Well, at publication of this post, there appears to be conflicting reports on whether President Obama will go to Cape Coast to visit the infamous Cape Coast Castle. Whatever…it’s going to a quick visit. They’ll zip him out and back in a presidential motorcade-we’re used to that here-get some photos, make their speeches about how horrendous that time was and, in the same breath, how the West is now helping the Rest…and leave. And this is what will catch the world’s attention.
Thinking point for decision makers: Why doesn’t President Obama visit a development site supported by the American taxpayer that is a making a positive impact on the lives of the downtrodden.?Ghana is seen as a success story, so schedule President Obama to visit a successful project. There is plenty to choose from. Just go to the Ghanaian media where countless stories of positive development are celebrated daily. Why focus on the past…maybe on a later visit President Obama can visit the castles on a longer visit. What’s Ghana all about? The present, not the past; a positive future, not a gloomy past.
And, for you tourists, don’t fall for the PRESIDENT OBAMA CAPE COAST CASTLE EXCURSION promotions. Hotels and tour operators have tried for years to whisk visitors out to Cape Coast and Elmina Castles for a day’s excursion and then back to Accra that same night. The motive….the Accra hotel gets the night! A few years ago, this practice came to the attention of Four Villages Inn, so we included an item in the VILLAGE NEWS section of our web site: http://www.fourvillages.com
It read: CAPE COAST & ELMINA MORE THAN JUST A DAY TRIP! *January 14, 2006
“The charming centres of Cape Coast and Elmina with their castles, forts, beaches,and Kakum National Park with its canopy walkway are must see destinations while visiting Ghana. To many they are the jewel in the crown and if you have the time, merit at least two or more days to explore while staying at any number of excellent establishments in all price ranges from Anomabu to Elmina. However, many hotels in Accra, Takoradi and beyond are now offering attractively priced day tours to Cape Coast and Elmina. This way, tourists can spend spend at least four or more hours in transit only to be rush through the attractions.
Cape Coast/Elmina is a destination in its own right and tourists will maximize their Ghanaian experience by arranging their own stays at these wonderful places, using, of course, the equally wonderful Bradt Guide to Ghana”