Kente weaving in Ghana

Attractions du Ghana

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Greater Accra Region
Independence Square the venue for many national celebrations, dominated by the independence arch and the memorial to Unknown soldiers.

National Museum houses a fascinating collection of Ghana 's historical treasures.

Du Bois Centre for Pan Africanism was established to serve as a Pan-African Research Centre and library for scholars and students of Pan-Africanism.

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park : The final resting place of the first President of Ghana after he was buried thrice at three different places.
George Padmore Research Library of African Research is a famous centre for African-American studies.

Centre for National Culture an ideal place for lovers of arts and crafts offers a wide variety of handicrafts.

Accra Zoo is a small but fascinating, collection of many birds and animals indigenous to Africa is now part of an ongoing conservation programme.

Osu Castle, formally known as Christianborg castle, was built in 1659, it has been the seat of government since the early 1920s.

Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) is aregional centre of excellence where educational training and research into peace operations are being delivered at the highest academic and professional standards.

Shai Resource Reserve covers an area of about 5,180 hectares. It is part of Ghana 's commitment to preserve its natural heritage and wildlife. It stocks interesting fauna flora species.

Songhor Lagoon located west of Ada is home to different bird species. It provides unending pleasure for bird watchers

THE GREAT BAOBAB TREE holds evidence of the last bullets from Shai warriors and their allies fired to declare the end of the Katamanso war on 26 th August 1826 . The big tree displays the "bumps" or "wounds" caused by the bullets till this day.

LA BEACH The sprawling beach in front of the Labadi Beach Hotel is the most popular swimming beach in the country. It is easily accessible by taxi or bus.

Christiansburg Castle

Usher Fort: The Dutch built it as a lodge in 1650. It was shattered by Earth quake in 1862. Formally used by Ghana Prisons now accommodates Ghana museums & monuments staff.

Central Region

Cape Coast Castle Museum: It was first built as Fort Carolusburg in 1655 and has been identified by the UNESCO World Heritage Foundation as a World Heritage Monument .

Elmina Castle: It was the first European building in Ghana (then Gold coast) built from materials imported from Portugal . It was used in 1482 as the Portuguese head quarters. UNESCO World Heritage Foundation has also identified it as world heritage monument. It gives rich information and represents an understanding and appreciation of the early age of European exploitation and interaction between Europeans and Africans.

Fort Amsterdam: Located at Abandzi, was built by Dutch in 1598, later rebuilt by English in 1631. It was enlarged and renamed in 1665.

Fort Patience: Located at Apam, built by Dutch in 1697

Ft Good Hope: Located at Senya Bereku

Ft. Saint Jago: Located at Elmina, built by the Portuguese in 1555, attacked by the Dutch in 1637, turned into a Chapel in 1680, sold to English IN 1872.

Kakum National Parks: A 357km2 national park comprising undisturbed virgin rainforest. Excellent walking tours (and a canopy walkway) through the forest provide the opportunity to see much of Ghana 's indigenous plant life, as well as rare butterflies, birds and game.

Winneba - famous for fishing fleets, Masquerade festival and its beautiful and unusual ceramics

Mankessim - well known for its Posuban shrine and busy market

Kromantse/Abandze - twin fishing villages, one of the important trading centres to which the late Louis Armstrong, the great jazz player, traced his ancestry.

Gomoa-Ostew-Jukwa - a village of pottery makers.

Western Region

The village on Stilts of Nzulezo: An amazing village where life is on the centre of Lake Tadane, just 90km west of Takoradi. The houses are built on stilts, and the traditional village life has adapted to these conditions. An excursion from Beyin involves a walk through the reeds at the lake's edge, and a trip in a dugout canoe to the village. Visitors are always welcomed except on Thursdays which are considered sacred.

Akatekyi Crocodile Pond: 30km west of Takoradi, a local fetish priest entices the crocodiles from the waters with a live chicken. Visitors are always welcomed except on Wednesdays. Bring a bottle of Schnapps for pouring of libation.

Dr Nkrumah's Grave: The original grave of Dr Nkrumah, first President of Ghana, now buried in the Mausoleum in Accra , can be found at Nkroful, 83km west of Takoradi.

Ankasa Game Reserve (Elubo): An evergreen forest in a botanical environment offers richness with some 3000 plants species per hectare.

Bia National Park covers an area of about 300km in a transition zone between the moist evergreen and semi deciduous tropical forests. Visitors to the park may see elephants, duikers, chimpanzees and monkeys among the 62 mammal species. The park is constituted of some 300 species of plants and timber.
Wassa Dormama Rock Shrine consists of a huge rock stacked on top of three rocks forming a shelter of nearly three stories high.

Egyambra Crocodile Sanctuary is 55km west of Takoradi, the locals entice the crocodiles from the water with a bottle of Coca cola and a live fowl.
Ashanti Region:

The Manhyia Palace (manshia): seat of the Great Ashanti Empire also houses a Royal Museum stocked with unique paraphernalia and life-size statues of notable Ashanti kings and queens, as well as a gift shop. Dressing to the Palace is either formal or traditional.

The Kejetia market: largest open-air market in West Africa . Anything from foodstuffs, jewellery, and herbal medicine can be purchased through lively bargaining.

Kumasi Cultural Centre: Traditional dances and drumming lessons are available.

War Museum: The only fort and colonial stronghold, built in the interior of the country to house the British forces who sought to have some kind of bodily presence in this troublesome kingdom.

The Golden Stool: the symbol of the Ashanti Nation and the collective soul of the Ashantis was conjured from the sky in 1700. At the same spot lies embedded in the belly of the earth, the sword of Okomfo Anokye, the High Priest of Ashantis.

