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Cape Coast

Country
Ghana
State
Central Region
City
Cape Coast
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Kotoka International Airport (IATA: ACC, ICAO: DGAA) in Accra is the nearest airport for Cape Coast.

By Taxi

From Accra the most easiest and reliable means of transport to cape coast and around is to charter a 4wheel drive, a mini van or smaller cars that suits the number of people involved in the trip.Arrange this with Moses specialist tourism personal in Ghana.

By Bus

STC buses pull into the Goil Petrol Station (Pedu Junction), about 5km from the town centre.Buses from and to Accra (C5. 3hrs) and Takoradi (C3, 1hr) go twice a day.There is a daily bus to and from Kumasi (C5, 4hrs).

Key places to visit
Cape Coast Castle, Panafest Theatre, Elmina Slave Castle, Kakum National Park, Janet's Grilled Cheese, Harvest Festival, Victoria Fort, Fort William


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Places to Visit

Cape Coast Castle

Is a fortification in Ghana built by Swedish traders.The first timber construction on the site was erected in 1653 for the Swedish Africa Company and named Carolusborg after King Charles X of Sweden.It was later rebuilt in stone.The Castle was built for the trade in timber and gold.Later the structure was used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.The Castle, or Castle and Dungeon, to give it its official name, was first restored in the 1920s by the British Public Works Department.In April 1663 the whole Swedish Gold Coast was seized by the Danes, and integrated in the Danish Gold Coast.In 1664 the Castle was conquered by the English and was extensively rebuilt by the Committee of Merchants (whose Governors administered the entire British colony) in the late 18th century.In 1844, it became the seat of the colonial Government of the British Gold Coast.

Janet's Grilled Cheese

Next to Ocean View Internet (between the Crab Statue & the Castle, just next to Ocean View Internet towards the Crab). Janet's, advertising "Ghana's best Grilled Cheese," does not serve your average grilled cheese sandwich.Sandwiches are made with Laughing Cow cheese, a fried egg and chopped onions/peppers/tomatoes on fried bread.Delicious and cheap.

Elmina Slave Castle

During the tour of the Elmina Slave Castle, they bring you to a bookstore within the castle filled with reasonably priced books on the castle itself, slavery, important black leaders, and even some books on Ghanaian culture (the Ghanaian cookbook is worth a look).If you need more time to browse, return to this bookstore after the tour.

Kakum National Park

Is a 375 square km national park located in the Central Region of Ghana.The 350 square kilometer park was first established in 1960.It is located 30km north of Cape Coast and Elmina near the small town of Abrafo.The entire area is covered with tropical rainforest.In the park gamekeepers are specially trained in the medical and cultural significance of the local foliage.Kakum National Park contains rare animals, including the endangered Mona-meerkat, as well as pygmy elephants, forest buffalo, civet cats, a wide array of birds, and over 500 species of butterflies.

Panafest Theatre

Is a cultural event held in Ghana every two years for Africans and people of African descent.It was first held in 1992.The idea of this festival is to promote and enhance unity, Pan-Africanism, as well as the development of the continent of Africa itself.Activities that occur at this festival are performances and work in the areas of theatre, drama, music, and poetry, among other things.Also, there are viewing of the durbar of Chiefs, and tours are available to various places of interest, such as slave castle dungeons.

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