The Elmina Castle was constructed by the Portuguese between 1482 and 1486. The Castle holds the dark history of enslavement and torture. The Elmina Castle is surrounded with blue skies, sandy beaches, and tropical palms and it disguises a dark history.
Elmina Castle was the last place thousands of African slaves were sold and shipped overseas for a lifetime of horror. Many horrors transpired within the walls of the fortress, which have never been erased by time. Located some miles away from the Cape coast, Elmina Castle is a place all Africans need to visit to know the history of our ancestors, how they were forced into slavery, their struggles and pains.
Visiting the castle cost an extra of 30ghc for foreigners but it is free for Ghanaians. Visiting the Elmina Castle also gives the opportunity to see the fishermen’s market. The castle is absolutely beautiful and It is an extremely popular destination for seeking connection with their heritage and a powerful reminder of the history of the slave trade.
Oxford street is the most popular street in Ghana. Oxford streets are popularly known for having the biggest shopping market all over the world. The Oxford street in Ghana is no different. It is the place to get virtually everything you’re looking for. It is the biggest versatile market I have ever been to. Perfect for a family hangout and special occasion. It holds sophisticated and affordable hotels and high-end stores, you will also get the very affordable opened shops. If you’re looking for where to get gifts for your family when you’re in Accra, Oxford street is the home for it all. Oxford Street is where you can get anything while in Accra. What I liked most about the street market is the way the expensive and less expensive items are easily fused together.
There is practically nothing you can’t get on oxford street. I practically walked the whole of that street four times trying to see through everything. The street also has fun filled evenings.
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum:
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum:
The resting place of Ghana’s first president, Doctor Kwame Nkrumah. The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and memorial park are located in downtown Accra, and it houses the body of Dr Kwame Nkrumah and his wife Fathia Nkrumah. This tranquil park is full of bronze statues, fountains and wandering peacocks, with the mausoleum of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first leader, at its heart. The park consists of five acres of land and holds a museum tracing Nkrumah’s life; with a collection of Nkrumah’s personal belongings, including the smock he wore while declaring Ghana’s independence, as well as copies of personal correspondence and numerous photos of him and various world leaders and his car.
The Mausoleum is surrounded by water fountains and Events are held on Independence Anniversary celebrations on the 6th of March every year and the Celebration of Emancipation Day on the 1st August. For Non-Ghanaians, it costs 10 Ghc for adults, 5Ghc for Teenagers and 2Ghc for Children. For Ghanaians, it’s 3Ghc for Adults, 2 for Teenagers and 1 for children.
Art Centre at Accra central:
Art Centre at Accra central
Just beside the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is Accra art centre. It’s a place to find carvings, baskets, drums, bags, beads, fabrics, sandals, sculptures, stools, rugs and occasionally, antiques. It’s a place to unearth some incredible findings and gifts. The best bet is to head past the hassle which you’ll inevitably encounter at the entrance and make your way towards the back of the complex, where it’s a bit more relaxed. Haggling is expected.
There’s also an art gallery, which sells prints and paintings at reasonable prices. The artworks at the gallery are very nice and affordable. The staffs are very friendly and attended to all our questions without hesitation.
Artists Alliance gallery:
The hugely respected Ghanaian artist Ablade Glover established this renowned arts venue, which has become one of the most important of its kind in Ghana. There are three expansive floors of art displayed in cool marble galleries. Some are by established artists, such as Owusu Ankomah and George Hughes, whose paintings are reminiscent of Jean Michel Basquiat and Willem De Kooning, while others are by up and coming artists like Ebenezer Borlabie. The market, rural and urban scenes are interspersed with political satires – and naturally, there are also the shrouded figures and staccatoed crowd scenes by Glover himself.
There are collectors’ pieces too: Asafo flags with appliquéd and embroidered symbols; ancient strip-woven Kente cloths by the Akan and Ewe; African masks of the type that inspired Picasso; and intricately carved furniture. Also on show are full-sized coffins in the shapes of crabs, running shoes and eagles. Everything is for sale. There’s a lovely pool at the back.
