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Ghana Destination Guide
Ghana is a country of great beauty. It attracts tourists from the entire world and the number of visitors has been rising every year. The country offers visitors a variety of things to see, do, as well as feel. In fact, a single trip is not enough to enjoy the many splendours of Ghana - you will feel the need to come back several times to be completely satisfied! There are many attractions worth visiting, and many places where you will love to spend a few hours soaking in the attractions they offer. Ghana food is a draw too, as is the vibrant nightlife.
Ghana is a pioneer in the field of community based eco-tourism, and its abundance of nature makes it a nature lover's delight!
There are many exciting things to see and do in Ghana including exploring the vast culture and history, or going on Safari to experience the wild beauty of Ghana's well preserved nature parks and sanctuaries. Details of some of the great Ghana tourist attractions check out our Ghana Destination Guide or Ghana tours page. Our Ghana Country Guide provides some handy information to help you plan your Ghana holiday.
Things to See & Do in Ghana
Lake Volta is the largest artificial lake in the world. It was created in 1965 when the Akosombo Dam was built across River Volta. The estuary that is formed at the place where the river enters the ocean is a very scenic and beautiful spot, with many palm tree laden alcoves that are just right for picnics. Numerous sand bars have formed here and they function as nesting grounds for many sea birds. The area is also of great interest to naturalists as it is home to a very rare breed of turtles.
Digya National Park is a very beautiful savannah forest located at the western shore of Lake Volta. Set aside almost a day to explore this Park. It not only has beautiful trees and plants but is also home to the finest species of African wildlife. Wildlife enthusiasts can take their pick from hartebeest, African elephants, bush pigs, five species of baboons and water buck. You can also spot the clawless otter and crocodiles in the Digya National Park.
Wli Falls is Ghana’s highest waterfall. Located in the Wli Natural Reserves Area, at a distance of 20 km from Hohoe, the waterfall is fed by the Agumatsa River.
The experience starts with the approach itself as you have to cross 11 log bridges among sylvan surroundings to get to the falls. The Wli Falls are divided into the easy-to- access Lower Falls and the Upper Falls which are reached after a slightly arduous hike. Paddle around and swim to your heart’s content in the Lower Falls or push yourself to scale the Upper Falls and cool off under its refreshing waters. Do not miss the fruit bats which are special to this region.
A 45 min trek through virgin forests and cocoa and coffee fields brings you to the Tagbo Falls. While the trek provides an opportunity to have a ringside view of rare plant life and almost 300 butterfly species, the Tagbo Falls present a spectacular sight, as the water springs off a circular cliff covered with flora and fauna, to form a delightful pool.
The Tsatsodu Falls, the Aflambo Falls and the Amedzofe Falls are some of the other waterfalls in the Volta Region that are worth visiting.
About 5 km from the Avatime Hills is the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is home to the Mona Monkeys, which are revered as Gods by the locals. Leave for the sanctuary early in the day, as you can enjoy a peaceful trek through picturesque forest as the monkeys retreat deep into the forest in the afternoon.
This is Ghana’s tallest mountain and has an interesting story behind its name. The mountain gets its name from the Ewe term ‘Avadzeto’ which means ‘at war with the bush’, because of the presence of a plant which causes acute skin irritation.
Bead making is a fine art that has been passed down the generations in Ghana. It requires years of training and hard work. Among the many bead makers, a sight worth seeing is the Cedi Bead factory where the owner takes tourists on a conducted tour around the factory and explains the arduous process of making a small bead.
It is a revelation to see glass from broken bottles and windowpanes being transformed into attractive and colorful beads, which are then coaxed into necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
The best way to enjoy the Volta River is to take a cruise along its length on the boat Dodi Princess. This cruise from Akosombo to Dodi Island and back takes about 6 hours and operates on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Take a trip down the river to the accompaniment of some foot tapping music and some delectable food which is included in the fare.
The beaches along the estuary are some of the finest in the region. Lie back and enjoy the sun and the sand or go swimming in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The waters of the Atlantic do get rough, but with a little care, this can be a very enjoyable experience.
The estuary is teeming with plankton, which in turn attracts a variety of fish. Anglers can spend a leisurely afternoon waiting for the Large Mouth Bass, Tarpon, Mackerel and the Barracuda to bite the bait. Sports lovers can set the adrenaline going with yachting, water skiing and swimming.
A trip down the Xavi River is the ornithologist’s delight. An experienced guide takes tourists in a paddle boat down the Xavi River to spot over 90 species of birds, including rare ones like Senegal Parrot and the Pygmy Kingfisher.
