as a nearby attraction. After climbing a somewhat frightening bamboo ladder, you arrive to top of a large flat rock that looks out over an amazing forest vista.
Kakum National Park: Tucked away in the Assin Attandanso reserve is the Kakum National Park and Canopy walkway that offers a spectacular scenery and a fascinating wildlife experience along with modern camping facilities. The park’s best-known feature is undoubtedly its seven suspension bridges which form a 333-meter long canopy walkway, suspended up to 27 meters above the forest floor from trees that are over 300 years old.. It is also a premier site for bird watchers, with over 300 species including eight species of global conservation concern. Mammals include forest elephant, leopard, bongo, bushbuck and many primates, but game viewing is difficult. Also, more than 600 butterfly species have been recorded.
Mole National Park: The largest and most prestigious protected area in the north-west of the country, with wildlife refuge measuring 4,849 sq km. The park has very rich flora and fauna. It is best known for its elephants (a population of about 600) as well as many other primates. Some 94 mammal species, over 300 bird species, 9 amphibian species and 33 reptile species have been recorded here. The large and commonly seen mammals include elephant, roan antelope, hartebeest, waterbuck, bushbuck, warthog, buffalo, several duikers, baboon, and hartebeest. Predators include lion, leopard, spotted hyena, caracal, aardvark, genet, civet and mongoose. Occasionally, buffalo overrun the park headquarters and the lodge area.
Cape Coast Castle: The largest of the buildings which contains the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Like most ancient fortifications in Ghana, Cape Coast Castle played a significant role in the gold and slave trades. But also, two significant contributions were made here: the arrival of Christianity, and the establishment of the first formal education system through Castle Schools. The castle has many interesting features including Dalzel Tower, the slave dungeons, and the cannons and mortars used in the Castle’s defense. Inside the castle is the West African Historical Museum is located and contains a growing collection of art and cultural objects, including ceremonial drums, old muskets, shackles from the slave trade and ancient pottery.
Prempeh II Jubilee Museum: Situated within the National Cultural Center, the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum showcases the history of the Ashante Kingdom, one of the most powerful and wealthiest kingdoms in the continent during its reign in the 18th century. The small museum displays a collection of artifacts and memorabilia of Ashante people and royalty. The notable items it encompasses include Asante King Prempeh II’s war attire and ceremonial dresses, palace furnishings, jewelry and royal insignia. It also houses the recreation of the Golden Stool, the literal seat of power of the Asante Kingdom and an item that influenced the final war between the British Imperial government and the Asante Empire.
Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary: Stretching along 40 km of the eastern bank of the Black Volta River, the Wechiau Hippopotamus Sanctuary is a protected area for hippos and associated species. It is home to one of only two remaining groups of hippopotamus in Ghana. Birdlife is also spectacular, with over 200 species on record. Experience a river safari in a dugout canoe and see the resident hippo group, birds and mammals as well as fishermen plying their nets.
- Kuwaiti tourists visiting Ghana may need among others; valid passport, 4 passport copy photos with white background, completed visa application form, visa fee, and invitation letter, details of person or relative in Ghana, hotel reservation, flight reservation, and travel insurance, bank statement; among others.
- Visas are expedited particularly for businessmen and tourists visiting Ghana.
- Details can be obtained from the consular session at the Embassy. However, visa requirements are subject to change.