5 Best Places to Visit in Ghana

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Ghana is proof that amazing things come in small packages.Considered to be one of Africa’s true success stories, this country is enjoying a stable democracy and incredible development.With Ghana, you get beautiful hinterland, sunny beaches, rich culture, lively cities, welcoming locals, tons of wildlife, and easy access to all parts of the country.There’s a big difference between northern and southern Ghana – including different religion, geography, and culture.

There’s a big difference between northern and southern Ghana – including different religion, geography, and culture.But you’ll still feel like the country is one sweet unit. If you’ve never been to Africa, Ghana is known as ‘Africa for beginners,’ making it a perfect destination for those who want to get their feet wet.

Accra

At just over two million populations Accra is the largest city in Ghana.This capital city is full of character and radiates friendliness.Whether you’re there as a solo traveler or with a family, on your big annual holiday or there for business, Accra has something to make you feel comfortable.What tourists really love are the many beaches surrounding the city, particularly Labadi Beach. Accra is home to the National Museum where you’ll find many of the countries historical treasures.

You can also visit the National Theatre, International Trade Fair, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial, Independence Square, and W.E.B. Dubois Centre.

At every turn, you’ll find markets, incredible food, wonderful music, and lots of traffic.

Labadi Beach

Accra’s most popular beach, Labadi is the perfect city beach.Great food and cocktails are available, as well as local entertainment and people watching.The beach itself is maintained by the surrounding hotels so be forewarned that there is a small entrance fee for those not staying there.If you happen to be there on the weekend you’ll for sure catch some native drumming, local reggae bands, and plenty of spots for dancing to hiplife, a unique music style that blends

If you happen to be there on the weekend you’ll for sure catch some native drumming, local reggae bands, and plenty of spots for dancing to hiplife, a unique music style that blends hip-hop with Ghanaian culture.

Jamestown

Jamestown is a tough but moving neighborhood of Accra.There’s a ton of history to discover as both the British and the Portuguese left behind a cultural and architectural legacy.The Jamestown community is close-knit and the atmosphere is lively.

There are not many markers to explain the context of the history that you’re seeing, so a guide is a welcome addition, but certainly not necessary.

The neighborhood is a cross between rural and urban and is famous for turning out incredible national boxers.

Cape Coast

Cape Coast is a former European colonial capital and one of the most culturally significant spots in all of Africa.Originally called Cabo Corso by the Portuguese, the town was once the largest slave-trading center in West Africa.

It was here that slaves were brought, locked deep in the towns intimidating castle, and then loaded onto vessels heading to the New World.What you will see and experience here will move you deeply.Today Cape Coast is primarily a fishing town with an artsy vibe.Old colonial buildings line the streets perfect for leisurely strolls.Use Cape Coast as your base for exploring Anomabu, Elmina, and Kakum National Park.

 Kakum National Park

A visit to Kakum National Park makes a great day trip from Cape Coast.There you’ll find 40 mammal species, 300 bird species, and over 600 butterfly species.The most popular part of the park is the canopy walk.It’s a string of viewing platforms that are linked by safe and bouncy suspension bridges roughly 30 meters above the park floor.For a deeper look into the park, make arrangements ahead of time for a park ranger or guide to take you further in.

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