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EASTERM REGION


The Eastern Region offers a number of Ghana's popular tourist attractions, for its has a richly varied landscape of tropical forest, rivers and a great lake.

It is also the location for several of Ghana's major cultural events. In the Eastern region, the modern blends in with the ancient; it is so close to the nation's capital at Accra, yet can present such a contrast.


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

NATURAL

Volta Late
The Volta Lake is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. Created in 1965 as a result of the damming of the Volta River at Akosombo, the Lake stretches from Akosombo in the south (at Yapei) to Buipe in the north. Both towns are within an hour's drive of Tamale, the Northern Region's capital.

The Lake offers a variety of opportunities for cruises, water sports and angling. It also has many fascinating islands and islets, such as Dodi Island, where facilities for excursions have been developed.



With the recent construction of modern ports at Akosombo and Buipe, passengers and cargo can now move easily by boat to and from the north throughout the week. The Volta Lake Transport Company Office at Akosombo Tel: 233-0251-697 or in Accra Tel: 233-021-665300 can provide the latest information on schedules.

An impressive feature of the Lake is the Volta Dam, which supplies hydro-electric power to several parts of Ghana and to the neighbouring countries of Togo and Benin. You will enjoy a panoramic view of the Dam from the balconies of the Volta Hotel.


Aburi Botanical Gardens
The Gardens were originally created in 1890 as an agricultural research station and a habitat for plants from around the world. Over the years, the Botanical Gardens have collected together a variety of tropical flora which attracts scores of birds and butterflies.

Situated in the town of Aburi, which is well-known for its healthy climate, the Gardens also have pleasant indoor-outdoor restaurants and facilities for staying overnight.


Butterfly Sanctuary
10km north of Kibi is the magic forest of Atewa-Atwirebu. This nature lovers'; paradise has over 150 different species of ferns and other flora. The Forest is filled with the enchanting sounds of birds and insects including the "Papillio Antimachus", one of the largest butterflies in Africa.


Boti Falls
In the forest reserve at Huhunya near Koforidua is a small seasonal waterfall known as Boti Falls. It is fed by the River Pawnpawn and is best enjoyed between June - August, during the rainy season. In the immediate vicinity of the falls are caves, cascades, and an "umbrella" rock worth exploring.


Kwahu Scarp
Breath-taking in its beauty, this area is home to the Kwahus (pronounced Kwa-woos). On top of the mountain, there are a number of well-planned, picturesque communities with beautiful homes.

Further north of the Kwahu Scarp is the Afram Plains, which is a transitional zone of wooded savanna land. The Volta River is at its broadest here, and opportunity for boating and angling abound. Trips into the vast Digya Game Reserve are also possible from here.
Akonedi Shrine, Larteh
Larteh is 56km north of Accra, on the Akwapim Ridge. There you will find the Akonedi Shrine where herbal medicine as well as psychic healing are practiced by the fetish. A fee is charged to observe religious ceremonies.


Diamond Mines
At Akwatia, 2 hours drive from Accra, is the only diamond mine in the country. This open-cast mine is open to tourists. It has recreational facilities and a guest house.


Cocoa Research Institute
New Tafo, 24km from Koforidua, has a Cocoa Research Institute with arboretums and model farms. Botanists will find the Institute of particular interest. The Institute also has recreational facilities including a bar and golf course, which can be booked by advance reservation.


Tropical Forest
The Eastern Region is noted for its large areas of lush, tropical forests, especially in the Birim district, where you will find the largest tree in West Africa. It has a girth of 10.37 metres and is 128 metres tall. This impressive tree is located in the Esen-Epam Forest Reserve in Asantemanso, on the Accra-Akim Oda Road.


Slave Market of Abonse
The town of Abonse was an important slave market in the 17th and 18th centuries. Traces of the original market can still be seen.