If you are lucky, you may be able to spot the highly venomous green mamba sunbathing on the banks of River Lotor. Watch it but do not go too close or disturb it, for this is a highly poisonous snake.
Tourists who are not environmentalists can just lie back and enjoy a peaceful cruise while getting a ringside view of the fishermen and their activities.
The hike to the the top of Mount Adakalu, which is situated at about 12 km from Ho, is another very interesting activity. Expert guides escort tourists on this challenging hike and teach them to spot rare flora, fauna and wildlife. Avid trekkers can even camp atop this mountain.
Tourists can participate in cultural tours to Kpetoe and observe the weavers of Kente cloth. These weavers have received the skill from their forefathers and trained for years. At Vume, small village near Sogakope, tourists can watch a lump of clay being coaxed into a masterpiece in the skillful hands of the locals who have cherished and practiced this skill over the years. Vume is blessed with large deposits of clay, making it the potter’s delight.
Just 33 km north of Cape Coast and 170 km from Accra lies one of the most virgin and popular of all rainforests - Kakum National Park. Spanning an area of 350 km, it includes the Assin Attandanso Resource Reserve. The tall trees here rise up to an astonishing height of 65 m.
The fauna in this forest include around 40 species of mammals like elephants, buffaloes, leopards, bongos, yellow back duikers, red river hogs and several other primates. You can also see over 400 types of butterflies flitting around amongst dozens of species of birds, reptiles and amphibians. The splendour of this rainforest is best enjoyed from the vantage position of a canopy walkway suspended 40 m above ground level.
You can set out on a variety of game viewing and bird watching nature walks around the Kakum National Park in both wet and dry seasons. You can even camp in the forest provided you bring your own tents, sleeping bags, mosquito nets and insect repellents. While light clothing is suitable for dry months, wet months require heavier clothing.
The original Manhyia Palace was the royal residence of Otumfuo Prempeh I and Otumfuo Sir Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, K.B.E., the 13th and 14th Ashanti kings. The palace was destroyed during the wars and was re-constructed by the British colonial government in 1925 for Asantehene Prempeh I who lived here after his exile and was called Mr Edward Prempeh.
Opened as a museum in 1995, it is a living piece of history with several exhibits over two floors, open verandas and a courtyard. The original golden stool is kept at Manhyia Palace and used on special occasions only. It is so sacred that it is never put on the ground and even the king cannot sit on it.
West of Tamale is Mole National Park, Ghana’s largest and best known sanctuary. Its savanna vegetation sprawls over 4,840 sq km, home to a diverse range of wildlife including elephants, several species of antelope, green monkeys, olive baboons, warthogs, predators, Nile crocodiles, leopards, the odd lion and some 300 bird species.
Walking safaris lasting for two hours commence at dawn or dusk. You can get as close as 50 m to wild animals without much difficulty. Closed shoes are a must have for game walks. If you’d rather drive, you will need a 4 x 4 vehicle. Armed park rangers accompany all safaris within Mole.
Accommodation within the park is at Mole Motel (book well ahead of your trip), situated atop an escarpment that cuts through the park. Alternatively, you can opt to stay in Tamale and drive to the park by a bus, tro-tro, eco journey shuttle service, chartered taxi or a private vehicle. While the latter three options are relatively more comfortable and efficient, they are also expensive (with the exception of the shuttle service).
Tro-tros are for the strong and intrepid who don’t mind getting bounced ruthlessly along the potholed road and reaching their destination covered in red dust. Buses are a compromise; you’ll have to simply accept that the almost inevitable breakdowns are part of the Great Savanna Experience!
See also: Camping in Mole National Park
The best-known beach in Accra is situated between two of the city's most exclusive hotels, La Badi Beach and La Palm. Labadi Beach has many temporary style café-restaurants, souvenir vendors and on the weekends when the weather is good it is sure to offer up an interesting set of characters who will provide some exciting entertainment with their dancing, drumming, acrobatic performances and pony rides. While swimming is an option, it's certainly not the only thing to do on Labadi beach. While this is a great place to be in Accra, it is definitely not recommended that you be there after dark.
The only official access to the beach is at La By-pass on Labadi Road for a 20,000 cedis fee, although guests of La Palm Hotel or Labadi Beach Hotel can enter the beach from the hotel premises. Some say that even non-hotel guests can use the hotel pool, fitness centre and sauna for 90,000 cedis a day, which is a great deal if it is true.
