The Central Region

Posted by Webby on January 5, 2006

The Central Region

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This region is known as "The heartbeat of Ghana tourism" because of its pivotal role in the development of tourism in the country,and it's wealth of beaches, forts and castles, festivals and fax. There several good hotels you can stay in wtilst 2 a: Cam Region. CapeCoast is the regional capital 4 ae -nrm region Itwas the first capital of Britains G:<c colony and is steeped in history. Founded ¦ ae 15* century by the Portuguese and is popularly rcfcncd ¦ as 'Oguaa' Historical sightseeing and lazing on the heache are the core tourist activities in the area. The main dishes of the Central Regis scale "bmt dorkunu" or kenkey with fish and gravy. Mi mi palmnut soup, jollof rice, "fante tante" (pahn oi mem with small fresh fish) and tatale. ampesi and oto 1 Baaed yam).
Ho* to get there
By road there is the main Accra-Cape Coaa rani, the main Kumasi-Yamoransa -Cape Coast road, the tata-Takoradi-CapeCoast road. All these make goat 10 CapeCoast very accessible from whichever pan of the country you may find yourself. Getting Around Transportation
Whilst in the metropolis, it is fairly easy to find your »iv in CapeCoast.
By Road: Vanef STC buses shark four times da> between Cape Coast and Aon daily. There ace also hourly buses to Takoradi winch also stop in CapeCoast so its fairly easy to get to Cape Coast There are also regular Neoplans Buses and Tro-tros to most of the mm coastal towns.
The Beaches
Brenu Beach: This remarkable beach am he aanl
within a fifteen minutes drive from Fhwn
Elmina Beach: Well known for its resorts, as hock at
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the historic Elmina Castle. [E 13]
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Breni Akyinim: Great beach ad ncaas ar a day or

Traditional Fishing Villages
Along the coast of the Central Region is a succession of busy fishing villages and traditional market towns that
reflect the distinct cultures of the district. Visitors to all
the villages will be welcomed with traditional Ghanaian
hospitality. Of particular interest are:
Winneba: Famous for its fishing fleet, Masquerade
festival and local ceramics. [F13]
Mankessim: Well known for its Posuban shrine and busy
market. [F13]
Kromantse/Abandze: [E13] Twin fishing villages, one of the important trading centers to which the late Louis Armstrong, the great jazz player, traced his ancestry. Craft Villages
The villages of the Central Region are famed for their traditional crafts that are still worked as their forefathers have worked for generations.
They all make great souvenirs of your visit to the Central Region.
Particularly important villages are: Winneba - [Beautiful and unusual ceramics, Gomoa-Otsew-Jukwa - [Village of pottery makers] Bobikuma - [rattan products] Bamboo Orchestra at Masomagor [E 13]
The youth at the village of Masomagor have revived a traditional art, by performing with bamboo percussion instruments to music and Dance. It is worth taking a look at their performance.
This village is close to the Kakum National Park.Winneba Beach: [F13] lunkra far fcSrChas hack cut


Castles and Forts The Cape Coast Castle [E 13]
The Castle was the headquarters of the British merchants and the seat of government until 1877. It now houses the West African Historical
Museum where exhibits range from the prehistoric period to the mid 19th Century.
The dark underground dungeons where the slaves were held and the auction halls are places of great importance to most African-Americans because of the nostalgia they evoke.
Fort William - Anomabu [E 13]
This fort was the focus of intense European rivalry in the
17tn and 18m century, because of its easy access to the rich hinterland and the powerful and astute local Anomabu traders. Built initially by the Dutch and changed hands four times, to the Swedes, then to the Danes back to the Dutch and finally to the English Elmina Castle [E 13]
Built in 1482, it is said to be the oldest European-built structure in black Africa and is rated as one of the World's Heritage Sites. Built by the Portuguese because it was strategically located for their trading Fort St. Jago-Elmina [E 13] This site has gained in importance due to their gateway role into settlers, as well as the part they played in the slave trade. It is also rated as one of the World's Heritage Sites.
The Slave River (Donkor Nsuo)[E 12]
Located at Assin Manso on the Cape Coast-Kumasi road, this river, also known as "Nnonkuo Nsuo", is said to be the last bathing place of the slaves before they were locked up in the castle to await their journey to the "New World".
Kakum National Park [E 13]
This is a 357km2 national park comprising undisturbed virgin rainforest. Excellent walking tours (and a canopy walkway) through the forest provide the opportunity to see much of Ghana's indigenous plant life, as well as rare butterflies, birds and game (that could include the extraordinary bongo and forest elephant). Highlights include: Forest walks, Treetop canopy walkway, Bird watching. Medicinal plants. Kakum Conservation Area Tree House [E 12] The Kakum Conservation Area consists of the Kakum National Park and the nearby Assin Attandaso Resource Reserve. It is a fairly old national park, established in 1932.
There are seven primate species including the Diana monkey, about 550 species of butterflies. 250 species of birds including five hornbill species, the Frazer-eagle


