Welcome to Western Region of Ghana, a place full of fine beaches and camping destinations. Arguably, it is the best place in Ghana for solo travelers looking for a place to find their personal self. It’s also a place full of history and friendly locals. This guide will help you know more about the region.
Fell in love with the region back in 2020 and decided to use a year to explore the region. Honestly, it was the best part of my life. Western Region has the highest rainfall in Ghana with freshwater lakes and beautiful green forests as well as a place full of culture, making the region worth visiting.
Traveling across the region, I get to know the region has friendly locals and you are almost welcome everywhere you visit.
Here you’ll find all details about the Western region of Ghana.
After spending a year living in and regularly traveling with the region as a travel blogger, I wanted to put together a helpful article to help you know more about the region. If you find my article useful, kindly share it on your social media feeds. Thank You
Western Region Map
How to use the map. Above you’ll find a map of Western region of Ghana. Double click on the map to zoom in. Use your two fingers to move from one location to the other.
Where Is Western Region Lacated
Western region is located south part of Ghana, spread from the Ivory Coast (Comoe district) in the west and east is the Central Region of Ghana. It includes the capital and large twin city of Sekondi-Takoradi on the coast, coastal Axim, and a hilly inland area including Elubo.
The region host the southernmost part of Ghana (Cape Three Point) where crude oil was discovered in June 2007.
Western region covers an area of 13,842 sq.km, and about 2,060,585 population during the 2021 Census.
Capital Of Western Region
The Capital of Western Region is Sekondi-Takoradi. It’s a little complicated when trying to figure out which one is the capital. Sekondi and Takoradi are two separate cities in the Western region. But yet they are the capital of the region.
During my little research, I figure out why those two cities are the capital. They believe it’s a twin city and they all need to serve as capital.
These two capitals are the most active places in the Western region. The two cities host some of the tops hotels and vacation destinations. Stay in Takoradi for two days before you explore other places.
Western Region Minister
Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah is the Western regional minister. The Minister has been in power since the NPP government took the presidential seat from the NDC government in 2016. He has been the people’s choice since.
He is also the Member of Parliament for the Takoradi constituency and a member of the New Patriotic Party. Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko is also the deputy minister for Aviation in Ghana.
Tribes In Western Region
The native people of Western region are mostly Akans (Fanti), speaking various Dialects including Ahanta, Nzema, Safwi, Wassa, Brosa, and Pepesa. Principal religions are Christianity, African Animism, and Islam.
List of Towns In Western Region
Administratively, the Western and Western North Regions comprises 23 districts; 1 Metropolis, 10 Municipalities, and 12 districts. For Western North 3 Municipalities and 6 Districts and for Western, we have One Metro, 7 Municipalities, and 6 Districts.
The Administrative capitals are Sekondi-Takoradi for Western Region and Sefwi Wiawso for Western North Region.
This is the list of Towns in Western Region of Ghana
- Adum Banso
- Agona Nkwanta
- Airport Ridge, Takoradi
- Apowa, Ghana
- Apremodo, Ghana
- Butre, Ghana
- Diabene, Ghana
- Domun, Ghana
- Ejan, Ghana
- Half Assini
- Half Assini – New Town Rd.
- Huni Valley
- Kengen, Ghana
- Kwesimintsim, Ghana
- Manso, Ghana
- Mpohor, Ghana
- New Takoradi
- New Town, Ghana
- Princes Town, Ghana
- Shama, Ghana
- Tanokrom, Takoradi
- Tikobo No. 1
- Tikobo No. 2
- Windy Ridge, Takoradi
Districts In Western Region
Western region covers an area of 13,842 sq.km, and about 2,060,585 population during the 2021 Census. The district map of the western region of Ghana indicates that this region has a total of 15 districts. Below is the list of the different districts and their capitals.
- Ahanta West (Capital: Agona Nkwanta)
- Aowin/Suaman (Capital: Enchi)
- Bia East (Capital: Asokore Adabokrom)
- Bia West (Capital: Essam)
- Bibiani/Anhwiaso/Bekwai (Capital: Bibiani)
- Jomoro (Capital: Half Assini)
- Juabeso (Capital: Juaboso)
- Mpohor/Wassa East (Capital: Daboase)
- Wasa Amenfi East (Capital: Wassa-Akropong)
- Wasa Amenfi West (Capital: Asankrangua)
- Wassa West (Capital: Aboso)
- Ellembelle (Capital: Nkroful)
- Prestea-Huni Valley (Capital: Bogoso)
- Sefwi Akontombra (Capital: Sefwi Akontombra)
- Shama (Capital: Shama)
Top Tourist Sites In Western Region of Ghana
Nzulezo Stilt Village
Nzulezu stilt is a popular tourist destination not only in the Western Region but also in Ghana as a country because it is built on a lake. Near the coast at the far western side, near the border with Cote d’Ivoire, is a village that is unique in all of Ghana. The spectacular scenery of the 400-year old stilt propped water settlement of Nzulezu is a unique village built on stilts in Lake Tadane, which is home to hundreds of people.
The village host thousand of tourist every year. Personally, I love the adventure when visiting the place. Somehow it should be on your bucket list when you are traveling within Ghana.
Fort Santo Antonio
The lost castle, that is how travelers traveling within the country calls Fort Santo Antonio. Fort Santo Antonio, which later became known as Fort Saint Anthony, is one of the oldest forts built by the Europeans in the time of the Gold Coast. It was located in Axim in the Western Region of Ghana and it is open to tourists all over the world.
During the Portuguese time, they built a trading post in Axin, near the edge of the River Ankobra, but they abandon it due to the attacks by the local people of Axim. Later in 1515, they constructed a massive triangular fort on a small promontory closer to the River Ankobia, named Santo Antonio.
The Busua beach has the highest wave in Ghana for surfing and the beach is one of the best camping destinations in Ghana. It is the most instagrammable beach in the Western region. Busua beach host some of the best resorts you can get in the region. But most travelers prefer camping which is also the best way to discover the region.
Fort Metal Cross
Fort Metal Cross, originally Fort Dixcove, is a military structure in Dixcove, Ghana.
Brandenburg-Prussia started building Fort Groß Friedrichsburg about 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) west of Dixcove in 1683, (now Princes Town) in the colony of Brandenburger Gold Coast but it was not completed until the 1690s.
The Castle is one of the best places in the region tourists love to visit and learn more.