Amongst the many tourist attractions and hotels across Ghana, Eastern Region is the hub for some of the most popular destinations. Whereas others are connected to the lake, others embrace the beautiful forests in the areas. Variety is the spice of life they say, therefore this write-up will guide you to choose from the regions offer when it comes to top tourist sites in the Eastern region
Eastern Region is located in south Ghana and is one of the sixteen administrative regions of Ghana. The Eastern region is to the east by the Lake Volta, to the north by Bono East Region and Ashanti region, to the west by Ashanti region, to the south by Central region and Greater Accra Region.
The place has rich dramatic landscapes, historic relic sites, and traditional cultures. The region is dominated by Lake Volta, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes, and the Akosombo Dam which is the source of much of Ghana’s hydroelectric power.
Therefore here are some top places you can visit when in the Eastern Region.
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Many hotels, attractions, and private tours are open with new health & safety protocols in place, and you still have to follow certain guidelines. They are all good for our safety.
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1.Aburi Botanical Gardens
The garden is located at Aburi in the Akwapim South District of the Eastern Region and it is 30 Km North of Accra on the Akuapemhills at 1200 feet elevation. The garden can be used as a place of convalescing and has both flora and fauna. In colonial times, it was used as a retreat for official visitors and others who needed to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. The town has comfortable weather conditions similar to that of the fall in the northeastern part of the United States, the coast of France, or Germany during the summertime. It has a comfortable spot near the coast.
The botanic garden attracts people from all over Ghana, as well as many foreign visitors. At the entrance of the garden is beautiful Royal Palm trees which are one of the most popular spots in most pictures of visitors. The attraction has a large variety of traditional, medicinal plants as well as a silk-cotton tree (Ceiba pentrandra), the sole survivor of the original forest that once covered the Aburi hills. The venue is also ideal for picnics, wedding receptions amongst other events.
2.Shai Hills Resource Reserve
The Shai Hills Resource Reserve is estimated an hour drive from Accra. Located towards the north of Accra and around the Akosombo road, the reserve is home to some of Ghana’s best wildlife. The best time to have the most sighting of the various animals like the antelopes, monkeys, bushbucks just to mention a few is in the mornings. To add to the fun there is also the opportunity to visit the Obonu tem and Se yo caves on the Hioweyo and Sayu Hills while there.
If you looking for the best camping experience in the Eastern region, then Shai hills reserve is the best among all the tourist sites. Hence you have an entire package of an experience when you visit the Shai Hills Resource Reserve. Most people also choose to spend the night by booking their luxury tent or choose to camp to have a full feel of the place. One other piece of advice is to visit the place when you have your own vehicle.
Boti falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Ghana. It is a twin waterfall located at Boti in the Eastern Region of Ghana. These twin falls are referred to as female and male. People visit this site to swim and enjoy the feel of nature as well. At the site of the Boti Falls in Yilo Krobo District, that is where the Umbrella Rock is found. Arguably it is the most popular among all tourist sites in Eastern region.
The Rock is roughly a 40-minute walk or hike in the forest from the falls. You can also get there by car in about 10 minutes. The Umbrella Rock which is also referred to as Akatamann, meaning ‘umbrella’ in the Akan language, is certainly a sight worth seeing.
Its size can shelter up to about 12 to 15 people at once. Even though the pivot on which the top rock lies might seem small, it’s very strong and has not been able to pull or pushed down with manpower. Yearly, many tourists make it to the Boti Falls to have a feel of nature, without leaving the umbrella rock from sight. Nearby is also a rock known as the Fertility rock which is believed to bless young ladies who sit on it with twins or triplets.
5.Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm
Located in mampong Akwapim, is the first cocoa farm established in the Country from seeds first brought from Fernando Po Island by the Legendary Tetteh Quarshie. From this small beginning grew a major cocoa industry. It is believed that a few of the original first trees planted by Tetteh Quarshie can still be found on the farm.
Other cocoa farms were later established which has given birth to a vibrant cocoa industry in the country. It is believed that a few of the original first trees planted by Tetteh Quarshie can still be found on the farm. Relics and important artifacts used by Tetteh Quarshie are also on display at a museum which is situated on the farm.
Akosombo Dam also known as the Akosombo Hydroelectric Project is a hydroelectric dam on the Volta River. The Dam over the years has been a major destination for educational tourism and the main source of hydroelectric power for the country. The site is located in the Akosombo gorge and it is part of the Volta River.
Lake Volta is the largest man-made lake in the world. It covers 8,502 square kilometers (3,283 sq. mi) which are 3.6% of Ghana’s land area. The dam is 132 meters high from its foundation and 660 meters long. It has created a reservoir of water of about 780-kilometer square surface area with a total storage capacity of 148 meters.
Bunso Arboretum is a botanical garden located at Bunso in the East Akim District of the Eastern Region in Ghana. This district is an eco-tourism site two hours drive and has about 600 tree species used for medicinal purposes. Upon visiting this forest reserve you can choose the adventure of walking on the canopy walkway, zip-lining, or horse riding activities. Children are not also left out of the fun. A playground and a canopy walk it designed just for them to have a feel of the adventure too.
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