Do you know that there are still tourist sites in Ghana that you have not yet heard of? Yes, there are and that’s why I bring you a list of tourist sites in Ghana and their locations so that you can plan to explore them as soon as you can.
Ghana is blessed with hundreds of amazing tourist destinations that attract the attention of both locals and foreigners all year round and my comprehensive list of these tourist sites in Ghana should be enough to get you started.
List of 10 Tourist Sites In Ghana and Their Locations
Here, take a look at my well-sampled list of tourist sites in Ghana and where they are located. Do well to visit a few and make a memory.
1. Black Star Square
The Black Star Square is also known as Independence Square of Ghana. This area is a national public space in Accra which is used in hosting most national events, especially on holidays in Ghana.
The area occupied by the Black Star Square is bordered by the Accra Sports Stadium and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park which are both national assets of the Government of Ghana.
It was completed in the year 1961 after Kwame Nkrumah became the first prime minister and president of Gold Coast. The Black Star Square is sited between The 28th February Road and The Accra’s Southern Coastline
Independence Square has stands that can host up to 30,000 people boasting of three monuments that encapsulate the fight for independence and liberation. This includes the Independence Arch, the Liberation Day Monument, and the Black Star Monument, also known as the Black Star Gate.
The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park which is also widely called Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is located in downtown Accra, in the capital of Ghana also the seat of the Presidency.
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park is a dedicated site to the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. The memorial park which was built on a five-acre land size of the former British colonial polo grounds in Accra was dedicated in 1992.
The mausoleum, designed by Don Arthur, houses the bodies of Kwame Nkrumah and his wife Fathia Nkrumah and the spot where Nkrumah made the declaration of Ghana’s independence.
On the premises is a museum that has on display objects from the various stages of his life. The building is meant to represent an upside-down sword, which in Akan culture is a symbol of peace. It is also surrounded by water, which symbolizes life.
Kakum National Park, located in the Central Region of Ghana, is a natural forest and wildlife reserve that covers an area of 375 square kilometers.
The part was established in 1931 and was duly gazetted as a national park in 1992 after a survey of avifauna was conducted. The area which was was established by an initiative of the local people and not by the State Department of wildlife who is responsible for wildlife preservation in Ghana is covered with tropical forests.
Kakum is one of 3 locations in Africa with a canopy walkway that is 350 meters long and connects seven tree tops providing direct from above access to the forest.
Due to the availability of wild animals, the management of Kakum National Park has put up tree houses for tourists who will stay over at night.
Fort Prinzentein located in Keta in the Volta Region is one of the remaining few slave dungeons in Ghana after the trans-Atlantic slave trade ended years ago on the shores of the country.
Many forts were built in Africa by the colonial masters, but Fort Prinzenstein is one of the few that lie east of River Volta. Back in the day, Keta served as an open port until the Tema Harbour commenced its operation to the west in 1962.
The Danish had developed a presence in Keta, the commercial capital of the Anlo people hence the need to establish a fort to secure the coastal shores against attacks from enemies at the time. Fort Prinzenztein was built in 1734.
Situated in the inner of the University of Ghana, the Legon Botanical Garden has become a sole outdoor ground for many on holidays and weekends for as long as there is nothing to keep them busy.
Legon Botanical Gardens has very interesting activity lineups that will blow the minds of patrons on each day of the week ranging from canoe rides, bicycle rides among other fun-filled activities.
Also, the operations of the space are made public such that everyone can bring their loved ones at their own convenience and with their own homemade foods which they will only pay a token for.
Amedzofe Canopy Walkway is the new tourism treasure in Ghana, precisely in the Volta Region. The newly constructed area is one of the many tourist sites in Ghana that have received a large number of visitors since its opening.
The canopy walkway is strategically placed it that it is the perfect definition of killing two birds with one stone as the Ghanaian adage rightly puts it.
What the above means is that the Amedzope Canopy Walkway is sited right above another tourist site in the Volta Region, the Ote Falls which is one of the tallest natural falls to be discovered in Ghana.
Aburi Botanical Gardens is one of the few gardens in Ghana located in Aburi in the Eastern region of the country. It occupies a total land space of 64.8 hectares.
Aburi Botanical Gardens which has a variety of plant species was opened in March 1890 as was rightly initiated by the founding members, Governor William Brandford-Griffith and Dr. John Farrell Easmon, a Sierra Leonean medical doctor.
The tourist site opens at 8:00 am in the morning of all weekdays including Saturday and closes at 5:00 pm on each of these days. This means that patrons and tourists can make their way into the garden within the above-stated time periods.
Cape Coast Castle is one of about forty large commercial forts built on the Gold Coast of West Africa by European traders for the purpose of the trans-Atlantic slave trade back in colonial times.
The Cape Coast Castle which was established in 1555 was originally a Portuguese trading post which they named Cabo Corso until it was renamed after Ghana became a sovereign country.
The castle was a center for trade in timber and gold especially until it was later used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade which the agenda of the whites changed.
Elmina Castle and Fort Christiansborg are other castles built within the year time period as the Cape Coast Castle. They were used to hold slaves before they were loaded onto ships and sold in the Americas, especially the Caribbean.
Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary is a protected habitat for monkeys that have existed for the last 200 years and counting close to the small village of Tafi Atome in the Volta Region of Ghana.
The community has for the last decade been open to receiving visitors from Ghana and all over the world and they have been so accomodating to everyone who passes through irrespective of where you are from.
Tafi Atome is the most favorite and most visited area when a person considers watching the monkey species in Ghana because of the welcoming atmosphere in the area.
11. Nzulezo Stilt Village
Nzulezu Village is the only water-top community in Ghana located in the Western Region of the country. It is one of the most beautiful scenes you will see on water in this area of the country.
Nzulezu Stilt Village is located some 90 kilometers west of Takoradi in the Jomoro District of the Western Region of Ghana.
To get to the main community, you will have to go through a one-hour canoe trip from Beyin, the visitors center to Nzulezu. The route passes through a pristine series of marshes and swamp forests.
Summary of List of 10 Tourist Sites In Ghana
I took you through a list of 10 tourist sites in Ghana and their locations and I hope you’re okay with what you have seen. You have to set a timetable on how to travel to these places and I hope that you do that soon enough.
Here’s a summary of the list of tourist sites in Ghana for your quick capture ahead of planning:
- Black Star Square
- Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
- Kakum National Park
- Fort Prinzenstein
- Legon Botanical Gardens
- Amedzofe Canopy Walkway
- Aburi Botanical Gardens
- Cape Coast Castle
- Fort Anthonio
- Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary
- Slave Village
- Nzulezo Stilt Village