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Ghana’s Eco-Tourism and places of interest

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“The media must play a role in lifting the image of Africa”

By Joel Savage

For so long, the African continent is portrayed by the western media, as a troubled continent plagued by wars, ethnic problems and sicknesses, including the Acquired Immune Difficiency Syndrome(AIDS) therefore keeping so many desiring tourists off the continent. I took a positive step to visit Ghana, formally called the Gold Coast, in West Africa. This is the account of my visit.

AT KAKUM NATIONAL PARK. The park is a semi-deciduous rain forest, which covers 360 sq km, north of Cape Coast. The park, which is now the best place for tourists attraction, was formally managed by the Forestry Department for timber. Thanks to the scientific research group, which carried a wild life research and found the place quite satisfactorily for tourism. Hence the timber extraction came to an end. Since then the United Nations Development programme started its funding, with other financiers such as UNSAID, financing its develpment through Mid Western Universities Consortium for international activities.

Beautiful fauna likely to be seen are elephants, bongos, duikers, antelopes and a wide variety of birds. Recently natural scientists in the country, counted close to 400 different species of butterfly, with discovery of two, which can not be found in any part of the world. Be part of those walking through the forest on the Kuntan trail. The trail leads tourists to the park of traditional medicines. trees, and plants. Some of the trees are the Kuntan tree. The cover of the tree is used to treat fractured bones. It’s biological name is Uapacca Guiniensis.

Others are Kaku, its hard wood is used for constructing railway lines and “Bediwunia” (Incest) used for pomade and fumigation of rooms. The two-kilometre guided walk through the park is painstakingly explained by guides, the significance of each tree, as the tourists walk through the trail. When tired and exhausted, dear tourists, please do not worry where to take a rest. There are rest points, spaciously built and designed with some of the woods in the forest. The most important information to tourists who visit Kakum Park is, no matter how beautiful one finds anything in the trail, it is strictly forbidden to be taken out. Due to the explanation by the guides to the tourists, the trail walk usually takes about two hours.

At the administration block, the skull of the elephant, horn of the bongo and various sample of species of butterfly are beatifully displayed. There is a restaurant and also the African gift shop, which has indigenous art works. Going to Kakum National Park, is not a difficult drive. Out of the city of Cape Coast, towards Jukwa, the giant sign board reads ” You are welcome to National Park”

HANS COTTAGE BOTEL: On a large acre of land is a man made lake, approximately about three acres. Dwelling, drinking and dining places neatly on the water, give the best view of fishes and live crocodiles. The place is Hans Cottage Botel. It is beautifully, geographically located that, during weekends, tourists going to Kakum National Park, have to stop-over, likewise those from Jukwa to Cape Coast. They rest, dine and sleep till the next morning. The forex Buraeu, the antque, souvenir and African shops are open to all.

Tourists that come to the botel, see the worth of their money. The well trained cooks from the polytechnics in the country, and a foreign cook give their clients the best French cuisines, continental and African dishes, making Ghana a show piece in West Africa. The axiom “All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy” might have originally been conceived by a domestic idealist, who knows the truth. Touring the cottage, without bird-watching, crocodile-viewing and drifting, could make your visit very dull indeed. Boat riding for adults is very moderate and children pay less to watch the crocodiles without any danger.

Tourists enjoy the activities of the crocodiles, when being fed with loaves of bread. Then finally comes the “Monkey trail” The name doesn’t mean that only monkeys could be seen in the trail. There are other beautiful animals and birds tourists could find, if only you are capable of waking up, as early as 6am. Hans Cottage Botel is truly an ideal place for tourists in Ghana.

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  • Eric Olsen

    very cool Joel, thanks – you are eclectic!

  • http://macaronies.blogspot.com Mac Diva

    A question: Are there any people in Ghana? This entry displays and all too common failing of white people visiting nonwhite countries. You would think the country is populated by elephants and crocodiles. I’m no psychiatrist, but I think the ‘erasure’ of the people of Ghana, or the New Hebrides or Thailand (except for prostitutes) has something to do with not being comfortable with their existence.