The Slave River or Donkor Nsuo flows down this town which heaves with sad recollections of slave trade. From their places of capture, slaves were walked down to the slave market in Assin Manso. They would walk shackled and chained for several weeks before reaching this town. Those who could not bear the torturous journey lie buried in the forests of Assin Manso. They would then be taken to Donkor Nsuo for their last bath on African shores before being shipped across the Atlantic with their buyers from Elmina or Cape Coast Castle.
Hani in Brong Ahafo is one of the best-documented archaeological sites in Ghana. This site is believed to have been inhabited by the Beghos in 1,200 BC and you can still see ancient caves and Stone Age tools like hammers, cutting blades and grinding stones.
This fort is one among many forts on the coastline of Ghana. The ruins of Fort Amsterdam are situated atop a hill close to the town of Kormantse. Although on of the most popular Ghana tourist hotspots, the building always has a guide ready to enlighten you with the fort's history. A small fee of about 5000 cedi is enough to satisfy him for his services.
Antiquity, mysticism and a whiff of the occult come together in this oldest of Ghana’s mosques, located about 113 km (70 miles) west of Tamale in the western Gonja region. Larabanga itself is a small, predominantly Muslim village that owes its existence to the mosque.
Located in the heart of the town, the 13th- or 14th-century Sahelian mosque with its unique, white walled, mud-and-stick architecture, is thought to have been built by Moorish traders from Arabia and North Africa. Fascinating legends surround the construction of the mosque, with Allah Himself believed to have lent a helping hand in its mysteriously rapid completion.
The mosque was declared a World Heritage Site in 2001, but thanks to perennially low funds, maintenance and repairs are often placed on hold; Larabanga mosque is among the world’s top 100 endangered monuments. Permission for non-Muslims to enter it is granted by the villagers who can be quite arbitrary about this.
The origin of the mushroom shaped Mystic Stone on the outskirts of Larabanga is similarly shrouded in myth. From ancient times, it has served as a traveller’s halt on the trans-Saharan trade route. The people of the Gonja region believe that the stone has tremendous protective powers.
Through history, the fiercest of invading armies have inexplicably been unable to get past the stone. In the 1950s, the plan for construction of the Tamale-Wa road ran right through the stone. Mysteriously, every time the path was cleared, the stone would reappear in its original place! The road was eventually built to bypass it.
Discover more on this tour to Larabanga.
The oldest neighbourhood of Accra, Jamestown, has a vibrant fishing harbour and is quite similar to ‘Stonetown' in Zanzibar. The area has not been restored and is usually not included in tourist itineraries, which is unfortunate, as it has some of the most unforgettable sights of the city. The neighbourhood of Jamestown lies close to Independence Square from where one can see the lighthouse, the ancient Customs House and a prison that was once housed in a colonial fort. Close to the lighthouse is one of the highlights of the city, the largest working fishing harbour in Ghana. If you visit early in the morning, you will see dozens of fishing boats bringing in the day's catch. The best way to see this area is to get a local guide who will be able to show you all the hidden alley ways, cliff-top vistas of the harbour and the old stone houses.
Given their historical importance, Elmina, Cape Coast and Fort St Jago have been designated as World Heritage Monuments by UNESCO.
European invasions and slave trade tore the city from the 15th to 18th centuries. You must visit the imposing St George's Cathedral built in 1482. It is the oldest European building in sub-Saharan Africa. With original Portuguese architecture and Dutch extensions, it now serves as a local history museum.
Behind the bewitching white exteriors of the Elmina Castle lie the sordid tales of slavery. Hundreds of slaves used to be thrown in the dungeons here with hardly any place to move or breathe. Ironically, you can see verses from the Bible adorning the castle walls.
The Anokye Sword marks the grounds where the golden stool descended from heaven. The site is now the campus of the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. Okomfo had pronounced that if this sword were ever to be pulled out, the Ashanti Kingdom would disintegrate. Consequently, the sword remains as it was.
Football is a major sport in Ghana. It is a very popular game, with almost every Ghanaian being a football enthusiast. The national soccer team is known as the Black Stars. It is the national association football team of Ghana and is managed by the Ghana Football Association. The association is the body that regulates all football-related activities in the country. The capital city of Accra is where the association is headquartered. Ghana took part as Gold Coast before it gained freedom from the British colonial government.
Get a taste of authentic ecotourism in Mognori, a tiny farming village near Mole National Park. Visitors can tour the Mognori village accompanied by trained and educated guides from the community. The complex designs etched on the mud walls of huts are not only for aesthetic purposes, they also serve as calendars and calculators.
