Top 10 Things To Do in Ghana

Independance Square in Accra

Ghana is an impressive and at the same time underrated country in West Africa. It offers diverse landscapes, a vibrant culture and warm hospitality.

Ghana borders the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Togo and, to the south, the Gulf of Guinea as part of the Atlantic Ocean. Its area is almost as large as that of the United Kingdom, with whose history it is closely linked through the colonial period. The name Ghana was historically intended to create a connection with the Empire of Ghana, the first large empire in West Africa with a name that can be verified.

The historical heritage, the breathtakingly beautiful nature and the flourishing cocoa industry make a trip to Ghana an unforgettable experience. Can you imagine traveling to this breathtaking country? Then you've come to the right place! Here you'll find out which activities and sights should definitely be on your to-do list, what the best time to travel is and what vocabulary you'll need for your trip to Ghana.

1. Discover the historic capital Accra

Image: Accra City, britannica

Once in Ghana, be sure to explore Accra, the country's vibrant capital. Here, Ghana's history blends with a modern urban landscape. This city is the center of Ghana's art and culture scene. The people of Accra are friendly and open, and the city offers numerous attractions.

Be sure to visit Black Star Square, which commemorates the struggle for independence from Britain in 1957. Stroll through the bustling markets of Makola and Kaneshie, where you can shop for traditional textiles, handmade artwork, souvenirs and more. Experience the city's young and modern art scene at the Artists Alliance Gallery, Accra Art Center, Gallery 1957 and Nubuke Foundation.

For relaxed beach vibes, you can visit Laboma Beach, the Sandbox Club or Bojo Beach, which offer a little break from the noisy and colorful capital. End the day in the lively nightlife of the Osu district and sample the diverse culinary delights of the local cuisine in one of the many restaurants in Accra.

2. Immerse yourself in nature in Kakum National Park

Image: Kakum National Park

Escape the urban hustle and bustle and venture into the dense rainforests of Kakum National Park. Located in Ghana's Central Region, the national park is the most visited nature park in the country. Stroll along the canopy walk, float high above the ground and enjoy the breathtaking views. From there, you'll have the perfect view and spot monkeys, birds and butterflies as you explore this unique nature reserve. The park also offers modern camping facilities suitable for small and large groups, as well as guided tours.

3. Lake Volta: The largest man-made lake in the world

Image: Volta River, Courtesy of The Or Foundation

Get ready to explore one of Ghana's most beautiful regions around Lake Volta, the largest man-made lake in the world covering 3.6% of Ghana's total area. As you drive through Akosombo, you won't miss the impressive view of Lake Volta with the striking Adomi Bridge, Ghana's longest suspension bridge, in the background. Explore Lake Volta by boat and cruise across the sparkling waters surrounded by incredibly beautiful green scenery. The Volta River, one of Ghana's largest rivers, is not only an impressive sight but also of great ecological and economic importance. Unfortunately, the river is threatened by pollution, which puts many people's livelihoods at risk. The Or Foundation is working to address these challenges and is committed to clean water and sustainable development. Find out more about their initiatives and how you can support here .

4. Natural spectacle: Wli Waterfalls

Image: Wli Waterfalls, Stig Nygaard

Discover the highest waterfall in West Africa. The Wli Falls are also located in the Volta region and offer a breathtaking experience. To get to the falls, you can take a guided hike through green forests full of banana and cocoa trees. The first stop, the lower waterfall, invites you to marvel and swim. Enjoy the natural wonder and refresh yourself in the cool pool of the waterfall before you reach the "Upper Falls" further up. Tip: Be sure to pack your bathing suit.

6. Experience Ghana’s wildlife in Mole National Park

Photo: Mole National Park, Julianna Corbett

For all animal and nature fans, a visit to Mole National Park in the north of the country is a must. Embark on an exciting safari adventure through this sprawling park, which is home to elephants, antelopes, baboons and various bird species. Experience numerous animals in their natural habitat and capture unforgettable memories on a guided hike through the park or on a jeep safari.

6. Cape Coast: Historic beach paradise

Image: Cape Coast Castle, visitghana.com

West of Accra lies the coastal gem of Cape Coast. Discover pristine sandy beaches that stretch along the Gold Coast, take a leisurely stroll and cool off in the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. But Cape Coast offers more than just idyllic beaches. Cape Coast Castle is an absolute must-see. Built by the Dutch in the 16th century, this historic fortress is a reminder of the transatlantic slave trade. Explore the fortress's slave dungeons, where countless people lost their lives, and stand at the "Door of No Return."

Cape Coast is an important colonial site and today reminds us of a part of European history that must not be forgotten. Tip: Elmina Castle is also worth a visit and is not far from Cape Coast.

