The Central region, one of Ghana’s administrative regions, is a land rich in culture; widely known for its active role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It is said to be home to thirty two festivals and is rich in culture and history. There are so many things to do; so many nice places to visit in the Central region; and BEHWE GH is here to draw your attention to them!
Visit the Forts and Castles: The region’s coastlines are famous for its ancient forts and castles built by European traders. Your visit to the region would hardly ever be complete if you did not visit the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles; Forts William, St.Jago and Victoria and many others. The Cape Coast Castle, originally named Fort Carolusburg, served as the seat of British administration in the Gold Coast until the administration was moved to Accra in 1877. Its ownership changed numerous times until finally in 1664, after a four day battle, it was captured by the British and its name changed to Cape Coast Castle. A distance away from this Castle is Fort Wiiliam and Victoria. Fort Victoria, although seemingly lonesome; is not only rich in history but provides a great view. Just some kilometers west of Cape Coast, the Elmina Castle stands tall; boasting of being the earliest European built structure in all of sub-Saharan Africa. Built by the Portuguese in 1482, it was originally called St. George’s Castle. A walking distance away from the Elmina Castle is Fort St Jago, which was built primarily to serve as military protection to the Elmina Castle in the 1500s.
Go on the canopy walk at Kakum National Park: Located about an hour from Cape Coast; the Kakum National Park was originally established in 1931 as a reserve, but was officially opened as a park in 1994. It is Ghana’s first protected area and is one of the only three locations in Africa with a canopy walkway which is 350m long, connecting seven tree tops and hence has seven bridges. It is a haven for any nature lover. It is said to contain one of the densest population of forest elephants in Ghana. The park is home to wildlife such as the Diana monkey, giant bongo antelope, white-breasted guinea fowl, hornbill, yellow-backed duiker, forest buffalo,civet, long-tailed pangolin, Home’s hinged tortoise and many more. There are 105 species of vascular plants in the forest.
Have a feel of the Beaches: The region is decorated with beautiful beaches! These beaches are lined with coconut trees and provide a serene atmosphere where one can behold the true magnificence of nature’s beauty, and hear the calming sounds the waves of the sea make. Notable of these beaches is Brenu beach (about 30km from Cape Coast), Elmina beach (known for its resorts), Gomoa Fetteh beach and many others.
Festivals: Festivals are a prominent feature on the calendar of the people of the Central region. If you find yourself there, you definitely have to attend on of these festivals: Akwambo festival (celebrated by the people of Agona), Bakatue festival (celebrated by the people of Elmina on the first Tuesday of the month of July to mark the beginning of the fishing season in Elmina), Fetu Afahye (celebrated by the people of Cape Coast on the first Saturday of September in remembrance f how the gods once delivered the people of Oguaa from the outbreak of a disease. It presents the opportunity to keep the streets of Cape Coast clean; hence the name “Fetu” originally known as “efin tu” meaning “getting rid of dirt”), Aboakyir festival (simply meaning “hunting for an animal” is celebrated by the people of Winneba, used to commemorate the migration of their ancestors from Timbuktu to Ghana. It takes place on the first Saturday of May every year) and many more! These festival usually display rich culture; history and give you the opportunity to socialize and make friends!
Have a taste of the delicious cuisine: The people of the Central region; the Fantes; are notorious for their good cooking and rich cuisine mostly made up of more fish, meat, chicken (or any other protein source for that matter). Some of these cuisines are Fante Fante (tomato stew made with fresh fish, octopus, shrimp, etc), Etsew or Fante kenkey with pepper and fish, and many more. I can assure you; they are mouth watering dishes!
Have we succeeded in wetting your appetite for the Central region?