Besides the cool weather, exciting nightlife, tasty food, and drinks that the Western Region offers, their tourist sites are also a must-see on your list.
From beaches to forts to forest reserves, the Western Region provides guests and visitors with a new and exciting experience, without which your stay in Ghana would be incomplete.
Tourist Sites In The Northern Region
Here are the top 5 tourist sites in the Western Region:
- Cape Three Points
- Busua Beach
- Ankasa Conservation Area
- Fort Metal Cross
Cape Three Points
Forming the southernmost tip of Ghana, Cape Three Points is located between Princes Town and the coastal village of Dixcove.
It is also known as the “land nearest nowhere” and is popular due to its large lighthouse, which has been standing for 97 years and is still functioning today.
Cape Three Points also has a village with beautiful landscapes, allowing you to sightsee and explore the area.
To keep yourself active, you can go hiking or surfing or simply relax by the beach.
You can also rent a boat from the fishermen there and go whale watching.
Busua beach is located at Dixcove in the Western Region, one of Ghana’s nicest and neatest beaches.
It features a magnificent stretch of sand and clean sea, unlike most beaches in Ghana.
Locals are friendly and offer assistance with anything you may need. Over the years, many bars, juice stands, and little restaurants have popped up along the beach, so you don’t need to worry about searching for food and drink.
The locals also offer surf lessons to visitors, which are inexpensive. You can find accommodation at the nearby Busua Beach Resort.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nzulezu 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 Nzulezu 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 Nzulezu, 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 Nzulezu. Boat trips to Nzulezu are available from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Ankasa Conservation Area
The Ankasa conservation area comprises 2 distinct reserves; the Nini Suhien National Park in the north and the Ankasa Forest Reserve in the south.
It is situated close to the border town of Elubo in the Western Region.
This evergreen rainforest is the most biologically diverse in Ghana, with 639 butterfly species, 190 bird species and over 800 vascular plant species.
It has humid weather all year round due to the dense foliage. The park provides basic camping facilities for those who want to get closer to the wildlife and nature.
Those who prefer comfort can stay in the nearby Ankasa Reserve Lodge. Tourist activities include bird watching, hiking, nature walking, and game viewing. The reserve is open each day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Fort Metal Cross
Initially known as Fort Dixcove, this fort is located in the fishing community of Infuma in Dixcove.
Although it served as a warehouse for gold, the gold mined here was called “fake mint of the Gold Coast” by author Bosman, as it was mostly impure.
Fort metal cross also served as a service station for the repair and management of ships and the timber supply from the nearby forest.
During the slave trade, the fort also served as a prison for enslaved people. After colonization, it was used by the Police and Postal Services.
Presently, it has been leased to a private organization. Opening hours are from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, and its contact number is 0332132529.
You must include these locations in your sightseeing itinerary; cape three points for whale watching, Busua beach for dancing along the seashore, Nzulezu for appreciating marine life, Ankasa conservation area for bird and game watching, and Fort metal cross for viewing important pieces of Ghana‘s history.
You might also want to check out tourist attractions in the Central region and Eastern region.