BRONG AHAFO REGION

THE BRONG AHAFO REGION

INTRODUCTION

Let us welcome you to Brong Ahafo, the region at the heart of Ghana, with a multiplicity of ethnic groups, physical features, cultural practices that dates back into antiquity, tourist attractions opportunities for investment in all sectors of the economy especially tourism, and of an open, and warm-hearted people, ready to welcome you and make your stay in Brong Ahafo a memorable one.

Sunyani, the captail of the Brong Ahafo Region is linked to Accra by a first class road and is about seven hours drive between them, at a relatively regular pace. From Sunyani you may then begin your tour, which will take you to the major tourist attractions of Brong Ahafo.

History

Created on 4th April 1959 out of the then Western Ashanti, Brong Ahafo is the second largest region of Ghana in terms of landmass with a territorial size of 39,557,O8sq.kms.

Boundaries

The region is bordered on the north by the Northern Region, Ashanti and Western on the South, Eastern and Volta on the Southeast and east respectively, and the Republic of La Cote d’ivoire to the west.

Population

According to the 2000-population census, the Brong Ahafo region has a population of about 1,824,827 with an average growth rate of 3.1 % and an economically active part of 45% representing the 15-65 age bracket.

Climate

The Region has a tropical climate with high temperatures of between 230C and 390C, enjoying however maximum rainfall of 450 in the northern parts to 650 in the south of the region.

Vegetation

There are two main types of vegetation namely the moist semi deciduous forest mostly in the southern and southeastern parts of the region, and the guinea savannah woodland predominantly in the Northeastern portion of the region.

Administrative Districts

Brong Ahafo has thirteen (13) administrative districts: Sunyani, Asutifi, Tano, Berekum, Dormaa Asunafo, Techiman, Wenchi, Sene, Nkoranza, Atebubu, Kintampo and Jaman.

Ethnic Groups

There are two main ethnic groups namely the Brongs and the Ahafos who are of the Akan stock. Minority groups are the Nafana of Sampa, Koulongo of Seikwa and Badu, the Mo/Degha of Mo, Libya of Banda as well as the Nchumuru of Atebubu and Sene. Akan is the lingua franca throughout the region.

Chieftaincy
There are forty-four Paramount chiefs and five Divisional Councils constituting the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs.

TRANSPORTATION 

Road 
The Region can boast of first class roads linking its major towns to the regional capital, Sunyani and the rest of the country.

Air 
Sunyani has an airport, which connects the region by air to Kumasi, Accra and Takoradi. Air transportation is however irregular and is therefore unreliable. Lake Brong Ahafo has three in-land lake ports on its portion of the Volta Lake. These are Yeji, New Buipe and Yapei, which can all be reached from Akosombo using the Yapei Queen among others.

Telecommunications
There is an effective communication system in place with over 6,800 direct telephone lines linking most district capitals; radio phones are used in other districts. Mobile phones are also now in use.

Electricity
The thirteen (13) district capitals have been provided with electricity whose voltage is the same as the national one of 220 volts and of 3-pronged and 2-pronged out- lets.

Money Exchange
There are a few foreign exchange bureaux in most of the district capitals dealing in monetary transactions in cedis and selected foreign currencies.

7 – DAYS IN BRONG AHAFO

The Brong Ahafo Region abounds in a wide range of tourist attractions; here is a seven-day programme to introduce the region to the tourist:

Day 1-Techiman District (1)

Depart Sunyani for Techiman visiting the Techiman Central Market. This is the largest weekly market in Ghana, which operates from Tuesday through to Friday each week. It attracts traders, mostly market women from all parts of the country as well as neighbouring states. Notable among the wares displayed are all kinds of grain, tubers and fruits. The market reaches a climax on Fridays when it is filled with all sorts of people in a festive mood presenting a multi-coloured blend of culture and industry. Proceed to the Sacred Fish Ponds on River Tano where you get a first hand feel of in-land fishing by both the young and old especially women.
You may end this day with a visit to Bono Manso Slave Market site which became an important place where captured slaves were marketed and sold, before you return to your hotel for an overnight in Techiman.

Day 2-Techiman (2) 

Depart Techiman town for a tour of Tano Boase Sacred Grove. It is believed that the sacred grove is indeed the cradle of Bono civilization. The grove served as a hideout for the Bono people during the slave trade and inter-tribal wars many, many years ago. Continue to the only known Monastery in Ghana, the Kristo Boase Monastery established by the Catholic Church for the Benedictine monks, with well-designed facilities and an attractive landscape setting ideal for religious retreats or conventions. Buoyem is a small rural community surrounded by a beautiful landscape. This is where you find the famous Buoyem Caves and Bats Colony hidden in the dry semi-deciduous forest. These are Rosetta fruit bats. There is an exciting habitat tour which lasts 3 to 4 hours, where you meet the sandstone rocks and waterfalls.

