What to see in Ghana

Ghana Attractions

Ghana is a beautiful country, often affectionately called 'Africa for Beginners' because of its friendly locals and comparative stability and prosperity. It is the ideal destination for first-time travellers in Africa. However, this does not mean that travel in Ghana is always without complication, particularly as the tourist infrastructure is only well developed in certain popular areas.

Visitors tend to spend their time in the capital city, Accra, the historic royal stronghold of Kumasi (traditional home of the Ashanti people), and in various picturesque coastal villages. One of the best ways to enjoy Ghana is to explore the coastline, which boasts both incredible tropical beaches and a number of historic colonial forts, many of which are UNESCO-listed.

There are two alluring National Parks in the country, where visitors can seek out Ghana's wealth of wildlife. Kakum National Park is a rainforest reserve with some amazing canopy walkways suspended above the forest, while Mole National Park is a massive wildlife reserve, consisting mainly of savanna, and containing more than 90 mammal species.

Visitors should note that in the rainy season, between April and October, many roads in Ghana become so muddy and flooded that they are impossible to traverse, making some attractions, like the national parks, very difficult to access.


Kumasi is the traditional home of the Ashanti people and is a rich cultural centre. Some call it 'The Garden City', in recognition of its diverse flora. Historically speaking, this old and proud African…

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Mole National Park

Located in the northwest of the country, Mole National Park is Ghana's largest reserve and the best place to do some game viewing. The terrain is mostly flat savanna, which is ideal for spotting animals.…

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The Ghanaian Coast

Ghana is blessed with hundreds of miles of pristine coastline and the country's beaches are some of its greatest attractions. Some of the best beaches can be found at Busua and Dixcove, two rustic…

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Ian M Packham is an award-winning travel writer, adventurer and after-dinner speaker. In love with travel generally, and all Africa has to offer, more specifically. He is the author of Encircle Africa: Around Africa by Public Transport, the account of his solo and unassisted circumnavigation of Africa by public transport, a journey of 13 months and 25,000 miles.

Ian's other adventures include travelling the length of Sri Lanka's longest river, walking the coast of the Isle of Man, and retracing the steps of his great uncle through North Africa and Italy during World War II.

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