THE EASTERN REGION
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.
Latitude 5° 40° and 7°, 10 North, and longitude 08 east, 1 ° 15′ of the Greenwich Meridian.
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 scarp from Accra.
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.
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.
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.
Breath-taking in its beauty, this area is home to the Kwahus (pronounced Kwa-woos).
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.
The Cocoa Research Institute established in June, 1938 is located at New Tafo, 24km from Koforidua. It has arboretums and model farms…
Somanya and Odumase Krobo are recognized as bead making centres and
there is a well known bead market in Koforidua.
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.
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.
This is the annual traditional harvest and thanksgiving festival of the Krobo people…
This festival is celebrated by the Chiefs and people of New Juaben Traditional Area in the first week of November each year…
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
Celebrated in Somanya during the period of November and its significance is paying of homage to ancestral home on the Krobo mountains.
Celebrated in Aburi, Akropong-Akwapim,Larteh, Amanorkrom, Ahwerase in the period of September/October…
These century – old botanical gardens, about one hour’s drive from Accra
Spectacular, but seasonal, waterfalls in the forest reserve at huhunya. In the immediate vicinity are cascades, at their best in June to August.
A series of falls and cascades surrounded by attractive woodlands and forest. Just the place for a picnic.
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.
This nature reserve protect about five species of Monkey.
This is near Akim-Oda, and is supposed to be the largest tree in West Africa,
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 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 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 has a butterfly sanctuary within the 16.5 hectares. Visitors will see many different kinds of butterflies flying…
The reserve is near the town of Asantemanso has the largest tree in West Africa,…
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.
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.