Aburi Gardens, nestled in the Akuapem Mountain Range in the southern section of the Eastern Region has emerged as the most popular tourist destination in the country for 2022, according to the recently released Ghana Tourism survey.
Aburi Gardens surpassed Kakum National Park which has had the number one spot for a number of years as it enchanted visitors with its captivating beauty and serene atmosphere.
During the first half of 2022, Aburi Gardens welcomed an impressive 186,109 visitors, establishing itself as the top choice for both local and international tourists.
Its lush botanical displays, tranquil ambience, and picturesque walking trails have attracted nature enthusiasts and individuals seeking a break from urban life.
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Securing the second position in the rankings, Kakum National Park, a beloved natural treasure in Ghana, drew 136,256 tourists who explored its magnificent canopy walkways and diverse wildlife habitats.
The survey also highlighted several other notable sites that garnered significant visitation numbers. The Kumasi Zoo, located in the heart of the Ashanti Region, claimed the third spot with 114,683 visitors captivated by its diverse collection of animals.
Cape Coast Castle, a poignant symbol of Ghana’s historical legacy, ranked high with 86,692 tourists immersing themselves in the country’s rich heritage by exploring its corridors and dungeons. Elmina Castle, a neighboring historical landmark, attracted 72,691 visitors eager to trace Ghana’s storied past.
Shai Hills Reserve, a paradise for nature lovers boasting remarkable rock formations and abundant wildlife, captured the attention of 48,116 visitors in search of adventure and tranquility.
In the bustling capital city of Accra, the Accra Zoo delighted 45,825 visitors with its wide range of animal species, while Bunso Arboretum, featuring an enchanting canopy walkway and botanical wonders, mesmerized 40,895 visitors, offering a unique blend of nature and education.
The survey also highlighted the appeal of Ghana’s cultural treasures. The Prempeh II Jubilee Museum in Kumasi, dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the esteemed Ashanti Kingdom, attracted 21,139 visitors eager to delve into the region’s regal past. Additionally, the majestic Kintampo Waterfalls, with its awe-inspiring beauty, left a lasting impression on the 18,231 visitors who flocked to witness this natural wonder.
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Despite the challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ghana’s tourism sector has displayed resilience. The Ghana Tourism Authority’s commitment to ensuring the safety and enjoyment of visitors has played a vital role in the positive outcomes reflected in the survey.
The diverse array of attractions in Ghana continues to entice travellers, promising unique experiences that blend natural beauty, cultural heritage, and adventure.
As the country’s tourism industry moves forward, the Ghana Tourism Authority needs to maintain safety measures and promote the nation’s treasures are crucial to further growth and success.