Ghana is one of the most visited countries on the continent. It should come as no surprise that Ghana is often referred to as the “gateway to Africa”, partly due to her strategic location on the Gulf of Guinea and partly due to her world-class hospitality and warmth of the people.
Ghana is truly a beautiful country, from the beaches to the vibrant nightlife to the wildlife reserves.
The West African nation’s capital welcomes many from around the world, especially Black Americans, who are looking to connect with their roots and explore the culture.
This is why many foreigners and Ghanaians living in the diaspora come to the country each year to taste what Ghana has to offer in the form of numerous tourist attractions and leave thoroughly satisfied.
Thus, if you’d like to visit some tourist sites in the country but don’t know where to start, this article is for you. Read on as I share with you some tourist sites in Ghana.
Tourist Sites In Ghana
Here are the top 5 tourist sites in Ghana:
- Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park And Mausoleum
- Legon Botanical Gardens
- Akosombo Dam
- Boti Waterfalls
- Cape Coast Castle
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park And Mausoleum
One of the must-see tourist sites in Ghana is the Kwame Nkrumah memorial park and mausoleum, which is dedicated to the memory of Ghana’s first president Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
It can be found in downtown Accra, directly opposite the old Parliament House, now serving as the headquarters for the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).
The mausoleum houses the remains of Kwame Nkrumah and his wife, Fathia Nkrumah.
The museum contains Nkrumah’s personal belongings: his books and official photographs.
The memorial park is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Mondays to Fridays and 9:00 am to 3 pm on weekends.
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park And Mausoleum Rates For Visitors
Rates are as follows;
- Ghanaian children – GHS 1
- Ghanaian teenagers – GHS 2
- Ghanaian adults – GHS 3
- Non-Ghanaian children – GHS 2
- Non-Ghanaian teenagers – GHS 5
- Non-Ghanaian adults – GHS 10
- The contact number is 0208283175
Legon Botanical Gardens
Located close to the University of Ghana in the Greater Accra region, Legon Botanical Gardens is one of the largest recreational centres in the country.
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It is situated at the Agbogba Junction, on the Haatso Atomic Main Road.
The gardens are suitable for persons of all ages, and there are a variety of activities to engage in.
Be it a school excursion, picnic, photoshoot, boat cruise or hike, Legon gardens has something for everyone.
It is open on weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and on weekends from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Legon Botanical Gardens Entry Prices
The entry fee per person is GHS 15. Other rates are below;
- Playground – GHS 20 for children only
- Canopy walkway – GHS 20 for children and GHS 25 for adults
- High rope course- 2 routes at GHS 40 and 4 routes at GHS 70
- Bird watching – GHS 30
- Biking – GHS 30 with your bike
- Fishing – GHS 30 with your rod
- Model photoshoot – GHS 150
- Wedding photoshoot – GHS 250
- Video shoot – GHS 700 for 4 hours and GHS 1200 for 8 hours
You can contact the gardens on 0262366167 or 0552880908
Who doesn’t know the Akosombo Dam? Opened in 1965, this dam is the main supplier of hydroelectric power in the country and also provides power to neighbouring countries such as Togo and Benin.
It is situated on the Volta River in the Akosombo gorge and falls under the jurisdiction of the Volta River Authority.
Construction of the dam led to the flooding of a part of the Volta River Basin, which subsequently led to the creation of Lake Volta, the largest artificial lake in the world by surface area.
The initial purpose of the dam was to provide power for the aluminium industry, but it eventually started providing power to the country.
The Volta River Authority oversees all visits, and guided tours begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:00 pm daily.
Akosombo Dam Rates For Visitors
The rates are as follows;
- Adult foreigners – GHS 10
- Student foreigners – GHS 5
- Children foreigners – GHS 2
- Adult Ghanaians – GHS 5
- Tertiary institutions-GHS 3
- 1st and 2nd cycle schools – GHS 2
- Children – GHS 2
- Church groups – GHS 5
Akosombo Dam’s contact numbers are 0302664941/9, 0302744400 or 0302218540.
One of the well-known tourist attractions in the Eastern Region, the Boti Waterfalls, is a spectacular fall that you can find at Boti in Yilo Krobo District.
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These twin falls are referred to as male and female. The falls are formed by River Pawnpawn, which takes its source from Ahenkwa-Amalakpo before falling over a rock outcrop at the Boti Langmase.
Before you get to these falls, you must first descend over 70 steps. Other attractions in the area are the Umbrella Rock and 3-head Palm Tree.
