Back to Ghana 😉
A big part of travelling for me is immersing myself in the history and culture of a place. I love to get a sense of the locals both present day and in days past. You learn so much about a culture from it’s history.
I found out about the Jamestown Walking Tour on Trip advisor and contacted them through the number listed. People usually booked days ahead but they were really accommodating of our last minute booking and lack of appointment. We took a taxi to the meet-up point which was the lighthouse in Jamestown.
Jamestown is considered “old Accra” and is one of the first settlements in what later became Accra. Charles was our tour guide and extremely knowledgeable of Ghanian history and how the city of Accra came to be. We walked for a little over an hour- If you don’t like walking, this isn’t for you.
I highly recommend it though, I love how much better Ghanaians seem to have preserved their history and are in touch with it. Charles even told us about some relationships with Nigerian people and how some Ghanian ethnic groups came from Nigeria. I felt really happy to hearing our African stories being told and fortunate to be seeing and hearing all the history.
The money you pay for the walking tour goes towards supporting a community theatre where youth from Jamestown perform and display art. I loved that bit too, we got to see some of the art too, they also have an independent radio station and run an exchange program with international students. Pretty impressive.
My favourite part of the tour was the fishing community.We stood over the water as Charles showed us various settlements, a small castle, early Brazilian settlements and just filled us with so much information of how the fishing lifestyle has evolved.
I can’t write all we learnt, if you’re in Accra, I recommend it, go immerse yourself in some history. Charles is amazing and Jamestown is Rich!