The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) as part of its ‘Experience Ghana, Share Ghana’ campaign, I also paid a lovely visit to the Kakum National Park, Cape Coast Castle, and Elmina Castle in the Central region, and Nzulezu, Bisa Aberwa Museum, and Ankasa Resource Reserve, additionally in the Western region.
The move by the GTA is to energize domestic tourism in the country and market both famous and new tourist destinations locally and globally.
I was unable to hold on to explore these delightful locales. The castles and fortresses in the Western region was my first stop, since it is essential to find out about Ghanaian history and to respect the memories of the people who endured during the slave trade.
It is fascinating to learn about the different powers that occupied and fought over the same piece of land over the centuries. These dungeons, governor’s residence, tunnels, and other areas give visitors a glimpse into the harsh realities of the transatlantic slave trade.
It is again vital to know the symbolism of the “Door of No Return and the Door of Return” and the role the castle played in the propagation of Christianity in Ghana.
Visiting the Castle offered me an opportunity to see the value in the engineering and craftsmanship that have made due for more than five centuries.
I had visited the Kakum National Park, but this time the excursion was to check whether there has been a new development at the generally alluring spot of some kind or another. The park has a gift shop where visitors can purchase locally made clothes, jewelry and artifacts.
The park has assorted plant and creature species, with in excess of 100 warm blooded animals, reptiles, and creatures of land and water. It offers different activities for guests to appreciate, for example, the shelter walkway, nature walks, treehouse setting up camp, and watching butterflies.
There are additionally recreational facilities like a children’s park and an amusement park where visitors can host small programs. The park has restaurants that serve delicious local food and a gift shop where visitors can purchase locally made cabins, clothes, and artifacts. The waiting area is also well-furnished and equipped with movies of animals in their natural habitat.
A stop at the Ankasa Reserves Area was another experience. The Reserve Park offers guests the chance to enjoy the magnificence of Ghana’s inclination and remarkable natural life.
The recreation area is effectively open by street and can be visited as a roadtrip or as a feature of a more extended excursion toward the Western region. It is an optimal destination for nature admirer, bird watchers, and anyone with any interest in exploring Ghana’s rich nature.
I was steadily getting expended, but when I got to Nzulezu, a community noted for its unmistakable architecture, with houses based on braces over the water, I rather felt inexhausted. The community is also known for its traditional fishing practices. It has its own school, church, and clinic, and residents rely on the lake for transportation, food, and water.
At long last, I was at the Bisa Abrewa Museum (literally meaning Ask the old woman), a private Pan African Historical center that features the rich history and culture of Africa and Africans in the diaspora. It highlights more than 200 curios, including sculptures, arts, pictures, and vessels made of gold, bronze, and metal, some of which are 400 years of age.
After a successful tourism journey to these two regions- the Central and Western regions of Ghana, I noticed the Domestic Tourism campaign which is under the Ghana Tourism Development Project (GTDP) is for sure, helping grow the industry. This project is being undertaken under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.