AKWABAA GHANA! Explore Accra and Cape Coast

One of the first things you’ll notice when you visit Ghana is that they are easy going, friendly and peaceful people.

The second thing that stands out is their local food. Ghanaians have variety of food. You can literally smelling food everywhere as they have lots of food vendors selling from morning till day break!

Then the third thing you will enjoy is exploring their tourist sites. Ghana is blessed with beautiful beaches, rich culture, history, bubbling night life, monuments and wildlife.

EXPLORE ACCRA AND CAPE COAST

Accra is a commercial city and the capital of Ghana. While Cape Coast is a fishing port and the capital of the Central Region, in southern Ghana known for its role in the transatlantic slave trade.

You can use a bus to visit either regions as they are about 2 hours’ drive from each other.

These are Top 7 Tourist Sites In Accra and Cape Coast that are a Must-See in Ghana

The Independence Square

Also known as the Black Star Square, it is located in Accra. It was built in 1961 by Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, to honor the visit of Queen Elizabeth II. Ghana’s annual independence celebrations as well as other national events are usually held here.

The Independence Arch

This monument represents Ghana’s independence struggle. A few minutes walk from the Black Star Square, it also includes other monuments like the Independence Arch, Black Star Gate, and the Liberation Day Monument. This is a good place to learn about the history of Ghana’s Independence.

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Memorial Park

Located in downtown Accra, it is dedicated to a prominent Ghanaian President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. His grave and his wife’s are found inside the mausoleum.

Osu Castle

Known as ‘Fort Christiansborg’ or simply as ‘The Castle’, it is a UNESCO World Heritage located in Accra on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The castle was used to trade gold and ivory, harbor slaves for sale and later Ghana’s set of government.

Labadi Beach

Known as La Pleasure Beach is the busiest beach on Ghana’s coast. Situated in Accra, an entrance fee is required for visitors, but those staying in the hotels located there enter for free. During the weekends guests are entertained with musicals such as jazz, reggae, highlife and cultural display.

Kakum Canopy Walk

Found inside Kakum National Park, it is located in Cape Coast. It has 7 bridges which takes about 20 minutes to pass through. However, after passing the first bridge, one can decide to take the bridge that leads back to the main bridge entrance.

Elmina Castle

A UNESCO World Heritage, it is known as the oldest European structure in sub-Saharan Africa. This castle was primarily used as a trading post for gold and other African goods. However it was later used for keeping and trading slaves.

5 POPULAR GHANAIAN LOCAL DELICACIES

I must say this again, Ghanaians have food! Check out some local delicacies to try out when you visit:

Waakye

A popular Ghanaian dish made with rice and beans. It is purple-brown in color which is derived from an indigenous leaf known as sorghum which is used to cook it. The dish usually comes with shito (a hot black pepper stew), spaghetti, fried plantain and protein such as fish, beef or chicken.

Banku

This is a mix of fermented corn and cassava dough usually companied with tilapia fish, hot pepper and diced tomatoes and onions. Sometimes it is eaten with local soup.

Fufu with goat light soup or/and groundnut soup

Fufu is made by pounding a mixture of boiled cassava and plantains into a soft sticky paste. The light goat soup and groundnut soup are very watery and tasty…almost like pepper soup.

Kelewele

This is made from frying soft plantains which has been soaked in a mixture of peppers, ginger and garlic. It is usually eaten as a snack or added as a side dish.

Omo Tuo (or Rice Balls)

Made from soft boiled grains of rice, they are molded into balls and served with a variety of local soups.

Jollof rice

This famous West African delicacy is made with rice added and cooked with spiced tomato sauce. It is usually served with protein like meat, fish or chicken and other side dishes.

AKWAABA GHANA!

You can’t visit Ghana without trying their local food. All these mentioned delicacies can be found in most restaurants or street vendors in Ghana at affordable prices.

Their tourist sites are quite affordable, though kindly note that there are different prices for both locals and foreigners.

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