capecoast castle

Road Trippin’ from Lagos to Ghana – III

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Our final stop on our Lagos – Ghana road trip was Cape Coast, Ghana. The first was Grand Popo, where we spent the first two days of the tour and next was Ghana’s capital city, Accra.

benin republic
I love accra

Getting to Cape Coast

For our journey into Cape Coast, we travelled with STC, one of Ghana’s bus services. The trip, which lasted for about 2.5 hours, was extremely comfortable and pleasant. (Completely opposite of our return journey into Nigeria using the ABC bus service. Ghana 1 – Nigeria 0.)

Our departure time was 8:30 am. By 8:34 am, the bus was getting ready to pull out of the park but there were already complaints aboutΒ  the service being late. I thought to myself, this must be nice. In Nigeria, a bus leaving 30 minutes late was considered a punctual bus!

Anyway, we eventually left at 8:37am and got to Cape Coast about 11:30am, just before the rains started.

STC Accra STC Cape Coast

For the most part of this trip, we’ve been blessed with sunny weather even though the rainy season has fully kicked off. It rained heavily the night before our trip and during our transit into Benin Republic and Ghana. The rains somehow managed to stop every time we arrived our destination and I was hoping for the same luck in Cape Coast.

Upon arrival, we took a taxi to our hotel. After getting checked in, the skies opened up and it began to rain heavily. We decided to take the time to rest and have brunch with the hopes that the rains would stop before it was time to head out. Luckily, by 2pm, it did and we grabbed a taxi to visit Elmina castle.

Elmina Castle

We can’t change the past BUT we can learn from it and change the future…

elmina castle

Oh, the history in this place! I’ve followed the slave trade routes in a few African countries (including Nigeria) but there’s just something about the Elmina and Cape Coast castles in Ghana. Our guides didn’t make things any easier for us either as they spared no gruesome details of the inhumane conditions humans were kept and traded.

There were all kinds of emotions during this tour. From sadness to anger and frustration to fear. We felt everything. (I’ll write more about the tour in a separate post)

Elmina Castle Ghana

After our tour, we returned to our hotel and had dinner from a local chop bar. The next day, we set out early to visit Kakum National Park and the Cape Coast castle.

Our first stop was the park – whose main attraction is the canopy walkway. It was some distance away from where we stayed, so we hired a taxi for half the day. He took us to the park and helped us get discounts on the entry fees.

kakum national park
kakum national park cape coast

Next, we visited the Cape Coast castle. This one was much smaller than Elmina but no less incredible. Again, the tour was quite emotional. We were glad we took all our ‘happy’ pictures before it began…

Cape Coast Castle Ghana
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Cape Coast Ghana

Once we were done, Baba, our taxi driver took us to a park close by where we got tickets for a mini bus (not STC) heading to Accra.

With that, our little West African tour came to an end. We returned to Accra and spent the next day with new friends – Meyiwa & Juliana. It was a great ending to our visit as they hosted us in their lovely hotel apartment and even taught me to swim! Hehe…

We love Accra

We loved our time in Grand Popo and Accra, I hope you enjoyed following our journey too πŸ™‚

 

PS: Here’s a list of all the articles in this series;

Road Tripping from Lagos to Grand Popo

Grand Popo to Accra

Accra to Cape Coast (The Castles & Kakum National Park)

Travel Cost Breakdown

A Review of Services.

16 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for sharing. Can you please share the name of the hotels you stayed in and how much it cost? Thank you.

    http://www.fehintolaogunye.com

    • Hey! I’ve got that up already, I’ll link it to this post so it’s easier to find. I am also going to review all the services we used so it can better inform your decision, in case you plan to go for a trip like this.

  2. Wow wow wow I love this 😘😘😘😘nice work dear.

  3. I must visit Cape Coast someday. This is so beautiful

  4. You learnt how to swim on this trip? I have hope then. Nice to read all this adventure. Now i really want to be like you. I am waiting for more details on the cost too
    http://www.ijefinelivin.com

    • If I can, you can! Started from the kiddies pool (30 inches) and graduated to the shallow part of the adult pool (about 4feet). My teacher (Juliana) was brilliant!

      Thanks for reading, IJ

  5. jennietobbie

    Ghana on my top list. Thanks girl; I thoroughly enjoyed this one.!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Thank you for sharing Amarachi. This post makes me proud to be Ghanaian. However reading about the slave forts always fill me with misery. I remember visiting both castles a few years back. Can you imagine the stench in the women’s dungeon is still so pungent?

    Madeline
    http://www.madelinewilsonojo.com/

    • I can’t begin to imagine what they went through. There was this room that had such a foul smell, we couldn’t even go in. Plus it now inhabits only bats! The tour of both castles was truly moving… I enjoyed visiting Ghana, I can’t wait to go back.

  7. This is so great! I can’t wait for the cost breakdown.

  8. Looks like so much fun. Can’t wait to go to Ghana.

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