ATTRACTIONS & EXCURSIONS IN KUMASI AND THE ASANTE HERITAGE
Kumasi is the capital of the Asante kingdom and the local highlights are:
• Manhyia Palace Museum
• Centre for National Culture
• The Prempeh II Jubilee Museum
• Kumasi Fort & Military Museum
• Okomfo Anokye Sword
• The Akwasidae Ceremony
• Kejetia Market
• Kumasi Zoo
• Traditional Street sculptures
• University of Science and Technology
George Ferguson’s Tomb
George Ekem Ferguson was a Ghanaian colonial agent who was instrumental in convincing local chiefs to sign treaties of friendship with the British. He was later (1897) killed by slave raiders, but his tomb is preserved in Wa.
Komfo Anokye Sword
The ‘unmovable’ Sword of the Komfo Anokye remains in the grounds of the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, where he pushed it. It is believed the Okomfo pronounced that no one would be able
to remove the sword, and so it has remained in spite of many attempts.
These final resting places of Ashanti Royalty can be seen at Bantama and Breman and may be visited with consent of the Manhyia Palace.
The Crafts of Ashanti
The crafts villages surrounding Kumasi include: Bonwire – (18km NE of Kumasi) Kente weaving Pankrono- (3km N of Kumasi) Pottery Ahwiaa (6km N of Kumasi) Wood carvings Ntonso – Adinkra cloth making Asuofia/Asamang (Barakese Road) bead making Ampabame Krofrom (10km from Ahodwo) Brass smithing, Goldsmiths and Silversmiths can be seen in Kumasi.
Pankrono is located 8 km on Mampong Road. Renowned for its distinctive and colourful pottery created through transitional process without the use of the potters wheel.
Bobiri Forest Butterfly Sanctuary
Located 20km on the Kumasi – Accra highway, a quiet research centre for the Forestry Research Institute showcasing an arboretum, forest hiking trails and a butterfly sanctuary. Lodging, guiding and
interpretative materials are available
Bomfobiri Wildlife Sanctuary
About 80km northeast of Kumasi. The reserve showcases a rare tropical landscape, vibrant waterfall and a wide variety of bird and animal life. Assistance and clearance is available at the Wildlife
Digya National Park
Occupying 3.478 square kilometres of undulating terrain on the western shore of the Volta Lake. Made up of predominately Guinea Savannah Woodland and gallery forest along the major rivers, complete with sandstone inselbergs. Has at least six primate species, black and white colobus monkeys and baboons, elephants and a variety of antelope species, crocodiles, buffalos, water bucks, hartebeests, warthogs, Manatee and clawless otters and are also reported to be present.
Kogyae Strict Nature Reserve
This nature reserve protects about five species of monkey.
Owabi Forest Reserve and Bird Sanctuary
Formerly, Kumasi’s only source of drinking water was the Owabi River, located to the west of the city. When the river was dammed to create a reservoir, the resulting watershed extended deep into the city’s nearby forests. The reservoir and forest have since become the natural habitat for many species of the region’s wildlife, as well as for a number of migratory birds.
It is located 31km southeast of Kumasi. A picturesque meteorite Crater Lake surrounded by dozens of virgin fishing and farming villages. The Lake Basin is ideal for mountaineering, diving, swimming and relaxation. Accessible by road from Kumasi.
The Prempeh II Jubilee Museum
Located in the Centre for National Culture ground, the museum houses a fascinating collection of Ashanti History such as memorabilia of Okomfo Anokye, including the 300 years old antique treasure bag which he forbade anyone to open.
Manhyia Palace and Museum
This is the official residence of the Asantehene. Its large courtyard and museum hold statues of past great kings and queens of the Asante Kingdom.
Ghana Armed Forces Museum
This Museum exhibits materials that primarily concern the British- Ashanti war of 1900, World War II and Ghana’s recent military history. On display are maps, old photographs, and military regalia.
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