Recreation

Accra

Make the most of Accra; see a large collection of Ghanaian art in the National Museum and Independence Square, dominated by the Independence Arch and the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier. The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, which houses the remains of Ghana’s First President, is  a favored destination of many tourists in Ghana.  

 

Castles and forts

Indulge in some history. All Ghana's castles and forts are UNESCO World Heritage Monuments. In particular, do not miss Cape Coast Castle and São Jorge da Mina (St. George of the Mine) Castle also known as the Elimina Castle. Cultural shows are often performed at the castles and guided tours are available.

 

Centre for National Culture

Shop till you drop. Crafts, kente and other traditional cloths are for sale at the Centre for National Culture. There are ten (10) of such Centres spread across the country.

In Accra, visit the Arts Centre, within the Premises of the Centre for National Culture where you will find the largest collection of small arts and souvenirs.  Close by is the Makola Markert. This market is a large and busy open-air market attended by traders from surrounding villages. The Osu Night Market is illuminated by hundreds of lanterns and candles. Visit this market throughout the night to sample authentic Ghanaian food.

 

Fantasy Coffins

Admire some coffins. The carpentry workshops of the world famous Fantasy Coffins are at Nungua. Among the Ga people it is fashionable to be laid to rest in a coffin that bears a relationship to what the deceased did in life.

 

Ghanaian festival

Attend a Ghanaian festival and enjoy drumming, dancing and feasting. Each region has its own annual festivals for the affirmation of tribal values, the remembrance of ancestors and past leaders, and the purification of the state in preparation for another year.

There are many festivals all across the country celebrated all year through. Be part of the colourful homowo festival of the Ga State in August, or the Aboakyire (Deer Hunt Festival) of the people of Winneba in May. There is also the Akwasidae celebrated by the people of Ashanti every 42 days as well as the Hogbetsotso festival of the Anglo people in November. You can also be part of the fire festival, celebrated in October of every year by the Dagomba people of Northern Ghana.

 

Go fishing

Go fishing in a local fishing boat. Sport fishing is especially popular. At the mouth of the Volta River, anglers have the chance to catch barracuda and Nile perch.

Beautiful lakeside hotels and properties are dotted all along the southern end of the Volta Lake. Popular destinations include Akosombo, Ada and Sogakope.

 

Kakum Nature Reserve

Check out the wildlife in Ghana's national parks. The Kakum Nature Reserve is a protected conservation area with monkeys, antelopes and water buffalos. Visitors can view wildlife at tree canopy level from the 333m (1,093ft) tree-top canopy walkway and stay in a tree house.

 

Kete-Krachi

Enjoy a round trip on the car ferry to Kete-Krachi on Lake Volta, the largest manmade lake on earth; alternatively, take the three-day trip to the Northern Regional capital of Tamale at the head of the lake. There are facilities for water sports.

 

Sandy Beaches

Relax on the beaches of the Atlantic coast. Between them, Labadi Pleasure Beach, Kokrobite Beach, Coco Beach Resort, White Sands Beach Resort, Dixcove, Busua and Ada offer tropical palms, spectacular Atlantic breakers and swimming (but beware of the strong currents and tides).

Also dotted along the coastline are several beach hotels including La Palm Beach Hotel, Labadi Beach Hotel, Afia Beach Resort, Elmina Beach Resort and Busia Beach Resort. These resorts offer activities both by night and day. The visitor is never bored.

 

Lake Bosomtwi

Get active on Lake Bosomtwi. It is great for diving, swimming and mountaineering. Partake in various water sports such as water skiing, water rafting and yachting.

 

Waterfalls

Ghana has an abundance of waterfalls dotted across the country. Visit the Wli waterfalls, in the Volta Region, the Boti Falls in the Eastern Region or the Kintampo waterfalls in the Brong Ahafo Region.

 There are facilities for hiking and camping at some of these sites.

 

Larabanga Mosque

Visit the Larabanga Mosque, situated 8km (5 miles) north of Mole National Park. Built in the style of former Western Sudanese Empires, it houses a holy Koran and is believed by locals to be a 'God-built mosque'.

 

Manhyia Palace

Manhyia palace is the seat of the Ashanti Kingdom. The Ashantehene (King of Ashanti) resides in the palace. Visit the palace and experience the rich culture of the Ashanti Kingdom.

Examine the ruins of the Manhyia Palace and the Royal Mausoleum, burnt down by Lord Baden-Powell, in Kumasi, the historic capital of the Ashanti  civilization.

 

Mole National Park

Explore Mole National Park, the largest and one of the best-equipped nature reserves. Visitors can explore either on foot or 4-wheel drive vehicle, but must always be accompanied by a guide. Camp and discover the area at will.

Mole is the largest game reserve in Ghana, ideal for safaris. Elephants, Tigers, Lions, Giraffes, Buffalos etc are some of the wildlife you will find in Mole.

 

Mountain hike

Adaklu and Afadjato Mountain hike tours are available through the Ministry of Tourism, in the Volta region attracts climbers of all ages. Mount Afadjato and Togbo Falls at Liati Wote are excellent for hiking.

 

National Theatre

Watch a musical show, play or dance at Accra's National Theatre, which is a Chinese architectural showpiece.

The national theatre has weekly theatre programs for lovers of theatre in Accra.

 

Owabi Forest Reserve and Bird Sanctuary

Bird enthusiasts should go to the Owabi Forest Reserve and Bird Sanctuary, located close to Kumasi. Further to the northeast is the Bomfobiri Wildlife Sanctuary, containing the spectacular Bomfobiri Falls. The salt marshes of the Songow Lagoon are also essential.

These sites offer spectacular views for bird watchers.

 

Safari

Bia National Park, Bui National Park, Mole Game Reserve, Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary, and Kakum Nature Reserve are also all good options for safari and exploring the savannah and rainforest. The Shai Hills Game Reserve can be explored on horseback.

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