Ghana's Regions - Eastern Region

The Eastern Region is about 20.000 sq. km large and is very versatile in it's landscape. Here you find mountains, hills and flat land populated by peaceful villages. The mountains got their names from the tribes which settled here:- Akwapim, Akim, Kwahu and Juaben. The highest point is 800 meters above sea level and the mountains have amazing limestone formations as well as numerous waterfalls. The eastern part of the region has a natural border - the Volta Lake. Even though the region has many different tribes, they speak the same language, but with different dialect and most belong to the Akan Tribe and as such have similarities in their tradition. The only exception is the Krobo district made up of Odumasi and Somanya area. They belong to the ethnic group of the Ga - Adangme.

The hills and mountains which make up this region today were the refuge for the tribes which were weak in military power during the time of war due to the search for new settlement areas. As these people settled deep in the mountains they were able to keep to their original traditions and culture. Due to the climate in the hills the first protestant missionaries settled here and were successful in converting many to their church. Thousands were baptized and many schools and churches were built. It was here that the first educational facilities were established in Ghana and even today most prominent Church activists come from this region. The region is also has very fertile land and as such is rich in Cocoa Plantations. The first plantation was started by Tetteh Quarshie who brought the Cacao plant from the Island of Fernado Po.

Akosombo was originally built to house all the workers which were part of the construction of the Akosombo Dam in the 1960's. Today it is a beautiful city surrounded by the Akwamu Mountains and the Volta Lake. The construction of the Akosombo Dam resulted in the largest man made lake in the world - the Volta Lake which is roughly 400 km long and covers an area of 850.000 ha and a shoreline measuring almost 5,000 km.

From the Eastern Region we select some sightseeing's.

The Aburi Gardens

The Aburi Botanic Garden is one of the most beautiful, peaceful and fascinating places in Ghana. Opened in March, 1890, and covering 64.8 hectares and overlooking . . .

The Akosombo Dam

The Akosombo Dam is a hydroelectric dam of the Volta River in southeastern Ghana in the Akosombo gorge and part of the Volta River Authority. The construction of the dam flooded part of the Volta River Basin, and . . .

The Boti Falls

Situated in a village called Boti in the Manya Krobo district in the Eastern Region . . .

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