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.
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.
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.
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.
The eastern region is endowed with a number of beautiful waterfalls