If you want to adventure over to Africa, your first stop should be Ghana. With amazing wildlife, National Parks and unique culture, it is a must-see. We’ll let you in on the best things to do in Ghana and places to visit while you’re there.
I could never forget the excitement of completing a climb up Afadjato Mountain two years ago. Tempus fugit– time flies! The magic of nature never ceases to keep me grooving for more. I’ve always loved the idea of seeing all the wonders of this country. The constant daydreaming of all those amazing places is fun, but there’s nothing better than seeing Ghana in real life.
1. Mole National Park
First on our list is Mole National Park. Visit Ghana’s largest wildlife refuge full of elephants, baboons, crocodiles, monkeys, antelopes, birds, lizards, etc. Get your spirits lifted up as you see animals right in front of your porch in the morning. We recommend a walking tour to really delve into the beauty of the land and get closer to the amazing wildlife.
2. Lake Bossomtwe
Lake Bossomtwe is the only natural lake in the Ashanti region of Ghana. The lake has an intriguing mystery about it. While scientists believe it was formed by a meteorite, locals believe otherwise. You can be the judge! There are so many things to do once you get here from cruising in a ‘mini yacht’ to playing traditional games like the ‘Oware’ or ‘Ampe’. Lake Bossomtwe is a great way way to meet the locals and explore everyday life. Take a day to explore the villages around the lake and you have to try the local tilapia grilled with hot banku (it’s delicious)!
3. Kakum National Park
Ghana’s very own rainforest. Feel the adrenaline rush that comes with being on the canopy walkway suspended 30 meters above the ground. If you’re seeking adventure, this park is for you. In addition, a guided tour teaches you about the unique ways the locals use some of the plants to cure illnesses. They’ll also help you identify endangered species of birds, monkeys and elephants that live in the park.
4. Manhyia Palace
The old Manhyia Palace offers lifelike wax figures of previous Ashanti kings as well as gold artifacts. Upon entering, you’re greeted by the beautiful sight of peacocks and of course, tons of history! Make sure to come during the Ada Kese festival to have a dazzling welcome at the palace. To get the perfect souvenir, venture into the Kumasi cultural center that houses a bustling collection of unique, handmade artifacts from like pendants to earrings.
5. Boti Falls
Far away from the noise and bustle of the urban city is Boti Falls, one of the best things to do in Ghana. You will find this stunning twin waterfall in an eastern region village known as Manya Krobo. While admiring the majestic scenery, you can’t help but feel a sense of calmness and serenity. If you’re feeling adventurous, jump in and enjoy the water!
6. Paga Crocodile Pond
In Paga, the locals bathe and swim in the same pond as 100 deadly crocodiles. So far no one has been harmed by the reptiles. That’s right, NONE! Live on the edge and go for a swim. This is also a great place to take pictures, especially to prove to your friends that you actually just swam with crocodiles (don’t tell mom).
7. Busua Beach
Busua beach is a gorgeous beach on the southern coast of Ghana. Go surfing, play volleyball or just catch some rays on this picturesque beach. Clear water, rolling waves and a great view. Whats not to love?
8. Cape Coast Castle
Reading and hearing stories are wonderful, but the most thrilling part is to actually be IN the story. There are tons of books about the Transatlantic Slave Trade, yet I felt something was missing. I jumped on the opportunity to visit the castles in Cape Coast so I could hear the stories in real life and what a treat it was! This UNESCO world heritage site tells the harrowing stories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. You’re catapulted back in time to feel the same emotions that the captives were feeling while in the dungeons. The Cape Coast Castle is remarkable in so many ways, it’s no wonder that it was one of the places former president Obama visited when in Ghana.
9. Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
In Accra, the capital of Ghana, there’s the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Park dedicated to one of Ghana’s founding fathers. Ghana’s leader, Kwame Nkrumah fought tirelessly for the country’s independence and is honored here. While in Accra, we recommend you take time to explore the Makola Market, the Black Star Square and the Rising Phoenix Magic Beach Resort.
10. Aburi Botanical Garden
What’s more peaceful than peering up at the soaring trunks of trees, listening to the birds chirping and simply being present in the moment? There’s always this jolt of sensory excitement that hits you right in the face upon venturing to the Aburi Botanical Garden. The gardens are ideal for picnics, cook outs, barbecues and even that perfect fairy tale, romantic, moment (wink, wink).
11. Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary
There are so many things we could learn from observing the simplistic nature of a butterfly. Rabindranath Tagore said, “the butterfly counts not months but moments and has enough time”. Full of life and color, the Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary is a must visit!
12. Kejetia Market
A trip to Kejetia Market is the cherry on top of your trip. With a backpack, enthusiasm and heart full of energy, you’ll survey the length of the largest market in West Africa for less than a pound. It also harbors the largest transport system in the Ashanti. Keep in mind, you can get a taxi/bus to any destination in any part of the country. Exploring Kejetia Market was one of my personal favorite things to do in Ghana. Get lost and soak up the local culture!
If you’re looking to step outside your comfort zone, definitely consider taking a trip to Ghana. Whether you just want to visit or volunteer, it will truly change your life. Go find yourself a discounted flight and check out some of the coolest things to do in Ghana!