Opportunities for tourism abound in Ghana. Cultural tours, historic tours, educational tours, nature tours and religious tours abound in Ghana. Volunteer tourism is ideal for you if you are a part of a university, alumni, religious, fraternal, family, friends or a community service group.
The following are a list of some of the tourist attractions in 8 out of the 10 regions of Ghana that can help guide you in planning your volunteer tourism trip to Ghana.
Greater-Accra RegionThe tours in the Greater Accra Region take 3 days to complete with the journey starting from Accra.
*The National Museum
*Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
*Centre for National Culture with a traditional art and craft market pertaining to it.
*Driving through some of the principal streets of Accra to view historic buildings and ceremonial sites.
*La Pleasure Beach Resort
*Shai Resource Reserve. You can view tropical deer in a grassland safari; baboons and butterflies can also be seen there.
*Fort Fredensborg. You will see here the remains of the Danish fort and a traditional Ghanaian fishing village with canoes and a white sand beach pertaining to it and Ningo.
*Ada Beach Resort and the estuary of the great River Volta at Ada.
*Kokrobitey Beach Resort with traditional drumming and dances pertaining to it.
Central RegionThe tours of the Central Region take 2 days to complete with the journey starting from Accra.
*Cape-Coast Castle and slave dungeons. The World Heritage Foundation under UNESCO has identified the Cape Coast castle as a World Heritage Monument.
*Cape Coast and Elmina beaches. The beaches are palm-fringed and warmed by tropical sunshine.
*Castle Elmina Castles and slave dungeum. The World Heritage Foundation under UNESCO has identified the Elmina Castle as a World Heritage Monument.
*Kakum National Park. This park has a virgin rainforest, preserved as a habitat for rare local animals. It hosts a 40 meters high canopy walkway over the rainforest. It is the one and only rainforest canopy walkway in Africa and the third in the world.
*Ebony nature trail walks through the virgin rainforest. You will learn about many Ghanaian traditional medicinal values of some rainforest trees, including medicines that completely cure asthma and other diseases.
*The white Sand Beach at Gomoa Fetteh. There is a traditional fishing village there. The beach is "C" shaped with clean white sand. It is a scene of spectacular natural beauty.
Western RegionThe Western Region has some of the oldest gold mines in the country; it has an old natural harbour, which has been modernized, and a twin city Sekondi-Takoradi. The far western part of the region near the Cote De Ivory border has the highest rainfall pattern in Ghana. The tours of the Western Region takes 2 days to complete with the journey starting from Accra and 2 days to complete with the journey starting from Cape-Coast.
*Fort Appolonia at Bevin
*Fort Metal Cross at Dixcove
*Busua Pleasure Beach
*The famous stilt village of Nzulezu
Volta RegionThis area has rolling hills and valleys, rocky outcrops overlooking the Volta Lake, and a collection of lagoons, rivers, and waterfalls. It stretches from the coastal plains on the Atlantic coast right up to the arid lands of the north. The capital town of this area is Ho. It host festivals and ceremonies, such as the Hogbetsosto of the Anlos. The tour of the Volta Region takes 3 days to complete with the journey starting from Accra. You will see on this tour:-
*Mountain Afadjato. It is the highest mountain in Ghana at 885cm. You can do Mountain climbing if you wish.
*Tafi Monkey Village
*The caves of Likpe, Nyagbo, and Logbo
*Wli Water Falls
Eastern RegionThis area has large areas of lush tropical forest and cascading waterfalls. It is a region with a rich blend of amazing landscapes, historic relics, traditional cultures and dramatic sliding scale climate ranging from tropical to sub-tropical-Mediterranean climate. A part of the Volta Lake is in this region and it is the world's largest artificial lake. The Volta River and lake host the Akosombo Dam. The Dam is a major source for hydroelectric power in Ghana. The tour of the Eastern Region takes 3 days to complete with the journey starting from Accra. You will see on this tour:-
*Aburi Botanical Gardens with a rich collection of tropical flora that attracts scores of birds and butterflies. Aburi Botanical Garden is on the Akwapim Ridge, 25 miles northeast of Accra. The Garden overlooks the coastal plain at an elevation of 1,200 1,500 feet above sea level.
*Tetteh Quashie Cocoa farm at Mampong. It is the first cocoa farm in Ghana and was established by Tetteh who brought the first cocoa seeds from Fennan de' poe and planted them there in 1885.
*Mampong Centre for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine. The center conducts research in the use of plant medicine in the cure of various ailments
*Traditional Beads Market at Koforidua
*Boti waterfall and traditional villages at Huhunya.
*Traditional Beads Market at Somanya
*Volta Lake and Akosombo Dam. It provides hydro-electric power for Ghana.
*The biggest tree in West Africa at Akim-Oda
Ashanti RegionThe area occupies the central portion of the country. As the hub of the ancient kingdom of the Ashanti people, it is a kingdom of gold, history, and culture. The Great Osei Tutu founded it in 1695. The Palace Manhyia of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II reveals the cultural and historical background of all Ashantis. The people in the region celebrate the triumphal Akwasidae festival. The tour of the Ashante Region takes 3 days to complete with the journey starting from Accra. You will see on this tour:-
*Owabi Bird Sanctuary
*Bonwire Kente weaving village
*Okomfo Anokye sword site
*Military Musum, previously called Kumasi Fort
Brong-Ahafo RegionThe Brong Ahafo Region is considered a green region, for its extensive forest reserves and cocoa plantations. Leaves, roots barks and seeds from these forests are used in traditional medicines to cure a wide variety of ailments. The local people have been mainly farmers for generations because they benefit from the longer rainy season and the busy markets in the small towns and villages. Its capital town is Sunyani. Techiman and Domaa-Ahinkro are also popular towns in this region. Near Techiman is the famous Catholic monastery of Tuobodom. The tour of the Brong Ahafo Region takes 3 days to complete with the journey starting from Accra and 2 days to complete with the journey starting from Kumasi. You will see on this tour:-
*Bonomanso slave market
*Boabeng-Fiema Sanctuary, home to many families of Colobus and Mona monkeys (pictured below), held sacred by local people. Visitors taking the forest walks, along shaded trails, are rewarded with sightings of many birds, butterflies, and indigenous flowers and trees
*Tano sacred groove at Tanopase
Northern RegionThis is the largest region in Ghana. Due to its size, visitors traveling through the region will discover the distinct differences from landscapes and architecture in the southern regions. Closer to the north, you will find traditional mud-walled villages that are similar to those found in Mali and Burkina Faso. These villages adapt well to the demanding climate, and provide interesting side trips for the traveler. Tamale is the capital, which is accessible by air, or by an 8-hour drive from Accra. The tour of the Northern Region takes 3 days to complete with the journey starting from Kumasi and 3 days to complete with the journey starting from Accra. You will see on this tour:-
*Mole National Park, a broad savannah and safari. It's perfect for indigenous flora and fauna, safe from predatory man. 4840 km of savannah and rocky outcrops, home to 93 species of mammals, including herds of elephants, bucks, and small plains games.
*The Larabanga Mosque from the 13th century. It is believed to be first Mosque built by the Moorish traders. It has a distinctive facade.
*The mystery stone of Larabanga
Volunteers can design their own trips itineraries or do so with or with the assistance of a tour guide. Volunteer who wish to tour at their free time can tour independently in Ghana on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at their own expenses. The tour expenses of the volunteers are not a part of their volunteering participation fees. You will have a memorable tour of your lifetime.