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prefer to call it the gateway
to Africa with emphasis on the
various attractions sights it has.
Although the country may look
geographically small on the African
map, it boasts of many, many
beautiful tourist sites ( some known
and unknown).
A visit to some of these sites could
be tricky but enjoyable too. To avoid
getting lost in the maze of attraction
sites in Ghana, one needs to know
where exactly they are going.
Accra, Ghana’s Capital
Accra is a sprawling city with
about 2 million residents and one
of Africa’s safer capitals. Accra has
a mixture of modern buildings,
shanty towns, occasional castle and
lively markets. The central hub is
around the Makola Market; just
south of the market is the Atlantic
Ocean. Accra’s main attractions
include
The National Museum
: This
museum has wonderful displays
about Ghana’s culture and history
including the slave-trade, and
Ashanti Kingdom.
Makola Market
is colorful,
bustling, and you can buy
absolutely everything. It is one
place you can never miss in Accra.
James Fort
: This is situated in
the suburb of Jamestown. It used
to be one of the monuments of the
Europeans and slavery. Presently
it houses a number of prisoners in
Accra.
Christianborg castle
-it is unique
among the castles and forts in
Ghana as it served as Government
House during various periods in
the 19th centuries and continues to
play that role today.
Beaches
— there are some nice
beaches in and around Accra, with
Labadi Beach, Coco Beach and
Bojo Beach being the most visited
beaches in Accra.
The Arts Center
is a great place to
shop for handicrafts but you must
also be prepared for a hard sell.
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
(Kwame Nkrumah Memorial
Park(KNMP))– is the last resting
place of the first President of Ghana,
Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
It is dedicated to him for his
outstanding campaign to liberate
Ghana(by then Gold Coast) from
colonial rule on 6th March,1957.
It has a total surface area of
approximately 5.3 acres. The
mausoleum provides a front for
the statue of Nkrumah whereas the
museum is subterranean and does
not compete with the mausoleum
for attention. Rhythm, contrast and
harmony were the main principles
of design used in this building.
The Museum houses the personal
effects and publications of Ghana’s
first president and pictures
showing his life history. Some of
these pictures of Dr. Nkrumah with
some of the most famous people of
his time are an eye opener.
Wander through the photos, and
you will be stunned at how many
of the 20th century’s most iconic
people pictured shaking hands
with the founder of modern Ghana.
He is pictured with famous
people like Jawarharlal Nehru,
Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, Nikita
Ghana is a beautiful and exciting country. It is home to a wonderful mix of animal species, beaches, mountains,
landscapes, and an incredible coastline. The country is boarded by Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to the west, Burkina Faso
to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south…
Khrushchev, John F Kennedy of U.S.A,
Sir Alec Hume, Queen Elizabeth II
of England, Harold Macmillan, Pope
Pius XII, President Nasser of Egypt,
and countless leaders of countries
like Malaya, Sri Lanka, Niger not
forgetting Nigeria and many other
more.
The body is buried under a
catafalque raised in the centre of the
park. Symbols which reflect Ghana’s
culture and history were used to
portray Dr. Nkrumah’s vision to
promote the African personality.
As you approach the main way
leading to the Kwame Nkrumah
Mausoleum, you’ll see springs on
either sides of the walk way. Each
spring has seven bare-chested,
squatting statuettes of flute blowers,
who seem to welcome the arrival of
world leaders and other important
personalities.
The design of the Kwame Nkrumah
Mausoleum, which represents swords
turned upside down symbolizes
peace. It can also be viewed as an
uprooted tree to signify the unfinished
work of Dr. Nkrumah to totally unite
Africa.
This is a place you wouldn’t want to
miss during your stay in Ghana, since
the transition of Gold Coast to Ghana
happened on this same location.
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is
what some scholars call the “genesis”
of the actual History of Ghana.
Cape Coast Castle
Ghana’s Atlantic Coast is lined with
old forts (castles) built by various
European powers during the 17th
Century. The Cape Coast Castle was
built for the slave-trade and is one of
the most impressive of Ghana’s old
forts. It was originally built by the
Dutch in 1637, later expanded by the
Swedes, finally the British took control
of it in 1664 and turned it into their
colonial headquarters. It stayed that
way for the next 200 years until they
moved the capital to Accra in 1877.
The Cape Coast Castle is now an
excellent museum with information
about the history of Ghana, the slave-
trade and local culture. Tours are a
“must” and will take you through the
dungeons and the “door of no return”.
Other interesting places in the Cape
Coast environs or en route to Cape
Coast you should not miss are the
Posuban Shrine and the West African
Historical Museum.
Elmina and St George’s Castle
Elmina is a picturesque fishing town
along Ghana’s coast, not far from Cape
Coast. It is home to one of Ghana’s
biggest attractions, St George’s Castle.
Built by the Portuguese in 1482, it
was captured by the Dutch 150 years
later and became the headquarters of
their West Indies Company for the
following 250 years.
Gold exports were soon replaced
by slaves and the tours through the
dungeons will give you a good idea
of how gruesome a trade it was. The
Castle houses a small museum and
guided tours are available. The stark
beauty of the white-washed Castle
walls contrast deeply with the dark
history of this place.
