The Eastern Region of Ghana is a rich blend of dramatic landscapes, historic relics and traditional cultures.The regional capital is Koforidua, a pleasant traditional town with agreeable hotels and a busy market. Its a place where the ancient blends with the 21st century. The region is dominated by Lake Volta, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes, and the Akosombo Dam, which is the source of much of Ghana’s hydroelectric power. Both are worth a visit. A favourite excursion is a weekend trip to Dodi Islands.
Striking landscapes are overlooked by the Krobo Mountains and the Akwapim Ridge, and the countryside is great for walking along the designated trails. The Eastern Region is famous for its large areas of lush tropical forest, and cascading waterfalls. Fishermen will enjoy great sport fishing for tilapia in Lake Volta.
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. For those with a particular interest, the Cocoa Research Institute at New Tafo, with its arboreta, welcomes visitors.
Where the Eastern Region is located in Ghana
Some things to do and see in the Eastern Region
Traditional and historic villages and towns are part of the richness of the Eastern Region of Ghana. Visitors should take the opportunity of visiting the original Presbyterian school buildings in Akropong, and the house of Tetteh Quarshie in Mampong. Both these towns have many interesting historic buildings and districts. Many visitor’s introduction to the Eastern region is the botanical gardens at Aburi, which were opened in 1890, and have always been a favourite excursion from Accra. Also worth a visit is the forest of Atewa-Atwirebu, hundreds of birds and butterflies. Aksombo and man made Lake Volta are a must plus Boti falls and Umbrella Rock