By Olukayode Kolawole
Ghana is like second home to Nigerians, just like Nigeria is same to Ghanaians. Both countries and its citizens share some common affinities. If you’re planning to travel from Nigeria to Ghana or you haven’t decided which African country to visit, you should try shooting your best shot at Ghana. There are lots of exciting places to visit in this country such as its castles, and forts used during the slave trade. There is also the less travelled Volta region.
Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares 5 exciting places to visit when in Ghana.
Elmina & St. George’s Castle
If you’re enthusiastic about fishing or knowing the story of slave trade in the country, this castle is a good place for fishing and learning about their history. It is synonymous to Nigeria’s slave trade in Badagry. The castle is not too far from Cape Coast. According to history, the castle was built by the Portugese in 1842 but was later taken over by the Dutch some 150 years later. There are tour guides at the castle and a small museum.
Kumasi is located at the southern-central Ghana and it’s the second largest city. The Ashantis who are famous artisans domicile mostly in Kumasi. They are famous for making gold jewelry and trinkets around the world. Surprisingly, the king of Ashanti is always enthusiastic to meet visitors every 42 days. When you are in Kumasi, make effort to visit the Kejetia market where they make Kente clothings.
This is one of the best beaches in Ghana. It is a large and modern hotel with dining facilities, pool and chalets. There are lots of low and high budget hotels located along the beach. The bar and restaurant of the hotels serve excellent French foods. It is a great place to relax, paddle around in the Atlantic and enjoy some lobsters.
If you enjoy visiting a lake, doing boat rides and all, Volta Lake is your best choice. It’s the largest man-made lake in the entire world. The entire length of the lake takes about 24 hours to complete. Although, there are smaller ferry services on the lake. Bookings can be made through the Volta Lake Transport Company. When on the boat, you will have some livestock and vegetables to share the ride with.
Accra, Ghana’s Capital
Accra is the capital of Ghana with over 2 million residents. It’s a mixture of shanty towns, castle and lively markets and modern buildings. There are a lot of attractions in the city such as the National Museum which showcases the country’s culture and history; Makola market, a colourful and blissful market where you can shop for everything and anything; and some fantastic beaches.
Olukayode Kolawole is Head of PR & Marketing, Jumia Travel