Fort St Jago lies across the lagoon
from the castle, and is worth visiting
for the views it offers of the town and
Castle.
Another attraction which should
kokrobite Beach
James Fort
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
not be missed when travelling on the
Central- Western road is Cape three
point. It is a small peninsula in the
Western Region of Akanland, West
Africa.
Forming the southernmost tip of
Akanland, it is located between the
coastal towns of Dixcove and Princess
Town. Cape Three Points is known as
the “land nearest nowhere” because
it is the land nearest a location in the
sea which is at 0 latitude, 0 longitude
and 0 altitude (the distance is about
570 km).
It is best known for its lighthouses,
the first of which was constructed in
1875 by the British as a navigational
aid for trading vessels sailing through
the Gulf of Guinea.
The original structure has since
become a ruin, however, a larger
and more improved lighthouse
was completed in 1921, and is still
functioning today.
Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park is a dense
tropical rain forest in southern Ghana.
The forest is home to over 40 species
of larger mammals including forest
elephants, forest buffalo, Mona-
meerkats and civets. The bird life is
fantastic as well with over 250 species
living in the forest.
The highlight of any visit to Kakum
is a stroll on the Canopy Walkway
that is built 30 meters above ground,
crosses several bridges and is over
1000 feet (350 m) in length. The canopy
walkway offers a unique viewing
perspective of the wildlife and unique
plants of the forest. Trained guides
are on hand to take you on a tour
and provide detailed insight into the
medicinal uses of the forest plants.
There’s a basic campsite for those who
want to stay overnight.
Lake Volta (Volta Lake)
Lake Volta (or Volta Lake) is the
largest man-made lake in the world. A
passenger boat, the Yapei Queen runs
the entire length of the lake between
Akosombo in the South to Yeji in the
North.
The trip takes about 24 hours one
way and departs from Akosombo
every Monday. You can book your
voyage through the Volta Lake
Transport Company. You’ll be sharing
the boat with some livestock and lots
of vegetables. The boat is sometimes
referred to as the “yam boat”. The
sleeping is rough but certainly
rewarding for the adventurous
traveler.
There are other smaller ferry
services on Lake Volta that will take
you further north and east. You can
arrange transportation in Tamale.
Other places in this region and
around are Aburi Botanical Gardens,
Shai Nature Reserve, Xavi( birds)
and many others.
6. Kumasi
Kumasi is the former capital
of Ghana’s Ashanti Kingdom in
southern-central Ghana. Kumasi is
Ghana’s second largest city with a
population of around 1.5 million.
The Ashanti are famous artisans,
their gold jewelry and trinkets are
famous throughout the world, as is
their Kente cloth and wood-carved
stools. You can see examples at the
National Culture Center as well
as various craft villages on the
outskirts of Kumasi.
The bustling Kejetia Market is
worth visiting, the Kente cloth is
good value here if you can stomach
the chaos. If you’re interested to see
how the Ashanti Kings used to live,
you can visit the Manhyia Palace
Museum. You can meet the current
Ashanti king here; he makes an
appearance to greet the public
every 42 days.
You can never miss these sites in
this region: Okomfo Anokye Sword
Site, Lake Bosomtwe, Kumasi
Market and Fort. Miles outside
Kumasi is also the Obuasi Gold
Mine and Bonwire( the Kente City)
Kintampo Falls
The Kintampo waterfalls located
on the Kumasi-Kintampo highway
provides a panoramic scene and
superbly display the beauty of
nature.
It is about 4km away from
the Kintampo Township, on
the Kumasi-Tamale road. This
is the point where the Pumpu
River falls some seventy (70)
meters to continue its journey
towards the Black Volta at Buipe
. The Kintampo falls is shaped in
a beautiful staircase. This superb
falls mysteriously disappears and
resurfaces 200 meters away from its
original location.
Its great scenery makes it a
favourite attraction for tourists
who visit the region( Brong Ahafo).
One can never miss the Boambeng
Fiema Monkey Santuary in the
Brong Ahafo region as well.
Nzulezu
Nzulezu is a village built on stilts
in the marshy Amansuri Lagoon.
Similar in looks and atmosphere
to Genvie in Benin, this is a unique
little fishing community, far from
the hustle and bustle of daily
Ghanaian life.
You can only reach it by renting
a canoe, available from the village
of Beyin (about two hours drive
from Axim). It takes about an
hour to reach the village. Simple
accommodation is available in a stilt
house. You can also find the Ankasa
National Park in this region.
Mole National Park
Mole National Park is Ghana’s
largest wildlife park and is located
in north western Ghana. In Mole
you can expect to see buffalo, roam
antelope, elephants, warthogs,
hyenas and if you’re very lucky,
leopard. Lions have recently been
re-introduced to the park as well.
There are also more than 250 species
of birds to enjoy.
You can opt for a walking
safari or a traditional game drive
accompanied by an armed guard.
There’s a motel just near the park
headquarters. The best time to spot
wildlife is during the dry season
from January to March as animals
congregate around the water
sources. You can also visit the
Larabanga Mosque near the park,
the oldest mosque in Ghana.
Ghana is indeed an incredible
and diverse country and there are great places to visit

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