I just arrived in Ghana’s Cape Coast for a few days of much needed R&R. The bus travelled with an armed guard. I’m not an expert in high caliber weaponry but the gun he was holding sure looked like an AK47. Here we were cruising through the jungles of the Cote d’Ivoire with a bunch of 25KG bags labeled “Uncle Sam” rice from Thailand strewn all over the floor. I soon found out this rice was for a humanitarian mission; apparently public transportation is used for these missions!
Unlike Abidjan, Cape Coast is setup for tourism. Guesthouses dot the landscape. The Kakum Rainforest is definitely a highlight of a stay here and is one of Ghana’s true natural unspoiled treasures. My taxi driver kept saying, “I hate traffic” over and over. He made a mad dash as fast as he could drive to the forest. His car was a piece of junk, the mirrors were broken or missing, the seat belt didn’t work and most of the windows were either shattered or badly cracked. The exciting parts were trying to avoid huge potholes without slowing down. He ran over a large rock on the side of the road trying to avoid a pothole and the engine died.
The Kakum Rainforest contains Africa’s longest rainforest canopy walk. All entry into the rainforest is with a guide. The walkways are made with rope and metal cables situated 20-30 meters above the forest floor; all around you is a sea of green vegetation.