Travel to Kumasi – Historic Capital of the Ashanti Region
Kumasi is the capital city of the Ashanti region, a very important and historical centre for Ghana. Tradition is held very high in Kumasi and blends very well with modernity. There is a wide range of attractions in Kumasi. To add to the appeal, it’s surrounded by rolling green hills and has a vast central market as vibrant as any in Africa.
Kumasi is still the heart of Ashanti country and the site of West Africa’s largest cultural centre, the Palace of the Ashanti King.
Half a kilometre to the west of the Zoological Gardens, the Anokye Sword sticks out of the ground exactly where – according to legend – the Golden Stool descended from the heavens to mark the beginning of the Ashanti people. Legend has it that if the sword is ever pulled out, the Ashanti kingdom will disappear.
The Manhyia Palace, the seat of the King of Ashanti and members of the royal family is situated in the northern part of the city. The Palace has a courtyard and a courtroom where matters dealing with the constitution and customs are deliberated upon the traditional council. Visitors can get a good insight into traditional African democracy, which is still very present in the customs of the people when they visit the courtyard. The meetings are open to the public.
If you’re looking to escape the heat, one option is to head next door to the zoological gardens, with its lovely gardens (and somewhat depressing zoo).
Though it’s over 250 km north-west of the capital, Kumasi is Ghana’s second largest traffic hub, so you’ll have no trouble getting there and away. There are several flights per week to Accra and Tamale, as well as buses, trains, taxis and tro-tro.
- Wide range of attractions.
- Discover a vast central market as vibrant as any in Africa.
- See the Manhyia Palace, the seat of the King of Ashanti.