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Tourists Sites in Central Region

KAKUM NATIONAL PARK

HANS COTTAGE BOTEL

CAPE COAST CASTLE

ELMINA CASTLE

ELMINA BEACH RESORT

Your visit to Ghana wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Central Region which is known to be the heart beat of Ghana’s tourism. From the coastal plains in the south to the rolling forested hills of the north, the Central Region is a visual feast for the tourist. More than just physical beauty, the region provides an intimate view of the Ghanaian culture.

It is within the Central Region that you will discover the true lifestyle of the Ghanaian
people embedded in the bustling fishing communities, historic forts and castles, ‘posuban’ shrines, vibrant markets and colourful festivals. Approximately two hours drive west of Accra, Cape Coast, the capital of the Central Region is well prepared for your visit with classified accommodation and catering units, established tour operators, efficient transportation and a whole host of activities for you to enjoy.

The Central Region was historically part of the Western Region until 1970 when it was
carved out just before the 1970 Population Census. It occupies an area of 9,826 square
kilometers or 4.1 per cent of Ghana’s land area, making it the third smallest in area after Greater Accra and Upper East Regions. The region was the first to make contact with the Europeans. 

Its capital, Cape Coast, was also the capital of the Gold Coast until 1877, when the
capital was moved to Accra.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN OUR REGION

Cape Coast Castle Cape Coast

Elmina Castle Elmina

Fort Saint Jago Elmina

Fort Williams Cape Coast

Fort Victoria Cape Coast

Fort Vredenburgh (English Fort) Komenda

Fort Coenraadsburg Elmina

Fort Amsterdam Abandze

Fort Lisdzaamhied (Patience) Apam

Fort Good Hope Senya Bereku

Brenu Beach Brenu Akyinim

Kakum National Park

 

Assin Manso Slave River Assin Manso

Muni-Pomadze Site Winneba

International Stingless Bee Centre Abrafo

White Sands Spa and Beach Resort Gomoa Fetteh

Hans Cottage Botel Cape Coast

Ostrich Farm Efutu-Mampong

The Fishermen’s Market Elmina

The 19th Century Dutch Cemetery Elmina

Posuban Shrine Mankessim

Ceramic Pottery Winneba

Gold Coast Millitary Cemetary Cape Coast

Eguafo-Dumpow Eco-Heritage Site Eguafo

 

KAKUM NATIONAL PARK

Kakum National Park is one of the popular National Parks in Ghana characterised by its moist evergreen rainforest, the 375 sq.km National Park is situated about 30km north of Cape Coast, the Central Regional Capital and about 170km from Accra.

Kakum National Park 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 has a long series of hanging bridges at the forest canopy level known as the “Canopy Walkway”, a major feature of the Kakum National Park. At about 30m in height, visitors can view species of plants and animals from a vantage point.

The Canopy Walkway passes over seven (7) bridges and covers a length of 350m. It is
secured by series of nets and wires. Another feature is the sun bird trail developed to integrate 3 ecosystems including the rainforest, the secondary forest and a pond environment for visitors to watch birds. The park’s welcome center is made up of a restaurant, a picnic area, a camping area and a wildlife education center. It can be visited
throughout the year.

ELMINA CASTLE

Another World Heritage Site, 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, then Gold Coast.

In 1471, when a Don Diego d’ Azambuja led Portuguese expedition arrived, they referred
to Elmina as “Mina de Ouro” meaning the gold mine because of the vast amount of gold and ivory they found. Trading was imminent and Elmina became the centre of a thriving trade in gold, ivory and slaves which were exchanged for cloth, beads, brass bracelets etc.

The Portuguese built the St. Georges Castle or Sao Jorge da Mina (now Elmina Castle) in 1482. The edifice covered an area of 97,000 sq ft becoming the earliest known European structure in the tropics. As trade buoyed, 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.

On 6th April, 1872, the castle was ceded to the British. It has served as a police recruit
centre and a secondary school in the past. Elmina Castle has a gift shop and tour guides are available to willingly offer their services daily.

