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Things to do in Cape Coast

Best attractions to visit in Cape Coast

1. Cape Coast Castle - Cape Coast

Cape Coast Castle

Cape Coast Castle is one of the forty-slave castles that were used by European traders in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It was originally constructed by the Swedes as a trade lodge for timber but was later used to hold slaves. Also known as the 'gate of no return', the building served as a final stop for the slaves before they were shipped to the Americas. By 1700s, the building was transformed into a castle and served as headquarter of the British governor. Today, tourists can visit the Cape Coast Castle to learn about the European colonial history. They can see the dark and cramped slave quarters as well as spaciously built rooms of the governor who lived inside the castle. A museum is also located inside the castle that educates visitors about the European slave trade and look at maps of slave routes. The castle museum also contains items that were traded by the Europeans for slaves such as firearms, whisky bottles, and glass beads. Visitors can view how slaves were transported to the New World through a simulation of the auction blocks as well as the hold of a ship. They can also look at a video documentary that puts into historical context, the interactions between the slaves and their family back home.

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2. Kakum National Park - Cape Coast

Kakum National Park

Kakum National Park is situated in the central part of Ghana. Established in 1931, the national park is quite extensive, covering an area of 375 sq. km. The park was designated as a national preserve in 1991. It is one of the few parks in Africa containing a canopy walkway that leads to tropical rainforest. The park contains various species of wildlife including a number of endangered species. Some of the animals that visitors can see include the African elephant, antelope, giant bongo, yellow-backed duiker, and many others. It contains the densest population of African elephants in all of Africa. A bird area also overlaps the park that is recognized by the Bird Life International. The park contains over 266 species of birds including eight species that are considered endangered. Visitors can view many unique bird species in the park including the hornbill, white breasted birds, and the African grey parrot. The area also is rich with butterflies that flutter gracefully inside the forested park area. Kakum National Park contains mostly moist forest. Other types of vegetation visitors can find in the park include swamp forests and riverine forests. It is certainly a great place to experience the rich variety of wildlife and plants in their natural habitat.

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