ADD TO LISTFounded by the Portuguese in the 15th century, Cape Coast is most famous for its castle, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the top Ghana attractions. It is here that slaves were held before their voyage on the Middle Passage. Cape coast is also the capital of the Fante people,and its Fante name is Oguaa.
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You have to go to the Kakum National Park. There you have to do the canope walk. Walking on the top of the trees, 30m high.
Cape Coast is a beautiful sea-side town, with a coast dotted with the ruins of slaving fortresses. It has a rich but painful history, and is well worth visiting. If you go I definitely recommend taking a tour of at least one of the slave castles. The guides tell a heart wrenching story, and you can almost feel the weight of the stones' history weighing down on you.
A tip tho, watch out for overzealous vendors. As in a lot of urban locals in Ghana, they prowl tourist attractions and will descend on westerners in a swarm.
This is a fishing village. Bring cedes to barter and purchase fruits, and other goods locals will sell as you tour the slave castle sites.
Is not like Cote d'Ivoire, where they will crowd you for favors. More of a British-style way of doing things/English speaking nation here.
As with anywhere rural, bring your own toilet paper.
Expect to spend at least 3 hours in the castle.
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