BRENU AKYINIM BEACH

Brenu Akyinim Beach is located between the villages of Ankwanda and Brenu Akyinim. It is sited at about 20km west of Cape Coast, off the Cape Coast – Takoradi highway. 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’s 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.

FORT SAINT JAGO

The present location of the fort used to be a small Portuguese Chapel. By the 1660s, the
Dutch had constructed a permanent fort to provide military protection to the castle and also serve as disciplinary institution for European convicts, unlike other forts that were used for trading activities.

Strategically located within a walking distance from the Elmina Castle, it provided the Dutch the opportunity to launch successful land attacks on the Elmina Castle. After 1872, its English owners added some alterations such as a second floor to the main building allowing the fort to be put to some civilian uses. Recently, it was earmarked to be used as
a prison, hospital and rest house.

Its location on a hill affords one an excellent view of Elmina Township and the Castle. The 19th Century Dutch Cemetery is located in the centre of Elmina near the “Posuban” Shrine (one will notice it by the life –size statues and high decorated façade).

As the name suggests, it was built in the 19th Century and it contains the graves of many former residents of the Castle. It also harbours the graves of individuals who were important to the local citizenry.

A mausoleum at the centre of the cemetery was reserved for the tombs of the Castle’s Governors.

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.

OSTRICH FARM

Ostrich Farm is located at Effutu Mampong about fourteen kilometers from Cape Coast
on the Kakum National Park road. The ostrich is the world’s largest living bird belonging to the small order of birds known as Ratitae or running birds. The Ostrich can live up to between 30-70 years.

CAPE COAST CASTLE

Designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, the Cape Coast Castle is described as
one of the six most beautiful in existence with a very rich history. Originally built by the Swedes in 1653 for commercial trading purposes between the natives and the European traders, the castle has been at various times controlled by the British, the Dutch, the Danes and the French.

The monument played an integral role during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade during which millions of slaves were shipped to the Americas. The Cape Coast Castle presents one with a comprehension and appreciation of the age of European exploration, interaction between Europeans, Africans and the Carribeans.

The ‘door of no return’ which for more than 100years opened to the certainty of a short
and brutal life for the millions of Africans that were captured off these shores and sold into slavery, now opens to the serene and awesome vastness of the Atlantic ocean. On July 11, 2009 President Obama and his family were conducted round the castle on their inaugural presidential visit to Sub-Saharan Africa.

CROCODILE VIEWING

Tourist to the region, specifically Cape Coast will get the opportunity viewing crocodile at Hans Cottage Botel located along the Cape Coast Kakum National Park road.

ACCOMMODATION AND CATERING

The region boasts of decent and quality standards hospitality units. In terms of
accommodation, there exist 3-star hotels, 2-star hotels, 1-star hotels, guest houses and budget hotels in the region.
There also exist registered and licensed catering establishments in the region offering different local and continental dishes. The numerous traditional catering establishments, also known as “Chop Bars” and drinking bars offer patrons a taste of Ghana’s indigenous dishes and drinks.

CONFERENCE / MEETING FACILITIES

Most of the star rated hotels in the region have state of the art conference and meeting facilities which makes conferences, seminars and workshops eventful.
TRANSPORTATION; The best way to get around a city is by taxi. Taxi cover most
routes around and to the town center. One can also hire a taxi for an entire day or join a cab with other passengers to route for a particular destination.

If you are looking for adventure, take a ‘trotro’ to your destination within Cape Coast or Elmina. These 15-20 passenger mini buses remain the cheapest form of transportation. ‘Trotro’ stations are at ‘Pedu’ and ‘Tantri’ in Cape Coast and at the Chapel Square in Elmina.

The Metro Mass Transport (MMT) and the Intercity STC Company Limited operates a
public bus service between the capital and other major cities outside the region including Accra, Takoradi and Kumasi. The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) operates privately owned bus services in major cities in the region. The bus leaves when it is full, so one must be prepared to wait up to an hour for departure.

Source: Ghana Health Service