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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.
Watch traditional weavers at work with their ancient tools and pick up some of the most popular fabric in Africa in its original form – in a multitude of colour combinations.
The world’s largest man-made lake, Lago Volta’s meandering tributaries are interspersed with small islands and lovely hotels and restaurants designed for peace and relaxation.
This exclusive beach resort is peaceful, secluded and offers the best of Ghana coastal life. A true retreat.
A hidden gem of history, this German-built European country-style manor sits high on a cliff in Princes Town, overlooking one the of most secluded beaches in the whole country.
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.
Centre of National Culture, John Evans Atta Mills High St, Accra, Ghana, +233 27 739 2312
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.
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.
The Republic Bar & Grill, Asafoatse Tempong St, Accra, Ghana, +233 24 631 4044
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.
Alliance Francaise Accra, Casely Hayford Rd, Accra, Ghana, +233 50 128 7814
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.