From the diverse landscape to the beautiful beaches and historic landmarks, Ghana is a country noted for some of the most breath-taking scenery. The country is laden with so many beautiful things to see and do. Activities range from cruising on the largest man-made lake in the world to paragliding and taking a dip in the beautiful beaches along the coast.
Ghana is fast becoming one of the hot spots for tourists in the sub-Saharan region. It is popular for its relative peace and low violence, tolerant and hospitable people, and its diverse and rich culture. The global peace index listed Ghana as the most peaceful country in the West African sub-region. This makes the country one of the most preferred vacation places for tourists.
Visiting Ghana allows you to witness the beautiful and rich culture, nature in all its glory, fantastic art, festivals, and a history that will leave you with many lingering thoughts. Ghana is said to be the country that captivates its visitors immediately, not because of its richness but the diverse yet peaceful landscape which allows for peaceful coexistence between Muslims, Christians, and different groups of people.
In this article, Mrpocu.xyz would be delving deeper into things that you should not miss on your visit to Ghana.
1.Celebrating Kwahu Easter
The Kwahu Easter is one of Ghana’s popular festivals that is celebrated by the Kwahu people in the Eastern region. This festival is celebrated during the Easter holidays and it attracts thousands of people from across the country. It is celebrated to welcome home indigenes who traveled away from home. It is also a time for celebration and merrymaking. People from all walks of life attend festivities in the Kwahu hills. The activities lined up include paragliding, which was introduced in 2005, hiking, carnivals, and street jams. The streets are filled with many people during this time and the town easily gets crowded.
2.Visiting the Castles.
Ghana’s rich history would be incomplete without these beautiful colonial castles that highlight Ghana’s dark slave history, where the Europeans shipped tens of thousands of Africans from their native lands to work on plantations in the Americas. These castles were used as trade posts and had dungeons that housed slaves who were being transported across the Atlantic to their future on plantations on faraway lands. Ghana has quite several such castles but more prominent amongst them are the Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle, and the Christianborg Castle. Each of these castles has a specific history and set on its contribution to the slave trade.
The Cape Coast and Elmina castle are located in the Central region of Ghana. They have a rich history since they passed the hands of many European nations from the Portuguese, Dutch, and the British. The Christianborg castle is located in the capital city of Accra and was once the seat of government.
3.A visit to Kakum National Park.
The Kakum National Park is a beautiful place that is home to several species of plants and animals. It is one of the hotspots in Ghana. It was also named a World Heritage Site. It is home to some endangered species. Some of the endangered species of fauna in the park are Diana monkey, giant bongo antelope, yellow-backed duiker, and African elephant. It is also an Important Bird Area with over 266 bird species. It is very rich in butterflies as well, and a new species was discovered in 1993. The park also has the densest population of forest African elephants. It is also one of three locations in Africa with a canopy walk.
4.Trip to the Waterfalls.
Ghana’s waterfalls are one of the things you can’t possibly miss if you love to nurture and its beauty. Ghana has two major waterfalls. The Botifalls are located in Kintampo and the Wli waterfalls are located in the Volta region. These waterfalls are beautiful and they attract hundreds of people yearly.
5.Canoe Riding on Volta lake.
The world’s largest man-made lake is located in Ghana. (Yes! In Ghana) It was made by the creation of the Akosombo Dam. It is the largest man-made lake in the world and it has been a source of livelihood for the locals who live around it. The people fish and use it as a source of water. Several resorts have been built along its bank and they offer different activities on the Volta lake including, boating, fishing, swimming, jet skis, cruising, etc
6.Learn about our Independence at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum.
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is one of the Ghana’s trademark sites hold the remains of the first president of the country who was a champion for independence and freedom of not just Gold coast as Ghana was called at the time. Kwame Nkrumah was a charismatic leader who fought for the freedom of the African people. His ideas were what pushed several large developmental projects in the country. Some of which include hydroelectric power through the Akosombo Dam, the creation of a well-planned city (Tema) that stands to date. The Mausoleum also features artwork from various artists in the country and photos of the good old days of Ghana.
7.Visit Lake Bosomtwe.
Ghana’s only natural lake is Lake Bosomtwe and it is located in the Ashanti region. It is located within an ancient impact crater that is about 10.5 kilometers in diameter. It is about 30 km (19 mi) south-east of Kumasi the capital of Ashanti and is a popular recreational area. There are about 30 villages near Lake Bosumtwe with a combined population of about 70,000. The most popular amongst the villages where tourists live is Abono. The lake is popular for fishing, swimming, and boating.
8.Trip to the village on water Nzulezu Village.
The village on stilts is Nzulezu Village. It is located in the western region of Ghana and it is famous for being one of Ghana’s most spectacular sites. Nzulezu overlooks Lake Tadane and is entirely made up of stilts and platforms. In 2000, it was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a major tourist attraction in Ghana.
9.Celebrating Homowo festival.
