Sometime ago, I published an article about exploring Ghana on your next vacation ( https://gorgeoustrends.blog/2018/03/24/explore-ghana-on-your-next-vacation/). The article was about the places to visit, the things you will see and also the activities to engage in to make your vacation in Ghana a remarkable on. Ghana is made up of ten (10) regions and each region has its own culture, heritage and tourist attraction so I have decided to tour the entire nation one region at a time and share with you my experience.
I took a road trip to Cape Coast, the capital of Central region in the southern Ghana. It’s known for the role it played in the transatlantic slave trade. Cape Coast is one of Africa’s most culturally significant spots. It hosts a number of lodges, forts and castles along the coast of modern Ghana which were built and used as trading centres by merchants from European countries who later became slave masters. It can also boast of natural reserves.
I set off from Accra to Cape Coast which is a two (2) hour journey in the company of two (2) Mexican friends who are in Ghana for both business and tourism. It was a beautiful road trip with a lot of things to see. We had a stopover at Mankessim where we bought a loaf of bread and fried octopus to enjoy as we ride on to Cape Coast. The first destination for the tour was the Kakum National Park, the forest reserve with the iconic canopy walk in Africa.
The activities of the park includes bird watching, hiking, canopy-walk, animal watching, picnic, tree-house lodging in the middle of the forest etc. We checked-in at the reception, paid all the required fee and we were assigned a tour guide. We started with the hiking and I must say it wasn’t an easy task but the experience was overwhelming.
The next captivating activity was the bird-watching where i had the opportunity to watch different types of beautiful birds in their natural environment.
The next activity was for the brave and the lionhearted only, its the walk on a canopy hanging above over 200m high on trees. The iconic canopy is one of its kind in Africa. On the canopy , you get the chance to enjoy the fresh jungle breeze and admire the entire Kakum rain forest. Its a life time experience because if you can conquer this swinging canopy-walk then you can conquer the world and i did 🙂
Do you know Kakum Park has tree house in the middle of the forest where you can spend the night to have a feel of the jungle? Yes, it has a tree house which is 765m high and can accommodate about twenty (20) people. If you love adventure then you will have a dose of it when you visit the Kakum National Park.
The next stop of this expedition was at the Elmina Castle. Elmina Castle was constructed by the Portuguese in 1482 as São Jorge da Mina Castle, also known simply as Mina or Feitoria da Mina) in present-day Elmina, Ghana (formerly the Gold Coast). It is the oldest and the largest European structure in sub-Saharan Africa. Its grandeur, as well as its picturesque surroundings with blue skies, sandy beaches, and tropical palms, disguise its dark history.
Elmina Castle was the last place that thousands of African slaves would ever see of their homeland. Many horrors transpired within the walls of the fortress, which have never been erased by time. Touring this castle was really emotional for my friends and I but it was an experience worth repeating because we had the opportunity to listen to the untold stories about the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
I was was locked inside the condemn prison for few seconds just to have a feel of what our ancestors went through and i must say slavery is the worst thing that happened to mankind.
This is the gate of no return where our ancestors passed through to board ships which took them to the land of their slave masters.
Inside the castle is an exhibition centre which host loads of art works depicting Africanism and stories of the slavery.
It was a privilege to tour the former storehouses, slave dungeons, chapels, governor’s chamber and above all, the cell where a King of Asante was once held prisoner. I really enjoyed my expedition to Cape Coast even though i couldn’t visit every single attraction sight. I will surely repeat this tour when given the opportunity.
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