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Western Region

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Eikwe Beyin BeachTo discover the Western Region is to discover an area of diverse attractions.

The region extends between the Central Region to the east and La Cote d'Ivoire on the west and Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions on the North. It spreads across an area of about 23,921km². The region has 192 km stretch of tropical beaches on the Atlantic Coast . It is another region rich in heritage demonstrated by the numerous castles.

PEOPLE:

The western region is made up of all kinds of Akan, who speak various dialects including Ahanta, Nzema, Sefwi, Wasssa, Brosa and Pepesa.

ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES:
The region is potentially the richest in the whole country due to its mineral wealth in gold, diamonds, manganese, bauxite and limestone. Because of its favourable climatic conditions, farming all year round activity. Crops cultivated include oil palm, coconut, citrus fruits, rubber, cocoa, etc. Wood hauling industry (timber) is inpractice within the forest regions and fishing is more popular along the coast.


The numerous forts and castles reflect the diversity of building styles that were employed by colonial traders. Of particular interest is Fort Appolonia at Beyin, and Fort Metal Cross at Dixcove. Many of the castles overlook some of the best beaches in Ghana .

VEGETATION:
The region consists of deciduous and tropical rain forest. The extreme west of the region receives the highest amount of rainfall. It has tropical climate characterized by moderate temperatures all year round.

 
TOURIST ATTRACTION SITES IN THE REGION:

The village on Stilts of Nzulezo:
An amazing village where life is on the centre of Lake Tadane, just 90km west of Takoradi. The houses are built on stilts, and the traditional village life has adapted to these conditions. An excursion from Beyin involves a walk through the reeds at the lake's edge, and a trip in a dugout canoe to the village. Visitors are always welcomed except on Thursdays which are considered sacred.

 
Akatekyi Crocodile Pond:
30km west of Takoradi, a local fetish priest entices the crocodiles from the waters with a live chicken. Visitors are always welcomed except on Wednesdays. Bring a bottle of Schnapps for pouring of libation.

Dr Nkrumah's Grave:
The original grave of Dr Nkrumah, first President of Ghana, now buried in the Mausoleum in Accra , can be found at Nkroful, 83km west of Takoradi.

Ankasa Game Reserve (Elubo):
An evergreen forest in a botanical environment offers richness with some 3000 plants species per hectare.

Bia National Park covers an area of about 300km in a transition zone between the moist evergreen and semi deciduous tropical forests. Visitors to the park may see elephants, duikers, chimpanzees and monkeys among the 62 mammal species. The park is constituted of some 300 species of plants and timber.

Wassa Dormama Rock Shrine consists of a huge rock stacked on top of three rocks forming a shelter of nearly three stories high.

Egyambra Crocodile Sanctuary is 55km west of Takoradi, the locals entice the crocodiles from the water with a bottle of Coca cola and a live fowl.

Goldmines of the Western Region
The region also boasts of some of the oldest mines in the country The Western Region has several mines that may be visited. The main sites are:

 
Nsuta Manganese Mine - 20km Southeast of Tarkwa

Prestea Gold mines - 40km north of Tarkwa

Tarkwa Goldmines - founded in the 1800's just 92km Northwest of Takoradi

FESTIVALS

KUMDUM FESTIVAL
The people Sekondi, Nzema, and Ahanta celebrate Sekondi Kundum.It between July and August. It is a period of cleansing the community and setting of new goals.