Labadi beach in Accra is one of the most sort out place in Accra as it is the most popular beach in Accra. With just 10ghc, you get to enjoy an amazing view of Accra coastline, castles and forts. Labadi beach is a public place that gives access to a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. It also has a range of dynamic beach activities with sparse coconut trees. There are dozens of bars littered across the place, where you can enjoy cool beers or try out locally-brewed gin and spirits. The food there is mainly street food. Local favourites like charcoal-grilled tilapia, spicy kebabs and jollof rice are sold at affordable prices. You can also have continental dishes like French fries, burgers and salads. This beach is highly recommended for a relaxing and fun day in Accra.
W.E.B. DuBois memorial centre –cantonment:
W.E.B. DuBois memorial centre –cantonment:
This is a major tourist attraction and one of the historical sites in Ghana. Located in the cantonment, Accra, Dubois centre is a memorial place of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois who was an African-American civil rights activist who became a citizen of Ghana in the 1960s. He was known as the ‘Father of Pan-Africanism. The centre, where he and his wife once lived, and where they are now buried, houses his personal library, a small museum with a handful of personal effects such as his graduation robes. The couple’s mausoleum is surrounded by Asante stools, a seminar room, a restaurant, a gallery, an amphitheatre and a research centre for Pan-African history and culture. The Centre houses a small museum with part of Du Bois’ personal library and a collection of his works, which are made available to researchers, and an adjacent shrine shelters his grave and the ashes of his wife Shirley Graham Du Bois.
National Museum of Ghana:
National Museum of Ghana
lover of history and culture? This is one place for you. With 40ghc, you get to see historical archaeology and object. located in the centre of Accra, the national museum of Ghana is the largest and oldest of the six museums under the administration of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB). National Museum of Ghana is the home for Objects in the archaeology section range from the stone age period to the recent historical past. Those on permanent exhibition at the ethnography gallery includes chief’s regalia, indigenous Ghanaian musical instruments, gold weights, beads, traditional textiles, stools and pottery. There are also objects from other African countries acquired through exchange. Examples are Senfu masks from Ivory Coast, Zulu wooden figures and bead-ware from Southern Africa. In addition, there are also ancient Ife bronze heads from Nigeria and Bushongo carvings from the Congo.
Exhibits at the small but impressive art gallery consist mainly of contemporary Ghanaian paintings executed in oils, pastels, acrylics, watercolours and collages. Apart from these, there are sculpture pieces in different media.
When I visited, the museum was under renovation but I gazed with its amazing sculpture garden.
Kakum National park:
kakum park is a 607 square kilometres land of protected rainforest. It is home to an assortment of wild residents, including forest elephants, giant hogs, flying squirrels, leopards and various species of monkey. its major attraction is the canopy walk over the elusive wildlife buried deep in the forest’s flora; just imagine talking a walk over nature’s very own. For those gazing at the greenery to a soundtrack of birdcalls, this is definitely a place to be. The canopy walk is 40ghc for non-Ghanaian and 14ghc for Ghanaians. The canopy walk is elevated meters above the forest floor. There is also a 350m-long wooden walkway and various viewing platforms offer spectacular, vertiginous views of the park. Kakum park is about Half an hour’s drive from Cape Coast, Kakum National Park’s verdant slice of semi-deciduous rainforest offers a fresh green alternative to the bustling cities and stifling heat of the coast. I didn’t visit this park on my last trip but I saw it on my way to cape coast. With all the interesting and exciting stories, I’ve heard, kakum park is definitely a must go for everybody.
Cape coast beach:
Cape coast beach
when planning your trip to Ghana, make sure you include to hang out on the beautiful beach under the Palm trees and watch the locals pulling in fishing nets and traditional boats in cape coast. this was the best part of my trip to Ghana. When we were Passing through cape coast to Takoradi, we saw the view, we all couldn’t resist. We hard to tell the diver to park so we can enjoy the sea view more. I’ve never seen water so beautiful and clean. Next time I’m in Ghana, I’ll definitely send some free days at any resort with direct access to the sea.