Ghana is a country in West Africa, about 1068 miles (1719 km) from Nigeria. Its capital is Accra, a prosperous trading hub that acts as the commercial and educational center of the county. The official language used in Ghana is English, so fret not about language barriers if you’re planning to visit. Did you know that Ghana is the first black African country to achieve independence from colonial rule? As such, it has also become one of the leading countries in Africa. Cape Coast Castle, Black Star Square, and Aburi Botanical Garden are some of the highly frequented areas in Ghana. If you’re planning a visit there, read on to learn about the best things to do in Ghana.
1. Hike Mount Afadja in the Volta Region
Mount Afadja, or simply Afadjato, is a mountain in Ghana. As the highest mountain in the West African country, Mount Afadja stands at an elevation of 885 meters (2,904 ft). Work up a sweat and hike to the top to be rewarded by jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Volta Region. You will find yourself near the villages of Gbledi and Liati Wote. Liati Wote features the beautiful Tagbo Falls that you don’t want to leave without visiting. The butterflies will be there to welcome you if you’re dropping by from October to March.
Address: Hohoe Municipal District, Volta Region, Ghana
Website: Mount Afadja
Also commonly known as Boti Waterfalls, the twin waterfall is located in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The tour by Viator offers you a comfortable pick-up and drop-off from Accra, Ghana. You can also choose to be picked up straight from Kotoka Airport if you would like to start your tour right away after landing. Do check the seasons before your trip so you will be greeted by the best waterfall views and not dried up lakes.
Outdoor Nature Tour to Boti Falls in Ghana
Duration: 9 to 12 hours
3. Visit the preserved dungeons of Cape Coast Castle
Cape Coast Castle is a famous historical landmark in Cape Coast, Ghana. Built by European traders, construction started in 1610, but it was only opened in 1653. It is commonly known to many as a “slave castle”, a place that aided in the development of the slave trade. The preserved dungeons were living spaces of about a thousand slaves. See for yourself while you’re there, and imagine the uncanny experiences of those slaves who had to live through that dreadful period.
Cape Coast Castle
Address: Victoria Rd, Cape Coast, Ghana
Website: Cape Coast Castle
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
Price: 7 USD
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Bargaining is an art, some people say. Learn how to bargain like a local from your professional guide in the walking tours of Makola and Salaga markets. On your trip to the Accra markets, you will spot medicinal plants and herbs, handcrafted beads, Kente clothing, and souvenirs from around the country. You will get the chance to see roots, leaves, and dried plants used in traditional medicine and voodoo ceremonies in Ghana. The walking tour will take about 3 hours with a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
The Accra Markets Experience
Duration: 3 to 5 minutes
5. Cross the canopy walkway at Kakum National Park
Established in 1992, Kakum National Park protects the rainforest, which is home to animals like forest elephants, bongo antelopes, and the Diana monkeys. You will also catch sight of butterflies and birds like the African grey parrots and hornbills. Cross the canopy walkway if you want to take in treetop views of the forest.
Kakum National Park
Address: R82, Ghana
Website: Kakum National Park
Opening hours: 6am - 4pm (daily)
Price: From 5 USD (canopy walk)
6. Experience the magical world of voodoo in Kumasi
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Voodoo, also known as Vodun in the Fon and Ewe languages, means spirit. Do you want to experience the magical world of the spirits? If you answered yes, take on a six-hour tour from Kumasi to discover the rituals and rites tagged to the practice. You will get a chance to meet a voodoo priest to get an interesting overview of the religion and its history. You can even choose to engage in a personal consultation with the priest if you’d like.
Voodoo Experience in Kumasi
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7. Learn about the slave trade at Ussher Fort Museum in Accra
Ussher Fort Museum is a museum in Accra that was opened in 2007. It is a joint development by Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism, the European Union, and UNESCO. You will learn about the history of the slave trade in Ghana, through the displays of wall paintings and articles from back in those days. There are also images of those who were against the slave trade and worked hard to put an end to it.
Ussher Fort Museum
Address: 33 Prof.Atta Mills High St, Accra, Ghana
Website: Ussher Fort Museum
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 4:30pm (closed on Sun)
Price: 2 USD (Foreigners)
Hit the dance floor on a five-hour nightlife tour in Kumasi’s most happening bars, pubs, and nightclubs. You will be led by a professional guide as you visit the different venues. Ready your ears to hear catchy rap and reggae music, including a live show. Your tour will end in the heart of the city. Before you book, please note that the minimum age to participate is 17 years, and ID checks may be required.
Kumasi Knight Life Crawl
Duration: 4 hours
The Fulani tribe is a group of people who are found throughout West Africa. They are also one of the largest ethnic groups in the Sahel and West Africa. They are distinguished by their ornate jewelry, beautiful women, and nomadic dining tradition. In this three-hour tour, you will get to experience cuisines the Fulani way, led by Fatmata Binta, a chef of Fulani descent living in Accra. Vegan options are available so make known your preferences at the time of booking.
Fulani Dinner or Lunch On A Mat
Duration: 3 hours
Mole National Park is a wildlife refuge in Ghana. Spanning an area of 4,840 km² (484000 ha), the national park is home to elephants, leopards, and various rare birds. In a four-day tour with a professional guide, you will visit the park’s main attractions. Five safaris have been selected after much thought, to optimize your viewing opportunities within four days. The price you pay will include accommodation, flights, and transportation.
4-Day Wildlife Safari in Mole National Park from Accra
Duration: 4 days
Experience Ghana the local way
From the history-rich preserved dungeons of Cape Coast Castle to the art of bargaining at different Accra Markets, experience Ghana like how a local would. If you’re up for such experiences, you’ve got to see for yourself the magical world of voodoo in Kumasi and learn about the dark history of the West African slave trade at Ussher Fort Museum in Accra. Let’s not forget to also enjoy the nightlife like a local in Kumasi and fill our tummies with Fulani dining. Do it the local way!
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