History & Heritage of the Brong Ahafo Region
The history and culture of Brong Ahafo comes alive if you visit the Hani archaeological site Located 50km from Wenchi. This site is important for prehistoric finds such as terracotta figures and primitive rock inscriptions, inhabited by the Benghos about 1200BC. Also important, is the Kwaku Fri shrine at Nwoase 6km from Wenchi. The shrine is only accessible to visitors on Wednesdays and Sundays.
The Brong-Ahafo Region is located in mid-western Ghana, between the Ashanti Region and the Côte d’Ivoire border. Its capital is Sunyani.
This region contains many cultural and wildlife attractions, but it is less known to tourists than the Ashanti, Northern, Central, or Greater Accra Regions. Major attractions of the Brong-Ahafo Region include Kintampo, with its beautiful falls and prayer park, and Fiema, home of the Boabeng Monkey Sanctuary.
Tourism destinations in the region are:
Buabeng-Fiema Monkey Santuary in Nkoranza North District, Kintampo and Fuller Water Falls, Tano Sacred Grove, Buoyam Caves and Bats Colony, Bono-Manso Slave Market, Kunsu Slave Transit Site and The recently discovered Waterfall at Nchiraa in the Wenchi Municipality.
The villages of Brong Ahafo are of great interest to tourists throughout the year. Traditional farming methods are found side by side with more modern land management, while the friendliness and sense of hospitality of the people reflect the basic cultural attraction of Ghana. Of particular interest in many villages will be the traditional healers who use herbal medicines to cure a wide variety of ailments.
Largely unspoilt by industrial development, the region is one of the most attractive in Ghana. The people of the region have been farmers for generations, benefiting from their longer than average rainfall season, and the busy markets in the small towns and villages display the colourful results of their husbandry, as well as local pottery, weaving and other attractive and useful crafts and artefacts.