get in touch with ghanaian culture & history

Ghana have a lot of attractions where you can get in touch with Ghanaian culture and history. 

Fort St. Anthony of Axim

Fort St. Anthony is located in Axim in the Western Region of Ghana. Ghana's second oldest castle. It was built in 1515 by the Portugese and between 1642 and 1872 expanded and altered by the Dutch. Later on it was taken over by the English. These days Axim fort belongs to the Ghana state.  

In the castle itself one can examine the gloomy dungeons, castle defences and the grave of the Governor who died in tragic circumstances. So desperate was he to see his bride that he toppled from the castle wall in his excitement as her ship drew near. 

Axim fort has a knowledgeable guide who speaks good English so you can learn the interesting but horrific history of the Castle. Seeing and hearing the stories in the actual place where it all happened makes you understand the true nature of history and how it was in the past. 

Accra's Handcraft Market

Visit the biggest market for handicraft products in the country. All kinds of handicrafts imaginable may be found in this market. The items range from wood carvings, traditional musical instruments, cane and raffia products, leather ware, gold, silver and bronze jewelry, beads, clay products, antiques, paintings to ivory products, and many more. These items are brought to the markets from various parts of the country and also from other countries within the West African sub-region including, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cote d'Ivoire, Togo, Senegal and Nigeria. 

The market is in fact one of the most important tourist attraction sites in the City of Accra and in Ghana. 

Accra's Handicraft Market, according to the tourist, is very popular in Europe and the USA. The exotic varieties of these handicraft has led Europeans and Americans to re-sell items in their home countries, which earns them high profits. Foreign delegates, important personalities and tourists buy these products in big quantities. 

The market have been very good for economy of the country, not only by attracting tourists but also by providing jobs to locals. 

Ashanti Kingdom

The ancient capital of the Ashanti kingdom, Kumasi, is still the heart of Ashanti country and the site of West Africa's largest cultural center, the palace of the Ashanti king. Visit a fascinating museum of Ashanti history. Hear the story of the fake golden stool used to trick the British. 

National Cultural Center is just 10 minute walk west of the market. The complex include museum of Ashanti history, a popular library, a craft shop and an exhibition hall. The museum contains a fascinating collection of Ashanti artifacts, including such impressive pieces as the king's battle dress and heavy gold jewelry. 

Next to National Cultural Center you can find the zoological gardens and in the villages around Kumasi you can find goldsmithing, wood carving, cloth printing and weaving, done by artisans who are specialized in this. 

Coast Castle, Cape Coast

Cape Coast's main attraction is the stunning Cape Coast Castle. Built as a lodge by the Dutch in 1630 on an abandoned lodge built earlier by the Portuguese. Extensively rebuilt before 1757 - 1780. Present day it is the Cape Coast Castle Museum. 

The Cape Coast Castle was originally controlled by the Portuguese, Swedes, Danes and Dutch, before the British took over. 

Cape Coast Castle was the nerve centre of British colonial rule in the Gold Coast and it was one of the biggest trading post of slaves. Today Cape Coast Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site and have the excellent museum housed in one of the castle wings. 

Cape Coast Castle has slave dungeons. Today they are empty, but before they was used to lock in slaves, waiting for the slave ships to dock. Around 1000 male slaves and 500 female slaves would be stored in the castle at any time. 

The Cape Coast Castle is now an excellent museum with information about the history of Ghana, the slave trade and local culture. Tours are a "must" and will take you through the dungeons and the "door of no return". 

Obuasi Gold Mine 

Obuasi (50km southwest of Kumasi) has the richest single gold mine in the world. Tours are permitted to certain areas of the mining site.

Elmina and St George's Castle

Elmina is a fishing town along Ghana's coast, not far from Cape Coast. One of Ghana's biggest attractions can be found here, St George's Castle. 

Built in 1482 by Portuguese, captured later by Dutch. Used for gold exports and later replaced by slaves and the tours through the dungeons will give you a good idea of how gruesome a trade it was. The Castle houses a small museum and guided tours are available. 

Fort St Jago lies across the lagoon from the castle and is worth visiting for the views it offers of the town and Castle.