Jamestown is a tough but moving neighbourhood of Accra.
There’s a ton of history to discover as both the British and the Portuguese left behind a cultural and architectural legacy.
The Jamestown community is close-knit and the atmosphere is lively.
There aren’t many markers to explain the context of the history that you’re seeing, so a guide is a welcome addition, but certainly not necessary.
The neighbourhood is a cross between rural and urban and is famous for turning out incredible national boxers.
5. Cape Coast
Cape Coast is a former European colonial capital and one of the most culturally significant spots in all of Africa.
Originally called Cabo Corso by the Portuguese, the town was once the largest slave trading centre in West Africa.
It was here that slaves where brought, locked deep in the towns intimidating castle, and then loaded on to vessels heading to the New World.
What you will see and experience here will move you deeply.
Today Cape Coast is primarily a fishing town with an artsy vibe.
Old colonial buildings line the streets perfect for leisurely strolls.
Use Cape Coast as your base for exploring Anomabu, Elmina, and Kakum National Park.
6. Kakum National Park
A visit to Kakum National Park makes a great day trip from Cape Coast.
There you’ll find 40 mammal species, 300 bird species, and over 600 butterfly species.
The most popular part of the park is the canopy walk.
It’s a string of viewing platforms that are linked by safe and bouncy suspension bridges roughly 30 metres above the park floor.
For a deeper look into the park, make arrangements ahead of time for a park ranger or guide to take you further in.