If you didn’t know by now, Ghana is a beautiful West African country. From delicious food, to relaxing beaches, to a rich history, Ghana is a blog worthy travel destination. This week, Ghana celebrated its 60th birthday. Proud Ghanaians and their allies flooded social media with everything Ghana. In honor of Ghana’s Independence Day, here are some travel destinations you may want to consider when visiting the Gold Coast. Be sure to plan in advance as a visa is required.
- Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra
The Kempinski hotel is one of Accra’s finest five-star luxury hotel. It’s conveniently located in downtown Accra near the National Theatre (check out their productions). This hotel features luxury rooms, spa services, restaurants, shopping, and everything you need to feel like a celebrity. This hotel comes at a high price, but if you’re balling shot calling, or want to save up to afford this place, your money will be well spent.
- Royal Senchi Resort Hotel
Located in the Eastern Region, the Royal Senchi features gorgeous river view rooms. There are numerous activities you can do in your spare time including a boat or kayak ride. This hotel even has a children’s playground so all ages will enjoy.
- Peduase Valley Resort
This hotel is about a thirty minute drive from Kotoka International Airport. If you want a calm and elegant environment, look no further. As a bonus, this hotel is located on the outskirts of Aburi – a small quaint town known for its botanical gardens.
- Zaina Lodge (+ Mole National Park)
Zaina Lodge is located at Mole National Park in the Northern Region, south-east of Tamale. Mole National Park is Ghana’s largest national park and is a great option for those fascinated by wildlife and ecosystems. At this hotel, you can look out of your window and see an elephant at a waterhole or take a nighttime safari tour.
Note: There are AirBNBs available (especially in Accra). I recommend selecting one with positive ratings and reviews. This is a great option for those traveling on a budget.
Beaches and Waterfalls
Visiting one of Ghana’s beaches is a requirement. If you leave Ghana without experiencing a lazy day on the beach, you have failed.
- Busua Beach Resort
As the name implies, Busua Beach is private beach located in Busua in the Western Region. Ar Busua Beach, you can book a room at the resort or just spend the day on the beach. Either way, you’ll leave feeling relaxed.
- Boti Falls
Boti falls ports twin waterfalls located in Manya Krobo in the Eastern Region. The waterfall varies hugely due rainfall so if you go after a rainy day (or during rainy season), you’ll probably have better results. The two falls, often referred to as male and female, flow side by side. I don’t know about you, but I find that quite romantic – perfect baecation spot.
- Kintampo Falls
Hidden away in the woods, Kintampo is one of the tallest waterfalls in Ghana and is a popular tourist attraction. Located off the Kumasi-Tamale highway, this attraction is definitely worth the stop.
- Ada Beach
Visiting Ada is the perfect the weekend getaway. Aside from lying around on the beach, there are many activities – you have to try hard to be bored. There’s the Aqua Safari Resort, bird and sea turtle watching, boat racing, shopping, eating, etc.
Honestly, in Ghana, there are many options when it comes to food. You can find something to please everyone’s taste buds. Just be sure to wear something with an elastic waistband because food babies are inevitable.
- Tea Baa
Located in popular Osu, Tea Baa is a great stop for tea connoisseur. Not only do they have great tea selections, the food is delicious too. This is a popular place so don’t be surprised by long lines. Bonus: according to their Instagram page, they now deliver!
- Soho Bar and Sushi Restaurant
Located at the Marina Mall in Accra, if you decide to try out Soho, be sure to bring your camera and flood your timeline with images of this elegant place. If you like food (especially sushi), cocktails, chilled atmosphere, and music, this upscale restaurant is definitely for you.
- Gold Coast Bar and Restaurant
If you’re more in the mood for Ghanaian cuisine in an elegant atmosphere go to the Gold Coast Restaurant and Bar. Think jollof, waakye, chofi, kelewele, fufu, omo tuo, banku…Lord, my mouth is watering! Located in the Airport Residential Area in Accra, please invite me if you plan to go.
- Accra Art Market
If you are interested in arts and crafts, the Accra Art Market is for you. Here you will find good quality crafts from Ghana and its neighboring countries. Make sure to get ample sleep the night before because this market is often crowded with many vendors trying to grab your attention. Some of the things you can find here are: jewelry, clothing, woodcraft, pottery, and paintings.
- Gallery 1957
Named after the year Ghana gained its independence, Gallery 1957 is located within the Kempinski hotel and focuses on contemporary Ghanaian art. The gallery presents exhibitions, installations, and performances by the country’s outstanding artists. This gallery has been featured in prominent art magazines and has made an international name for itself.
- Cape Coast Castle
Riddled along Ghana’s coast are a myriad of castles and forts. Among them is the infamous Cape Coast Castle. During the slave trade, the Cape Coast Castle was active in facilitating slaves through the Middle Passage. Visitors are taken on a tour through this somber history. It’s a powerful experience.
Are you from Ghana or have you visited? What are your noteworthy destination spots? Join the conversation. Comment below!