Kumasi is the second-largest city in Ghana, the home of the largest ethnic group the Ashanti of Ghana. This city is found in the forested West Africa region of Ghana. Due to large gold deposits that have been mined in the area, Kumasi has been among the wealthier cities in Ghana. Today’s major exports are hardwood and cocoa. Kumasi has 50% of the timber industry in Ghana, with more than 4,000 employed in the business.
Kumasi is accessed by 45minutes flights from Accra the capital of Ghana with daily domestic flights with Citilink and Antrak. You can book cheap Ghana flights to Kumasi wit severla travel agents in Ghana. You can also get into the city using the train that connect Accra to Kumasi, by car or bus on the Accra-Kumasi Highway-travel time is approximately 6hours.
Attractions in Kumasi Ghana
Because of the varied plant life in the area, it is known as “The Garden City.”Tradition is held very high in Kumasi and blends very well with modernity. The city’s major attraction is the National Cultural Center or the Ghana Armed Forces Museum, a 10 minute walk west of the market. The sprawling complex encompasses a fascinating museum of Ashanti history, a popular library, an excellent crafts shop and an exhibition hall. Classes in traditional dance and drumming are available.
One of the center’s more interesting exhibits is the fake golden stool used to trick the British, who’d heard that the real Golden Stool held the strength of the Ashanti empire and demanded it be brought to them. It was decades before they discovered the ruse. The real stool is kept at Manhyia Palace and is brought out only on special occasions. It’s so sacred that not even the king is allowed to sit on it, and it’s never allowed to touch the ground. There’s a photo of it in the museum.
Manhyia Palace, better known as Asantehene’s Palace, is the palace of the highest Ashanti ruler. Ashanti kings have never lived in luxury, and visitors are often surprised by how sparse and unpretentious the palace is. The current king lives in a more recent palace directly behind the old one, and if you bring a gift and enquire politely, you may be able to meet him. You might also try to arrive on the Adae Festival – there are two every 42 days – when the king’s subjects come to pay him homage. the former palace of Asantehene is a must visit on your Ghana cultural tours.
Kumasi Zoo is one of the best place you have to visit in this town. it was shifted from the capital Accra to here a couple of years ago with careful transportation of all the animals.
Kumasi Ghana Hotels
Since Kumasi is not much visited, the city has a few hotels but with splendid guest facilities and amenities. The Golden Tulip Kumasi City is a remarkable Ghana Hotel is a first class African style business hotel set in extensive tropical gardens in the central business district of the Ashanti regional capital in Kumasi. This elegant hotel has 160 luxuriously furnished air-conditioned rooms with a variety of lodging accommodation like apartments, suites, executive, deluxe, superior and standard rooms. Our restaurant also offers a la carte style menu and buffets with international standards and local flavour.
Other hotels in Kumasi Ghana include Miklin Kumasi Hotel, Lake Bosomtwe Paradise Resort, Royal Park Hotel, Hotel Joyflux and Wadoma Royale Hotel Kuamsi among others. The options vary from budget to luxury four-star hotels, guesthouse and chalets.