The falls are open 24 hours, and contact numbers are 0553030517, 0506429292 or 0302770161.
Entry Fees For Boti Waterfalls
Here are the updated entry fees for Boti waterfalls
- Ghanaian Child – GHS 20
- Ghanaian Adult – GHS 30
- Non-Ghanaian Child – GHS 25
- Non-Ghanaian Adult – GHS 40
- Tour Guide fee (1-50persons max) – GHS 30
Cape Coast Castle
Designated a World Heritage site, the Cape Coast Castle is situated in Cape Coast in the Central Region and is the largest castle in Ghana.
The castle played a central role in many parts of Ghana’s history, such as the gold and enslaved person trade, the arrival and propagation of Christianity and the establishment of the formal education system through the castle schools.
Visitors to the castle are taken on a tour and shown important parts like the slave dungeons, Dalzel tower, door of no return and many others.
Visitors can also view the ceremonial drums, ancient pottery and old muskets in the West African Historical Museum on the premises.
The castle is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and can be reached on 0577101707. Entrance rates are as follows;
Cape Coast Castle Entrance Fees
- Primary and JHS pupils – GHS 1
- SHS students – GHS 2
- Tertiary students with ID – GHS 3
- Ghanaian adults – GHS 5
- Foreign children – GHS 5
- International students with ID – GHS 30
- Adult foreigners – GHS 40
Kakum National Park
You can’t make a list of tourist attractions in Ghana without adding the famous Kakum National Park.
Found in the Assin Attandanso Reserve in the Central Region, the Kakum National Park and Canopy Walkway is a sight to behold, with its sky-high trees, numerous wildlife and fantastic scenery.
Its best-known feature is undoubtedly the canopy walkway, one of only 3 places in Africa which can boast of a 350-meter-long canopy bridge linking the tops of 7 trees.
Other features the park has to offer include trails, guided walks and bird watching.
Another perk of this park is that it is child-friendly and, thus, perfect for a family visit.
Opening hours are from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm, and you can contact the park on 0200420831. Canopy walkway rates are as follows;
Kakum National Park Canopy Walk Rates
Ghanaian adult – GHS 25
Tertiary student – GHS 13
Secondary school student – GHS 6
Primary pupil – GHS 4
Adult foreigner – GHS 60
Foreign tertiary student – GHS 40
Foreign high school student – GHS 40
Foreign primary pupil – GHS 30
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nzulenzu is a lovely village of stilts built on Lake Tadane, almost 90km west of Takoradi.
This village has existed for over 400 years and is unique as it is situated entirely on water.
The village of Nzulenzu accepts visitors every week, except on Thursdays, which is a sacred day for the locals.
Visitors can get to the village only by a dugout canoe trip from the Beyin visitor centre, which takes about an hour.
The fee is GHS 20 for Ghanaians and GHS 50 for foreigners.
You can opt for the speedboat for a quicker trip, which costs GHS 80. On the way to Nzulenzu, visitors can marvel at the series of marshes, swamp forests and pools rich with kingfishers, crocodiles and other marine wildlife.
You can also see birds and monkeys on your trip to Nzulenzu. Boat trips to Nzulenzu are available from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Mole National Park
This park is found in the northwest part of Ghana and serves as a reserve for numerous wildlife, including antelope, wild pigs, elephants, buffalo and apes.
It is located within the Savannaland Tourism Destination Area, is open 24 hours each day and can be reached on the number 0244316777.
The park is known for its natural beauty and historical importance. It is biologically diverse and houses 90 mammal species, 742 vascular plant species, 334 bird species, 120 butterfly species and 9 amphibian species, among others.
Mole National Park is also a hotspot for elephant conservation in the country, with a unique breed of elephants.
Mole National Park Entrance Fees
Entrance fees are as follows;
- Ghanaian adult – GHS 15
- Tertiary student – GHS 7
- Second cycle student – GHS 5
- Pupil – GHS 2
- Adult foreigner – GHS 30
- Foreign tertiary student – GHS 15
- Foreign second cycle student – GHS 15
- Foreign pupil – GHS 7
And here are a few of the popular landmarks in the country which are also frequently visited by tourists.
To make enquiries, you can reach Kwame Nkrumah national park on 0208283175.
Legon botanical gardens on 0262366167 or 0552880908.
You can contact Akosombo Dam on 0302664941/9, 0302744400 or 0302218540.
Boti Waterfalls on 0553030517, 0506429292 or 0302770161.
Cape Coast Castle on 0577101707.
Kakum National Park on 0200420831, and Mole National park on 0244316777.