Prempeh II Jubilee Museum offers a rare selection of historical objects, which help to give a good insight into the history of Ashanti in the course of the centuries.

Lake Bosomtwi a Crater Lake created by a fallen meteorite. At 28 km square it is Ghana 's largest natural lake and also the deepest at about 100m. It is surrounded by dozens of fishing and farming villages is ideal for hiking and bird watching.

Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary was created when the Owabi stream was dammed to create a water reservoir for the growing city of Kumasi . It is home to a substantial bird population.

Eastern Region

Aburi Botanical Gardens:These century old botanical gardens offer a rich collection of tropical flora which attracts scores of special birds and butterflies. The tranquil paths are a popular excursion for our city dwellers.

Tetteh Quarshie's Cocoa Farm the first to be established in the country from the first seeds ought from Fernando Po Island . From this small beginning grew our major cocoa industry.

Lake Volta is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world and also one of Ghana 's greatest achievements from the construction of the Akosombo Dam. The lake also offers opportunities for cruising, especially to the Dodi Islands .

Akonedi Shrine, Larteh:On the Akwapim Ridge the fetish shrine is an important place for traditional healing and religious ceremonies.

Slave Market Of Abonse:Traces of the 17th and 18th century slave market can still be seen in the town that was at an important cross-road during the Slave Trade.

Okomfo Anokye's shrine: This important shrine is dedicated to the legendary priest, credited with the founding of the Ashanti Empire.

Boti Falls: A spectacular but seasonal waterfalls in the forest reserve of Huhunya.

The Waterfalls of Begoro: A series of falls and cascades surrounded by attractive woodlands and forest.

Volta Region

The Wli Waterfalls in the tropical forest near Hohoe, the highest in Ghana , or the nearby Tsatsadu Falls at Alavanyo, or the Tagbo Falls at Liate Wote which are almost as spectacular.

Afadjato Mountain attracts climbers of all ages, while the Kalakpa Game Production Reserve is a special place for environmentalists.

River Volta Estuary is an area of great scenic beauty, with river and ocean beaches and picnic spots shaded by palm trees. The sand bars are the nesting grounds for sea birds and endangered species of turtle.

Game Reserves at Abutia Kloe, 15 km from Ho , the reserve has increasing species of migratory and indigenous birdlife, buck, buffalo and monkeys.

Kayabobo National Park: A newly designated national park in the foothills of Mt. Djebobo , on the border with Togo .

Tafi Atome Monkey Village around Tafi Atome, some 5 km away from the Akatime hills is a place where monkeys have been preserved and have lost their natural fear of man. It is best to get there very early in the morning or shortly before the sun goes down. The monkeys rest during the day.

Mount Afadjato, The highest peak in Ghana .

The ancestral caves of Likpe - 14km from Hohoe

The grottos of Kpando - Agbehoe and Aziavi

The caves of Nyagbo and Logba

Caves and iron mine workings - Alepafu


Brong Ahafo Region

Kintampo Falls: These beautiful falls are hidden away in the woods close to the Kumasi/Kintampo highway.

Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is home to many families of Colobus and Mona monkeys, which are held sacred by the local people. Visitors taking the forest walks, along shaded trails, are rewarded with sightings of many birds, butterflies and indigenous flowers and trees.

The village of Nsuta is famous for the production of Kyenkyen, a local cloth produced from the bark of trees.

Lake Volta flows along the eastern edge of Brong Ahafo and a visit to the port of Yeji makes a pleasant excursion. Local fishermen land their catch here and the boats from Akosombo stop off here.

Northern Region

Mole National Park: 4840km² of savannah and rocky outcrops that are home to 93 species of mammal, including herds of elephant, buck and small plains game and a wide range of birdlife (approximately 300 species).

Larabanga Mosque: A 13th century Mosque, believed to be first built by Moorish traders.

Larabanga Mystery Stone: Nearby is a mystery boulder that is the subject of a splendid local legend.

Daboya: 89km west of Tamale, Daboya is a 16th century town from the Gonja kingdom, and a famous source of handmade textiles.

Nalerigu Defence Wall: Said to be built in the 16th century to protect Nalerigu from raiders is a recognised part of the Slave Route

The Slave Route is recognised in Salaga , where the Trans-Saharan caravans paused in Salaga market. Leg pegs can still be seen in the market place.

Yendi was part of a 19th century German settlement. Many of the Germans who died in battle with the Dagomba people are buried in the cemetery.


Upper East Region

Bolga Market: A splendid place to meet traders from all over the region and bargain for basketware, leather goods and traditional clothing.

Tongo Rocks: The Whistling Rocks of Tongo rise dramatically from the landscape just 10km from Bolga, and the Harmattan creates ghostly whistling sounds.

The Paga Crocodile Pond: Located at the north-east border, this is a sacred sanctuary for crocodiles. The reptiles are enticed from the water by the custodians.

Naa Gbewaa's Shrine: This traditional shrine commemorates Naa Gbewaa at Pusiga who founded the Mole-Dogbon tribe in the 13th century.

Navrongo: The historic mud-built church is well worth a visit.


Upper West Region

Gbelle Game Reserve is a sanctuary of indigenous wildlife, particularly its large herds of Roan Antelope, and is part of Ghana 's conservation programme.

Wa Naa's Palace: The 19th century palace with its distinctive architecture is the official residence of the Wa Naa, traditional chief of the Walas. In front of the palace are graves of previous Wa Naas

Gwollu Defence Wall was a part of the Slave Route . In the 19th century Gwollu Koro Limann built the wall as part of the defence against the slavers.

George Ferguson's tomb: George Ekem Ferguson was a Ghanaian colonial agent who was instrumental in convincing local chiefs to sign treaties of friendship with the British. He was later (1897) killed by slave raiders, but his tomb was preserved in Wa.