CENTRAL REGION GHANA TOURIST GUIDE

Central Region Your visit to Ghana wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the region which is known to be the heart beat of Ghana’s tourism. From the coastal plains in the south to the rolling forested hills of the north, the Central Region is a visual feast for the tourist. More than just physical beauty, the region provides an intimate view of the Ghanaian culture.

It is within the Central Region that you will discover the true lifestyle of the Ghanaian people embedded in the bustling fishing communities, historic forts and castles, posuban shrines, vibrant markets and colourful festivals. Approximately two hours drive west of Accra, Cape Coast, the capital of the Central Region is well prepared for your visit with classified accommodation and catering units, established tour operators, efficient transportation and a whole host of activities for you to enjoy.

The Central Region was historically part of the Western Region until 1970 when it was carved out just before the 1970 Population Census. It occupies an area of 9,826 square kilometres or 4.1 per cent of Ghana’s land area, making it the third smallest in area after Greater Accra and Upper East. The region was the first to make contact with the Europeans.

Its capital, Cape Coast, was also the capital of the Gold Coast until 1877, when the capital was moved to Accra.

BOUNDARIES

The Central Region shares common boundaries with Western Region on the west, Ashanti and Eastern Regions on the north and Greater Accra Region on the east. On the south is the 168-kilometre length Atlantic Ocean (Gulf of Guinea) coastline. EDUCATION The region has two public Universities – University of Cape Coast and the University of Education, Winneba and two private universities – KAAF University College, Budumburam, Kasoa and the Pan African University College, Pomadze.

There also exist one polytechnic in the region, namely, the Cape Coast Polytechnic. The Cape Coast Metroplis has high grade educational institutions. ADMINISTRATION AND ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES Currently, there exist one (1) Metropolitan, six (6) Municipalities and thirteen (13) District Assemblies.

According to the 2010 census conducted by the Statistical Service, the region has a population of 2,201,863. The predominant industry in all districts except Cape Coast is agriculture (52.3%), followed by manufacturing (10.5%).

Agriculture (including fishing) is the main occupation and employs more than two thirds of the work force in many districts. Cocoa production is concentrated in Assin, Twifo-Hemang-Lower Denkyira and Upper Denkyira Districts while oil palm production is mainly in Assin and Twifo-Hemang-Lower Denkyira Districts.

Other major agricultural enterprises are citrus, pineapple and grain production. Fishing is concentrated mainly in the six coastal districts.

CULTURE/ LANGUAGE/ ETHNIC GROUPS

The region is predominantly Akan speaking (82.0%), followed by Guan (6.1%) and Ewe (4.8%). The Fantes, who are mainly along the coast, are the predominant group among the Akan (56.6%).

A number of small ethnic groups in the region (Mole Dagbon, Grusi; Gurma and Mande- Busanga), constituting 3.4 per cent of the population of the region, originate from the northern part of Ghana. ELECTRICITY/ HEALTH AND SECURITY Any electrical equipment that has 220-240VAC 50Hz input capability will work in Ghana and in the Central Region of course.

The region has close to twenty (20) health facilities within its Metropolis and about one hundred and forty two (142) health facilities found in the Municipal and District administrative areas of the region.

The region is relatively peaceful and tourists to the region have little to worry about in terms of their security.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN THE REGION

  1. Cape Coast Castle Cape Coast
  2. Elmina Castle Elmina
  3. Fort Saint Jago Elmina
  4. Fort Williams Cape Coast
  5. Fort Victoria Cape Coast
  6. Fort Vredenburgh (English Fort) Komenda
  7. Fort Coenraadsburg Elmina
  8. Fort Amsterdam Abandze
  9. Fort Lisdzaamhied (Patience) Apam
  10. Fort Good Hope Senya Bereku
  11. Brenu Beach Brenu Akyinim
  12. Kakum National Park Abrafo
  13. Assin Manso Slave River Assin Manso
  14. Muni-Pomadze Site Winneba
  15. International Stingless Bee Centre Abrafo
  16. White Sands Spa and Beach Resort Gomoa Fetteh
  17. Hans Cottage Botel Cape Coast
  18. Ostrich Farm Efutu-Mampong
  19. The Fishermen’s Market Elmina
  20. The 19th Century Dutch Cemetery Elmina
  21. Posuban Shrine Mankessim
  22. Ceramic Pottery Winneba
  23. Gold Coast Millitary Cemetary Cape Coast
  24. Eguafo-Dumpow Eco-Heritage Site Eguafo

 

KAKUM NATIONAL PARK

Kakum National Park is one of the popular National Parks in Ghana characterised by its moist evergreen rainforest, the 375 sq.km National Park is situated about 30km north of Cape Coast, the Central Regional Capital and about 170km from Accra.

Kakum National Park is endowed with different and rare species of wildlife including 40 species of mammals, over 500 species of butterflies and a wide array of birds. Some of the species include the endangered monameekat, civet cats, yellow backed duiker, red river hog, pygmy elephants, buffalo, leopard, bongo, bee-eater and hornbills.

Kakum National has a long series of hanging bridges at the forest canopy level known as the “Canopy Walkway”, a major feature of the Kakum National Park. At about 30m in height, visitors can view species of plants and animals from a vantage point.

The Canopy Walkway passes over seven (7) bridges and covers a length of 350m. It is secured by series of nets and wires. Another feature is the sun bird trail developed to integrate 3 ecosystems including the rainforest, the secondary forest and a pond environment for visitors to watch birds. The park’s welcome centre is made up of a restaurant, a picnic area, a camping area and a wildlife education centre. It can be visited throughout the year.

CAPE COAST CASTLE

Designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, the Cape Coast Castle is described as one of the six most beautiful in existence with a very rich history. Originally built by the Swedes in 1653 for commercial trading purposes between the natives and the European traders, the castle has been at various times controlled by the British, the Dutch, the Danes and the French.

The monument played an integral role during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade during which millions of slaves were shipped to the Americas. The Cape Coast Castle presents one with a comprehension and appreciation of the age of European exploration, interaction between Europeans, Africans and the Carribeans.

The ‘door of no return’ which for more than 100years opened to the certainty of a short and brutal life for the millions of Africans that were captured off these shores and sold into slavery, now opens to the serene and awesome vastness of the Atlantic ocean. On July 11, 2009 President Obama and his family were conducted round the castle on their inaugural presidential visit to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Contact Info

Ghana Tourism Authority Head Office
No. 2, 2nd Avenue, South Ridge Near British High Commission/GIJ Adjacent GFA
P. O. Box GP 3106
Accra

Phone: +233 (0) 302 682 601 / 8

Mobile: +233 (0) 244 313 653

Fax: +233(0) 302 682 510