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Review of Cape Coast Castle

Cape Coast Castle
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$315.00*
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Kakum National Park - Cape Coast and Elmina...
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This 16th-century trading lodge now contains the Museum of West African History.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Besides Kakum national forest the visit to Cape Coast and the castle was the highlight of our trip to Ghana. The castle is well kept and the guided tour is definitely a plus, at the same time you can't help but to think that it could be done even better, there is almost nothing on display. The location is beautiful with the fishermen and their boats on the beach just by the castle. The entrance fee is steep for Ghana (but cheap by U.K. standards), in terms of the camera fee, we were first told it would cost 30 cedis but when we declined and started putting away the camera the fee was halved so some negotiations might be useful. Some of our friends were being hassled outside, first being asked for their names and later given a "gift" for which payment was demanded. The market stalls at the premises offers little in terms of value or uniqueness.

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

we had a really good guide that explained a lot. even if you know the stories there are too much more to know. a must for cape coast. the tour starts when there are enough people but there things to see while waiting.

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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Very interesting and nice, I only did not like the hustlers around these touristic sightis. It is shocking to be confronted with these horrors in our history... Never again!

3  Thank Megumi L
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

When we arrived at the castle we were first hassled by a group of young men who wanted to 'befriend' us. Typically they offer you their friendship and a shell, as a gift. Often they write your name on the shell and if you accept it, they will ask you to give them money for their local football club (or something else) although they insisted that they didn't want your money. Please, do not give it to them. The less tourists give them money, the more likely they will go away.
Anyway, afterwards we had to pay the admission fee which was ok but then they asked us if we had any cameras with us (including the ones on our phones!). Just tell them that you only have one camera with you because the photo fee is ridiculously high. We paid for a guided tour and the guide really did a great job. He told the history of Ghana and slavery, he took us to the dungeons and told us some stories there (daunting experience) and the took us to the gate of no return. He was also proud to tell us about the visit of U.S. president Obama and Michelle to the castle and the region.
Afterwards you can buy gifts and souvenirs at the little market which is attached to the castle but you can buy the same stuff at the local markets around Ghana for a much cheaper price.

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Reviewed December 13, 2012

It is good but I not fun of such attraction. I encourage you if you want to know about slavery in Africa

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