Aburi Gardens Emerges as Ghana’s Most Visited Tourist Site in 2022, Surpassing Kakum National Park
In a remarkable turn of events, Aburi Gardens, a lush oasis nestled in the breathtaking mountains of Ghana, has taken the crown as the most visited tourist site in the country for the year 2022. Surpassing the renowned Kakum National Park, Aburi Gardens has captivated the hearts of visitors, according to the recently published fourth Ghana Tourism survey.
With its idyllic setting and captivating charm, Aburi Gardens welcomed an astonishing 186,109 visitors during the first half of 2022, establishing itself as the top choice for both domestic and international tourists. Its magnificent botanical displays, serene ambience, and picturesque walking trails have lured nature enthusiasts and those seeking respite from the bustling city life.
The coveted second place was secured by Kakum National Park, a renowned gem in Ghana’s natural heritage, with a commendable 136,256 tourists exploring its magnificent canopy walkways and diverse wildlife habitats.
The Ghana Tourism survey also shed light on other remarkable sites that garnered substantial visitation numbers in the first half of 2022. The Kumasi Zoo, located in the heart of the Ashanti Region, secured the third position, enchanting 114,683 visitors with its captivating collection of animals. Cape Coast Castle, a poignant reminder of Ghana’s historical past, stood tall in the rankings with 86,692 tourists venturing into its corridors and dungeons to immerse themselves in the country’s rich heritage. The neighboring Elmina Castle, another historical landmark, welcomed 72,691 visitors eager to trace the footsteps of Ghana’s storied past.
Shai Hills Reserve, an absolute paradise for nature lovers boasting remarkable rock formations and abundant wildlife, drew the attention of 48,116 visitors seeking adventure and serenity. In the bustling capital city of Accra, the Accra Zoo delighted 45,825 visitors with its diverse range of animal species, while Bunso Arboretum, with its enchanting canopy walkway and botanical wonders, mesmerized 40,895 visitors, offering a unique blend of nature and education.
The survey also highlighted the allure of Ghana’s cultural treasures. The Prempeh II Jubilee Museum in Kumasi, dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the revered Ashanti Kingdom, attracted 21,139 visitors keen to delve into the region’s regal past. Furthermore, the majestic Kintampo Waterfalls, cascading with breathtaking beauty, left an indelible impression on the 18,231 visitors who flocked to witness this natural wonder.
Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ghana’s tourism sector has shown resilience. The Ghana Tourism Authority’s efforts to ensure the safety and enjoyment of visitors have played a crucial role in the positive outcomes reflected in the survey.
As Ghana’s tourism industry continues to adapt and recover, the undeniable allure of its diverse attractions, from the enchanting Aburi Gardens to the historically significant Cape Coast Castle, will continue to beckon travelers from around the world. These sites not only showcase Ghana’s rich cultural and natural heritage but also contribute significantly to the country’s economic growth and global recognition as a top-notch tourist destination.