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KUMASI

Kumasi can boast many tourist attractions, being the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom. Initially composed of warring factions, the Ashanti Kingdom started to take a recognisable modern shape under King Osei Tutu of the Oyoko clan in the dying years of the 17th century. The Ashanti Kingdom has a long and varied history to boast about, when mentioning names such as Nana Yaa Asantewa, Obiri Yeboah, etc.
 


 


LAKE BOSOMTWI

Lake Bosomtwi can be found 30km south of Kumasi in an almost circular crater, and has a diameter of 10km; it is by far the greatest natural freshwater body in Ghana. It is also the deepest, reaching a maximum depth of about 90 metres and rising. The origin of the crater in which Lake Bosomtwi lies was settled by a recent geological study, which confirmed a meteorite impact. The Lake is situated in a beautiful spot encircled by ruggedly mountainous and thickly vegetated crater walls that reach an altitude of higher than 600 metres. It also offers opportunities for walking, bird-watching, fishing and canoeing. Boat trips around the lake can be arranged through the Paradise Resort Hotel or the village for a fee. The lake is held sacred by Ashanti traditionalists. Some claim that Bosomtwi is where a deity called Twi resided.



At Lake Bosomtwi we will lodge at the lake-side Paradise Resort Hotel for 2 nights. From here we will  visit Kente Village and also a  craft market. Kente Village is where the traditional kente cloth is woven, which has always been strongly associated with the Ashanti people. Modern kente is characterized by intricately woven and richly colourful geometric designs, generally dominated by bold shades of yellow, blue, red, orange and green. The Ashantis used this this type of cloth long before the introduction of exotic fabrics and dyes through trade with the Europeans.
According to Ashanti tradition, kente design originated in Boonwire, a small village close to Kumasi, which still serves as one of the main centres of kente production.



TECHIMAN-BOABENG - FIEMA MONKEY SANCTUARY  

Techiman is a substantial and rather ancient junction town on the main Kumasi to Tamale road about 60km north-east of Sunyani. The long-standing capital of the Techiman-Bono kingdom is said to be the first Akan state. Techiman is also known as the nation’s food basket.

The small Monkey Sanctuary was created in 1974 to protect monkeys in a dry, semi-deciduous forest centre around the villages of Boabeng and Fiema which lie 1km apart in the Nkoranza district. The Mona and the black - and - white Colubus monkeys are widely seen, but there are also reports of viewings of Green Spot-nosed and Diana monkeys in recent years. The Mona monkeys usually move in troops of 15-20 animals, several of which now have a territory in the forest fringe and the adjacent woodlands.
 

 

The black-and-white Colobus monkeys with a population of about 150 animals, can also be seen in troops of 13 animals, but rarely outside the true forest.
The reason why the population of these animals has survived and increased is that the inhabitant of both villages regard them as sacred.
 

 





 

KAKUM NATIONAL PARK

From Cape Coast to Kakum National Park is less than an hour’s drive. Assin Attandaso Game Production Area and Pra Suhien Forest Reserve protects rain forest that ranks among the most extensive remaining in its original habitat in Ghana, and is also the most accessible to casual visitors to the country. It covers an area of  350 km². The protected area is classified as moist, semi-deciduous forest, like any true rain forest, and is characterised by a high rain fall figure (between May and December) and a humidity level averaging around 90%. The rivers that rise in Kakum provide water for more than 130 towns and villages.
Kakum National Park protects large mammal species, bongo, forest elephants, Diana monkeys, Mono monkeys, bush buck, etc. None of these is likely to be seen by day visitors, but it is possible to arrange overnight camping trips to Antikwaa Camp, where elephants in particular are encountered with some frequency.
Kakum is an excellent place to see forest birds - roughly 275 species have been recorded. However, to see some of these birds you would need to spend a couple of days in the area and do some early morning guided walks.
The main tourist attraction at Kakum is the much publicised canopy walk. Constructed in 1995, this 350m long, 40m high wood and rope walkway is suspended between seven trees and broken up by a number of viewing platforms. The canopy walk offers a rare opportunity to actually look into the forest canopy, a breathtaking experience in itself and one that will immediately excite bird watchers.
 

KINTAMPO WATERFALLS

Kintampo is a small town which lies on the main road almost halfway between Kumasi and Tamale. It is best known for its waterfalls which are about 25 metres high with a swimming pool at the base, easily reached by a series of concrete steps. The fringing forest is dominated by mahogany trees up to 40 metres high and looks promising for birds. Also near Kintampo Falls are the Fuller Falls, notable for the stream below the waterfall, which disappears underground for some 40 metres before re-emerging.
 




 

MOLE NATIONAL PARK

Mole conserves an area of relatively flat savannah, lying at an average altitude of about 150 metres above sea level and broken by the 250 metres high escarpment on which its only Motel accommodation is situated. More than ninety mammals and about 300 bird species have been recorded in Mole. The population of mammals appears to have increased since the last mammals census was carried out in 1988.

A visit to Mole is easily combined with the Mosque at Larabanga, the most famous, frequently visited, and reputedly oldest, of the half dozen or so West Sudanese style mud and stick mosques dotted through western Ghana.



Local tradition said that the mosque’s founder was travelling through the region when he found the so-called mystic stone on the outskirts of Larabanga, and decided to throw his spear from that point and to sleep wherever it landed. For more details come and let us go to Larabanga.







 

ANKASA WATERFALLS

Ankasa brigs into mind a Garden of Eden with 500 sq. km of twisting vines, spectacular waterfalls and a bamboo cathedral that will take your breath away; it also boasts over 300 plant species. Ankasa is in the Western Region of Ghana, easily accessible from Takoradi and the border town of Elubo on the Takoradi-Cote d’Ivoire highway.
The list of more than 80 resident mammal species includes forest elephants, bongo, giant forest hogs, red river hogs, chimpanzees, etc. The reserve also protects a prodigious variety of butterflies, reptiles and amphibians and has undergone an extensive tourist development programme. There are three rustic and inexpensive overnight camps, as well as two short nature trails and a 25km stretch of good gravel road along which you are free to walk and cycle. The reserve charges guide and entrance fees.