Ghana is a beautiful country that welcomes holidaymakers to visit its colorful vibrant markets, diverse wildlife, lively festivals and verdant rain forests. You will get an opportunity to meet the very hospitable local people during the cultural tours, admire the beautiful sights, listen to the amazing sounds, explore the busy open-air street markets and visit the different stalls dealing in aromatic spices, fabric and local crafts o buy some souvenirs. Don’t miss out on the delicious cuisine of sea foods prepared by the various restaurants and for those of you that enjoy partying, then the vibrant nightlife in Accra should not be missed.
Below we have compile the top ten (10) things to see and do while on holiday on Ghana.
#1 Enjoy a Canopy walk in Kakum National Park
Kakum National park found on the southern coast of Ghana was established in 1992 to protect the verdant rain forest that serves as habitat to various wild animals and birds including a couple of endangered species like the bongo antelopes and the forest elephants. There are a number of tourist activities that holidaymakers can enjoy here, however the canopy walk is the most popular and much loved of them all. The canopy is 350 meters long and is suspended on seven bridges. This will give you a chance to see and appreciate the beauty of this forested area from above.
#2 Explore Kumasi
Located with the southern part of Ghana, Kumasi is Ashanti kingdom’s capital city as well as the second largest city in the country. Most of the artisan culture across western Africa rotates around this city and you will in fact get a chance to personally meet the Ashanti people who are best known for their gold jewelry, beautifully carved wooden stools, charms as well as kente cloth. According to their tradition, the wooden stools are not only considered to be sacred but also symbolic and where previously used by the ancient rulers. It’s believed that the souls of the stool owners are contained within the stools and it’s for that reason that the Ashanti people pass them down from a father to son. You can also visit the Manhyia Palace Museum where you may be lucky to see the presently ruling Ashanti king who every forty two (42) years makes a public appearance.
#3 Take a Safari in Mole National Park
Established in 1958 and covering an area of 4,840 square kilometers, the Mole National Park is the largest protected wildlife habitat found in Ghana, and the best place to enjoy a wildlife safari while on holiday in Ghana. Its diversifies landscape is home to a large number of animals and bird, and when you visit the Konkori escarpment found in the western section of park you will enjoy clear views of wildlife that normally congregate around the water holes in this area especially during the dry season. Some of the animals commonly seen here include: elephants, different antelopes, monkeys and cheetahs. besides the guided game drives, you can also enjoy a cultural visit to the Mognori Village where you will meet the local people and get a person encounter of the day to day lifestyle of these people found in this part of distant Ghana
#4 Go shopping in Accra’s Street Markets
Accra’s is the capital city of Ghana and it is a very active and exciting city worth exploring. One of the amazing places to visit are is its open-air markets / bazaars that are a center of organized chaos such as the Salaga and the Makola markets that deal in various items such as kente cloth, fresh produce, a variety of souvenir items and handcrafted beads. There are also a number of stalls that deal with traditional medicines including died roots, leaves and plants. You will get an opportunity to try you bargaining skills while in these markets.
#5 Visit the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
Located in the tin communities of Boaben and Fiema close to Nkoranza District in the northern part of the country, the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary was established in the 1970s to protect the rich plant life, reptiles, birds, deer as well as different monkey species including Campbell Mona monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey, unusual Lowe’s mona monkey and Geoffrey’s Pied Colobus. Interestingly the Gambians consider the Lowe’s mona monkeys and the black-and-white colobus monkeys sacred and actually perform for these monkeys funeral ceremonies when they die. There are approximately seven hundred (700) monkeys in this area and these live harmoniously with the local community in this area. The community members usually leave some food on their door steps for these very social monkeys to feed on.
#6 Hike Mount Adaklu
Standing at a height of 580km, Mount Adaklu found in Ghana’s Volta region about 12 kilometers from Ho is among the highest mountains in the country. Holidaymakers interested in engaging in hiking expeditions while on safari in Ghana can enjoy short and long guided hikes here during which they will enjoy views of different birds and butterflies.
#7 Soak in the Sun on Ghana’s Beautiful Beaches
In West Africa, Ghana is one of the countries with the best coastal beaches that dot miles and miles on the southern coastal border of the country where the pristine sandy beaches are met with the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Langma Beach is one of the good places to visit and close by are a number of nice restaurants where you can enjoy delicious sea food, and places that play live afro-music as well as serve beers
#8 Attend a Tribal Festival in Ghana
Ghana is a country with multiple tribes and cultures and each of these has its own unique festivals that pay respect to the traditions and practices of their ancestors. These festivals normally include a lot of drumming, dancing and feasting. Some of the popular festivals include the Adae Kese Festival held in Kumasi by the Ashanti people.
