To mark 400 years since the anchoring of the first slave ship in Jamestown, Virginia, President Nana Akufo-Addo declared 2019 “The Year of Return”. It is the only public-private initiative by an African nation to commemorate this quarter-centenary. Ghana In December.
GHANA IN DECEMBER
AFROSAGES highlights some beautiful places you’ll need to visit when you come to Ghana in December.
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum- Accra
The place needs no introduction. The mausoleum, designed by Don Arthur, houses the bodies of Kwame Nkrumah and his wife Fathia Nkrumah.
Jamestown – Accra
The Jamestown lighthouse is located in the Jamestown neighbourhood of Accra, Ghana. The 28-metre structure was originally built in the 1930s, replacing an earlier lighthouse that had been built in 1871.
Aburi Botanical Gardens – Aburi
Aburi Botanical Gardens. Eastern Region of Ghana. The garden occupies an area of 64.8 hectares. It was opened in March 1890.
Mole National Park – Mole
Mole National Park is the largest national park in Ghana and provides the best wildlife experience in Ghana. This was the first national park to be established in Ghana and it covers an area of 4,912km².
In addition to the elephants, you will see antelope, bushbucks, monkeys, warthogs, baboons and other smaller wildlife.
Shai HillsResource Reserve – Dodowa
The Shai Hills Reserve is a comparatively small fenced area, about 48km2 and made up largely of savanna covered plains, a mosaic of forest covers the 5 separate hills in the reserve, while grassland and low dry forests are found in intervening canyons.
The baboon troop at the front gate can be very amusing but be warned these are dangerous animals and they love to snatch your unattended personal belongings!
Osu/Christainborg Castle – Osu
Formerly the seat of Government, the first substantial fort was built by Denmark-Norway in the 1660s, though the castle has changed hands between Denmark-Norway, Portugal, the Akwamu, Britain, and finally post-Independence Ghana.
CapeCoast Castle – CapeCoast
Cape Coast Castle is one of about forty “slave castles”, or large commercial forts, built on the Gold Coast of West Africa by European traders. It was originally a Portuguese “feitoria” or trading post, established in 1555.
It used to hold slaves before they were loaded onto ships and sold in the Americas, especially the Caribbean. This “gate of no return” was the last stop before crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
Kakum National Park & Canopy Walk – Kakum
Kakum National Park is in the Central Region of Ghana. It protects an area of rainforest, home to endangered mammals such as forest elephants, bongo antelopes and primates like the Diana monkey.
The park is rich in butterflies and birds, including African grey parrots and hornbills. The Canopy Walkway, suspended 30 meters above the ground, provides treetop views of the forest.
Wli Waterfall – Wli
Wli Waterfalls is the highest waterfall in Ghana and the tallest in West Africa. It has a lower and an upper fall. Height: 80m
Lake Bosomtwe – Kumasi
Lake Bosumtwi is the only natural lake in Ghana. It is situated within an ancient impact crater that is about 10.5 kilometres in diameter. It is about 30 km south-east of Kumasi the capital of Ashanti and is a popular recreational area.
I cannot list all the beautiful places in Ghana in one article, I’ll surely write a sequel and also write about the events that will take place in December. So watch this space!
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