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6 Places to Visit In Ghana

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.

The combination creates a joyful energy across the country.

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.

Below are 6 Places you can visit in Ghana:

1. Kumasi

Kejetia Market, Kumasi

 

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The former capital of Ghana’s Ashanti Kingdom, Kumasi is located in southern central Ghana. It is the country’s second-largest city with a population of over 2 million people. The Ashanti are famous artisans, specializing in gold jewelry and trinkets, Kente cloth and carved wooden stools. You can see examples at the Centre for National Culture as well as at various craft villages on the outskirts of Kumasi. The bustling Kejetia Market is chaotic but well worth a visit. If you’re interested in seeing how the Ashanti kings used to live, check out the Manhyia Palace Museum . If you time it right, you can meet the current Ashanti king here; he makes an appearance to greet the public every 42 days.

2.  Mole National Park

Herd of elephants at a watering hol in Mole National Parke

 

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Located in northwest Ghana, Mole National Park is the country’s largest wildlife park. Here, you can expect to see buffalo, rare roan antelope, elephants, warthogs, hyenas and if you’re very lucky, leopards. Lions have recently been re-introduced to the park as well. Birders can also keep an eye out for more than 250 avian species. You can opt for a walking safari or a traditional game drive accompanied by an armed guide. There’s a motel just near the park headquarters. The best time to spot wildlife is during the dry season (January-March) when animals congregate around the water sources. On your way to Mole, visit the nearby Larabanga Mosque, the oldest mosque in Ghana.
3. Kokrobite
Kokrobite Beach

 

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Ghana has many lovely beaches. Of these, the most popular are those located around Kokrobite town, especially beautiful Langma Beach. Kokrobite is a quick 20 mile/32 kilometer tro-tro ride away from the capital, Accra. Beachfront hotel Big Milly’s Backyard offers laidback accommodation. Big Milly’s has a friendly bar and restaurant where backpackers, volunteers and Ghanaian Rastafarians chill out, and is also home to Mr. Brights surf shop. The staff at Mr. Brights offer gear rentals and lessons, so that you can experience the waves that host the country’s annual International Surf Day competition. Alternatively, Kokrobite Garden is another popular place to stay, with the added bonus of a sparkling swimming pool.

4. Cape Coast Castle

Cape Coast Castle is one of about forty “slave castles”, or large commercial forts, built on the Gold Coast of West Africa (now Ghana) by European traders. It was originally built by the Swedes for trade in timber and gold, but later used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade Other Ghanaian slave castles include Elmina Castle and Fort Christiansborg. They were used to hold slavesbefore they were loaded onto ships and sold in the Americas, especially the Caribbean. This “gate of no return” was the last stop before crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

5. Mole National Park

Herd of elephants at a watering hol in Mole National Parke

 

Max Milligan / Getty Images

Located in northwest Ghana, Mole National Park is the country’s largest wildlife park. Here, you can expect to see buffalo, rare roan antelope, elephants, warthogs, hyenas and if you’re very lucky, leopards. Lions have recently been re-introduced to the park as well. Birders can also keep an eye out for more than 250 avian species. You can opt for a walking safari or a traditional game drive accompanied by an armed guide. There’s a motel just near the park headquarters. The best time to spot wildlife is during the dry season (January-March) when animals congregate around the water sources. On your way to Mole, visit the nearby Larabanga Mosque, the oldest mosque in Ghana.

6.Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle is a white-washed Medieval Castle on the coast of Ghana. It was the first – and for many centuries – the largest, European building constructed in tropical Africa. Yet its grandeur, as well as its picturesque surroundings with blue skies, sandy beaches, and tropical palms, disguise a dark history – Elmina Castle was the last place that thousands of African slaves would ever see of their homeland. Many horrors transpired within the walls of the fortress, which have never been erased by time.

 

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