Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region, is known for being the second busiest capital after Accra. It is the home of the famous football club in Ghana Kumasi Asante Kotoko football club. it also has one of Ghana’s domestic airports, The Kumasi Airport. Arguably is it the hub of beautiful and colourful rich Ghanaian culture? Kumasi is the capital of the Ashanti Region, in the southern part of Ghana. Kumasi is amongst the largest metropolitan areas in Ghana. It is located in the rainforest region near lake Bosomtwe. Although it is a busy town, Kumasi is worth vacationing to. One can explore the capital in a few days by visiting cultural centres, watching dance ensembles, learning the history behind kente weaving and many more. Tourist Sites Worth Visiting In Kumasi
I have been to Kumasi once but I stayed indoors throughout my 1-week stay and I had not begun travel blogging yet. Nonetheless, plans are being made to visit there soon for a better experience. Below are tourist sites worth visiting when in Kumasi. Most are not far from the other, which means you can explore all within 2 to 3 days maximum.
Kumasi Zoological Gardens
As I mentioned in the intro, Kumasi has a lot of similarities with Accra which is why I would be visiting soon. As Accra has the Accra Zoo so does Kumasi. It is located in the Centre of Kumasi precisely Kejetia, a suburb of the central business area of Kumasi. It was opened in the same year as Ghana gained its independence, in the year 1957 to display indigenous wild animals of Ghana and also to display local fauna in captivity to satisfy the curiosity of the viewing public. Amongst its collection are Primates (9 species), Carnivores (6 species), Rodents (5 species), Retitles (13 species), Ungulates (6 species), Birds (18 species). For the price of 10 cedis, you can explore the zoo.2
Armed Forces Museum.
Built in the year 1820 by the then Asantehene Osei Tutu Kwamina to resemble the coastal forts which were built by the European merchants, the Armed Forces Museum is one of the few military Museums in Africa. The Fort is very symbolic for Ghana and the Ashanti history The Armed Forces of the British Colonial Government converted the Fort into a Museum after the second world war. Exhibits on display include; military equipment, artefacts and objects used in the British War of 1900 and the second world war. A guided tour of the fort or now Museum costs 5 cedis.
Okomfo Anokye Sword Site.
The sword symbolizes the unity and strength of the Ashanti people. Okomfo Anokye, a high priest and co-founder of the Ashanti Kingdom planted the sword over 3 centuries ago and to date, no one has been successful in pulling it out. It is on the same premises as the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. The story behind it is what drives many to visit the site, the sword was planted in the year 1650. It was pronounced by Okomfo Anokye that no one would be able to pull it out and to date no one has. A guided tour cost 5 cedis.
Lake Bosomtwe is the only natural lake in Ghana and is located in the Ashanti Region. In the Ashanti Region, the lake is considered a sacred lake where the souls of the dead go to bid farewell to the goddess Asase Ya. Because of this traditional belief, only wooden planks are used for fishing in the lake. Amongst the fish species in the lake are the endemic cichlid hemichromis frempong and the near-endemic cichlids tilapia busumana and t. discolour. It is a good location to rest and enjoy nature at its best. An amount of 5 cedis gives you access to the lake. This is one of the few Tourist Sites Worth Visiting In Kumasi
Manhyia Palace Museum.
The Manhyia Palace Museum is a historical museum located in Kumasi and situated within the Manhyia Palace. It was constructed and completed in the year 1925 and it was the first Palace built for the Asantehene. On exhibit are statues of past great kings and kings of the Ashanti. Also, on display include royal regalia, furniture, medals, photographs, drums, and other objects of historical significance as well as edifices off all past kings and the occupant of the golden stool. A guided tour fee of 25 cedis
Kumasi is a beautiful city and I entreat you to visit. Aside from their tourist sites, you can be assured of delicious traditional Ghanaian cuisines at affordable prices. Exploring is expensive however you would not regret doing so. These are just a few of the Tourist Sites Worth Visiting In Kumasi