Watch women preparing the daily meal, or rolling balls of shea butter, used to keep skin from cracking during the dry season. Canoe down the Mole River into the National Park. In the evening, after the men return from their fields, view a mesmerising drum and dance performance. A homestay offers the experience of a magical moonlit night spent on the rooftop of a Mognori hut – worth the price of your entire trip!
Located in the Greater Accra Region, the granite hills of the Shai Hills Resource Reserve are home to over 160 bird species along with animals such as bushbuck, kob, primates and oribi. Some of the Shai people's most important and traditional shrines are located in the reserve, along with many archaeological sites.
Cape Coast Castle was the second largest slave trading centre after Elmina. This fort was built by the Swedes and named after King Charles X of Sweden. Subsequently, the Danes and British captured it and the British converted it into a castle.
Just a stone's throw away from Elmina Castle stands Fort St Jago or Fort Coenraadsburg. This fort is the oldest military fort in this region. The Dutch attacked the Portuguese from the hill where Fort St Jago now stands and gained control over Elmina Castle. To mark their victory and protect their conquest, the Dutch built this castle. It continued to be used for military purposes only.
Experience it for yourself on this tour to Cape Coast.
This monkey sanctuary nestles between the two villages of Boabeng and Fiema in Brong Ahafo. It is home to over 200 Geoffrey’s Pied Columbus and 500 Campbell's Mona monkeys. Geoffrey’s Pied Columbus monkeys are black and white and they eat leaves, stems and mineral-rich earth.
They call out to each other every morning. Campbell's Mona monkeys are brown and eat leaves, flowers, fruits and insects. They also are known to whisk away food from local kitchens! The monkeys can be seen all year around. Early mornings and late afternoons are best to observe them in action.
Take a Sonyor village tour for a new insight into community architecture. The flat-roofed houses here are interlinked, with access to homes from the rooftops. The revered Sonyor Kupo shrine is believed to heal sickness and bring prosperity to all who visit it. Find out more on this tour to Sonyor.
Located on the main shopping streets of central Accra, west of Nkrumah Avenue and Kojo Thompson Road, the National Museum of Accra has been described as 'one of the best museums in West Africa' and has a wide range of items such as drums, masks, wooden carvings, archaeological relics and old photographs. The museum opened on 5 March 1957 to mark the celebration of the country's independence from British rule.
This Ghanaian colonial agent was instrumental in convincing local chiefs to sign treaties of friendship with the British. George Ekem Ferguson was killed by slave raiders and his tomb is preserved in Wa.
A major factor boosting the tourism industry of Ghana is ecotourism. While travelling around the country, visitors will observe that the department promotes the farming and fishing villages of Ghana too.
NCRC is a non-profit voluntary organisation in Ghana and it is because of this organisation's efforts that ecotourism has received such an elevated position. NCRC's mission is to encourage protection of the country's natural historic and cultural diversity.
During an eco-tour in Ghana, travellers can enjoy the variety of flora and fauna flourishing on the Ghanaian landscape. Family picnics and walking safaris are perfect activities to be enjoyed in the protected forest areas. Both domestic and international wildlife lovers throng to join such tours.
Forest attractions and activities are never scarce in Ghana. Almost all the parks and wildlife sanctuaries are part of Ghana's eco-tours. The leading national parks of Ghana are Bia National Park and Resource Reserve, Bui National Park, Digya National Park, Kakum National Park and Assin Attandanso Resource Reserve, Kyabobo National Park, Mole National Park, and Nini Suhien National Park & Ankasa Resource Reserve.
The wildlife sanctuaries that are within the purview of ecotourism in Ghana are Agmatsa Wildlife Sanctuary, Keta Lagoon Complex Ramsar Site, Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary, Boaben-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, and Tafi Monkey Sanctuary.
Crocodiles are revered among northern Ghanaian tribes who believe that every villager’s soul is linked to a crocodile in the sanctuary. The death of a crocodile is observed with elaborate rituals in Kulmasa. An annual, 6-day funeral festival, replete with dances, drumming, storytelling and exotic rituals, fuelled by pito, the locally brewed beer, is the experience of a lifetime.
Independence Square in Accra is a beautiful place to visit in Accra and has been the scene of many of the country's national events. The Black Star atop the monument in the square represents Ghana's pride and culture.