7. Aburi Botanical Gardens: An oasis near Accra

Image: Aburi Botanical Gardens, Yoel Winkler

For anyone interested in botany, we recommend a visit to the Botanical Gardens in Aburi, just 45 minutes from Accra. The large garden, which first opened in 1890, not only offers beautiful and rare plants, but also invites you to relax among fascinating trees. Tip: The mountainous region of Aburi is known for its breathtaking view over Accra. Hotels and restaurants located directly on the mountain slopes also offer a beautiful view.

8. Slow down on the most beautiful beaches: Busua, Kokrobite and Labadi Beach

Image: Labadi Beach

All beach lovers will definitely get their money's worth here. Warm sandy beaches, sea breezes and breathtaking sunsets await you in Busua, Kokrobite and Cape Three Points. These places feel like paradise and invite you to relax in a hammock under palm trees. But don't worry, there is also plenty to do here for those who prefer a more active holiday. You can take surfing lessons, do yoga, go hiking or just go swimming in the clear sea.

Do you want beach vibes, but prefer to cool off in the pool? The Sandbox Club or Polo Beach Club not only offer beautiful pools, but also refreshing drinks, an exquisite restaurant and an inviting atmosphere to linger

9. Independence Square - "Black Star Square"

Image: Independence Square, visitghana.com

Independence Square, known locally as Black Star Square , is located in bustling Accra and pays homage to the nation's storied history. Commissioned by Ghana's first president in 1961 to honour Queen Elizabeth II, the square is the second largest city square in the world. Its manicured grounds, imposing fountain, Black Star Gate and Independence Arch make it an impressive destination and popular backdrop for photos in the capital.

Travelers arriving on March 6 for the Independence Day Parade can experience the spectacle from one of the 30,000 seats. Visitors arriving at other times of the year still have the opportunity to experience public gatherings and national festivals held in this center of urban life.

 

10. fairafric Farm to Factory Tour: From the cocoa farm to chocolate production

Admittedly, we are a bit biased. But the Our mother company fairafric's farm to factory tour is simply an unforgettable experience. In the middle of green landscapes in the interior of Ghana, about 70 km from Accra, you will find fairafric 's solar-powered factory. Here you will search for clues and discover how cocoa beans are processed into delicately melting chocolate under fair conditions. In addition to a visit to an organic cocoa plantation, where you will learn how cocoa farmers grow cocoa, harvest cocoa pods, or ferment cocoa beans - there is also a visit to our chocolate school. Here you can take a look behind the scenes of chocolate and praline production - from the farm to the factory.

Ghana, with its fascinating history, cultural diversity and beautiful landscapes, offers a travel experience like no other. Learn the secrets of chocolate making, discover art and culture, relax on beautiful beaches, go on safari and be impressed by natural spectacles. Embark on an unforgettable journey to the country with the golden coast and create lasting memories.

 

Things you should know when traveling to Ghana

The best time to visit this beautiful country is from October to March to avoid the rainy season. Ghana is generally considered a safe country to travel to and enjoys a reputation as one of the most stable and peaceful countries in West Africa. The Ghanaian people are known for their warm hospitality and friendliness towards tourists. As with any trip, however, it is important to pay attention to general safety measures. Travelers from Germany can inquire about current travel conditions and advice from the Federal Foreign Office in advance.

A visit to Ghana would not be complete without experiencing the diverse flavors of Ghanaian cuisine. Try local dishes such as jollof rice, banku and fufu served with various stews and soups. Visit local markets and street vendors to experience the food culture first hand. Tip: Locals traditionally eat dishes such as fufu, banku or kenkey with their hands. If you want to be a real pro, try this too: wash your hands and enjoy Ghanaian cuisine with your hands. Typically, people always eat with their right hand as it is considered the clean hand!

Expressions you should know when traveling to Ghana

Although English is the official language in Ghana, over 80 local languages ​​are spoken. Akan, including Twi, Fante and Ashanti, is one of the most widely spoken indigenous languages ​​in Ghana. As a traveler, it is always helpful and courteous to know some basic vocabulary. Here are some basic Twi vocabulary that every traveler should know:

 

  • Welcome : Akwaaba
  • Thank you : Medaase
  • You're welcome : Mɛn daase
  • Please : Me paa wo kyew (Pronounced: Me pao tscho)
  • No : Daabi
  • Yes : Yes
  • Let's go : Yen ko
  • White/foreign person : Obroni
  • Sorry : Kafra
  • How are you? : Wo ho te sɛn? / Ete sɛn? (Pronounced: wo-ho-tay
  • sen?)
  • I'm fine : Me ho ye (Pronounced: may-ho-yay)
  • Very good : Eye paa
  • What is your name? : Where are you?
  • My name is... : Ye fre me…
  • How much (does it cost)? : Eye sɛn?
  • Reduce the price : Te so
With these tips and a few Twi words, you'll be well prepared to explore Ghana and its rich culture.

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