owl, and the African grey and Senegal parrots, and about 100 species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians (forty species of larger mammals).
The tree house walk can take you about 2 or 3 hours. It is guided by trained experts in the area and follows a trail through cocoa farms, bamboo forests, until you reach the Kakum forest where the hike turns to more of a jungle experience.
The tree house is situated 40 feet above the forest floor and within sight of the tallest/Largest tree of the forest where elephants can sometimes be seen scrounging for fallen fruit. NB: you can spend the night but make sure you call for reservations.
Coastal Ramsar Sites ¦ Muni-Pomadze Ramsar Site The Muni-Pomadze Site encompasses an area of about 90-km2 comprising the water shed of the Muni Lagoon. However, the lagoon and flood plains is only 114ha. Eleven communities/settlements within the site fall under the Awutu-Efutu-Senya and Gomoa Districts. Farming and fishing are the main vocation of the people. The lagoon extends about 15 km inland.
Aboakye Festival
This 300 year old Festival is celebrated by the people of Simpa or Winneba in the Central Region of Ghana. It is probably the most famous festival in the country, in which Winneba's two oldest Asafo companies, dressed in full traditional regalia, compete to be the first to hunt down and capture alive an antelope using their bare hands <*' and the captured animal is sacrificed to the oracles at the PemkyeOtu Fetish [F13] Masquerading Festival
It started around the 1920's and is celebrated on the 1st of January every year and draws large crowds from all over. Fancy dressed groups take part in this festival competition wearing masks accompanied by brass bands.. ^. It begins in the morning of the New Year. Edina Bronya
This festival is a novel Christmas introduced to the people of Elmina during the Dutch era of the colonial period. The period'coincides with the Dutch Festival, which falls on the first Thursday of January every year and marked in Elmina to signify the bond of friendship between the Dutch and the people of Elmina. On the eve of the festival, the Paramount chief climbs up Fort ST.
Jago and fires shots at midnight to usher in the New Year Edina Bakatue Festival I If literally translated Edina Bakatue means "The opening I of the Lagoon" or "the Draining of the Lagoon".
It is celebrated to commemorate the founding of the town. Sacred food to the river god and prays for peace, There is a spectacular ride on the lagoon by women resplendent in "Kente" cloth'
and local festive headgears


/ Akwambo Festival
\ The festival, literally meaning "path-clearing", is celebrated by the people of Agona in the Central Region. Panafest
Pan-African Historic Festival is a major biennial event of cultural forum for Africans and people of African descent as well as friends of the continent committed to the noble cause of Pan Africanism.
The venues for the Panafest are the historical towns of Cape Coast and Elmina. The festival is a celebration of African cultural values, history and civilization.
, Odwira Festival The Odwira Festival which is celebrated by the Denkyira
i people runs for weeks, beginning at Jukwa, the traditional capital, and ends at Dunkwa-on Offin, the administrative capital
FetuAfahye (Carnival)
Fetu Afahye Festival is probably the most important calendar amongst the Fantes and is celebrated by the people of Oguaa or Cape Coast Traditional Area in the Central Region. It is named after the 17th Century Fetu or Effutu kingdom which, is located 19 kilometers inland of
Cape Coast. It is celebrated on the 1st of September every year and the main feature of this festival is the state purification rites, it is very colourful festival and it's like a grand festival there is a processing of chiefs, drumming, dancing and firing of musketry. —-' There is also a display of traditional priests and priestesses on Monday night, which attracts large crowd mainly the youth and thousands of people including foreigners from all over the country travel to witness the festival. This festival has effect of creating in the people a feeling of pride in their cultural heritage and spiritual affinity.
Another significant feature ceremony "Bakatue" involves cutting through the sand bar separating the Fosu lagoon and the sea to allow the lagoon access into the sea presumably to bring more fish into the lagoon, g The Omanhene (Paramount Chief) as part of the event, pours libation to the deity, Nana Fosu, his net is cast three times into the lagoon to signify the lifting of the ban on lagoon fishing. Various fishermen's groups in the municipality organize a regatta or board race on the lagoon. A grand Durban climaxes the festival.
Festival Akwambo

The Ghana Tourism Board Central Region, Cape Coast Jackson road,P.O.Box 847, Cape Coast Tel :(233-42) 32062

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