    On the other hand, I haven’t been to West Africa for more than a decade. Maybe all Ghanans have disappeared except for cooks at ‘botels.’

  • joel savage

    Thanks Mr Diva, for your comments on the above subject. Truly I believe that for over a decade you haven’t been to West Africa. If you have been you would have known how to spell a “Ghanaian” not “Ghanans” From the writer

  • Shark

    heh.

    Gawd forbid that an article about “eco-tourism and interesting places” should focus exclusively on eco-tourism and interesting places.

    What? Can’t review a National Park without referring to the exploitation of black minorities? If this is about national “parks”, then where is Rosa? Racist guilt, maybe?

    (And isn’t it funny how everything that enters MacDiva’s consciousness is possessed with some horrible, implicit racism? You’ll also note that without knowing Joel Savage’s race, she automatically assumes he’s white. Would that be… um… sorta racist stereotyping? Irony, once again, is apparently lost on MacDiva. But you’ve gotta love her entertainment value.)

  • http://macaronies.blogspot.com Mac Diva

    Sorry, Joel, but a typo in ‘Ghanian’ will not get you off the hook. Answer the question. Are there any people in Ghana?

    [edited]

  • joel savage

    [edited]

    Mac Diva, when I was at school, I was
    taught that the best way to answer a FOOL or a MORON, is to be quiet. That’s the reason I didn’t answer you directly. Asking me if there are people in Ghana, is like you are in this world, yet you don’t know what is going on in the world. Truly the elders used to say that “Empty Barrel makes the greatest noice”

  • Eric Olsen

    Joel, am I correct in thinking you are originally FROM Africa?

  • linda torfs

    Dear…??? Mac Diva,
    Am I wrong in thinking that you don’t know anything about Africa at all?? Your question “are there people in Ghana?” really shocked me! What do you mean by this? Personally I think,we,the whites, have allready killed and erased everything valuable in Africa..suggesting there’s nothing left but elephants and crocodiles may even be very dangerous.. how will we keep hunters away from the valuable turks and skins from there?
    Just a humble white thaught…

  • http://macaronies.blogspot.com Mac Diva

    Hmmm. Seems like someone got something wrong about someone else. Why would an African consider a trip to Africa exotic? (Even if he only noticed the animals.)

  • 17 year old student.

    Joel, what Mac Diva and I would like to know is if you got to meet any of Ghana’s natives while on your trip to the country, because it is true that you have only described the faune and flora of the park and not the people that work there. Ghana may have a nice national park, but if that’s the only place you’ve been to in Africa then your views on the country are limited, if not void.

  • Eric Olsen

    Joel is from Africa – I would guess he met a person or two there before moving to Europe as an adult

  • joel savage

    MY DEAR STUDENT, thanks for your comment on this article which brought many arguments and problems. Actually I’m not interested in any Diva affairs. I was shocked to receive a private mail from some one in America, describing her as an ugly soul who always search for trouble where there isn’t any. Besides, I was told that she is a black woman who has forgotten her history, that’s the reason she asked if there are people in Ghana or Africa at all.

    Finally I’m very happy that I have some few people in America interested in the articles of a man called humble African Joel, even though she has descibed me as a bad writer. Pride and pompousity is associated with those who are just trying. Wise and intelligent people are always quiet.

  • The same student as before

    Whatever.

  • http://whacckked.blogspot.com LynnFromCT

    Many of the people I know are moving to Ghana from the US. What is it that is making so many people go to this (3rd world country)?

    I am so confused… I got so many emails from people in Nigeria asking me to sponsor them into the USA – but then thousands of people in the USA are moving to Ghana?

    What are the languages there? How much does it cost to live there? How do us citizens make money there? or do they have to have the money from the states to live there?