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The Eastern Region

The Eastern reion is rich in natural beauty, dramatic ladscape, historic relics and traditional cultures. It shares boundary on the north with Brong-Ahafo and Ashanti Regions, on the East with Volta Region, on the west with Central and Greater Accra on the south. The capital town of the Eastern Region is Koforidua about 85km from Accra. The main language spoken is Twi of which each ethnic group has its own distinct language.

It is certainly not geared towards up market tourism as compared to the busy west coast where you are constantly bombarded if you are a tourist. There is a total lack of hassle from locals and an immensely refreshing quiet if you backpack and enjoy hiking. It is one part of Ghana where you feel the reputation and justification of Africa's friendliest people.

TRAVEL INFORMATION
How to get there!
The Eastern region is easily accessible from most of the other regions with very good roads. However you can easily reach Koforidua through some major routes from Accra the Suhum-Koforidua road, the Aburi-Larteh-Koforidua road, the Bunsu-Tafo road if you are from Kumasi all make getting to Koforidua fairly simple.
NATURAL ATTRACTIONS
Tetteh Quarshie's Cocoa Farm [G 12]
The first cocoa farm established in the Country from seeds first brought from Fernando Po Island. From this small beginning grew our major cocoa industry. Slave Market ofAbonse [H 11] Traces of the 17th and 18th century slave market can still be seen in a town that was an important crossroads On the Slave Route.
OkomfoAnokye's Shrine
60km from Koforidua. this important shrine is dedicated to the legendary priest credited with the founding of the
Asante Empire. 1 >- Akonedi Shrine, Larteh [G 12] ' On the Akwapim Ridge the fetish shrine is an important £ place of traditional healing and religious ceremonies. * Larteh is 56km north of Accra, on the Akwapim Ridge.
There you will find the Akonedi Shrine Avhere herbal 1 medicine as well as psychic healing is practiced by the
fetish. A fee is^arged to observe religious ceremonies. :i The Wonderful Sh-in-one Palm Tree a This spectacular freak of nature has six full branches ( sprouting from a single stem. a The Presbyterian Training College: [G 12] Located on
the hills of Akropong overlooking the valley, this college
is one of the earlier schools built by missionaries who 1 came to Ghana. Has a lot of history to offer and a popular
destination for tourists.
WILDLIFE AND NATURE RESERVES
This century -old garden, originally created in 1890 just as an agricultural research station, is home to a large variety of subtropical trees and plants that attracts cores of birds and butterflies and has had a guest list that includes Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II (1960) and her son, the Prince of Wales (1977). A public park for recreation, situated in the town of Aburi, the gardens located in the Akwapim Hills, 38km from Accra, just an hours drive and has indoor-outdoor restaurants and facilities for staying overnight. The Bunso Arboretum Forest Reserve [G 11] The Bunso Arboretum is a protected forest reserve, spanning 16.5 hectares. Half of this area is semi-deciduous forest while the other half is made up of indigenous trees, along with fruits, and timber tree species, which have been introduced to Ghana by the Plant Genetic Resources Center of Bunso. The Arboretum is home to over 110 species of birds, some of which are very rare. The protected Arboretum offers them a peaceful place to call home. The herb garden, which is located in the Arboretum contains 100 different species of herbs with a wide range of uses, from food to medicinal to aromatic. Visitors can stroll through the many kilometres of nature trails in the arboretum. Guests can identify the local trees and plants along the way and learn about all the local uses for diverse tree and plant life in the arboretum. Trees and plants play a very big role in life in Ghana, both for food and medicinal purposes. The Big Tree [F12]
This is near Akim-Oda, and is supposed to be the largest tree in West Africa, measuring 128m with a girth of about 11 meters.
Aburi Botanical Gardens [G 12]

 

 

The Great Boabab Tree (Adansonia Digitata)

This peculiar giant baobab tree is another attraction situated just north of the entrance to the great Dodowa Forest. It served a very interesting purpose during the Kantamanso war. The Shai warriors were said to have fired their last bullets into this tree to declare the War over on 26th August. 1826. it was alleged that bullets used consisted of beads, beans, millet rice, salt, black potions and talismans on locally prepared gunpowder the big tree displays the "bumps" or "hunches" as "wounds" caused by the bullets till this day.

