Located in West Africa, Ghana is an impressive mix of natural beauty, history and culture. From baboons and elephants to pristine beaches, lush mountains, traditional art and ancient looms, there is a lot that should not to be missed. Here are 20 attractions in Ghana to add to your must-see list.
Baboons at Shai Hills
Unique, cheeky and laid back, these monkeys congregate in families and aren’t afraid to get close to this savanna reservation at the edge of the city.
Unique, riotous and arresting, Jamestown is a popular neigbourhood in the city of Accra, known for its colourful street art. It merges old architecture with new attitudes and has all the boldness of young Ghanaians.
The highest mountain in West Africa offers spectacular views into both Ghana and Togo from its summit, which is accessed through dense forest and a four-hour climb, passing three levels of waterfall along the way.
A stunning and secluded eco resort on the southernmost tip of Ghana, complete with sea turtle sanctuary, locally sourced food, and a pristine beach, with nearby hiking and surfing options also available.
Overlooking a large stretch of sea and covering much-exhaustive space, this sprawling market is a one-stop shop for arts, crafts, clothing and all manner of gifts, with many artisans producing wood-working products on site.
Like all of Africa, Ghana has some stunning arts and crafts | Pixabay
Canopy Walk at Kakum
One of the only two canopy walks on the entire African continent is located at the Kakum National Park. Brave the swinging bridge to see different species of monkey, look down at the deer, and marvel at the various beautiful and rare birds that fly overhead.
Located in the temperate Brong-Ahafo Region, this conservation forest teems with monkey and bird life, providing a haven for species that are sadly threatened with extinction all over West Africa. The monkeys are considered sacred and the village is charged with protecting these special animals.
Situated where the Atlantic ocean meets the Volta River – and filled with palm-lined beaches, estuaries, islands, and a wetland lagoon that harbours many important bird species – this popular weekend spot has resorts to suit every taste and budget. Here you’ll also find a boat-filled lake and a surrounding village with 19th-century remnants, including the ruins of Danish-built Fort Kongenstein.
The most lively and jam-packed part of Accra sprawls some distance, and Makola market is a resource for everything – from local food products and household items, to crafts and music. Built in a part of the old city that still has colonial architecture towering overhead, a major draw is the wide variety of fabrics on offer.
The Republic is an Accra staple, known for its Wednesday-night live music sessions, regular DJ sets and excellent drinks menu, including akpeteshie (local rum or gin) and mixed cocktails. Set in the middle of Osu, its indoor and outdoor pub vibe only adds to the ambience.
A lively and popular fishing community comprising a handful of guest houses, resorts and restaurants, Kokrobite is known for its surf culture and regular weekend live music nights, which include highlife at Dizzy Lizzie‘s on the beach, bands from Burkina Faso, and a lively reggae party at Big Milly’s Backyard.
A multi-faceted space that includes the wonderful outdoor Nicolino Restaurant, this French-run establishment is known for its investment in the arts – with its outdoor theatre, music amphitheatre, and numerous art and photography exhibitions that take place throughout the year in a lovely compound decorated with interesting sculptures and murals.
Built on Lake Tadane, just west of Takoradi and only accessible by canoe, traversing the rainforest along the way, this magical traditional village – whose inhabitants believe their homes on water protect them from certain ills – was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is unlike anywhere else in the whole of Ghana.