The Central Region is the former government center of the Gold Coast. Cape Coast was the seat of the British colonial administration up until 1877. The coastline is famous for its ancient forts and castles built by early European traders, and three of them at Elmina, St. Jago, and Cape Coast have been identified as World Heritage Monuments by the World heritage Foundation under UNESCO.
The Region’s culture is depicted through its many exciting festivals that are held throughout the year. Some of the best-known festivals are ‘Bakatue’, literally the opening up of Benya Lagoon into the sea, which symbolized the beginning of the fishing season for the people of Elmina; ‘Edina Buronya’, a native version of Christmas celebrated by the people of Elmina on the first Thursday of the New Year; ‘Aboakyer’ or game hunting, one of the most famous festivals celebrated by the chiefs and people of Winneba on the first Saturday in May; and ‘Fetu Afahye’ celebrated with a durbar of chiefs by the people of Cape Coast on the first Saturday of September. Another famous festival is ‘Odambea’ celebrated on the last Saturday in August in Saltpond Traditional Area, and reflecting a migration of the local people centuries ago.
Sites - Cape Coast is the capital of the Central Region of Ghana and the main city of the Fanti people. The city is located 165 km west of Accra. Cape Coast Castle is one of about forty large commercial forts, built on the Gold Coast of West Africa (now Ghana) by European traders. The original settlement of the castle was a small lodge built by the Portuguese called Cabo Corco. In 1652, it was found abandoned and occupied by the Swedes who in 1657 built Fort Carolusborg, which was used for trade in timber and gold, but later used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Located just 30km north of Cape Coast, Kakum National Park is one of Ghana's most famous parks. This 357km² national park consists of an undisturbed coastal forest and is home to Africa's only rainforest canopy walkway. This canopy walkway is one of only a dozen or so such walkways in the world.
Walking tours through the park offers the opportunity to spot much of Ghana's indigenous plant life, as well as many types of birds and butterflies.
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