Looking for a romantic honeymoon getaway or a wedding destination? Ghana is the best place for your unforgettable experience right upon arrival at the Kotoka International Airport and into the vibrant city of Accra, the capital of Ghana.
Acra has a lot of beautiful, classic and well managed five star hotels with a very good and friendly atmosphere. Hotels like the Holiday Inn situated just a few kilometres to the Airport, Golden Tulip hotel and Movenpick Ambassador Hotel to mention just but a few. Movenpick Ambassador Hotel has the largest number of executive suites and rooms in Ghana with quality staff, a buzzing night club and is situated right opposite the national theatre, Accra, Ghana.
One of the most fascinating places to visit for couples on honeymoon are the Aburi Botanical Gardens. Located just a 45 minute drive from the city of Accra, Aburi is one of the most beautiful, peaceful, and fascinating places in Ghana for romance. Opened in March 1890, the botanical gardens cover a total of 64.8 hectares and overlook the Accra coastal plain from an elevation of about 460 metres above sea level. Visiting the gardens is an educational, aesthetic and above all, a romantic experience. With beautiful palm-lined lanes and a wide variety of tradition, medicinal plants, including a sill cotton tree (ceiba pentrandra) that is the sole survivor of the original forest that once covered the Aburi hills.
Although getting marriage is a positive event, it can be highly stressful. The main objective for newly-wed couples going on honeymoon is to de-stress and take time out to relax far away from home after a very hectic wedding ceremony. It is also an emotional, mental and psychologically bonding activity. With this in mind, visiting a spa for the tranquility to free your mind, body and spirit is highly recommended for couples on honeymoon. The Holy Trinity spa situated away from the busy city life of Accra in a very quiet environment called Sogakofe, a town in the Volta region of Ghana can be heaven on earth. The spa offers health and wellness with health-promoting, curative rehabilitation and orthodox, complementary,alternative health/medical services in a revitalizing, recharging, and rejuvenating ambience for the body, spirit. It is Africa’s second destination health spa with the Volta River next to it for cruising.
The Mole National Park is the largest wildlife refuge in Ghana. It is located northwest of Ghana on grassland savanna and a riparian ecosystem at an elevation of 150m, with a sharp escarpment forming the southern boundary of the park, which makes it an interesting place to visit for a honeymoon in Ghana.The Mognori Eco Village translated as a river bank; Monori is a farming village relatively close to the south-easthern border of Mole National Park and is rich in the traditions of the Hanga clan. The current residents are descendants of a Moshi hunter who settled on the Murugu land before the slave raids of the 18th century. Couples on honeymoon can tour the village, meet families and learn the process of shea butter making, the daily activities of this community, etc.
The International Stingless Bee Center (ISBC). The centre can be seen in Abrafo in Twifo Heman Lower Denkyira District in the Central Region. The initiative, undertaken by the Department of Entomology and Wildlife of the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Cape Coast, is to train local farmers to keep stingless bees, which are essential in pollination and crop production. The centre also seeks to develop honey-based medicines and educate the youth on the importance of stingless bees.
The Cape Coast Castle is another must-visit for couples on honeymoon. This castle was the headquarters of the British merchants and the seat of government until 1877. It has now being declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and houses the West Africa Historical Museum where exhibitions range from that period to the mid-19th century. The dark underground dungeons where the slaves were held and the auction hall are places of great importance to most African-Americans because of the nostalgia they evoke.
The Asafo Shrines are dotted along the coast of Ghana, where Fanti warriors prepare mentally and spiritually before going to war. Several of these colourful shrines, a combination of the symbolic and mythical, can be found in the streets across the bridge in Elmina and not far on foot from the castle. The Asafo companies are militia-like organisations that once had military duties, but are now largely ceremonial in nature and undertake community service. Each of the shrines is dedicated to one of the ASAF, expressing the company guiding philosophy or proverb and its superiority over rivals.
The Busua Beach in the central region of Ghana is one of Ghana’s best beaches and offers the visitors a chance to relax, paddle around in the Atlantic and enjoy some lobster. There are several hotels along the beach front ranging from the luxurious to simple accommodation. The Busua Beach Resort is a modern, large hotel with dining facilities, pool and intimate Busua Inn is run by a French couple. The most visited beaches in Ghana are the Labadi beach, Coco beach and Bojo beach. The Arts Centre is a great place to shop for handicrafts but you must also be prepared for hard negotiations.
Nzulezu is a mind-blowing place in Ghana situated in a village built on stilts in the marshy Amansuri Lagoon. Similar in looks and atmosphere to the Genvie in Benin, this is a unique little fishing community, far from the hustle and bustle of daily Ghanaian life. You can only reach it by renting a canoe, available from the village of Beyin (about two hours’ drive from Axim). It takes about an hour to reach the village. Simple accommodation is available in the stilt house. For a trip to Nzulezu, leave early to avoid the mid-day heat.
Ada Foah or Ada is a coastal town in Ghana’s greater Accra region just off the Accra Aflao motorway. The town is located along the Volta region and has a very beautiful resort called Aqua Safari. Aqua Safari offers the best cruising boats and very interesting views.
Ghana is a very peaceful country and endowed with abundant natural wealth. The country is wealthy in precious metals like gold, diamond, silver, bauxite to mention but a few. Ghana produces cash crops like cocoa, timber and the country is blessed with huge rivers and lakes. Ghana recently discovered black gold (crude-oil).
This article was written by MONICA ASHLEY LE-COURE.