Ghana is a beautiful place with kind-hearted people. Visiting again has been heavy on my mind. It seems that many people are either visiting Ghana, are thinking of moving, have moved, or are missing Ghana. I can relate to all sentiments listed. Until I return again, I’ll reminisce about all the fun times I had during my visit in Spring of 2016. Keep reading to learn the top 5 places to visit in Ghana.
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- Elmina Castle
Talk about a rich and controversial place of history. Elmina castle was originally erected in 1482 as São Jorge da Mina (St. George of the Mine) Castle, (also known simply as Mina or Feitoria da Mina) by the Portuguese as a trade settlement but eventually became one of the most important points of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Slaves were housed in the castle where they received unbearable treatment before passing through the “Doors Of No Return.” From personal accounts, the stench of sweat, blood, and excrement in certain rooms of the castle is apparent because the slaves were forced to stay in one area to eat, sleep, and pass their bowels. What a sight to see and an experience. While visiting Elmina prepare for the waterworks and waves of emotions to wash over you. Such ugliness to happen at such a beautiful place. Do make sure to visit the on-site museum and buy a few knick knacks to take along with you as souvenirs.
2. Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park was established as a reserve in 1931. In 1992, the park was reformulated as a national park after an initial survey of avifauna. The enticing features of the park include a 1,150-foot long canopy walkway which is basically a rickety wooden walkway that sways with every movement – scary and exciting all at once! an important bird area, Kakum river, and is located 21 miles from Cape Coast and Elmina Castles to name a few attractions.
3. Labadi Beach
When I say Labadi Beach is the place is to be, I am not playing! Go there on a Sunday night for one of the best parties in town. You name it, you’ll see it. On any given day, you can see movie stars, musical performances, and taste great food. The scene is serene and the people there are warm and welcoming. If you’re traveling with children or a “kid at heart” adult, they’ll appreciate a ride on one of the horses trolloping back and forth along the sea line.
4. Plot 7 Lounge/Bar/Night Club
The ambiance of this lounge is beautiful. It’s nestled right in the heart of Osu so you can’t miss it. Featured is an outside seating area, dim lights, a fire pit, and banging music – a sure hit to entice the dancer and music lover at heart. I enjoyed my time here and I’m sure you will too.
5. Your Ancestral Land
Lastly, while it’s great to take in the sights when visiting a new place, take the time to not only have fun and de-stress but to do some research and find your ancestral land. If you don’t know where that is, visit a place rich in culture and history. Ghana is a wonderful and beautiful place to visit. The memories you make while visiting will be cherished for a lifetime.
What are some places you’ve visited that weren’t mentioned on this list? Do you agree with the post above? What would you add? Let us know in the comment section!
Until next time.