HISTORIC

Krobo Mountains - Klowem
The Mountains are believed to have been the first home of the Krobo people when they migrated to Ghana between the 15th and 16th centuries. These mountains provided a natural protective barrier against marauding slave raiders and other invaders.

However, in 1852 a 100-man British army forced the Krobos to evacuate their home. Relics, interesting architectural designs and ruins of buildings have survived, and can be seen on the mountain today.


Tetteh Quarshie's Original Cocoa Farm
This was the first cocoa farm established in the country. The cocoa seeds are believed to have been brought from Fernando Po Island by Tetteh Quarshie, who set up the farm at Mampong-Akwapim in 1879. The farm was replanted in 1960, but 3 of the original trees still remain to this day. You can see the farm and Tetteh Quarshie's home by contacting the Caretaker at the Mampong Chief's Palace.


Okomfo Anokye's Shrine
Okomfo Anokye, a legendary priest, is credited with founding the great Asante Empire. A shrine is dedicated to his supernatural exploits at Awukugua-Akwapim. Scattered throughout the towns on the Akwapim Ridge (Awukugua, Apirede, Amanokrom, Brekuso) mysterious phenomena attributed to this 18th century priest can be found; for example, his had and foot imprints are permanently etched in solid stone. There is also an "Oware Board" which he reportedly carved from 'stone'.

The Shrine is located at Awukugua 60km from Koforidua.


Old Basel Missionary Buildings
The Akwapim Ridge has a long history of missionary work, especially in the field of education. Residents of the area warmly welcomed the advent of Christianity in the country, and that Christian heritage is still strongly evident. You will find several monuments and buildings constructed by the Basel Missionaries on the Ridge.


FESTIVALS

"Odwira" Festival of Akwapim
This festival is celebrated in most Akwapim towns during the months of September and October, with the most colourful festivities taking place at Akropong, Amanokrom and Aburi. During Odwira, the Chiefs sit in state and receive homage from the people.

The ceremonies include purification of the stools and performance of traditional rites. Libations are poured to the gods for prosperity and the general well-being of the people during the ensuing year. Drumming and dancing accompany the celebration.


Ngmayem Festival
This is the annual traditional harvest and the thanksgiving festival of the Krobo people. It is celebrated in March-April by the people of Manya and Yilo Krobo in the towns of Krobo Odumase and Somanya, about 80km north of Accra.


Adae And Akwasidae Festivals -
Adae and Akwasidae Festivals are held at the various palaces in Kwahu once every six weeks. These are occasions when the Chiefs, riding in their palanquin and adorned with all their gold ornaments, come out to receive the homage of their sub-chiefs and people. It is a spectacular sight to watch the colouful canopies and umbrellas, the skillful drummers, dancers, horn-blowers and praise-singers at these regular festivals, held in honour of the peoples ancestral spirits. Time your visit to coincide with an "Akwasidae Festival" (Sunday Adae).

You can determine the Akwasidae date by counting 6 weeks down the calendar from 1 Adae. For example, in 1991 the dates are January 6, February 17, March 31, May 12, June 23, August 4, September 15 October 27, December 8.


MARKETS

Adawso Market
The Adawso Market is situated in the foothills of the Akwapim Ridge, midway on the Mamfi-Koforidua Road.
It is best to go on market days (Tuesdays and Fridays) when items ranging from foodstuffs and vegetables to handicrafts and fabrics are sold.


Agatha Market
Located in the regional capital, Koforidua, the market first started on a small scale at the Central Railway Station. Market days are Mondays and Fridays and prices are, as usual, negotiable.


Asesewa Market
Situated in the Manya Krobo district, very close to Koforidua, this old, popular market specializes in foodstuffs. Market days are Mondays and Wednesdays.


Nsawam Market
Nsawam, a well-patronized market, is 23km from Accra. It s market days are Mondays and Tuesdays. Delicious fruits and vegetables are sold here, but prices tend to be quite high. So be prepared to negotiate.


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