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Ghana Travel Guide

Ghana — Attractions

A culturally, historically and naturally diverse country, Ghana never fails to tickle tourists’ fancy with its distinct heritage. Even the smallest villages and traditional towns are worth exploring and there are no shortage of attractions in all 10 regions. Venues for leisurely strolls and adventurous pursuits are easy to come by, with its dense forests and beach-fringed coastlines. While many of the main landmarks are concentrated in the capital, there are plenty of off-the-beaten-track destinations like Kumasi and the beautiful Kintampo Waterfalls which make for great sightseeing.

Bojo and Labadi Beaches

These beach resorts are the leading family attractions in Accra. While they can get crowded on the weekend, they are excellent for sun bathing, boating and even jet-skiing. Occasional entertainment and live music are held right on the shore and great restaurants line the boardwalk, providing good food and excellent views.
Address: Accra, Ghana
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Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

A popular stopover when visiting Mole National Park, this monkey sanctuary is an excellent place to spot 200 colobus monkeys and more than 500 mona monkeys mischeviously swinging through the trees. These animals are closely protected as villagers believe them to be sacred and there is even a monkey cemetery dedicated to these fascinating creatures. Come in the evening or early morning when the monkeys are at their most active.
Address: Baobeng, Ghana
Phone: +233-21-235-465
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Pikworo Slave Camp

The site where slaves were kept in North Ghana in the beginning of the 19th century, these people were held captive here before being transferred to Salaga’s slave market.
Address: Nania Paga, Bolgatanga, Ghana
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Makola Market

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Accra, Makola Market is a must-see, especially for bargain-hunters who want great deals on authentic Ghana souvenirs. The market is a labyrinth of colorful stores selling everything from handmade jewelry to carvings, clothing and everyday items. The market may be dusty and crowded, but shopping here is an experience every visitor should have.
Address: Accra, Ghana
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Cape Coast Castle

One of the most important historic treasures of the country, Cape Coast Castle is an ancient fort constructed in the 17th century to protect Ghana from invaders. It was originally built by the Swedish Africa Company, but was extensively refurbished during the British colonial era. Today, it serves as an important historical symbol and a museum that contains a wide selection of archaeological, architectural, ethnographical, and historical collections.
Address: Victoria Road, Cape Coast, Ghana
Phone: +233-423-2701
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Elmina Slave Castle

Elmina Castle is two centuries older than Cape Coast Castle, which was built in the 15th century and was one of the centers of slave trade in the region. The castle has been fully restored for historic tours and the on-site visitor’s center houses an impressive collection of photographs that show the structure’s history.
Address: Elmina, Cape Coast, Ghana
Phone: +233-423-2701
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Osu Castle

Otherwise known as Fort Christiansborg, this castle is one of the remnants of Dutch rule and was built to facilitate the trade of both goods and slaves. Today, it serves as the seat of Ghana’s government.
Address: Accra, Ghana
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Independence Arch

Hard to miss, the Arch is situated at the northern face of Accra’s Independence Square, and is an iconic symbol of Accra and a venue for many official celebrations. Ghana’s version of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, it is complete with a large black star on top.
Address: Accra, Ghana
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Wa Naa’s Palace

Historically the seat of the royal Wa family, this palace dates back to the 19th century and is one of the most recognizable buildings in the region. It has been unoccupied since the passing of the last chief in 1998.
Address: Wa, Ghana
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Kintampo Waterfalls

The best of its kind in the country, Kintampo Falls can be found in Ashanti. It is one of the most popular natural landmarks in the country, dropping 230 feet down to two rock steps. It is perfect for nature walks and picnicking while taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
Address: Ashanti, Ghana
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Lake Basumtwi

Lake Basumtwi is a result of a fallen meteor that hit the rainforest a million years ago. It is the largest natural lake in Ghana and an important tourist site and center for the Ashanti culture as it is believed to be where the dead collect to say farewell to their god. The lake is perfect for boating, fishing and swimming.
Address: Kumasi, Ghana
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Lake Volta

Unlike Lake Basumtwi, Lake Volta is an artificially made lake supplying the Akosombo Dam. It is the largest of its kind in the world and was primarily built to create hydro-electricity for the country and to irrigate farms. The lake, likewise, serves a huge waterway for boats that travel between Yeji and Akosombo. It is also a major tourism pull perfect for fishing trips and water sports.
Address: Akosombo, Ghana
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National Museum of Ghana

The oldest cultural attraction in Ghana, the National Museum was established in the early 1950's and features a wide collection of ethnographical objects related to the history of the country. It has impressive jewelry, maps and musical instruments, among many other interesting artifacts.
Address: Barnes Road, Accra, Ghana
Phone: +233-21-221-633
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