Tourist Sites in Cape Coast, Central Region, Ghana

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As Ghana continues to develop it’s tourism potentials through out the country, encouraging more locals to look inward and see more parts of the Country other than where they grew up or live in, as well as opening the doors for international tourists, we look to highlight some of the important places that are absolutely worth a visit in Cape Coast, the capital of the Central Region of Ghana.

 

KAKUM NATIONAL PARK

The Kakum National Park is easily the most popular National Park in Ghana with its evergreen rain forest, the park located about 30km north of Cape Coast is endowed with different and rare species of wildlife including 40 species of mammals, over 500 species of butterflies and a wide array of birds. Some of the species include the endangered monameekat, civet cats, yellow backed duiker, red river hog, pygmy elephants, buffalo, leopard, bongo, bee-eater and hornbills.

Kakum National Park has a series of hanging bridges at the forest canopy level known as the “Canopy Walkway”, a major feature of the Kakum National Park which brings lots of people for the optics and Instagram picture to be taken on them. The Canopy Walkway at about 30m in height, allows visitors to view species of plants and animals from a vantage point.

CAPE COAST CASTLE

Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the Cape Coast Castle is described as one of the six most beautiful in existence with a very rich history. Built originally in 1653 by the Swedes and intended for commercial trading between the locals and the Europeans, the the Cape Coast Castle has been at various times controlled by the British, the Dutch, the Danes and the French.

Now an historic monument the castle played an integral role during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade during which millions of slaves were shipped to the Americas.

ELMINA CASTLE

Another World Heritage Site in Ghana, the Elmina Castle is located at Elmina, which is just 10km west of Cape Coast. Elmina happens to be the first point of contact between the Europeans and the inhabitants of Ghana.

Built by the Portuguese and known as Sao Jorge da Mina in 1482 the castle became the earliest known European structure in the tropics. As trade grew in the region, it attracted other Europeans and a struggle for control ensued. The Dutch eventually captured the castle and remained in its control for the next 235 years.

BRENU AKYINIM BEACH

Brenu Akyinim Beach is between the villages of Ankwanda and Brenu Akyinim. It’s a 3-kilometre fabulous stretch of pristine palm-fringed, sandy beach where the water is clean providing an ideal site for swimming, surfing, skiing and sun bathing. It provides an excellent site for picnic and beach sports (i.e. football and volleyball). There is also a peaceful lagoon nearby, a winter home of hundreds of migratory birds.

ASSIN MANSO HERITAGE SITE

Assin Manso Heritage Site is located about 40km north of Cape Coast. Assin Manso is renowned for the inhuman activity meted out to people during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade era.

Slaves brought from the interior parts of the country were rested, bathed, sorted out and re- sold, before transported via the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles to waiting ships bound for the Americas. The Slave River or “Nnonkonsuo” happens to be the major feature of the Assin Manso Slave Market Site.

While at this Site, visitors can visit the tombs of two slaves, Samuel Carson and Crystal whose skeletal remains were returned from the United States of America and Jamaica respectively in 1998 for re- internment in Ghana.

Other land marks include a Prayer Hall and grassy Meditation lawn. The banks of the Slave River are shaded by tall bamboo trees with rest benches available for visitors to relax and reflect on the tribulation of the salve trade.

KOMENDA CAVE

Komenda Cave is located on the ocean shore, west of Komenda town. The Cave dominates a series of natural erosional features worn into the sandstone along the shore by sea.

Accessibility is made easy by stairs leading to the beach from the Komenda College grounds. The Cave is made up of a relatively narrow tunnel, open at both ends with a floor area of approximately 200sqm.

The passage is narrowed by rock debris and the low ceiling, limits the usage of the floor space. The mouth of the Cave opens to the west at the beach level and leads northeast, parallel to the shore.

The interior opening at the back (eastern end) of the cave is formed by the collapse of a portion of the Cave’s roof. The site provides some of the earliest evidence for human habitation in coastal Ghana according to archaeologists.

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