The colonial influences on Ghana’s capital city can be felt not only in the architecture and history, but in the character and design of Accra’s neighborhoods as well. From the Dutch to the English, travelers exploring this city will find touchstones to much of the nation’s European past.
Located just beyond the eastern city limits of Accra, this wealthy neighborhood was formed in the late 19th century for wealthy European settlers. Today, luxury homes, lush green golf courses and polo and cricket fields serve as a nod to the British roots of this exclusive community.
This nearby suburb is an extension of the Victoriaborg district and home to all of Accra’s government offices, in addition to the National Theater and the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park.
Located east of the Korle Lagoon, Jamestown is one of the oldest—and most populated—districts in all of Ghana. Visitors to this busy fishing village will remnants of the nation’s colonial past, like the Jamestown Lighthouse and old James Fort.
Home to one of three forts built by Europeans in the 17th century, the struggling neighborhood of Usshertown showcases the influence of the Dutch on Ghana’s historical past. Travelers can explore decrepit remains of these once regal structures, which today are being restored and transformed into future museums.