It’s easy for one to feel lost in the capital city of Ghana, Accra especially if it is your first visit. Although a relatively quaint town, Accra is dotted with a number of tourist attractions and activities sure to keep your vacation entertaining. Find below some of the top places visitors to Accra Ghana head to and who knows? You might discover some hidden treasures and sights on the terrain.
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park (KNMP) is a National Park in, Accra, Ghana named after Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the ‘’founding father’’ of Ghana. This Park is located in the main commercial area in Accra on The High Street, a colonial legacy, where the Banks of Ghana are sited.
Major structures at the Park when the facility was commissioned include:
- The mausoleum is where the mortal remains of Dr. Nkrumah lie finally after 2 previous burials-first at Conakry, Guinea in Camayeen Mausoleum and for the 2nd time at Nkroful his hometown.
- A huge bronze statue (about 10.8 ft. in height) of Dr. Nkrumah erected on a pedestal and mounted at the same spot where a platform was raised for him to deliver his statement of independence by the eve of March 6, 1957.
- A personal museum on Dr. Nkrumah.
- Fountains, significant trees planted by distinguished, manicured lawns and Office buildings.
The Bojo White Sand Beach is situated next to the Densu delta Ramsar site and along the Atlantic Ocean, in its uniqueness and lovely blend of the Caribbean and Ghanaian cultural architecture keeps tourists and visitors pouring in droves.
How to get there:
To get to the beach while driving, take the Cape Coast road; drive on through Malam junction, the famous and historic Mac Cathy, pass Weija junction, then you start looking out for the old police barrier just ahead, on your left-hand side of the barrier is the Apalku or Kokrobite junction. When you get here, look out for the Bojo beach yellow signpost.
Come and get away from all the hassles of the city with a fun-filled round on the beautiful 18-hole mini-golf course, or stop by the Clubhouse for great food, desserts and a pleasant atmosphere.
Aburi Botanical Gardens
The Aburi Botanic Garden is one of the most beautiful, peaceful and fascinating places in Ghana. Opened in March 1890, covering 64.8 hectares and overlooking the Accra coastal plain from an elevation of 370 to 460 metres above sea level, the Aburi Botanic Garden is a must-visit experience for every Ghanaian as well as visitors to Ghana.
How to get there:
It is easy to go by public transport as mini buses or trotros can be boarded at Tema Station in Accra central, or at Odawna station near Kwame Nkrumah Circle, and also at Madina. Aburi is just 35 Km away from Accra and probably less than an hour drive.
Driving your own car, from Accra makes it even easier, you will have to go through Achimota, Dome, then through Kwabenya town, then drive straight through Brekuso village and within the next 10 minutes you find yourself at a T-junction, then you take the left turn and in 10 minutes you find yourself in the Aburi town where you cannot miss the entrance to the beautiful garden. Just look up and you will see the huge matured royal palm trees lined up along the street that seems to be welcoming you.
National Museum of Ghana
The National Museum of Ghana is in Accra. It is the largest and oldest of the six museums under the administration of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board. The museum building was opened on 5 March 1957 as part of Ghana’s independence celebrations. Objects of archaeology, ethnography as well as fine art find a place in the National Museum building.
Asides the afore mentioned sights, there are also several attractions which would keep you entertained in Ghana. Some of them include:
- W.E.B. Dubois Center
- Labadi Pleasure Beach
- Makola Market
- Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity
- Coco Beach
- The National Theatre of Ghana
- Academy for African Music and Arts