Dixcove and Butre
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He spent a few days first up in the north at Mole National Park. Whilst he enjoyed the "cheapest safari in the world" he was in need of some relaxation after 5 hour delayed bus journies, a 24 hour flight delay and a hotel that sounded like the one in Fawlty Towers, but a whole less efficient. So, we decided to spend a week on a road trip down the coast.
It was a fun week, albeit the main memories will be police road blocks, hitting pot holes at speed and antibiotics (for once not for me!). The police blocks are great fun. Expats in a car = potential for getting money. We were stopped a few times and asked to provide driving licences, where we going, what were doing in Ghana
Anyway, for me the highlight of the trip was a day spent in Dixcove and then Butre. Both places are the home of two of the slave forts, for which Ghana is notoriously famous. We had a guided tour of the fort at Dixcove, called Fort Metal Cross. This was a strange place, and an old British fort. It was quite chilling seeing where the slaves were kept, but oddly was run as a guesthouse by a British guy until a few years ago and so in places is more like a field studies centre. He is now building a big guesthouse next to it, which I cannot imagine anyone ever staying at.
We then spent an age driving down a very bumpy dirt track to Butre, where there is an old Portugese fort (I think). This was more like a medieval castle, surrounded by a very poor small town. Luckily an American volunteer set up a community tourist scheme a few years ago, so at least the few dollars we had to pay to wonder around the castle and town go to the community. The views from the castle were stunning and the beach next the town is also amazing. If this place was in Asia it would be a massive tourist destination and the town would be far more wealthy. On this day, however, we were the only visitors and I can't see the town developing anytime soon.
More photos from other destinations to follow soon.