#9 Visit the Wli Falls
The Wli Fall is not only the highest water in Ghana but also across west Africa and it is located close to Hohoe town and is it a popular visited site across western Africa. This is a good place to visit on a half day tour and guests can also visit the neighboring towering cliff.
#10 Touch Crocodiles at Paga Crocodile Pond
The Panga crocodile pond found in the far eastern part of Ghana in Paga is considered locally sacred and its home to huge West African crocodiles. The locals believe that these reptiles keep the souls of the dead villagers. this town is well known for its friendly reptiles that live within the two ponds found at this site and visitors are normally seen touching or sitting on them
Frequently Asked Questions on Ghana
Below we have compiled a number of questions commonly asked about Ghana as one of the holiday destinations on the African continent. These we have professionally answered to help you better understand the country and prepare adequately for your stay.
Do I need a Visa to go to Ghana?
Travelers with citizenship of countries which are member states of ECOWAS, in addition to citizens of Egypt, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Trinidad and Tobago, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho, Tanzania and Singapore do not need a Visa to go to Ghana. Other travelers are advised to obtain a visa before traveling to Ghana. All visa applications should be made to the embassy of Ghana in your home country and you should provide proof of pre-booked accommodation as well as an airline ticket. All travelers are required to have a passport valid for a minimum of six (6) months from the date of the end of their stay in Ghana.
Is it safe to visit Ghana?
In comparison to other countries across western Africa, Ghana is a safe destination with minimal petty crime in the large cities you are advised not to move will exposing your valuable properties like phones, laptops and wallet when moving. In case you are moving in the night, please ensure that you are accompanied or in a group.
What Vaccines do I need to go to Ghana?
When visiting Ghana all travelers are required to take a mandatory yellow fever vaccination and present a yellow fever certificate as proof of having been administered with the vaccines. Persons visiting Accra and Kumasi are greatly advised to take more precaution about cholera. On the other hand there are a couple of other recommended vaccines such as tetanus, typhoid and rabies.
HIV/AIDS is another prevalent issue in this country so please takes serious care with this regard throughout your stay in the country.
How to avoid malaria in Ghana?
Ghana is a country with Malaria risk; below we have highlighted a number of ways you can avoid contracting malaria in Ghana.
- Always take your anti malarial drugs as prescribed by your doctor
- Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants especially in the evenings to guard yourself against mosquito bites
- Use insect repellent
- Always sleep under a mosquito net over your bed or in an air-conditioned room
Visit your physician back in your home country so that he/she can recommend the necessary medication basing on travel arrangements. Label all medication and have it accompanied with the doctor’s prescription.
What is the official language spoken Ghana
The official language spoken in Ghana is English making it a very travel friendly holiday destination. However because it is a multi-cultural country there are about forty (40) indigenous languages spoken in the country among which are Fate commonly spoken in the Ashanti areas, Ga in the greater-Accra region and Ewe in the eastern part of lake Volta
What is the local currency for Ghana?
The official currency used in Ghana is the Ghana Cedi abbreviated as (GHS) and this is comprised of 100 smaller pesewas. The banknotes are in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 Ghana pesewas.
Are credit cards accepted in Ghana?
Across Ghana, credit cards are generally accepted and these include: American Express, MasterCard, Diners Club and the Visa. Also travelers’ cheques can easily be cashed at currency exchange shops and in banks.
What is the local time zone in Ghana?
Ghana is in the Greenwich Mean Time or UTC+0
What is the electricity current in Ghana?
The Republic of Ghana runs on an electric Voltage of 230 volts with 50Hz. The type of plugs and sockets it uses is the type D and G which has three (3) round blades arranged in a triangular pattern. We highly advise all travelers going to Ghana to come with their personal adapters despite the fact that most of the hotels and lodges claim to offer them. ladies who plan on bringing personal hair styling electric gadgets such as the flat irons or hair dryers we advise that you bring gadgets that are dual voltage and once in this country please remember to change or adjust the voltage else you may end up blowing them.
What is the best time to visit Ghana?
The peak tourist season in Ghana is from the month of June to August which means that the number of tourists in the country at the time is very high. Holidaymakers who wish to dodge the large crowds can visit from September to December when there are fewer tourists in the country. despite the fact that it is lolled at a year round holiday destination for game viewing and enjoying the beaches, you are advised to refrain from traveling during the rainy season since there are fewer activities to engage in.
Weather in Ghana
The climate experienced in Ghana is a tropical climate which means that it is hot throughout the year from April to June, the coastal areas are experiencing rainy weather while the dry weather is experienced from November to March as well as in July and August.
On the other hand, central Ghana experiences heavier rains with longer rains of downpour yet the northern region is generally is dry with hotter temperatures with the rains being experienced from April to October.
The average temperatures experienced throughout the year are normally above 86°F especially during the dry season and only drop during the rainy months when the level of humidity is about eighty percent (80%). some parts of the country also experience the dry harmattan winds.