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Quantum Tours - Eastern Region

Overview:

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, the world’s largest man-made lake, and the Akosombo Dam, source of Ghana’s hydroelectric power. Both are worth a visit. A favorite excursion is the weekend trip to Dodi Islands.

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.


Aburi Botanical Gardens

These century-old botanical gardens, about one hour’s drive from Accra. Accra offers a rich collection of tropical flora which attracts scores of birds and butterflies. The tranquil paths are a popular excursion for our city dwellers. The Gardens were originally created in 1890 as an agricultural research station and a habitat for plants from around the world. Over the years the Botanical Gardens have collected together a variety of tropical flora which attracts scores of birds and butterflies. Situated in the town of Aburi, which is well-known for its health climate, the Gardens also have pleasant indoor-outdoor restaurants and facilities for staying overnight.


The Volta Lake and Akosombo Dam

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. Both towns are within an hour's drive of Tamale, the Northern Region's capital. The Lake offers a variety of opportunities for cruises, water sports and angling. It also has many fascinating islands and islets, such as Dodi Island, where facilities for excursions are being developed. With the recent construction of modern ports at Akosombo and Buipe, passengers and cargo can now move easily by boat to and from the north throughout the week.
An impressing feature of the Lake is the Volta Dam, which supplies hydro-electric power to several parts of
Ghana and to the neighbouring countries of Togo and Benin. You will enjoy a panoramic view of the Dam from the balconies of the Volta Hotel


Boti Falls

Spectacular, but seasonal, waterfalls in the forest reserve at huhunya. In the immediate vicinity are cascades, at their best in June to August.

The Waterfalls of Begoro

A series of falls and cascades surrounded by attractive woodlands and forest. Just the place for a picnic.

The Tsenku Waterfall

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, running on stratified rocks into a pan of cool, clean and clear pool with thousands of tilapia.

The Tsenku stream is joined by two other streams “Sanyade” and Popotsi” before meandering into the sea.

 

Atewa-Atwirebu Butterfly Sanctuary
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. The forest is filled with the enchanting sounds of birds and insects including the "Papillio Antimactus", one of the largest butterflies in 
Africa


The Bunso Arboretum Butterfly Sanctuary
The Bunso Arboretum has a butterfly sanctuary within the 16.5 hectares. Visitors will see many different kinds of butterflies flying around the arboretum. Come and see if you can identify all of them!

Kogyae Strict Nature Reserve

The Kogyae Strict Nature Reserve lies in the Ashanti Region of Ghana which falls in the forest zone. It boarders two traditional areas of the Region, the Kumawu and Kwamang traditional areas. The area stretches along the Afram Plains of Ghana, a wide expanse of flat arable land. The geographical location of the area places it in the transitional zone, separating the southern forest from the northern savanna regions.


The Big Tree

The "Big Tree", which is one of the most attractive tourist spots in the country, is located in one of the district's nine forest reserves, called the Esen Epan Forest Reserve, about 22 kilometres from Akim Oda on the Oda - Agona Swedru trunk road. The tree, believed to be the biggest in West Africa, is 12 metres in circumference and 66.5 metres tall.


The Great Boabab Tree (Adansonia Digitata)

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 Kantamanso War over on 26th August, 1826. It was alleged that bullets used consisted of beads, beans, millet rice, salt, black potions and talismans on locally prepared gunpowder/ the big tree displays the “bumps” or “hunches” as “wounds” caused by the bullets till this day. i.e. 177 years ago. This giant baobab is situated just north of the entrance to the great Dodowa Forest


The Bunso Forest Reserve
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 fruits, nuts and timber tree species which have been introduced to
Ghana by the Plant Genetic Resources Centre of Bunso.

The Arboretum is home to over 110 species of birds, some of which are very rare. The protected Arboretum offers them a peaceful place to call home.

The herb garden which is located in the Arboretum contains 100 different species of herbs with a wide range of uses, from food to medicinal to aromatic.

Visitors can stroll through the many kilometres of nature trails in the arboretum. Guests can identify the local trees and plants along the way and learn about all the local uses for diverse tree and plant life in the arboretum. Trees and plants play a very big role in life in Ghana, both for food and medicinal purposes. Come see all the arboretum has to offer and learn why it is so important to conserve this precious resource


Activities/Events

Bobum or Dipo Festival
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.

The mode of celebration is that, adolescent girls are adorned in beautiful beads and half-clothed. The festival initiates such girls into womanhood.

Odwira and Ohum Festivals

Akuapem Odwira and Chum Festivals, two of the famous and most important cultural festivals celebrated in the country, are celebrated in turns by the chains of towns on the Akuapem Ridge. These festivals commence in September and end in January every year. The ceremonies include purification of the stools, reaffirmation of political loyalties and traditional allegiance. Each of these festivals is crowned with a colourful durbar of chiefs and people of the area/town concerned. Culture is seen at its best during these festive occasions.


Ngmayem Festival

This is the annual traditional harvest and thanksgiving festival of the Krobo people. The people of Manya and Yilo Krobo celebrate it in March-April.


Akwantukese Festival

The Chiefs and people of New Juaben Traditional Area celebrate this festival in the first week of November each year.

It is a period of consecration of black stools, invocation of the blessing of ancestral spirits and show of appreciation to the gods for their guidance.

A colourful durbar of chiefs is marked to climax the celebrations.


Begoro Odwira Festival (Ahwie Festival)

It is an occasion for dedicated worship of great titular gods and goddesses of the nation, the period for the cleansing of filth and purification of sacred stools, which are the symbol of togetherness of the people and also, the time to manifest allegiance to hallowed stool occupants.

The ceremony marks the peak of a general sense of unity for strength, hard work for prosperity and above all, loyalty and service to the state.


Ohum Festival

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.

Marking the anniversary of the Akyem Nation: worshipping of the ancestral stools and the spirits of those who formerly occupied them.
The celebration is also to mark the first harvest (yam) of the year and to ask for blessings for the coming year.

The duration of the festival is 2 days (Tuesday – Wednesday). Two weeks before the festival, a ban in placed on drumming, dancing and noise making. Monday preceding the Tuesday, home the first harvest f the year and to have plenty of food in the house for the duration of the celebrations.