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Ghana formally known as Gold Coast is a multinational state and unitary presidential constitutional republic. Ghana is bordered by Atlantic Ocean to the south and alongside the Gulf of Guinea in the sub region of West Africa in Africa. Ghana is located on the Gulf of Guinea, only a few degrees north of the Equator, therefore giving it a warm climate.Ghana spans an area of 238,535 km2 (92,099 sq mi), and has an Atlantic coastline that stretches 560 kilometers (350 miles) on the Gulf of Guinea in Atlantic Ocean to its south lies between latitudes 4° and 12°N, and longitudes 4°W and 2°E. The Prime Meridian passes through Ghana, precisely through the industrial port town of Tema.Ghana is geographically closer to the “center” of the world than any other country in the world though the notional center, (0°, 0°) is located in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 614 km (382 mi) off the south-east coast of Ghana on the Gulf of Guinea.Grasslands mixed with south coastal shrub lands and forests dominate Ghana, with forest extending northward from the south-west coast of Ghana on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean 320 kilometers (200 miles) and eastward for a maximum of about 270 kilometers (170 miles) with the Kingdom of Ashanti or the southern part of Ghana being a primary location for mining of industrial minerals and timber. Ghana encompasses plains, low hills, rivers, Lake Volta, the world’s largest artificial lake, Dodi Island and Bobowasi Island on the South Atlantic Ocean coast of Ghana. The northernmost part of Ghana is Pulmakong and the southernmost part of Ghana is Cape three points.

Surrounded by French speaking neighbors, east of Ghana is Togo, Burkina Faso to the north and Ivory Coast to the West. Modern day Ghana covers an area of 91,843 sq. miles (almost the size of the state of Oregon) with a population of approximately 24 million. Located in the western part of the continent of Africa, the area identified on the map today as Ghana is made up of the former British Crown colony of the Gold Coast, the inland protectorate of Ashanti, the Northern Territories, and the League of Nations (after 1945 the U.N.) Trust Territory of British Togoland. Ghana also became the first African Nation to declare independence from European colonization in 1957 becoming a symbol of Black Achievement and also inspiring other African nations to seek independence. Ghana has a major influence on the Black Pride movement and Pan-Africanism in the United States of America. Ghana had a population of 24 million as of 2010 and it’s geography includes forests, savannas, woodlands, a coastal line, springs, cave systems, mountains, wildlife parks, estuaries and nature reserves. Ghana’s coast stretches 560kilometers including rich assortment of culturally significant castles, forts, ports and harbors. Ghana is also a significant producer of petroleum and natural gas, the country also happens to be of the world’s largest gold and diamond producer. The country is also the largest producer of cocoa in the world as of today. It is also famous for its mineral wealth most notable of them are: bauxite, manganese, among many others and also for its fondness for sport – especially football. If you get a chance to see the BLACK STARS in action, it will give you a real understanding of the kind of passion the people have for the sport. All these contribute to its attractiveness. Many prefer to call it the gateway to Africa with emphasis on the various attractions sights it has. Although the country may look geographically small on the African map, it boasts of many beautiful tourist sites.

Nature and Wildlife

  • Aburi Botanical Gardens
  • Ankasa Conservation Area
  • Bia National Park
  • Bui National Park
  • Coastal Wetlands Ramsar Sites
  • Densu Delta Ramsar Site
  • Digya National Park
  • Esen-Epam Forest Reserve
  • Gbele Resource and Game Reserves
  • Kakum National Park
  • Kalakpa Resource Reserve
  • Keta Lagoon Complex Ramser Site
  • Kogyae Strict Nature Reserve
  • Kyabobo National Park
  • Mole National Park
  • Muni-Pomadze Ramsar Site
  • Sakumo Ramsar Site
  • Shai Hills Resource Reserve
  • Songor Ramsar Site
  • The Big Tree
  • The Bunso Arboretum Forest Reserve
  • The Great Boabab Tree

Tourist Attraction Sites as per Region

GREATER ACCRA REGION

  • Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
  • Dr. W.E.B Du-Bois Centre for Pan African Studies
  • Ghana National Museum
  • Arts & Crafts Centre
  • Unique Coffin makers at Teshie
  • Shai Hills Game Reserve
  • Accra Shopping Mall
  • Cocoa Processing Industry
  • Ada Beach Events
  • Open Shopping Markets
  • James Fort (Ancient Light House)
  • University of Ghana – Legon
  • National Theater & Conference Centre

 

 

EASTERN REGION

  • Boti Falls
  • Tetteh Quarshie’s Original Cocoa Farm (Cocoa trees a Century Old but produce)
  • Bunso Arboretum
  • Cocoa Research Institute
  • Aburi Botanical Gardens
  • Kwahu Mountains
  • Akonedi Shrine
  • Ancient Slave Market
  • Okomfo Anokye Shrine
  • Begoro Water Falls
  • Vilta Lake Cruise to Dodi Island
  • Okomfo Anokye Hospital
WESTERN REGION

  • Ankasa Nature Reserve
  • Wassa Domama Rock Shrine
  • Akatekyi Crocodile Pond
  • Nzulezo-Village on Stilts (Canoe ride to the village)
  • Original and first burial place of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (Nkroful)
  • Fort Groot Friederichsburg
  • Fort Metal Cross
  • Fort Antonia
  • Fort St. Appolonia
  • Fort Sebastian
  • Pra River (See illegal Gold Miners at work)
ASHANTI REGION

  • Kumasi Fort & Military Museum
  • Kumasi Cultural Centre
  • Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Manhyi Pallace & Museum
  • Ejisu Besease Shrine
  • Lake Bosomtwi
  • Okomfo Anokye Sword Site
  • Owabi Bird Sanctuary
  • Obuasi Gold Mines
  • Kentikronu Shrine
  • Adarko Jachie Shrine
  • Prempeh II Jubilee Museum
  • Kumasi Zoo
  • Crafts Villages (Pankronu, Ahwiaa, etc.)
VOLTA REGION

  • Mountain Afadja (2,095 ft)
  • Wli Water Falls
  • Mount Gemi
  • Xavi Bird Watching
  • Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary
  • Holy Trinity Health Spa
  • Kalakpa Forest Reserve
  • Fort Prinzenstein
  • German Historic Sites
  • Ancestral Caves
  • Cape St. Paul Light House
NORTHERN REGION

  • Mole National Park
  • Makango Beach
  • Nalerigu Defence Wall
  • Yendi German’s Settlement
  • Bui National Park
  • Salaga Slave Heritage Site
  • Larabanga Mosque & Mystery Rock
CENTRAL REGION

  • Cape-Coast Castle
  • Elmina Castle
  • Kakum National Park & Canopy Walk-way
  • Coconut Grove Beach Resort
  • Assin Manso Slave Market Site
  • Posuban Shrine (Mankesim)
  • Fort St. Jago
  • 19th Century Dutch Cemetary
  • Cape-Coast University
  • Brenu Beach (Bon Fire at Night)
  • One Africa Lodge (a place you mustn’t miss)