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We invite you to sample some of the unique attractions across the country.
Facilities in the capital and other urban centres are excellent. However, these are limited in the more remote areas, it is possible to camp at eco-tourism sites. Tours to wildlife sanctuaries must be planned for early morning to late evenings and preferably in the dry months from November to April. Enjoy your stay!

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Greater Accra Region
The Greater Accra Region is the gateway to Ghana. Its capital, Accra, doubles as the national capital. It has some of the best and most developed beaches and waterfront destinations including the La Pleasure Beach, Ada Beach Estuary, Next Door, Osekan and Bojo Beach Resorts and Kokrobite and Prampram Beaches. The region boasts of attractions such as the Nkrumah Mausoleum, the National Museum, Du Bois Memorial, Centre for Pan African Culture and the open markets. The region has some colourful festivals including Homowo, Kpledjoo and Asafotufiam. Most of Ghana’s international standard hotels and restaurants can be found in the Greater Accra Region. Accra has a vibrant nightlife comparable to any city of its size in the world.
  • National Museum, Barnes Road, Accra
  • Arts Centre and Crafts Bazaar, High Street, Accra
  • Kwame Nkurmah Memorial Park, High Street, Accr
  • Old Accra, Beyond High Street
  • University of Ghana, Legon
  • Dr. W.E.B Du Bois Centre for Pan-African Studies, Cantonments, Accra
  • The open markets (example, Makola Market)
  • Tema (cocoa processing and other industries) recommended for group tours
  • Unique Coffin Makers, Teshie Nungua
  • La Pleasure Beach, Accra
  • Ada beach, Ada for water sports and game fishing—off Accra-Aflao Road
  • Shai Hills Game Reserve; tour recommended between November and March
  • National Theatre, Accra—for cultural performances
  • Academy of African Music and Arts, Kokrobite, west of Accra
  • George Padmore Research Library of African Affairs
  • Achimota Ecological Park
  • Accra Mall
  • Holy Spirit Cathedral
  • National Archives
Western Region
The Western Region, which a three-hour drive from the west of the city of Accra, was one of the first areas to welcome early European traders to Ghana. It has a large number of castles and forts including Fort San Antonio at Axim, Fort Metal Cross, Dixcove and Fort Appolonia at Beyin.
The region is the leading producer of most of Ghana’s cash crops including cocoa, oil palm and rubber and has the bulk of Ghana’s mineral wealth. It is also home to Ghana’s nascent oil industry.
  • Nzulezo, village on stilts, Beyin—90 km west of Takoradi
  • Ankasa Nature Reserve, Ankasa—130 km from Takoradi
  • Busua Beach Resort, Busua—20 km from Takoradi
  • Fort Metal Cross, Dixcove—5 km from Busua Wassa Domama Rock Shrine, 62 km from Cape Coast
  • Bia Resort
  • Akatekyi crocodile pond
  • Dr. Kwame Nkumah’s Former Grave—Nkroful Princess Town Beach
  • Sports Club Beach—Takoradi
  • Ajua Beach
  • Miami Beach
  • Fort St. Appolonia at Beyin
  • Fort Groot Friederichsburg at princess town
  • Fort St. Antonia at Axim
  • Fort Sebastian at Shama
Ashanti Region
Generally known as the cultural heartbeat of Ghana’s tourism, the Ashanti Region is the home of the Golden Stool, the symbol and soul of the revered Ashanti Kingdom. Known for its agricultural resources as well as the famous Obuasi Gold Mine, it also boasts of craft villages like Bonwire, Adanwomase and Ntonso, and Ghana’s only natural lake, Lake Bosumtwi, and also the pristine Bobiri Forest Reserve. Its capital, Kumasi, is the second largest city in the country.
  • Kumasi Cultural Centre—Bantama
  • Okomfo Anokye Sword Site—Kumasi
  • Kumasi Fort and Military Museum—Adum
  • Manhyia Palace Museum—Manhyia
  • Craft villages—Pankronu, Ahwiaa, Ntonso, Adanwomase and Bonwire Kente Villages
  • Ejisu Besease Shrine—Ejisu
  • Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary off the main Accra Kumasi Road
  • Lake Bosomtwi, 40 km southeast of Kumasi
  • Prempet II Jubilee museum—Centre for National Culture
  • Kejetia Market
  • Kumasi zoo
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
  • Owabi Bird Sanctuary
  • Atwia Rock Formation
  • Mframabuom Caves
  • Obuasi Gold Mines
  • Patakro Shrines
  • Kentikronu Shrine
  • Adarko Jachie Shrine
  • Ntonso Adinkra cloth making village
Northern Region
This region is bordered on the north by the Upper East and Upper West regions, on the west by La Cote d’Ivoire, on the east by Togo and on the south by Brong Ahafo and the Volta Regions. Tamale is the capital of the Northern Region; it is also the centre of all commercial activities in the whole of the Northern sector of Ghana. It is home to Ghana’s largest and most developed national park, Mole.
  • Mole National Park, 146 km west of Tamale
  • Larabanga Mosque and the Mystery Rock, 90 km from Tamale
  • Salaga Slave Heritage Site
  • Nalerigu Defence Wall, Nalerigu
  • Daboya Cultural Village
  • Old German settlement—Yendi
  • Bui National Park
Brong-Ahafo Region
Brong Ahafo is the second largest region in terms of land size. Sunyani is the capital and is about 418 km from Accra. The region is bordered in the north by the Northern Region, Ashanti and Western regions in the south, Eastern and Volta in the southeast and east, respectively, and the Republic of La Cote d’Ivoire to the west. Brong Ahafo is the greatest agricultural region with cocoa plantations and extensive forest reserves. The region is also known for its handicrafts such as kente weaving at Yamfo, Adinkra stamping at Asuoye, pottery at Odumasi and wood carving at Chiraa.
  • Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary assessed from Kintampo or Techiman
  • Kintampo Waterfalls, Kintampo
  • Fuller Falls, Kintampo
  • Tano Boase Sacred Grove on the Techiman Tamale Highway
  • The geographical centre of Ghana
  • Traditional cloth making at Boama
  • Hani archaeological site
  • Digya National Park
  • Nchiraa falls
Central Region
The Central Region is noted for the development of tourism in Ghana and its vast wealth of beaches, forts, castles, festivals and forest reserves. The regional capital is Cape Coast about 137 km from Accra, the capital city of Ghana. Cape Coast was the first capital of Gold Coast and the seat of the former government of British colonial administration until 1877.
  • Kakum National Park, Kakum (a forest reserve and the Canopy Walkway), 30 km north of Cape Coast
  • Cape Coast Castle and the West African Historical Museum, Cape Coast
  • Elmina Castle, Elmina—First European Edifice South of the Sahara
  • Brenu Akyinim Beach
  • Coconut Grove Resort, Elmina
  • Assin Manso Slave Market
  • Anomabo Beach Resort
  • Mankessim (posuban shrine)
  • Superb Beaches at Gomoa Fetteh—off Accra-Winneba Road
  • Fort St Jago-Elmina
  • The 19th century Dutch Cemetery—Elmina
Eastern Region
Koforidua is the capital of the Eastern Region. It shares boundaries on the north with Brong Ahafo and Ashanti regions, on the east with the Volta Region, on the west with Central and Greater Accra on the south. Koforidua is about 85 km from Accra. The Eastern Region is noted for its verdant vegetation, exotic beads and Ghana’s premier botanical garden.
  • Aburi Botanical Gardens, Aburi, 40 km north of Accra
  • Tetteh Quarshie’s original Cocoa Farm, Mampong, Akuapem
  • Boti Falls—Huhunya near Koforidua
  • Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana, Tafo
  • Bunso Arboretum, Bunso off the Accra-Kumasi highway
  • Kwahu Mountains (for panoramic viewing and paragliding)
  • The Volta Lake and Cruises to Dodi Island
  • Akonedi Shrine—Larteh
  • Slave Market at Abonse
  • Okomfo Anokye Shrine
  • Waterfalls at Begoro
  • Adjeikrom cocoa village
  • Akim Abompe Beads
Volta Region
The Volta Region is the most easterly region in Ghana and shares a border with Togo on the eastern side of the country. It also shares a boundary with the Northern Region in the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The region is blessed with extraordinary scenic beauty and many tourist attractions including picturesque waterfalls, mountains and caves.
  • Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, Hohoe
  • Afadjato Mountain (the highest mountain in Ghana—2,095 ft.), Liate Wote, Hohoe
  • Wli waterfalls, 20 km southwest of Hohoe
  • Mount Gemi, Amedzofe, Ho Municipality Cool and invigorating climate
  • Xavi Bird Watching sanctuary, Akatsi, off Accra Aflao Road
  • Health SPA, Sogakope
  • Kyabobo National Park
  • German historical sites—Kpando, Abotia, Wli, Kpeje and Kpoji
  • Cape St. Paul lighthouse—Woe
  • Fort Prinzenstein—Keta
  • Kalakpa Game Production Reserve—between Abotia and Kpando
  • Ancestral caves of Leklebi
  • The grottos of Kpando
  • Kalakpa forest reserve at Mount Adaklu
  • Tagbo Falls—Liate Wote
  • Avu Lagoon
  • Kpetoe kente
Upper East Region
Bolgatanga, the capital of the Upper East Region is about 539 km from Accra and a trade centre for traders from Mali and Burkina Faso on their way to the southern parts of Ghana. The region is noted for handicrafts and famous for designed straw baskets, hats and smocks. There is a small regional museum with items like beautiful carved dark wood stools, jewellery, weaponry, chiefs’ possessions and bronze ancestors’ vases.
  • Paga Crocodile Ponds and Nania Slave Market close the Ghana—Burkina Faso border
  • Tongo-Tenzuh Shrines, 10 km south of Bolgatanga Sirigu Art and Pottery Village (SWOPA)—30 km off the Bolga-Navrongo Road
  • Widnaba (culture and hiking trail) located in the Bawku West District, off the Bolgatanga-Zebilla Bawku Road
  • Bolga Basket Centre
  • Historical Mud—Church (Navrongo)
  • Tongo Rocks
  • Naa Gbewaa’s Shrines—Pusiga
Upper West Region
Wa is the capital city of the Upper West Region, which is also the seat of the Waa Naa, the paramount chief of the Walas, and the 16th century magnificent palace. The region served as the traditional crossroads for Trans Sahara trade routes. The remnants of the defence wall as a result of slave trade can be found at the border town of Gwollu, 70.28 km north of Wa. The wall was built by their King Koro Limann as a defence for the local residents at that time against slave traders.
  • Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary—off the Wa-Kumasi Road
  • Gwollu Slave Defence Wall
  • Nakore Ancient Mosque
  • Wuling Mushroom-Shaped Rocks
  • Dahili and Hamile Caves (for hiking)
  • Gbelle Game reserve
  • Wa Naa’s Palace
  • George Ekem Ferguson Tomb
  • University of Development Studies (UDS)—Wa
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