THE WESTERN REGION
The Western Region is an integrated complex of beautiful safe beaches and African touch beach resorts; the largest collection of European trading forts Met used for the slave trade); the highest tropical jungles; numerous mines; old architectural styles and vivacious festivals. Takoradi, a harbor city is fast becoming a cruise Ship stopover. It has some of the most untouched expanses of tropical forests and most of Ghana's plantations are to be found in this region e.g. rubber, coconut, citrus, oil palm, teak etc. The twin-city : t Sekondi-Takoradi together form the third largest urban in Ghanaians is the regional capital and the gateway to the west coast, even though not a tourist destination is .. orth spending a night or two. A bustling central market, nice beaches and historical forts all blend to make it worth your while. There several good hotels you can stay in whilst in the Western Region. The main dishes of this Region include "akyeke" with Avocado pear, fufu and light soup with mushroom or snails.
It takes just four hours from Accra to Takoradi and STC runs a daily service from Accra. Buses leave from Takoradi almost every hour to Accra. The Accra-CapeCoast-Takoradi road is a first class road that makes traveling quicker, easier and comfortable compared to tuber parts of Ghana. It is also very easier to come through the Cote Ivoire border through Elubu where several buses ply to and from Accra. There is also a twice-daily train service to Kumasi.
Western Region is famous for some of the best beaches in Ghana.
Busua Beach Resort [5km from Fort Metal Cross in Dixcove and 20km from Takoradi] It is regarded as one of the best and safest beaches in Ghana. Originally a anall fishing village, this beach resort has brought in a aeady influx of upmarket tourists.
Sports Club Beach- Located behind Atlantic Hotel in Takoradi.
Ajua Beach- Located 200 meters from Dadowa Lagoon. Princesstown
Beach Located off Takoradi/Elubo highway.
A secluded beach with rocky coves,reflect for picnics.
Ankobra & Paradise Beaches
The beach is located on the shore of the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean; the Alaska Beach Club is a popular retreat for backpackers and those in search of a quiet beach away from it.
CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL HERITAGE
Castles and Forts
The Western Region is another region with a rich heritage demonstrated by the number of castles still open to visitors. The best examples in the region are:
Fort St. Apollonia at Beyin
This English fort was built in 1768 [located 90km from Takoradi and was
named Apollonia by a Portuguese explorer who sighted the place on St. Apollonia's
The fort was transferred to the Dutch in 1868 and returned to the English in 1872.
Fort Metal Cross at Dixcove
Originally Known as 'Dicks Cove' The English built this fort between 1692-1698, to prevent the British captains from trading at Fort Groot Friedrichburg to the disadvantage of English commerce. Located 35km fromTakoradi.
Fort Batenstein (1656) at Butre
Built by the Dutch in 1656 at Butre, and handed over to the English in
1872. the fort is now in partial ruins and overlooks one of the most magnificent
beaches in Ghana at the estuary of the Butre River.
Fort Groot Friederichsburg at Prince's town Located on Manfro Hill 5km east of Fort St. Antonio, the fort was built by the Brandeburgers in 1683. It was taken over by an Ahantan, Chief John Conney in 1708 and recaptured in 1725 by the Dutch and renamed Hollandia.
Fort St. Antonio atAxim
This Portuguese Fort was built in 1515 as a trading post. It was taken over by the Dutch and then later by the English.
Built by the Dutch in 1640. it was destroyed by some local people and was rebuilt four years later. It was again captured and damaged by a group of people.
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah's Grave
The original grave of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, first President of Ghana and now buried in the Mausoleum in Accra, can be found at Nkroful, 83km west of Takoradi
WILDLIFE AND NATURE RESERVES
Akatekyi Crocodile Pond
30km west of Takoradi, the local fetish priest entices the crocodiles from the water with a live chicken. Bring a bottle of schnapps for the libation. Visitors welcome every day except Wednesday, a sacred day.
Ankasa Nature Reserve
This intact wet evergreen forest is a zone of great botanical beauty and richness with some 3000-plant -cecies per hectare. Educative nature trails, remarkable
and interesting features, the forest lodges, cascades and lie famous "bamboo cathedral" beckon.
Bin National Park
This park is bordered to the south with a 513 sq Km resource reserve and is an international bisphere reserve
The Amansuri Conservation Area
The Conservation is a project been undertaken by the Amansuri Conservation & Integrated Development Project with the aim of managing the pristine Amansuri setland and its fresh water lagoon. The wetland has the sand of intact swamp forest in Ghana and home to inches of animals like monkeys, crocodiles, marine zinles and birds. It has been selected as one of the Important Bird Areas in Ghana based on Birdlife International criteria.
fa the heart of the twin city of Sekondi-Takoradi is a Topical forest inhabited by monkeys. It is the city's rt'Dieal hideaway. Visitor facilities are available.
Egyambra Crocodile Sanctuary
west of Takoradi, the local fetish priest entices the crocodiles from the water with a bottle coca-cola and fed with a live fowl.
yimama Rock Shrine
mama in the Wassa Mpohor District, is a rock Serine consisting of a huge rock stack on top of three -xks forming a shelter of nearly three storey high. As jou visit this area you will feel the microclimate, which iccounts for the unique coolness of the place.
The village on Stilts of Nzulezo [
His is a remarkable village where life goes on in the centre of Lake Tadane, just 90km west of Takoradi. The louses are built on stilts, and traditional village life atopts to the watery conditions. The excursion from Beyin involves a walk through the reeds at the lake's sige. and a trip in a dugout canoe to the village. Visitors re welcome every day except Thursday, which is a acred day.
Cape Three Points
TMs is the southernmost point of the country and its xghthouse permits great views of the countryside
The Western Region has several mines, [may be visited I* prior arrangement] the main ones are all in Tarkwa. Manganese Mine, Prestea Goldmines, Tarkwa ines [one of the oldest in the country] rodiPort [
radi Port was established in 1928 as the first port of a, handling both imports and exports. For several decades Takoradi port served as an important Port for passenger vessels plying the West Africa - Europe route Sport Fishing & Whale Watching For the sea lover, you are welcome to sport fish as well as Whale watch along our coast. For more details contact Captain Hook restaurant or the Ghana Tourist Board.
The people of Sekondi celebrate their annual Kundum Festival between July and August. It is believed that Kundum originated from Ahanta Aboade, a village on the Tarkwa- Takoradi road.
The Sekondi Kundum Festival may be regarded as a harvest festival, as well as a period for remembering the dead, cleansing the community and setting new goals for the coming year.
There are some unique features in the way it is celebrated in every district. Through these festivals, the people remember their ancestors and ask for their help and protection. The festivals are also used to purify the whole state. The unique feature about this festival is that it moves from town to town. If you miss it this week, you get another opportunity to see it at another place.
For More Information Contact; The Ghana Tourist Board Western Region, Sekondi-Takoradi.
3rd Floor SIC Building P.O. Box 781, Takoradi Tel: [233-31] 22357
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