Ghana is a naturally gifted country with many beautiful places of interest, exhibiting cultural value, rich historical significance and offering leisure, amusement and also adventure.
These are spread across the entire country with each region boasting of some tourist attractions. Depending on your interest, there is a region in Ghana to satisfy you.
With so many tourist attractions in Ghana, it is tempting to list the entire tourist hotspots. Below are the ten regions of Ghana and their specific recommended attractions:
1. ASHANTI REGION – Lake Bosomtwe
Perhaps the most unmistakably landmark in this region is Lake Bosomtwe, the only natural lake in Ghana. It has a powerful attraction for people. When people in Northern Ghana, especially those in the Ashanti Region decide to plan travel for recreation and pleasure, many have a strong tendency to head to Lake Bosomtwe. A moment at Lake Bosomtwe provides recreation, relaxation and a chance to renew spirit and so records a very impressive number of visitors annually. The next time you visit this natural lake, opt for a sail or a ride on a boat and you will love it.
2. NORTHERN REGION – The Mole National Park
No visit to the Northern Region of Ghana is complete without a trip to the Mole National Park, situated in the heart of the pristine Guinea Savannah Woodland ecosystem with low hills and escarpments. It is a perfect place to come face to face with animals as this destination houses all types of animals from bigger to smaller. Here, visitors can experience the tension and excitement watching animals hunt for food in the open space and this is truly entertaining. This park attracts thousands of visitors weekly, thanks in large part to its enormous size and its incredible scenery.
3. GREATER ACCRA – James Fort
In the capital city of Ghana there are few attractions appealing than James Fort. Located in Jamestown, the James Fort was built in 1673 by the British as a trading post. It has a rich history regarding slave trade so visit should you be interested in the history of slave trade in Ghana.
4. CENTRAL REGION – Kakum National Park
The Kakum National Park is undeniably one of the most visited tourist sites in the country, set aside in 1931 with a wide vast of green vegetation. The park protects an incredible wilderness area that contains about 40 different species of animals. In addition, there is a canopy walkway of 350 metres long and connects seven tree tops which provides access to the forest and also, provides an amazing scenery. The densest population of forest elephants in Ghana is currently located in Kakum. Be sure to visit and see for yourself.
5. UPPER EAST – Paga Crocodile Pond
A sacred pond in Paga in the Upper East Region of Ghana inhabited by West Africans crocodiles. Make a stopover at this site for an opportunity to sit on these crocodiles for the cameras. This is the only place in the whole of Africa where you get to interact with huge harmless crocodiles. The only thing they will need from you is a fowl.
6. UPPER WEST – Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary
The Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary, a community protected area is located at the extreme north-western corner of the Upper West Region of Ghana. It consists of a 40-kilometres stretch down the length of the Black Volta River which forms the region’s western boundary with Burkina Faso. It is home to hippos, bats, chameleons, hedgehogs and many different types of lizards and snakes. The sanctuary is an excellent place to see birds with over 200 species identified and new sights seen regularly. The sanctuary contains much more than just hippos. It is an excellent spot for bird watching, including woodland savannah, riverine and forest shore bird species. You can as well trek through the many hiking trails, searching for monitor lizards, bats, hedgehogs, pythons, and even chameleons.
7. VOLTA REGION – Mount Afadjato and Wli Waterfalls
Located in the Agumatsa Range near the villages of Liati Wote and Gbledi, in the Volta Region of Ghana at the border with Togo is Mount Afadjato; with an elevation of 885 metres with a breathtaking view. It is the tallest mountain in Ghana and most visitors come for the awe-inspiring views and the magnificent hiking opportunities.
The Wli Waterfalls in Hohoe, also in the Volta Region is the longest cascading waterfall in West Africa, measuring about 143 metres from the upper fall to the plunge pool below it.
Its sheer grandeur, height, beauty and cool environment beat every imagination. It is a natural attraction every tourist will desire to visit.
8. WESTERN REGION – NZULEZO
Roughly 90 kilometers west of Takoradi in the Jomoro District of the Western Region is the village of Nzulezo built on stilts above a lagoon. It is essentially one long pier, called Main Street by the locals, with buildings constructed on both sides. One side of the ‘street’ are living quarters while the other side of the street has businesses, the school, a community center and other commercial ventures. Due to the traditional belief of the people here, the village can only be visited once a week and your means is by a canoe.
9. EASTERN REGION – Lake Volta
Lake Volta lies along the Greenwich Meridian, and just six degrees of latitude north of the Equator. It is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, offering opportunities for cruising especially to the Dodi Islands. If you love skiing, be sure to make a stop here.
10. BRONG-AHAFO – Digya National Park
The 3,743 sq km Digya National Park is the second-largest national park and the oldest protected area in Ghana. It was created in 1900 as Ghana’s first protected area and given national park status in 1971. Digya Park is the only wildlife territory in Ghana to border Lake Volta, where manatees and clawless otters can be found. The park is also home to at least six varieties of primate and over 230 bird species and has the second-largest elephant population in Ghana.
The sights and views of these destinations are amazing to see and visit, and won’t be quite difficult to decide on the places to visit in Ghana. Bookmark this page and follow this blog at the time of your Ghana tour.