The 7 best places to visit in Ghana

 

First constructed in 1421 AD in the northern village of Larabanga is the Larabanga Mosque, the oldest mosque in the country and one of the oldest in Western Africa. Built in a traditional Sudanic-Sahelian architectural style using mud and reeds, it has of course been restored many times over the centuries and is currently regarded as an endangered historical site.

7. Larabanga Mosque

 

In the extreme west of the country​, covering an area of some 1,820 square kilometres (702 square miles) along the border with Cote d'lvoire (Ivory Coast) is the Bui National Park. Notable for its large hippopotamus population and the endangered black and white colobus monkey, the landscape is one of dense protected forests and huge sporadic rocky outcrops. 

6. Bui National Park

 

Originally built by the Swedish in the mid 17th century, located to the west of the capital, Accra, on the southern coast of Ghana is the Cape Coast Castle, one of about forty slave castles built on the gold coast of West Africa by European traders. Once used to hold slaves before they were shipped across the Atlantic, the Cape Coast Castle is one of the largest and most well restored of the original slave castles. Today operating as a museum it has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5. Cape Coast Castle

 

In the far south of the country, west of the capital, Accra, is the 375 square kilometre (145 square mile) Kakum National Park, encompassing an area of protected tropical forest. One of only three locations in Africa with a canopy walkway, the 350 metres (1,150 ft) of bridges connects seven tree tops giving visitors access to the forest canopy. From here there is a good chance of spotting one of the densest forest elephant populations in Ghana, the endangered Diana monkey, giant bongo antelope and yellow backed duiker.

4. Kakum National Park

 

In the east of the country, north of the capital, Accra, and straddling the man made Lake Volta is the 3,743 square kilometre (1,445 square mile) Digya National Park, the oldest protected area and second largest national park in Ghana. The terrain is one of undulating low hills switching between forest and savannah, home to a large variety of wildlife that includes six primate species and the second largest elephant population in the country.

3. Digya National Park

 

In the far south of the country, situated on the Atlantic Coast is the capital and most populated city in Ghana, the city of Accra, considered one of Africa's safest capital cities. The beating heart of the country with over two million people, it offers visitors lively markets, colonial castles, dense townships and several scenic beaches.

2. Accra

 

In the northwest of the country, covering a vast 4,840 square kilometres (1,869 square miles) of protected land is Mole National Park, the largest wildlife refuge in Ghana. The edge of the park is a spectacular landscape of steep sharp escarpment that gives way to a huge area of grassland savannah. The wet season brings rain and rushing rivers that recede leaving only drinking holes during the long dry season. Home to 93 mammal species and 33 known reptile species, Mole National Park is teeming with wildlife, making it the premier safari location in Ghana.

1. Mole National Park

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