The Homowo festival is one of Ghana’s famous festivals celebrated by one of the major tribes in the country which is Ga. It is celebrated to hoot at hunger and to celebrate a new season. It is also celebrated to welcome a bountiful harvest of yam which is a staple food among the Ga people. It is normally celebrated in August and the festival is marked by several rites and activities which attract throngs of people from all walks of life. The rich display of culture is one of the main attractions. The spreading and eating of ‘kpoikpoi’ is one of the rituals. Kpoikpoi’ is a local food made with yam, red oil, and eggs, it is also known as the food of the gods. During festivities, it is cooked by families to celebrate the new season. The priests of the Ga community spread the kpoikpoi’ on the streets to thank the gods for a new season.
10.Celebrating Fetu Afahye at Cape
Another of Ghana’s popular festivals is the Fetu Afahye celebrated by the people of Oguaa in Cape Coast. It is a festival that is rich in cultural display and reveals the rich art and riches of the traditional leaders of Cape coast. The festival is marked by several festivities and rituals. The Fetu Afahye is celebrated because in the past there was an outbreak of disease among the people that killed many. The people prayed to the gods to help them get rid of the disease. Thus the festival is celebrated to keep the town clean and to prevent another epidemic from befalling the people.
11.Treat yourself at some of the best Hotels.
For those who want to experience luxury in Ghana, try some of our best hotels and treat yourself with the first-class service. Some of these top hotels offer you special services like the spa, opulent weekend buffets, dance night, and even tour around the city. It is always fun visiting Ghana and one you can’t forget. Don’t worry about cost, things here a little affordable. You can still get some of these treatments if you even here on a low budget.
There are still many things to do in Ghana and you are not limited to any, you have the full right to enjoy your trip here in Ghana and we always welcome you to a new experience. Sometimes tourists don’t enjoy fishing here, some don’t have an idea where they can go fishing. But there are many places to enjoy fishing with a local fisherman. The best place to enjoy fishing in Ghana is the Aylos Bay at Akosombo. That is the place where tourists can throw in a line and see what they catch.
For adventure, Africa is the best place to enjoy, and Ghana is one of the best places if you want to experience 100 percent adventure. Don’t forget to come with your hiking boots if you love to hike. Akosombo is always ready for your hiking adventure and ready to make it a memorable one. You can hike at the first surrounding the lake. The Akwamu Gorge is known as an unparalleled bird-watching spot where you will be able to climb with incredible views looking down on the snaking river.
14.Enjoy Shopping at the Kejetia Market, Kumasi
You can’t miss the alien airport during your visit [ lol ], that was just a joke. I know you know how these alien mother-ships look like in the movies? That is exactly how this market looks like from a drone view. It’s the largest open-air market in West Africa. You can get whatever you want inside the market during your visit but don’t forget to go with a tour guide. You can get lost shopping for the first time.
15.Visiting the most Popular Beach, Labadi Beach
Complete adventure or trip is when you visit the beach. 90percent of tourists always enjoy the beach during every trip and Labadi beach is popular with tourists visiting Ghana. The beach host about 1000 of tourist every year and it is the most popular in the country. Visit Labadi beach during the weekend and enjoy the crowd and some cool traditional music.
16.Enjoy local and international cuisine
The trip without enjoying local food is not 100 percent fun. Traveling is just not to see places but also enjoy a new culture and learn a new way of life. Trying some of the local foods in Ghana can make you revisit. We have great foods like Fufu, banku, ampesea, kokontey and many more you would love. These foods help you build a strange healthy life. You can still enjoy your international cuisines here at some of our top restaurants.
17.Nightlife in the capital, Accra
There are always a lot of things you can do when you visit Ghana, and you are not limited to any. Do you want to enjoy some of the top parties in the country? Accra the capital host some of these parties in some of our top clubs, bars, and lounge. There are rooftop parties and street parties for you to make new friends and connect with.
18.Street Ankos Masquerade Carnival in Takoradi
The best time to enjoy this street carnival is during Christmas and that is the best time to experience Takoradi, Western region. The street Ankos Masquerade is the best festival in Takoradi so far and I had the pleasure to attend the festival myself and I always want to be part of it every year. Like in many carnivals around the world, the Ankos groups and fancy clubs spend the year in advance preparing their costume, their music, and their dance moves. On the day of the event which is Christmas, they will move through the street in different groups and dance, sing and celebrate. Anyone can join, whether you not part of a group or have no costume. Just walk to any of those groups and have the best trip ever.
19.Visit the Paga crocodiles pond
There is no need to be scared, those crocodiles are as friendly as humans. The pond is the best way to experience wildlife in a friendly way. Plan a trip to the Upper East Region of Ghana and get closer to wildlife and not feel threatened. Page crocodiles pond is a pool where protected crocodiles can be seen, touch, and fed. Page as a town has been a trade center for centuries and it’s located near the Burkina Faso border and serves as a getaway to the Gulf of Guinea from points north. Page crocodiles pond has a great history and tour guides will tell you all. But if you are a solo traveler then you can ask locals for more details.
20.Join the fitness run at Aburi mountain
Fitness traveler and lovers, Aburi mountains is the must-visit destination in Ghana for morning run and workout. Aburi mountain is just a 10-minute drive from the capital, Accra. The best time to visit is the weekend, where locals come in their numbers to train and also have fun with group music. It’s the best place to socialize with local fitness men and women. Get your jogging trainees ready and make your trip worth it.