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Eastern Region

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Ghana Volta riverThe Eastern region covers an area of about 19,938km². It covers an area of hilly landscape, which is marked solely by graceful highlands. The various portions of the landscape are named after the people who occupy them. The region shares boundaries on the north with Brong Ahafo and Ashanti regions, on the East with Volta Region, on the west with Central and Greater region on the south. It has Koforidua as it capital.

The Region is a rich blend of dramatic landscapes, historical relics and traditional cultures. The Region is famous for its large areas of lush tropical forest, and cascading waterfalls. Fishermen enjoy the great sport fishing for tilapia and perch among others 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.
 
PEOPLE:
The region consists of the Akwapim, Akyem, Kwahu, Akwamus, Krobo and Guans and each ethnic group has its own distinct language which are all part of the Akan speaking family and cultural practices.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES:
They are primarily farmers, some crops they cultivate are cocoa, fruits and foodstuffs. Diamond Mining is also done at certain parts of the region

CLIMATE:
The temperatures in the Region vary from 24ºC to about 28ºC with average rainfall between 1750mm in the low lying areas to about 1750mm per annum in the highland area of the Kwahu scarp.

TOURIST ATTRACTION SITES IN THE REGION:
The Eastern offers a number of Ghana 's popular tourist attractions, for it has richly varied landscape of tropical forest, river and a great lake. It is rich blend of dramatic landscape historic relics and traditional culture. The ancient blend with the 20 th century in this region so close to but such a contrast with Accra . The region is famous for its large area of lush tropical forest and cascading waterfall.

Aburi Botanical Gardens
These century old botanical gardens offer a rich collection of tropical flora which attracts scores of special birds and butterflies. The tranquil paths are a popular excursion for our city dwellers.

Tetteh Quarshie's Cocoa Farm the first to be established in the country from the first seeds ought from Fernando Po Island . From this small beginning grew our major cocoa industry.

Lake Volta is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world and also one of Ghana 's greatest achievements from the construction of the Akosombo Dam. The lake also offers opportunities for cruising, especially to the Dodi Islands .

Akonedi Shrine, Larteh
On the Akwapim Ridge the fetish shrine is an important place for traditional healing and religious ceremonies.

Slave Market Of Abonse
Traces of the 17th and 18th century slave market can still be seen in the town that was at an important cross-road during the Slave Trade.

Okomfo Anokye's shrine
This important shrine is dedicated to the legendary priest, credited with the founding of the Ashanti Empire.

Boti Falls
A spectacular but seasonal waterfalls in the forest reserve of Huhunya.
 
The Waterfalls of Begoro
A series of falls and cascades surrounded by attractive woodlands and forest