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Touring Ghana – Part 3

Central Region

Land of the fante people, home to some of Ghana’s best preserved castles and world heritage sites, beautiful beaches and exciting festivals, the central region is known as the heartbeat of Ghana’s tourism, and a visit to this part of Ghana is a must for anyone with a passion for history and culture.

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Getting there

Getting to the central region is fairly easy if you’re travelling from Accra or Kumasi. STC buses to the region’s capital Cape Coast leaves twice a day from Accra, and from Kumasi there’s a daily bus to Cape Coast as well. Best way to get around when in the region is trotro (local buses) or taxi.

Where to stay

Being a coastal region, the central region has many fantastic beach resorts one can stay at affordable prices. These include the Brenu Beach Lodge, Oasis Beach Resort, Biriwa Beach Hotel, Kokodo Guest House, Baobab Guest House, Nokaans Hotel, Hans Cottage Botel and Pedu Guest House to name a few. For a taste of mouthwatering dishes (and continental food) these are the restaurants to head to: Castle Restaurant, Kokodo Restaurant, Coast to Coast, Hayford Lounge and Bar and Baobab House, all located in Cape Coast.

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Things to do

The central region was the former government centre of Gold Coast and Cape Coast the seat of British colonial administration thus the region is very much steeped in history. The coastline of the region is dotted with forts and castles, most notably Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle, and Fort St Jago, which have been identified as World Heritage sites. For a small fee visit these places to discover the slave trade history of the region.

Not to be missed is the Donkor Nsuo (The Slave River) at Assin Manso, a place where slaves bathed in the river before they were taken to nearby Cape Coast and Elmina to be shipped off overseas.

Get stuck into the local culture by visiting the traditional fishing and crafts villages located in Winneba (famous for its fishing fleets, masquerade festivals and beautiful ceramics), Kromanste & Abandze (famous jazz player Louis Armstrong traced his ancestry here) and Gomma-Otsew-Jukwa (known for its fine pottery).

For beach lovers and those who want to get your surf on head to Brenu Beach, Breni Akyim, Gomoa Fetteh, Elmina and Winneba beaches, all dotted with palm trees, white sands and friendly locals.

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To observe nature at its best, head to Kakum National Park, where one can find diverse species of mammals, plants and insects. Activities offered at the park include walking tours, guided hiking, bird watching and the canopy walk for the brave and fearless (if you’re scared of heights this is NOT for you!)

Depending on what time you visit the region you can take part of the local festivals that happen all year round. These include the Fetu Afahye festival celebrated by the people of Cape Coast. Witness purification rites, procession of chiefs, drumming and dancing and firing of musketry. Another festival to look out for is the Akwambo festival celebrated by the people of Agona in the region.

Finally make sure you try some of the local dishes when touring the region. Dishes unique to this part of Ghana is fante kenkey, fufu and palmnut soup and eto (mashed yam or plantain eaten with peanuts and eggs)

So if you do decide to visit the central region, what I’ve touched on above are just a few of the things you can do in this part of Ghana. Happy touring!

 Yaa Nyarko (@yaayaa_89)

Going to Ghana soon…?

Places you MUST be when In GH!

 

So I spent my Easter in Ghana. This is also apparently said to be called “SIKA FUO HOLIDAYS” and yes, I did not hesitate to explore every corner, every place and every village.

I think when everyone goes back to the motherland and the time comes to going out, they don’t even know where to start or always end up missing out on some great places.

So I thought why not make things much easier and list my recommendations on the places to be in GH!

Kwahu

This is a beautiful mountainous place, located in the eastern region of Ghana. The best time to be in Kwahu is during Easter, because of the festivals, loud music, paragliding, endless partying and enjoyments.

Kokodo Restaurant

This is a guesthouse, however also part of their guesthouse is a fabulous restaurant. I have to say the atmosphere was so chilled, relaxed, super quiet and just out of this world. If you live in the Cape Coast area, or you’re down there for a visit, do check this place out and see for yourself.

Bojo Beach

Bojo Beach is one of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in Ghana. It has features that no other beach in Ghana or the world can contest with. One thing I love about the beach is that when you arrive at the entrance you assume straight away that you’re there, but a simple canoe or boat will carry you across from the land to the shores, and BOOM the beauty lies in front of you.

Frankie’s

This is a hotel and restaurant and there’s one located in Osu and another located in Accra Mall. If you’re an ice- cream lover then I’m sure the ice cream parlour will simply blow you away. They have ice creams available in different varieties, flavours, colours, textures and smells. Just make sure you experience the delight for yourselves, but make this venue a Mighty Must.

Cape Coast and Elmina Castle

People never quite get the chance to visit our historic sites in Ghana. But trust me if you do, visit any of these castles and that will surely make your holiday worthwhile. When you arrive, there is a warm welcome from the guides and local sellers who welcome you to Cape Coast.

The tour guides are more than happy to assist you and give you information and to equip you with knowledge about the history, war, slavery and roots.

KFC

Yep KFC has finally hit Ghana, though local foods like ampesie, fufu and banku are the best. Sometimes you may feel like eating something a bit more western.

There are currently two KFC branches in Ghana – one is located in the industrial area and the other in Osu.

I have to say when I went there, I loved it! The food is much better and tastier than the UK KFC, but hey! Go and experience and see whether I’m right or wrong.

Make sure you write these down in your diary’s…

By Cloudia