Backpacking from Accra to Cape Coast: From tarmac to rough roads
One of the most impressive things about Ghana is the quality (and quantity) of roads. Gone are the days when pot holes played havoc with vehicles. I did wonder, however, when my luck with the roads will end. Well it did on the way to Kakum Park from Hans cottage.
A quick search to find out exactly to what extent the government had tourism in mind in road constructions brought up this statement by the tourism minister.
We all know that government has constructed a lot of roads in Ghana. Government has also reiterated its commitment to fix roads to tourist sites, now if you want to go to Mole you can drive on a first class road from Accra to Mole, this is good enough, if you want to go to Kakum you can drive on good roads up to Cape Coast, that road is also under construction.
This turned out to be true. We run out of tarmac on the way to Kakum Park from Hans cottage. At long last we finally caught up with the heavy duty machinery deployed on the Cape coast to Kakum road to transform the dusty surfaces into Tarmac.
For the rest of our journey we played a game of overtaking anything in sight to avoid the “eating” dust, until of course we encountered some real bullies in the form of timber trucks. They threw the most dust behind them but you dare not risk the low visibility to overtake them. We settled on the possibility that our dark hair would have turned dusty blonde by the time we got to Kakum park.
Folks on the road did not seem that bothered by the dust though. They seemed cheery and quite frankly who wouldn’t be especially knowing that their main road was about to get a make over soon. There wasn’t much to see apart from the ubiquitous roadside stalls and some lovely dense vegetation. Now and again though something unusual cropped up such as the old colonial church below.