Ghana

Attractions

Makola Market, Accra

It is the most famous open air market located at the Accra Central. The market was recently constructed to replace the old one with the same name. One can obtain beautiful African Textiles, Foodstuffs, traditional Cloths and clothes, shoes, cosmetics, etc. It also houses a bank, restaurants, offices, etc. Because of its central location it enjoys a lot of patronage from residents of Accra and beyond.

Osu Night market

The night market unlike the generic idea of a market is a small community market where local food stuff, grocery, and other food items as well as consumables are sold around the clock. There are many sheds within, where traders display their various items.

Old lighthouse in James Town

This colonial-era lighthouse was built in the 1930s with panoramic view of Accra from the top. For a great view of the city and the busy and colourful fishing harbour, climb to the top of the old Lighthouse near James Fort

Jamestown in Accra

Jamestown, the birthplace of Accra is directly east of the Korle Lagoon. Jamestown and Ussher town are the oldest districts in the city of Accra and emerged as communities around the 17th century.

Adanwomase

A town in Kwabre East District, about 17 miles northeast of Kumasi. It is also well known for the traditional Kente cloth weaving. Although there are a variety of oral histories concerning the origins of Kente Cloth, historians and scholars agree that Kente Cloth production is an extension of centuries of strip-weaving in West Africa.

Lake Bosomtwi

A crater lake believed to have been created by a fallen meteorite. The sacred lake is located in a crater and ringed by rugged mountains. This picturesque meteorite crater lake is surrounded by dozens of fishing and farming villages. The lake basin is ideal for mountaineering, diving, swimming, fishing, birding, etc.

The Prempeh II Jubilee Museum

Located in the centre of National Culture grounds, the museum houses a fascinating collection of Ashanti History such as memorabilia of Okomfo Anokye, including the 300 year old antique treasure bag which he forbade anyone to open.

Also on display in this museum of Ashanti Royalty, are artifacts relating to the Ashanti King Prempeh II, including the king’s war attire, ceremonial clothing, jewellery, protective amulets, etc.

The Manhyia Palace

This is the official residence of the Ashantehene. Its large compound holds statues of past Kings and Queens of the Ashanti Kingdom. This palace is located just a kilometer from the National Museum and was built in 1926 on the return from exile of the Asantehene Nana Prempeh I. This palace remains in use today and houses an interesting history museum.

The International Stingless Bee Centre (ISBC)

This centre can be seen in Abrafo in the Twifo Heman Lower Denkyira District in the Central Region. The initiative, undertaken by the Department of Entomology and Wildlife of the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Cape Coast, is to train rural farmers to keep stingless bees which are essential in pollination and crop production. The Centre seeks to also develop honey-based medicines and baby colonies for sale and educate the youth on the importance of stingless bees to growth and wealth creation.

Cape Coast Castle

This was the headquarters of the British merchants and the seat of government until 1877. It has now being declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site and houses the West African Historical museum where exhibits range from the period to the mid 19th Century. The dark underground dungeons where the slaves were held and the auction halls are places of great importance to most African-Americans because of the nostalgia they evoke.

Kakum National Park

This 375 km square national park comprising of undisturbed virgin rainforest. Walking tours through the forest provide the opportunity to see much of Ghana’s indigenous plant life, as well as rare butterflies, birds and game.

Posuban or Asafo Shrines

These shrines are dotted along the coast of Ghana, where Fanti warriors prepared mentally and spiritually before going to war. Several of these colourful shrines, a combination of the symbolic and mythical, can be found in the streets across the bridge in Elmina and not far on foot from the castle. The Asafo companies are militia-like organizations that once had military duties but are now largely ceremonial in nature and undertake community service. Each of the shrines is dedicated to one of the Asafo, expressing the company’s guiding philosophy or proverb and its superiority over rivals.

Dutch Cemetery In Elmina

The old Dutch Cemetery in Elmina town dates back to 1806. It was constructed on the order of Governor of the Dutch Gold Coast. Up until that date, the Dutch had buried their dead inside or just outside Elmina Castle, but by the beginning of the 19th century, little space was left there, so it was decided to construct a new cemetery in what was known as “the Garden” of Elmina. Ironically, Governor Hoogenboom was also one of the first people to be interred in the cemetery, after he died at the hands of the locals with whom he had a rift.

The Elmina Castle

Built by the Portuguese in 1482 as São Jorge da Mina (St. George of the Mine) because of its strategic location for trade. It is a well preserved castle, the oldest European built structure in black Africa  with an incredible history and famous for its pivotal role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Take an optional walk through the Elmina township and market to view some homes built in colonial style and also to experience the lifestyle of the Fantis.

Aburi Botanical Gardens

At a 45 minute drive from Accra, it is one of the most beautiful, peaceful and fascinating places in Ghana. Opened in March, 1890, and covering 64.8 hectares and overlooking the Accra coastal plain from an elevation of 370 to 460 metres above sea level. Visiting the gardens is both an educational and aesthetic experience, with beautiful palm lined lanes and a wide variety of traditional, medicinal plants, including a silk cotten tree (Ceiba pentrandra) that is the sole survivor of the original forest that once covered the Aburi hills

Wli waterfalls

Through the lush greenery of Agumatsa Forest Reserve, we cross the same river eight times to reach the Wli Falls, the highest fall in Ghana, which has hundreds of fruit bats and a few monkeys and antelopes.

Kpetoe Kente Weaving

Kpetoe is renowned throughout Ghana for the quality of its kente weaving, hand woven cloth that is the best known and most widely recognized African textile. It has been declared a world heritage treasure by UNESCO

The Mognori Eco Village

Which translates as “river bank”, monori is a farming village is relatively close to the south-eastern border of Mole National Park and is rich with the traditions of the Hanga clan. The current
residents are descendants of a Moshi hunter who settled on the Murugu land before the slave raids of the 18th century. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the village, meet families, and learn the process of making shea butter, the daily activities of this community, etc.

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