The Ghana Tourism Authority is solely responsible for the regulation of tourist activities as well as the proper maintenance of the tourist sites in the country for the increasing public patronage.
Do you have plans to travel through Ghana? Do you want someone to tell you the best places you can visit in Ghana? In the next segment, I’ll take you fully through my list of the most popular places you can visit in ghana.
Popular Tourist Sites In Ghana And Their Locations
In Ghana, the most popular tourists sites include; the Kakum National Park, the Cape Coast Castle, Fort Prinzenstein, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, the Paga Crocodile Pond, Mount Afadja, Wli Waterfalls among others.
Now that we have seen the places that you could visit, let us take a look at some vital details of these places including their locations.
1. Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park is one of the most popular tourist sites in the whole of Africa. The site is a national forest reserve established by locals in the Central Region of the country.
Kakum National Park which covers a land size of 375 kilometers square is known for its tall trees and the connecting canopy walkway that lies at about 40 feet above ground level.
The name Kakum comes because of the Kakum river which runs through the forest. The park is located north of Cape Coast and Elmina near a small village called Abrafo.
2. Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, known also as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Part is a dedicated site in memory of the first Prime Minister and First President of Ghana, Osagyfo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park is located in the city of Accra near the Accra Sports Stadium and the Black Star Square or the Independence Square.
The site holds the mortal remains of Kwame Nkrumah and his wife Fathia Nkrumah. There are also personal belongings of Kwame Nkrumah including the smock he wore to declare the independence of Ghana and the stool he used during his childhood school days.
3. Wli Waterfalls
The Wli waterfalls is the highest waterfall in West Africa located in Ghana precisely in the Volta Region of the country. It is known among the locals as Agoomatsa waterfalls which literally means “Allow Me to Flow.”
The fall which stands 80 meters tall is located approximately 280 kilometers from the capital of Ghana, Accra in the Hohoe municipality of the Volta Region, the land of the Ewe people.
While you visit Wli Waterfalls, be reminded that there is a colony of bats that cling to the cliff over which the water flows and they fly around the whole place which also serves as a different feeling.
4. Fort Prinzenstein
Fort Prinzenstein is a slave dungeon located in Keta in the Volta Region of Ghana which served as a storage site of slaves before final boarding onto the ship that transports them across the Atlantic ocean in the Americas.
The fort is strategically placed at the shore, a point where it gives a clear sight to the slave traders at the time against attacks from enemies since it was a time of wars and conflicts.
It was initially built by Danish traders in 1784 for defensive purposes after the Sagbadre War against the Anlo Ewe of the Eweland and to keep the area safe from other colonial powers. The majority of the materials, especially the stone used for the building of the fort, came from Accra.
5. Mount Afadja
Mount Afadja or Afadjato as it is locally called is the tallest mountain in Ghana to date located in the Volta Region in the land of the Ewe people.
The mountain is located close to the Togo border range with Ghana near the villages of Liati Wote and Gbledi Gbogame in the Afadjato South District and Hohoe Municipalities respectively.
Afadjato is one of the most visited and sort after tourist sites in Ghana as it welcomes thousands of visitors both locally and internationally all year round.
In my quick summary which you can actually keep for your planning, let us take a look at the most popular tourist sites in Ghana. The most popular tourist sites in Ghana are:
- Kakum National Park
- Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Memorial Park
- Fort Prinzenstein
- Wli Waterfalls
- Mount Afadja or Afadjato