The coast is inhabited by fisherman and a stroll around these villages will acquaint you with their traditions and lifestyles. Winneba has an impressive fishing fleet with bright ceramics and masquerade festivity. Mankessim is a busy market buzzing with activity. You can also visit the Posuban Shrine here. The twin fishing villages of Kromantse and Abandze are busy trading centres. The famous jazz musician, Louis Armstrong's ancestors came from here.
The Kintampo Falls are tucked away in the woods close to the Kumasi–Kintampo highway. The Pumpu River falls some 70 metres down a rocky incline to continue its journey towards the Black Volta at Buipe. Fuller Falls are about seven km west of Kintampo. They cascade gently and are breathtaking. You can enjoy a dip in the refreshing pool.
It’s a bumpy ride from Tamale to Salaga, capital of East Gonja district and the hub of Africa’s infamous slave trade during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Stop at wonkan baya (bathing place) in the Hausa dialect – where slaves were washed and rubbed down with shea butter to make them more attractive to prospective buyers.
At the site of the slave market – now a tro-tro stand – stands a young baobab marking an older tree around which slaves were chained. Ask around if you wish to view rusty artefacts from the slave trade; you’ll be directed to homes where these are still preserved. You could even get to meet the chief of Salaga.
Situated in the heart of the city, Makola market is a frenzied place filled with traders, shoppers, taxis and the local minibuses, which are called tro-tros. In this market, you will find numerous tiny shops selling a range of items from colourful fabric with traditional African prints to live chickens and even air conditioners.
These are the final resting places of the Ashanti royalty at Bantama and Breman and can be visited with the consent of Manhyia Palace officials.
Capital of the Ashanti kingdom, Kumasi is considered as the centre of Ghanaian culture. A sobriquet for this charming city is ‘Garden City'. This cosmopolitan city has a pretty good transportation network and is one of the most well known tourist destinations of Ghana.
Kumasi is situated in the rainforest region of Ghana, and is located about 100 miles north of the Gulf of Guinea, and 300 miles north of the equator.
The big difference between the better known Mole National Park and Wechiau is that while indigenous tribes living within Mole were driven out during the creation of the park, Wechiau is managed by the local community. The sanctuary stretches 40 km along the length of the Black Volta River, Ghana’s natural boundary with Burkina Faso at the north western corner of the country.
A morning or evening river safari is a delightful experience – besides hippos, there’s a rich variety of birdlife. Go trekking and encounter several lizard species, chameleons, bats, hedgehogs, pythons and butterflies. An overnight stay at one of the two tourist lodges offers a chance to interact with local people and learn about their unique architecture and social customs over pito beer.
The dry season from November through June is an ideal time for hippo spotting, while June to August is when birds sport their magnificent breeding plumage.
Discover the park on a Wechiau tour.
Dedicated to the first president and prime minister of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park is situated on Accra High Street and includes a mausoleum that was built in Dr. Nkrumah's honour.
The Volta River flows to the east of Brong Ahafo. You can see fishermen at work here. Boats from Akosombo stop here.
This classic specimen of ancient Sudanese architecture is home to the Wa Naa, king of the Walas. Situated in the centre of Wa town, the palace is made of sun dried mud-brick walls, a rare, surviving example of 19th-century earthen architecture in Ghana. While its outer walls have remained in remarkably good condition, the inner courtyards and rooms have deteriorated with time. An extensive renovation project is going on, undertaken by the World Monuments Fund.
To fully experience traditional Ghanaian culture, visit The National Theatre where you will be able to see exhibitions and performances depicting local culture. An architectural masterpiece in itself, the National Theatre was recently renovated to offer a greater experience of the Ghanaian culture and ingenuity.
The craft villages surrounding Kumasi include Bonwire (18 km) known for kente weaving, Pankrono (3 km) famous for its pottery, Ahwiaa (6 km) known for its woodcarvings, and Ntonso, famous for its Adinkra cloth making. Pottery at Pankrano is created through traditional processes and without a potter’s wheel.
You can watch bead making at Asuofia/Asamang on Barakese Road, and brass smiths at Ampabame Krofrom located 10 km from Ahodwo. Metal lovers can witness goldsmiths and silversmiths engrossed in their craft all across Kumasi.
Bolgatanga is the capital city of both the Upper East part of Ghana and the Bolgatanga Municipal District. Local people popularly refer to the city as Bolga. It is located in the river valley of the Red Volta. The White Volta River flows along the south of the city. The cliffs that are part of the Gambaga Escarpment are also to the south of Bolga.
Bolga is a major destination for tourism in Ghana. It is the craft centre of north Ghana and has a large centrally located market. Bolga is surrounded by villages that are together the biggest producers of smocks, leather works, and straw baskets.
