Welcome to Ashanti Region- the only of Ghana’s administrative regions whose name reflects an ethnic group. And of course, it is none other than the revered Ashanti Kingdom. This over 500-year kingdom is still very vibrant and its king is relevant in national affairs. You would definitely want to know the shining history about his forebearers, particularly the great King Osei Tutu and the mystical Okomfo Anokye whose magical prowess are yet to be rivalled. Visit Kumasi, the regional capital and see for yourself the sword he planted centuries ago that has defied all efforts of removal even by the great Muhammed Ali who tried while on a visit in 1964.
Ashanti is known for its rich culture, spicy foods and interesting history. You will also learn of the legendary female queenmother and warrior, Yaa Asantewaa whose onslaught laid siege on the British for more than a year. Make sure you also visit the mysterious Lake Bosomtwe whose origin has generated a wide range of theories ranging from the scientific to the metaphysical. And oh, if you ever wondered where those beautiful multicolored cloths that adorn the UN headquarters reception come from, then your answer is right here in Ashanti Region- Bonwire-a small town known for producing the much celebrated fabric.
The lush forest reserves, rich gold mines and captivating highlife beats plus the sumptuous food will combine to make your trip to Ashanti a memorable one. And of course, Kumasi the regional capital abounds with all the services you would need to make your visit possible. The wide range of accommodation, food and entertainment options are available for every budget range. But you can’t and shouldn’t leave Kumasi without tasting its trademark fufu with any of the rich combinations of soups (light, green, planet, groundnut etc).
Getting there and around
Reach the regional capital, Kumasi daily interconnecting flight from accra, Takoradi and Tamale. There are Intercity STC, Metro Mass Transit, trotro that run services from all the regional capitals on daily basis to Kumasi. Find taxis, trotro that run every time within the city and beyond anywhere you want to go.
|Currency used||Ghana Cedi (GHC)|
|Area (km2)||24,389 km2|