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There were some 300 slave castles along the Gold Coast at one time, but Cape Coast may be the best for visitors today. The buildings are in reasonable repair, and the museum in world-class in its presentation. In fact, the Cape Coast fortress museum was better kept than the National Museum in Accra at the time I visited in 2004. The museum is also something of a tribute to African-American heros. This museum is visited not only by Europeans and Americans, but also by local school aged children.
The views of the city and beach at Cape Coast from the fortress are worth the entrance fee alone, but when one descends into the dungeons, it's not hard to imagine the horror felt by those captured and chained for delivery to America. This is the region of Africa from where some two thirds of African-Americans can claim their heritage. Given this, it's not surprising that Muhammad Ali, Malcom X, and others have flocked to visit this haunting reminder of the evils of slavery. Exportation of slaves removed important labor and divided the people of this region, but today Ghanan's are actually proud of their association with African-Americans.
About an hour by tro-tro or private vehicle is a prestine rainforest preserve called Kakum National Park. It's small, but relative to most of the other nature preserves in Ghana, relatively easy to get to. Supposedly some 20 forest elephants live here, but don't expect to see them. They have a reputation for being nocturnal and very shy of humans in this former game park turned national park. However, the canopy walk is very pleasant and the wealth of vegetation impressive. We saw a number of bird and reptile species there.
- Pros:Easy visit for most travelers to Ghana
- Cons:On the touristy side. Not much tribal life here.
- In a nutshell:Cape Coast provides a reminder of the horrors of slavery
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