Friendly crocs? You’d better believe it! Legend has it that a crocodile once guided a passer-by in this pond, saving him from dying of thirst. Ever since, the pond and its denizens have been considered sacred. Astonishingly, no reports exist of a crocodile having attacked a human. Today, visitors from around the world go home dazed and delighted with the experience of briefly sitting on the back of these huge lizards – a photo-op like no other!
Also check out Paga’s black-and-white geometrically patterned houses, former slave camp, slave hideouts and the chief’s palace.
You find more information on a tour to Paga.
Bui is packed with hippos and large antelopes such as the roan and hartebeest. A hydroelectric project is underway here and therefore tourist facilities are rather basic. It however makes for a refreshing change from the usual sanctuaries and is easy to get to both by private and public transport.
A visit to Tamale is a must. Tamale is one of the most favoured Ghana tourist destinations. Capital of Northern Ghana, the city has a population of about 305,000 according to the 2005 census. The city's dense population is made up of the Dagomba people who follow Islam. A visit to Tamale is sure to be very enjoyable.
The fascinating rock formations and numerous caves of the Tongo Hills are hallowed terrain. Best known is the ba’ar Tonna’ab Ya’nee shrine, believed to bring good fortune and wealth to those who visit it. From the hills, there are scenic views of the countryside and the White Volta River.
Tenzug village, inhabited by the Talensi tribe, is an hour’s walk away. Visitors can meet the village chief and explore the cultural nuances of Talensi community life.
About 20 km on the Kumasi–Accra highway, the Forestry Research Institute has an arboretum and butterfly sanctuary. Guides are available to assist you.
This is the capital of Western Ghana and is the third largest city of the country. It is another destination that is very high on every tourist's must-see list. It is a centre of trade and industry. Cigarettes, railroad repair, plywood, shipbuilding, and timber are some of the leading industries of the city.
Located in the Red Volta River Valley, Widnaba village is another fine example of Ghana’s community based ecotourism projects. Widnaba, which means ‘Horse Chief’, is home to the Kusaasi people, who migrated here from the Burkina Faso region. The Kusaasi, like most indigenous Africans, have deep faith in ancestral and nature spirits. The friendly and hospitable Kusaasi will willingly perform a drum dance or arrange a storytelling session for visitors. A small fee is all that’s expected in return.
The slave trade is a tragic part of Widnaba’s history. An ancient baobab, within whose massive trunk slaves were packed is an unforgettable sight. Other hallowed spots are believed to have magical powers that protected many Kusaasi from slave raiders. Trek up the grassy hills north of Widnaba for a panoramic view of neighbouring Burkina Faso.
Located about 80 km northeast of Kumasi, this sanctuary showcases rare tropical plants and a large variety of birds and animals. You can enjoy a gurgling waterfall too.
Digya National Park has 3,478 square kilometres of savannah woodland that is home to black and white monkeys and baboons, buffalos, crocodiles, elephants and a variety of antelope species, hartebeests, warthogs, waterbucks, clawless otters, and manatee. Strict Nature Reserve has around five species of monkeys.
Owabi River is located west of Kumasi. After the construction of the dam, the Owabi Reservoir and Forest has become the natural habitat for many species of wildlife and rare migratory birds.
Located 31 km southeast of Kumasi, this is a charming meteorite crater lake surrounded by farming and fishing villages. The lake basin offers great opportunities for diving, swimming, mountaineering and relaxation.
You can enjoy a walk down history in the several museums around Ashanti. Sprawling and vast, you can easily spend a pleasant day visiting the Manhyia Museum, the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and the Ghana Armed Forces Museum.
The Prempeh II Jubilee Museum houses memorabilia of Okomfo Anokye including the 300-year-old antique treasure bag that he forbade anyone to open. The Ghana Armed Forces Museum exhibits maps, pictures and military regalia from the British-Ashanti war of 1900, the World War II and recent military operations.
Wildlife sanctuaries abound in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions. You can enjoy nature walks or drives through these sanctuaries. Guides will help you amble through trails and enjoy the lush greenery thick with a variety of butterflies, birds and other wildlife. You can even visit nearby villages and see monkeys interacting with the rural folk. You can go camping and pitch your tent in these sanctuaries if you do not wish to stay in guesthouses.
For those looking for more urban entertainment, nightlife is particularly lively in Kumasi. A variety of open-air drink bars, street side cafés, casinos, nightclubs and theatres provide lively evening entertainment and are abuzz with people from all walks of life.