It has been a month in Africa! Wow! This is the longest period I have lived outside India. It may not be too early to say that I am really liking my new city and the people around me. It may be a bit too early, but I am developing an opinion that one should travel, if possible live in different cities around the world to really experience the wonders of this beautiful world. You explore and learn new things every day and in the process discover a new you. This quote just popped up in my head:
The World is a book and those who do not travel read only one page
Taking this quote quite seriously, we decided to escape to Cape Coast during the Easter weekend, a tranquil and serene coastal town 150 kms away from Accra. Cape Coast, the old capital of Ghana was a perfect getaway- beautiful and clean beaches, forts, national park and an opportunity to try local cuisine.
During the weekend, I learnt that Cape Coast was not just our favorite but also a favorite of the Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Danish and of course the British. Just that, the first foreign visitor- Portuguese came way too early around the 15th century. They all had initially come here for trading and we, Indians know what trading actually meant! Only in 1957, Ghana attained independence from the British, becoming the first independent African nation. Cape Coast brims with stories of history and culture, the most heart-breaking one being the story of slave-trade. It used to be the largest slave-trading center of West Africa. History deserves to be explained in a separate post.
For now, it is a picture post of our awesome trip.
Drive to Cape Coast
Stop-over for some breakfast
Sun(glasses) + sand+ beer= perfect holiday
( Quoting my friend Navodit Ravi)
Explore and learn
Lets try some local cuisine
Kakum National Park
Kakum is one of the few patches of rain-forest left in West Africa. To the wildlife that live in the forest, it is like an island of habitat surrounded by a sea of towns and farmland.
Spine-chilling Canopy walk. A major attraction of the national park.
Skull of a forest elephant
Talk, explore and learn
All’s well that ends well- Lunch at the crocodile park
No! we didn’t eat crocodile meat. Crocodiles were just swimming right below our water shack! Don’t believe me? I got proof.
That’s all folks! Cape Coast in a platter for you.