Kumasi is the Capital city of the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Fondly referred to as the Garden City, Kumasi is to a rich cultural and traditional heritage. The city has a cherished accolade as the Home for Artisans and local Entrepreneurs. The people of Kumasi are hardworking people. The Asantehene(king of Ashanti) is the traditional head of the entire Ashanti community whilst the Manhyia Palace is the seat of the Ashanti Kingdom. The Ashanti Monarchy is one of great historical significance in Ghana.
When is the Best Time to visit Kumasi?
February is the warmest month in a city that has a relatively high temperature. August is the coolest month in that regard. The rainy season in Kumasi spans from the month of April to August, sometimes extending September. In October, however, do not be surprised to see rain on a few occasion. In December through to march, you may want to drop your umbrella and keep some lip balm on hand when staying in Kumasi. This is because the Dry season will be in full session during that period.
How to get to Kumasi
You can travel by road from Accra to Kumasi. Coming in from Sunyani, Cape Coast and surrounding towns are the same. The road network in the Kumasi and the whole Ashanti Region is considered as one of the best in Ghana. The Kumasi Airport is been refurbished into an ultra-modern international airport.
The public transport rate to Kumasi is very likely to surprise you. They are amazingly cheap comparatively. The air tickets are not bad either. Within the region itself, taxis are a favourite of the people. The popular Tro-tros come in handy in Kumasi too.
Where to find top Restaurants?
Restaurants in hotels in Kumasi are lunch and dinner destination for corporate and romantic engagements in Kumasi. The people of Kumasi like their Fufu and light soup morning, afternoon and evening, Food Joints and chop bars offer equal and sometimes even better services to restaurants. Prices on your favourite Ghanaian and Continental dishes are very affordable.
Where to shop?
All roads lead to Kejetia when it comes to Shopping in Kumasi. It is often joked in Ghana that there is nothing on earth that cannot be found in Kejetia. If for some reason, you do not find it, trust the artisans in Kejetia to manufacture it for you. If your preference is the shopping malls, then Melcom shopping Centre or the Jubilee Mall, KNUST and the Kumasi Mall.
Kumasi is known for its wealth of culture. In the Manhyia Palace, you will be wowed by history, tradition and culture of the Ashanti people housed in the Manhyia Palace Museum. The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology is another point of attraction to visit in Kumasi. In and around Kumasi, you will find other notable sites such as the sacred Lake Bosomtwi, Mframabuom Cave 55km from the city and Bobiri Forest Reserve. Football is a part of the routine of the people of Kumasi and the Kumasi (Baba Yara) Sports Stadium is the venue to see those matches.