WECHIAU COMMUNITY HIPPO SANCTUARY
The Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary (WCHS) is a unique community-based project, protecting and
preserving the wildlife and the environment of a 40km stretch of the Black Volta River in Ghana’s Upper
West Region. The river is home to one of the two remaining hippopotamus populations in Ghana and
was created into a Sanctuary by local chiefs in 1999. Since then, the project has had marked success in
providing Ghanaians and International tourists with a unique and unusual eco-travel experience.
The area has much to offer, both due to the huge diversity of wildlife and the opportunities to become
immersed in the local culture and activities.
MOLE NATIONAL PARK
The Mole National Park was established in 1958 and re-designated a National Park in 1971. It covers an
area of 4,577 km sq of undulating terrains with steep scarps. The vegetation is pristine Guinea savanna
with gallery forests along the rivers and streams. The Park has over 90 mammal species notably
elephants, buffalo, roan, kob, hartebeest, waterbuck and 4 primate species. Lion, leopard and hyena
also occur and over 300 bird species have been recorded. The park is located in the Savannah region of
Ghana on the savanna and riparian ecosystems at an elevation of 150 m, with a sharp escarpment
forming the southern boundary of the park. The park’s entrance is reached through the nearby town of
Larabanga. Lovi and Mole Rivers are ephemeral rivers which flow through the park.
LARABANGA ANCIENT MOSQUE
The Larabanga Ancient 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.
PAGA CROCODILE POND
Paga Crocodile Pond is a sacred pond in Paga in the Upper East Region of Ghana, which is inhabited by
West African crocodiles. Due to the friendliness of the reptiles, it has become popular among tourists
and the pond is now reliant on tourism to ensure the population of crocodiles remain fed and healthy.
Visitors can get close to crocodiles, touch and sit on these lovely creatures.
PIKWORO SLAVE CAMP
The Pikworo Slave camp was founded in 1704 and is located in Paga Nania, about 3 kilometers west of
Paga in the Upper East Region of Ghana. It was originally developed as a slave transit center where
slaves were auctioned and later resold in the Salaga Slave market.
SALAGA SLAVE MARKET
Salaga is a town and is the capital of East Gonja district, a district in the Savannah Region. It use to be a
slave market where the slaves from the Salaga slave market were sold.
KWAME NKRUMAH MAUSOLEUM
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, also known as the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park (KNMP) is the last
resting place of the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. It is dedicated to him for his
outstanding campaign to liberate Ghana (by then Gold Coast) from colonial rule in 6th March,1957.
The entrance to the site is from the 28th February High Street just along the coast from Independence
Kintampo waterfalls is one of the highest waterfalls in Ghana. Also known as Sanders Falls during the
colonial days, it is located on the Pumpum river, a tributary of the Black Volta, about 4 kilometres north
of Kintampo municipality, on the Kumasi–Tamale road. The newly built Canopy Walkway gives visitors
an exciting experience.
BOABENG FIEMA MONEY SANCTUARY
The Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Wildlife Sanctuary is found at Boabeng and Fiema, twin communities, 22
kilometers away from the Nkoranza North District of the Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana The 4.4 kilometer
square (km²) forest, believed to have been created in the 1970s, houses many trees, birds, reptiles, deer
and monkeys. It is a home for about 700 monkeys. The village is a community where monkeys and
human beings live together. The inhabitants in the village always leave food outside their homes for the
animals. The monkeys see human beings as their own.
The monkeys in the sanctuary are protected by the traditional laws on the area. The sanctuary serves as
a national tourist site and is accessible by road.
Accra is the capital of Ghana, on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
honors Ghana’s first president, who helped lead the country to independence. The park contains
Nkrumah’s mausoleum and a museum charting his life. Makola Market is the city’s vast, colorful bazaar.
Popular seafront spots Labadi Beach and Kokrobite Beach offer golden sand and high-energy nightlife.
Kumasi is the capital city of the Ashanti Region, in southern Ghana. It’s known as a center for Ashanti
culture. In the huge, open-air Kejetia Market, stalls sell everything from glass beads to Ashanti sandals.
The National Cultural Centre offers craft workshops and dance performances. It includes the Prempeh
II Jubilee Museum, which displays jewelry and ceremonial clothing belonging to the 20th-century
KUMASI FORT AND MILITARY MUSEUM
The Kumasi Fort and Military Museum is one of few military museums in Africa. It is located in the
Uaddara Barracks in Kumasi, the capital city of the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The Prempeh Museum,
Kumasi Cultural Centre, Kumasi Zoo and Kumasi Central market are all within walking distance of the
The Kumasi Fort was built in 1820 by the Asantehene (the King of the Asante Kingdom), Osei Tutu
Kwamina, to resemble the coastal forts which were built by European merchants. Kumasi Fort had to be
rebuilt in 1897, after it was destroyed by British forces in 1874. The fort was built from granite and
brown soil that was brought from Cape Coast to Kumasi by porters
CAPE COAST GHANA
Cape Coast is the capital of the Central Region, in southern Ghana. It’s known for its role in the
transatlantic slave trade. Overlooking the Gulf of Guinea, Cape Coast Castle is a large whitewashed fort
built by the Swedish in the 17th century. It was later used by the British as a holding prison for slaves.
Inside, the Castle Museum has exhibits on pre-colonial local history, the slave trade and traditional
KAKUM NATIONAL PARK
Kakum National Park is on coast of southern Ghana, in West Africa. 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.
CAPE COAST CASTLE
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. However, in 1653 the Swedish Africa Company constructed a timber fort there.