Ghana

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - FEATURE -

The roads in Ghana are in a much bet­ter con­di­tion than in the coun­tries we had al­ready vis­ited. We stayed at Big Milly’s Back­yard, which of­fers a great es­cape from the city. Kokro­bite beach is said to be 25 km away from Ac­cra. We could park the Landy in­side the premises. How­ever, sleep­ing was al­most im­pos­si­ble be­cause of the all night mu­sic from the nearby bar. The next day, we drove west along the coast and checked in at the camp­site at Ko Sa Lodge. Un­for­tu­nately I crashed into a lamp post and wrecked the driver’s side front wing. We found a street me­chanic who, with a bit of help and 50 Cedi later, was able to beat it back into shape. Ko Sa Lodge was won­der­ful and we were able to make use of the show­ers and toi­lets for only $ 5 per day. The next day we went into Elmina to visit the cas­tle and fort. The cas­tle was im­pres­sive but our guide seemed to have a one- sided view of the slave trade and blamed the “white man” for all “evils”. I re­minded him that it was the African kings who sold the slaves to the Euro­peans. Elmina was the first place we saw that had some colo­nial build­ings in abun­dance but it was an aw­ful shame to see it ne­glected. The next day, we stopped at the Kakum Na­tional Park for a two- hour guided walk through the jun­gle and learnt the dif­fer­ent medic­i­nal val­ues of the trees and plants species. The guide was a lo­cal lady in her 50s who grew up in the for­est; the people from her vil­lage de­pended on the jun­gle for

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