TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN GHANA
In no particular order, here is a list of the things that I exprienced during my trip to Ghana, I would recommend each activity to any traveller but most importantly to young travellers. This is because I feel that through these experience you are able to learn about the country’s history and culture.
1 – Visit the Kakum National Park
The park is located in the Central Region of Ghana. The area drained by the headwater catchment of the Kakum River was declared a forest reserve and managed by the Forestry Division. It consists of seven canopies which are a must try and the best way to get over your fear of heights. You are given the option to walk either three canopies or the whole seven. Tip :- Keep all gadgets away because once they drop they are gone for forever.
2 – The Cape Coast Castle
The castle was originally built by the Swedes for trade in timber and gold, but was later used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It offers you the opportunity to relive the days of slavery through the tours given by the locals. You are guided and educated about the journey through the *gate of no return* and experiences that were endured by the slaves on hold while awaiting transportation to the western world. These include visiting the holding cells for both females and males. Tip:- Take tissues as this experience proved to be more emotional than I expected.
3 – Manhyia Palace – Kumasi
The Manhyia Palace is the seat of the Asantehene (the monarch of the Ashanti tribe) as well as his official residence. It is located at Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom and Ashanti Region. The first palace is now a palace museum as King Opoku Ware II built a new palace which is close to the old one and is used by the current Asantehene King Osei Tutu II. The palace is dedicated to the history of the Ashanti tribe. To finish the visit off, pay the gentlemen based outside the palace to make personalised bracelts and keyrings for you. This was my favourite place, the passion held by the guide about his tribe was impressive and the endless cheeky questions placed by cousin just topped everything up.
4 – Labadi Beach
Located in Teshie Accra, is the perfect place to go to relax and chill out to calming reggae music. They have various restaurants with waitresses waiting on you. The place serves a variety of dishes catering to both western and african food needs such as fresh grilled fish, lobster and banku and tilapia. Additionally, they have a night beach/reggae disco at night incase your looking for a different kind of night out. Entry fee is 4 cedis.
5 – Spa at the Royal Senchi
This is where leisure meets luxury, a four star resort hotel located in the Eastern Region of Ghana, situated on the west bank of the Volta River. The Royal Senchi aims to offer its guests an experience of roughing it in a remote and harsh environment to one of experiencing amazing comfort and excellent, friendly service in a fun and exciting. As well as offering accomodation, the hotel has a spa facility offering a range of massages and the use of sauna both ideal for relaxing and destressing after partaking in various excursions.
6 – Visit the small town of Akosombo
Akosombo is a small town in the south of Ghana, Eastern Region in the Asuogyaman District, a district in the east of Eastern Region of Ghana. Akosombo is close to the Adome Bridge at Atimpoku. There are three main things that every tourist must do in Akosombo; take a long drive through the town, it is very calming and beautiful as it offers a view of a town not affected by modernisation. Secondly, have a meal a hotel with the Akosombo Dam in your background and lastly take a boat ride towards the Adome Bridge on the Volta River.
7 – Visit the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Memorial Park
The park is located in downtown Accra, the capital of Ghana, it is dedicated to the prominent Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah. It was the point where Nkrumah declared independence in 1957. The park consists of five acres of land and holds a museum tracing Nkrumah’s life. There are many personal items on display, but the centrepiece is the mausoleum, Nkrumah and his wife’s final resting place. Tours can be taken in in English. Kwame Nkrumah is an essential part of Ghana’s history and an hour here will fill you in on most of the details. Admission Ghanaian adult GH¢0.50; non- Ghanaian adult GH¢1.50; extra charge for cameras.
8 – Visit the Spectacular Elmira
Elmina is a town and the capital of the Komenda/Edina/Eguafo/Abirem District on the south coast of South Ghana in the Central Region, situated on a south-facing bay on the Atlantic Ocean coast of Ghana, west of Cape Coast. Elmina was the first European settlement in West Africa. You will also have the opportunity to visit Elmina Castle, which was also used during slave trade.
9 – Visit Accra Mall
The Accra Mall is a shopping center in Accra, Ghana, it is located on the Spintex Road adjacent the Tema Motorway. The Mall is one of the most modern shopping malls in West Africa and the first large-scale shopping centre in Ghana.
10 – Taste the Assortment of Foods
This has to be a must do for any traveller/tourist, its a way of engaging and exploring a culture. Foods that I sampled and loved while in Ghana are Banku and Tilapia fish (my favourite), Chichinga, Red Red, Okra Soup with Fufu, Rice Balls and Peanut Soup, Fan-Ice, Palm wine and Wache.