The Western Region of Ghana is home to some of the nation’s richest culture, beautiful beaches, and most importantly, significant history. With multiple forts, forest reserves, beach resorts and fascinating landscape with scenic views, your stay in Ghana would be incomplete without a visit there. Below are a few places to consider if you are looking for a memorable vacation.
Fort Metal Cross
This castle was built 300 years ago by the British as a warehouse for gold dust, timber, and then later slaves. This tourist attraction sits on a rocky promontory which overlooks the fishing port of Dixcove. Located in a fishing village called Infuma, the area is surrounded by water suitable for canoes and small boats. Also, large ships are able to dock roughly 2 kilometers from the coast.
To get to this part of the Western region from Accra, it takes approximately 4 hours by road and 45 mins by air. This is one trip promised to be filled with excitement and learning as the site holds so much of Ghana and Africa’s history and the rich culture and tradition of the people in its surroundings.
Akatekyi Crocodile Pond
If you love animals, specifically crocodiles, then Akatekyi Crocodile Pond in the Western region is worth the trip. The usual norm for visitors who want to see the fascinating sight of these reptiles is for the fetish priest also known as a traditional spiritual leader, to entice the crocodiles from the water with a live foul. For this reason, visitors are also encouraged to bring schnapps for libation.
The crocodiles are perceived to be sacred and likewise an important part of the community of people in that area. The pond is approximately 30km west of Takoradi, the capital of the Western Region. Hence if you cannot make it all the way to Paga crocodile park in the Northern region, then you can have a similar experience just four hours from Accra.
The Busua Beach stretch is a lovely, relaxing paradise for tourists. There are several beach resorts along the coast for visitors to lodge or spend a lovely and relaxing time with friends and family. For example, one of these popular places is the Busua Beach Resort. You can engage in lots of water sports, horse riding, or enjoy a tasty seafood meal by the ocean.
If you are considering taking a holiday to see beautiful architecture on water, you may consider Bora Bora or the Maldives but Nzulezu in the Western region of Ghana gives you the similar experience infused with a beautiful African vibe. The main tourist attraction in the region is a village which is built at the center of Lake Tadane almost 90km west of Takoradi. The architecture is remarkable as homes are built on stilts which creates an interesting communal lifestyle to suit the water condition.
Visitors are able to experience a lovely promenade through the reeds at the edge of the lake, including a trip in a dugout canoe to the village. This breathtaking site welcomes visitors on all days except Thursday which is known to be a sacred day. Thus, if you love water and adventurous travel, Nzulezu is the place to go.
Bia National Park
This national park in the Western region of Ghana is also a biosphere reserve home to 563 square kilometers of resource reserve. It has some of the tallest trees in West Africa and 62 different species of mammals. There are also 10 primate species, i.e chimpanzees, three species of colobus, and Pan troglodytes among many others.
Bia is also the only known home to a recently discovered specie of lizard known as Agama Sylvanus. Moreover, there are also over 160 species of birds in the reserve. Hence a trip to this tourist attraction would be one of a lifetime.
Cape Three Points
Located at the Southernmost tip of Ghana, Cape Three points is one of the most beautiful beaches along Ghana’s coast. To have a clear view of this captivating sight, you’ll need to visit the 95 year-old light house at the Cape. Cape Three Points also has a village with a number of landmarks for sightseeing which give you the opportunity to explore a cultural present and a colonial past of Ghana.
There are several activities to engage in around the area like hiking, surfing and simply relaxing by the beach. A drive to Cape Three Points usually gives visitors a chance to see how rubber is harvested and if lucky a sight of some monkeys and other wildlife too. This is one trip you do not want to miss out on while in Ghana.