Day 3 – Nkoranza District 

One of the major attractions of the Brong Ahafo Region, the well- known Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is located 22km north of Nkoranza. The sanctuary is home to the Black and White Colobus Monkey and the Mona Monkey. The monkeys are used to human beings and are easily found in the compounds of the villages of Boabeng and Fiema. Once in Fiema one cannot but proceed to the ancient underground Pinihini Amovi Caves to see the numerous holes through which, according to legend, some of their ancestors came to this earth. A visitor can only be led to the caves by the fetish priest of Pinihini.

DAY 4 – Kintampo District

You might have passed the night at Techiman from where you drive northwards to Kintampo town where you will visit the geographical centre of Ghana as well as the Kintampo slave market, or what is left of it. Proceed to the beautiful Fuller Falls for a cool swim in the pool. The Kintampo Falls are only 4km away from the town on the Kintampo-Tamale highway. This is the point where the Pumpu River falls some seventy (70) metres down beautiful rocky steps to continue its journey towards the Black Volta at Buipe. Retire to a hotel at Kintampo for the night.

DAY 5 – WenchilSampa Districts

Depart Kintampo for Wenchi. At Wenchi, you visit the Busia Mausoleum dedicated to an illustrous son of Ghana and one time Prime Minister in the Second Republic, the late Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia of blessed memory.
The famous Kwaku Fri Shrine is only 6km from Wenchi Townat Nwoase village. It is open to visitors on Wednesdays and Sundays only. The shrine is reputed to cure many diseases and ailments including the dreaded HIV/AIDS. Continue to the Hani Archaeological site, 50km from Wenchi, inhabited by the Beghos about 1200 B.C. before driving to Sampa for the night.

Day 6– Jaman/Berekum Districts 

While still in Sampa, take the opportunity to visit the remains of the slave market. Proceed to the Colonial Officers Mausoleum for Whites including former Colonial District Commissioners under British rule. Move north to Jinini to visit the Mass Graves for Black Slaves captured by the forces of Samory and Babatu.

Day 7 – Asunafo District

Whether you passed the night at Berekum or Sunyani, you cannot end your tour of the region without a visit to Mim. Desmond Plantations together with their Cashew Processing Factory cannot also be missed. If you decide to rest you could pass the night in one of the few but standard hotels in Mim, or continue to Kumasi.

Hotels 

The region boasts of over 120 hotels, most of which are budget. Star-rated hotels and luxury guesthouses can be found in Sunyani, Techiman, Berekum, Wenchi and Dormaa. Neat budget hotels and guesthouses are in every one of the thirteen districts in the Region. For a full list of hotels, please contact Fiandad Ghana Limited – Car Rentals and Tours

Restaurants 
There are a couple of restaurants mainly in Sunyani and a few district capitals. Contact Fiandad Ghana Limited – Car Rentals and Tours.

Historic Sites

The Heritage of Brong Ahafo

The history and culture of Brong Ahafo comes alive if you visit the Hani archaeological site 50km from Wenchi

The Hani Archaeological Site

Located near Wenchi, this site is important for prehistoric finds such as

Ancient Amowi Caves

There are underground caves near Fiema, called the Pinihini Amowi Caves, and legend has it that the Bono people came out from the ground through those holes. According to Bono Techiman…

Places of Interest

Traditional Cloth Making at Boama

20km from Techiman, the village of Nsuta is famous for the production of Kyenkyen, a local folk weave cloth.

Yeji

Yeji is a town with a population of about 35,000 inhabitants located on the shores of Lake Volta in the Atebubu District in the Brong Ahafo Region. The strategic location of the town has turned it into an important market centre and a major transport hub, which serves as a transit point between the north and south of Ghana for goods and people.

Festivals and Events

Apoo Festival

This festival is celebrated by the people of Techiman and Wenchi in the Brong Ahafo Region. It …

Fordjour (Yam Festival)

It is celebrated in the months of August and September. This ya festival is celebrated annually by the chiefs and people of Badu in the Wenchi…

Sasabobirim Festival

This festival is celebrated by the chiefs and people of Awuah Domase near Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region. It is celebrated in…

Kwafie Festival

It is a week-long celebration held in November and December. Kwafie festival is celebrated by the chiefs and people of …

Wildlife and Nature Reserves

Boabeng-Fiema Sanctuary

Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is Ghana’s most famous example of traditional African conservation. The sanctuary is nestled in between the two villages of Boabeng and Fiema; the sanctuary is home to over 200 Geoffroy’s Pied Colobus and 500 Campbell’s Mona Monkeys…

Kintampo Waterfalls

These beautiful falls are hidden away in the woods close to the Kumasi/Kintampo highway.

Volta River

The Volta River flows along the eastern edge of Brong Ahafo

Fuller Falls

located a few kilometres nortwest, whose waters mysteriously disapper underground before….

Bui National Park

It is well know for its hippos, and big antelopes such as the roan and hartebeest. At the Bui gorge, south of

Food

Dishes of the Brong Ahafo Region

The main dishes of the Brong Ahafo Region include fufu with “Nkotomire” soup…

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