The city of Koforidua is the closest regional capital to the national capital city of Accra. It is approximately less than a two-hour drive and probably less depending on the state of traffic in Accra. Once in the city, what greets you is its calmness, a sharp contrast to what one sees on entering Accra.
Its people are mostly Akans interspersed with some other tribes. It is, therefore, a little city with a heterogeneous population. You can get into the city from Accra through two routes, either through Aburi or Nsawam.
The city is host to a few engagements.
The Beads Market
Arguably the largest in West Africa and the only one of its kind in Ghana, you are going to be mesmerised by the sheer size of the market and the different types of beads and craft that are made out of beads. This is where all the makers of beads in the country gather every Thursday. The market is located at the Galloway Junction adjacent the centre for national arts and culture.
There are two waterfalls close to the city, though these are not within the city of Koforidua itself, they are very close to the city, the first one is the famous Boti falls. The twin waterfalls described as male and female is 250feet from the ground and will catch your attention for a very long time. Even though you will have to descend 90 and over steps and over to get to the falls, tourists have had such a good time visiting the falls and have had to fight the temptation of overstaying the place.
The place (Boti) is home to certain wonders of nature, such as the umbrella rock, a natural cave where ancients used to dwell and a palm tree with three heads. With all these in one location, Boti which is approximately a 20minutes drive on the Eastern side of Koforidua is one tourist attraction you can’t miss upon stepping foot in the city.
The caution is for you not to visit the place on a national holiday as you find too many people who have come to catch a glimpse on the natural wonder, but if you love to be in the crowd, and to make new friends, then bingo, a national holiday will be the best day for you to visit.
The mountain which houses a lot of Masts because of its strategic position is 781 feet into the sky. The disincentive to the top of the mountain is that it is a far journey by foot. The road is to the top of the mountain is in such a deplorable state that you will want to be careful driving up the mountain.
The community on top of the mountain is cut off from the rest of the city. With a much more serene and rich atmosphere, you will be closer to the clouds but will be amazed at the originality of rural life up the mountain. If you happen to have the time, it is advisable to spend time climbing up on foot to enjoy the wonderful sight up the mountain. Pain in the thighs as one ascend and descend the mountain is inevitable.
The Koforidua Central Market
Like its counterpart Makola in Accra, the market is one of the largest in the country. It has virtually all that one will need in a typical Ghanaian market. Its attraction is the way sellers woo customers to buy their wares. Even though there are shops and stands in the market, the twin market is host to a countless number of other sellers who prefer to hawk along the walkway. These make both a nuisance and a beautiful sight to behold.
The Dadi’s Bar
This is the most lively place to experience nightlife in Koforidua. With lots to drink, and to eat, there is also the provision of constant Ghanaian music either a live band or from a PA system that will keep your ears tingling till daybreak.
The Eastern Premier Hotel
This is the latest addition to the number of glorious hotels that the city currently has, you might want to pass by to have a feel of what the city has to offer. With excellent rooms of all kinds, a gym to sweat out all the stress, an ultramodern restaurant and bar, modern conference facilities and more this 3-star hotel is a place you will want to find out in case you need a place to lay your head.
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