If you are visiting the my lovely country Ghana, you are definitely going to want to visit the Eastern Region of my country Ghana. You’ll find that it is full of very polite and friendly people. Since I have been there with my colleagues I will tell you about it
Its about 45mins to 1hr drive from Accra. There are so many automobile forms of transport depending on your budget. You can always get these cars or buses at all the major lorry stations throughout Accra and the other regions. Just ask anybody on the street and you are good to go.
HISTORY OF 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.
The capital town of the eastern Region is Koforidua about 85km scarp from Accra.
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.
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.
NATURAL TOURISM RESERVES
Aburi Botanical Gardens
These century – old botanical gardens, about one hour’s drive from Accra offer a rich collection of tropical flora, which attracts scores overs.