The Akosombo Dam and Volta Lake

The construction of the hydroelectric dam across the Volta River in 1965, gave rise to one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. It stretches from Akosombo in the south to Buipe in the north, cutting across five regions. You can also travel up country to Kete-Krachi-kojokrom-Yeji via the Volta lake transport Company, using the Ferry. The Ferry leaves only on Mondays Mid-afternoon for Yeji [a 28hour journey] this ferry is not the same as the cruising boat 'The Dodi Princess' used around the Dodi Island. It is rudimentarily comfortable if you travel first class [NB: only Ghanaian dishes served on board] But be sure to visit the village of Kete Krachi where the boat stops briefly, then continues to Yeji where it arrives late [10pm] the following evening. The Volta and Alliance hotels are the only places you can spend the night and by this time only Wofa Kwame's can offer you Tea. bread and eggs popularly known as 'Chibom' For the journey upwards to Tamale see the interesting places to visit in The Northern region.


Water Falls

The eastern region is endowed with a number of beautiful waterfalls

  • The Boti Falls:

Located in Koforidua in the forest reserve at huhunya, is the most popular and spectacular, sadly is only seasonal.

  • Waterfalls of Begoro:

The Trudu, Akrum and Osuben are a series of falls and cascades, surrounded by attractive woodlands and forest all in Begoro, are interesting to visit if you have the time to picnic. The Tsenku Waterfall: Sits at the northern corner of the Dodowa Forest, taking its source from Obosmase (Akwapim ranges). This beautiful waterfall drops from a height of over 250 feet, running on stratified rocks into a pan of cool, clean and clear pool with thousands of tilapia.


Arkaah Falls at Kyeremateng

Asenema Falls at Asenema


The Tsenku stream is joined by two other streams "Sanyade" and Popotsi" before meandering into the sea.

The Atewa Range

This is home to several birds and rare butterfly species, including Africa's largest butterfly, the Giant Swallow.


Atewa-Atwirebu Butterfly Sanctuary

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

The Kwahu scarp and theAkwapem-Togo Mountains

These are also prominent sites in the region. This is also where Ghana's annual paragliding festival is held. Even though this event is just two years old it seems to be gaining popularity and attracting paragliders all over the world. Log on to www.ghanaparagliding.com


Woodcarving

The Krobo, Kwahu and the Aburi areas are important woodcarving and pottery centers. Enyeresi is another woodcraft center well known for cane production.


Mining

The diamond town of Akwatia, even though is on the decline is an interesting place to visit.

 

FESTIVALS

Bobum or Dipo Festival


Dipo is celebrated in April by the people of Manya and Yilo Krobo in the towns of Krobo Odumase and Somanya, about 80 kilometers north of Accra. The mode of celebration is that, adolescent girls are adorned in beautiful beads and half-clothed. The festival initiates such girls.


Odwira Festival

Celebrated in Aburi, Akropong-Akwapim,Larteh, Amanorkrom, and Ahwerase in the period of September/October.
It is significant for the annual thanksgiving to God for his merciful care and protection. The festival is mainly the dramatization of Akwapem sacred traditions, myths and olden day legends, handed down by the ancestors of the "Oman". It involves the re-staging of some of the antiquated historical episodes like traditional military tactics. This festival, was instituted by the 19th Omanhene of Akropong, resulting from the capture of the artefacts (pertaining to the celebration of Odwira) by Akwapem forces from the hitherto invincible Ashanti army during the historic battle of Katamansu near Dodowa in 1826.


Ngmayem Festival

This is the annual traditional harvest and thanksgiving festival of the Krobo people. The people of Manya and Yilo Krobo celebrate it in March-April.


Akwantukese Festival

This festival is celebrated by the Chiefs and people of New Juaben Traditional Area in the first week of November each year.

Begoro Odwira Festival (Ahwie Festival)

It is an occasion for dedicated worship of great titular gods and goddesses of the nation, the period for the cleansing of filth and purification of sacred stools


Ohum Festival

Celebrated in Akyem (Abuakwa Traditional area). The festival is celebrated twice a year. These are known as OhumKan and OhumKyire and celebrated in June/July and September/ October respectively. It is also celebrated by the Akwapems.


Klovo Sikplemi Festival

Celebrated in Somanya during the period of November and its significance is paying of homage to ancestral home on the Krobo mountains.

For More Information Contact; The Ghana Tourist Board Eastern Region, Koforidua SIC Building P.O. Box 771, Koforidua Tel: [233-81] 23209/32128

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