EASTERN REGION

THE EASTERN REGION

INTRODUCTION

The Eastern Region of Ghana is a rich blend of dramatic landscapes, historic relics and traditional cultures. The ancient blends with the 20th century in this region so close to but such a contrast with Accra.

The region is dominated by Lake Volta, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes, and the Akosombo Dam, source of much of Ghana’s hydroelectric power. Both are worth a visit. A favourite excursion is the weekend trip to Dodi Islands.

Striking landscapes are overlooked by the Krobo Mountains and the Akwapim Ridge, and the countryside is great walking country. The Eastern Region is famous for its large areas of lush tropical forest, and cascading waterfalls. Fishermen will enjoy great sport fishing for tilapia in Lake Volta.

The Eastern Region contains Ghana’s only commercial diamond mine at Akwatia, while the birthplace of our great cocoa industry can be found at Mampong-Akwapim. For those with a particular interest, the Cocoa Research Institute at New Tafo, with its arboreta, welcomes visitors. The regional capital is Koforidua, a pleasant traditional town with agreeable hotels and a busy market.

Traditional and historic villages and towns are part of the richness of the Eastern Region of Ghana. Visitors should take the opportunity of visiting the original Presbyterian school buildings in Akropong, and the house of Tetteh Quarshie in Mampong. Both these towns have many interesting historic buildings and districts.

Many visitor’s introduction to the Eastern region is the botanical gardens at Aburi, which were opened in 1890, and have always been a favourite excursion from Accra. Also worth a visit is the forest of Atewa-Atwirebu, hundreds of birds and butterflies.

LOCATION

Latitude 5° 40° and 7°, 10 North, and longitude 08 east, 1 ° 15′ of the Greenwich Meridian.

BORDERS

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.

CAPITAL

The capital town of the eastern Region is Koforidua about 85km scarp from Accra.

CLIMATE

Temperatures in the Region vary from 240c to about 280c with average rainfall between 1750mm in the low lying areas to about 1750mm per annum in the highland area of the Kwahu scarp.

ETHNIC GROUPS & LANGUAGE

The Eastern Region consists of the Akwapim, Akyem, Kwahu, Krobo and Guans and each ethnic group has its own distinct, language festival practices.

Historic Sites

Tetteh quarshie’s Cocoa Farm

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 of Abonse

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.

Okomfo Anokye’s Shrine

60km from Koforidua, this important shrine is dedicated to the legendary priest credited with the founding of the Asante Empire.

Places of Interest

Kwahu Scarp

Breath-taking in its beauty, this area is home to the Kwahus (pronounced Kwa-woos).

Krobo Mountains – Klowen

The Mountains are believed to have been the first home of the Krobo people when they migrated to Ghana between the 15th and d 16th centuries.

Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana

The Cocoa Research Institute established in June, 1938 is located at New Tafo, 24km from Koforidua. It has arboretums and model farms…

Bead Making

Somanya and Odumase Krobo are recognized as bead making centres and
there is a well known bead market in Koforidua.

Diamond Mines

At Akwatia, 2 hours drive from Accra, is the only diamond mine in the country. This open-cast mine is open to tourists. It has recreational facilities and a guest- house.

Festivals and Events

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 kilometres north of Accra.

Ngmayem Festival

This is the annual traditional harvest and thanksgiving festival of the Krobo people…

Akwantukese Festival

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

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

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.

Odwira Festival

Celebrated in Aburi, Akropong-Akwapim,Larteh, Amanorkrom, Ahwerase in the period of September/October…

Wildlife and Nature Reserves

Aburi Botanical Gardens

These century – old botanical gardens, about one hour’s drive from Accra

Boti Falls

Spectacular, but seasonal, waterfalls in the forest reserve at huhunya. In the immediate vicinity are cascades, at their best in June to August.

The Waterfalls of Begoro

A series of falls and cascades surrounded by attractive woodlands and forest. Just the place for a picnic.

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 ferns and other flora.

Kogyae Strict Nature Reserve

This nature reserve protect about five species of Monkey.

The Big Tree

This is near Akim-Oda, and is supposed to be the largest tree in West Africa,

The Great Boabab Tree (Adansonia Digitata)

This peculiar baobab tree is another attraction in the Dodowa Forest. It served a very interesting purpose during the war. The Shai warriors were said to have fired their last bullets into this tree to declare the…

The Tsenku Waterfall

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,…

The Bunso Arboretum Forest Reserve

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…

The Bunso Arboretum Butterfly Sanctuary

The Bunso Arboretum has a butterfly sanctuary within the 16.5 hectares. Visitors will see many different kinds of butterflies flying…

Esen-Epam Forest Reserve

The reserve is near the town of Asantemanso has the largest tree in West Africa,…

Lakes and Rivers

The Volta Lake and Akosombo Dam

The Volta Lake is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. Created in 1965 as a result of the damming of the Volta River at Akosombo, the Lake stretches from Akosombo in the south (at Yapei) to Buipe in the north.

Adventure Tourism

Akonedi Shrine, Larteh

Larteh is 56km north of Accra, on the Akwapim Ridge. There you will find the Akonnedi Shrine where herbal medicine as well as psychic healing is practiced by the fetish Priests. A fee is charged to observe religious ceremonies.

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