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'Year of Return': 5 places to visit in Ghana

Ghana is a beautiful and exciting country. It is home to a wonderful mix of animal species, beaches, mountains, landscapes, and an incredible coastline. 

The country is boarded by Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south.

Many prefer to call it the gateway to Africa with emphasis on the various attractions sights it has.
Discover the best tourist attractions in Ghana, ranging from historic to travelers wanting to experience the tourist attractions in the country.

GH-Aviation brings you 5 places to visit if you are in the country for the "Year of Return".

Cape Coast Castle

Ghana's Atlantic coast is lined with seventeenth-century forts and castles and the Cape Coast Castle is one of the largest. Built-in 1653 for the Swedish Africa Company, this building was originally used as a trading post for the timber and gold industries. 

Later, the castle's footprint was expanded by the Dutch and the British and served as an essential holding station for slaves bound for the Americas. 

The Cape Coast Castle is now a museum full of information about Ghana's history, the slave trade, ​and local culture. Tours take you through the dungeons and the "door of no return," through which the castle's slaves once passed.

Canopy walkway at Kakum National Park

Kakum National Park is a dense tropical rainforest in southern Ghana. The forest is home to more than 40 mammal species including forest elephants, forest buffalo, meerkats, and civets. The birdlife is fantastic, as well, with over 250 different species recorded. 

Mole National Park

It s the country's largest wildlife park. Expect to see buffalo, rare roan antelope, elephants, warthogs, hyenas, and if you're very lucky, leopards. Lions have recently been re-introduced to the park as well. 
Birders can also keep an eye out for more than 250 avian species. Opt for a walking safari or a traditional game drive accompanied by an armed guide. 

The best time to spot wildlife is during the dry season (January through March) when animals congregate around the water sources.

Larabanga Mosque

The Larabanga Mosque is a mosque, built in the Sudanese architectural style in the village of Larabanga, Ghana. 

It is the oldest mosque in the country and one of the oldest in West Africa, and has been referred to as the "Mecca of West Africa". 

It has undergone restoration several times since it was founded in 1421. The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has contributed substantially to its restoration and lists it as one of the 100 Most Endangered Sites. 

The restoration works have revived the knowledge of adobe maintenance.

The mosque is located in the Islamic town of Larabanga, close to Damongo in the West Gonja District of the Savannah Region.

Paga Crocodile Pond

Another body of water considered as sacred is the Page Crocodile pond in Paga, Upper East Region Ghana. As the name implies, it is home to several species of West African crocodiles with some aging up to 90 years old. 

It is noted for the friendly and tame nature of the reptiles; tourists have the rare opportunity of touching, sitting and taking photographs with the animals on land.  The people of Paga believe that their souls reside in the crocodiles as such it is taboo to harm or kill crocodiles in Paga.

Source: gh-aviation