Have you ever wondered which tourist destinations in Ghana receives most visitors?
Well, according to the DIhGh(YOREs),2019 these are 10 most visited tourist destinations in Ghana
1. Cape Coast Castle(leading with 25%)
The Cape Coast castle was formerly called ‘Cabo Corso,’ meaning ‘short cape’, by the Portuguese .
The name, ‘Cabo Corso’ has been corrupted to Cape Coast which is now the accepted name of the Central Region of Ghana.
The Cape Coast Castle served as the West African Headquarters of the President of the commuter of Merchants ,the British governor and a school to the children of our colonial masters
The castle was one of around 40 “slave castles” that served as prisons and exit points for slaves en route to the Americas (the Caribbean, South America, and the U.S.).
Thousands of enslaved Africans from other African countries were taken to these castles to be sold to slave ships.
The castle is currently being used as a historical museum with a Ghanaian arts and crafts gift shop, and it is the regional headquarters of Ghana Museum and Monuments board
2.Kwame Nkrumah Museum(14%)
It’s also known as the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial park and it’s dedicated to Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of the Republic of Ghana.
The Museum serves as the last resting place for Osagyefo Dr.Kwame Nkrumah and it houses some of his personal rare effects and publications which are still on display at the Museum.
Elmina castle was established as a trade settlement but with time became one of the most important stops en route the Atlantic slave trade.
The castle was erected by the Portuguese in the year 1842 and was originally completed in 1486. They named it was Castelo de São Jorge da Mina (St. George of the Mine Castle),
The slave trade continued under the Dutch until 1814. In 1872, the Dutch Gold Coast, including the fort, became a possession of Great Britain.The castle was later seized by the Dutch in 1637.
Elmina attained its highest status under the when it was under the Dutch
4.Kakum National Park (10%)
The Kakum National Park is a wildlife reserve located in the Central Region of Ghana which is approximately 1 and half hour from the Greater Accra Region
The Kakum National Park and Canopy Walkway offers visitors spectacular scenery and a fascinating wildlife experience along with modern camping facilities.
The park’s best-known feature is undoubtedly its 7 suspension bridges which form a 333-meter long canopy walkway, suspended up to 27 meters above the forest floor from trees that are over 300 years old it’s also a great place for birdwatching and hiking.
If you’re looking to face your face whilst exploring Ghana then ,Kakum National Park definitely has to be on your bucket list .
5.The Black Star Square (9%)
Black Star Square ,also known as the independence square is a public square located at the heart of Accra.
The square was commissioned in 1961 by the late Prime Minister ,Dr.Kwame Nkrumah to honor the visit of Queen Elisabeth.
The square serves as site for Ghana's independence day parade which falls on the 6th of March each year as well as a venue for all major national public gatherings and festivals.
6.Arts Center (7%)
Also known as the (Centre for National Culture)is situated right next to the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial park
If you’re looking to buy some gifts such as African fabrics , gifts, artifacts ,woven kente ,beads ,wooden sculptures your friends in the diaspora this is your the best place for that .
They also have an art gallery where you can buy your paintings at reasonable prices .There’s quiet a number of stalls .
The only problem is once you get to the entrance hawkers try to get you to buy their items ,this action doesn’t quiet go down with every one so please take note .
7.W.E.B Dubois Center(6%)
It serves as a home, library and final resting place of American-born crusader for social justice, William Edward Burghardt DuBois until his demise in 1963 it’s really a great place to visit in Ghana .
8.Labadi Beach (6%)
Labadi beach formerly called the La pleasure beach is one of of the most visited and busiest beaches in Ghana especially during the weekends
There are dozens of bars, street foods ,night time parties and clubs at the beach please don’t forget you are required to pay an entrance fee at the entrance
Afrochella is an annual Celebration Of Africa’s Diverse Culture And The Vibrant Work Of African Creatives & Entrepreneurs.
It’s a one day celebration. It usually takes place in December.
10.Aburi Botanical Gardens(5%)
The Aburi Botanical garden was established in 1890 by Governor William Bradford Griffith in 1890
The main purpose for building it was to help in preserving all kinds of trees (to read full history on the Aburi gardens kindly visit our blog)