The East Akim District stands to gain from tourism,if the potential of the industry in the district is tapped. The district has sites of historic and aesthetic importance.The Okyenhene’s Old Palace is being kept and preserved presently as a museum.The sacred unbroken rainforest at Banso is preserved as the burial site for all Akyem Chiefs.
Attractions and activities related to the natural environment provide opportunities for nature/ ecotourism which involves wild life viewing, visits to such special physical features as water falls and caves, controlled fishing and hunting; adventures, such as trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing, bird watching, among others. Environmental resources provide basic ingredients for the production of tourist products, while tourism produces a variety of positive and negative environmental externalities. Successful tourism development depends mainly on the proper handling of the relationship between tourism and the environment.
The Atiwa District is one of the most endowed in a wide range of untapped Eco-tourism resources in Ghana. Realizing the immense prospects, including the rate of global growth in tourism consciousness and the significant contribution, tourism is making to the socio-economic development of economies, the Atiwa District Assembly has taken a bold initiative to explore all its hidden potential tourist attractions for their documentation, development and promotion. Tourism has hitherto not been considered as a potential contributor to the District micro-economic development. Some of the identified ecotourist attractions are as follow;
East Akim District has a lot to offer so far as Ghana’s ambition and preparedness of realizing Vision 2020 is concerned. There is therefore, the need to improve upon the physical infrastructure in the district, an objective being aggressively pursued by the East Akim District Assembly.
The Pra and Birim river beds and valleys have gold and diamond, which are easily won.The Atiwa Forest is the natural abode of the most beautiful and scarce butterflies in the world.The beautiful butterfly sanctuary needs development and protection.
Attractions at Adasawase
Five waterfalls, four large caves and rock canopies and two giant trees among others have been identified at Adasawase. Tini Falls
This Waterfall is located at the North Eastern part of Adasawase, about 1 hour 45 minutes walk up the mountains. This waterfall is very big in volume and falls at over 60 meters from 7metre- wide rock out-crops, and cascades beautifully over several rocks, demonstrating an excellent scenery. This Fall favourably compares, with other similar attractions of international dimension. In size and consistency of flow it is considered as one of the biggest waterfalls in Ghana. The main constraint here is poor access.Aponkyea Falls- Adasawase
This waterfall is located at the south-eastern part of the town and flows from a high section of the Daade Mountain. The Aponkyea fall is not very big, but flows down in showers over rock outcrop of about 20 meters high. It has very clean, sparkling water, which flows rapidly down a steep slope. The water from this fall is very excellent for commercial spring water bottling/satcheting. Its main constraints are that, the site is difficult to access, due to lack of access road leading to the site and also the steepness of the slope of the mountain.Yaayaa Falls
This is a water fall located in the North Eastern side of the Adasawase community and is about 2 hours walking through the forest. Accessibility is very poor but the beauty of the falls is such that after a long and tiresome walk to the site one is find a relief by the scenic beauty of the water fall in ii natural environment.A Giant Tree
There is a big tree located in the Forest, on top of the Daade Mountain range at Adasawase. This giant tree has a very great potential of attracting more tourists when the area surrounding it is well developed and promoted. It is reputed to be one of the largest trees in Ghana. As an indication of its enormous size, it took twenty men of average height of 5 feet 10 inches, holding each others hands to surround the tree.Adasawase Caves Complex
A number of caves were identified at Adasawase. The caves are of various sizes, and naturally combined with vast corridor of beautiful rock canopies to provide a unique attraction. The names of the caves and rock canopies have been given as Aborosan Caves, Wompa Caves, Osebobuom Caves, Britwum Caves and Nsafuam Canopies.Osebobuom Cave
A natural cave with various apartments and links to a long underground tunnel.
It provides an abode for bats, vipers and other wild animals.Abenkuam Cave
This cave is located about 45 minutes walk from Adasawase. It is a medium size cave but can accommodate about 40 people at a time. As a taboo, menstruating woman are forbidden from climbing the Daade Mountain, which is believed to be sacred and inhabited by the god of the land. The Abenkuam Cave is therefore a place where women who undergo unexpected menstruation while climbing the mountain are allowed to camp and wait until others in whose company they were moving return from the mountain accompany them home. It is however the hope of the chiefs to revoke this taboo in order not the hinder the eco-tourism prospect of the Daade Mountain and the Adasawase community.Mpan Buom
This rock formation is located at about 20 minutes walk from the Daade Buom canopy. It consists of two huge rocks joining from two different directions with a passage created underneath. It is the abode of bats of various kinds.Kyinhyea Cave (Aborosan)
This cave is located at about 4 hours walk from Adassawase. It consists of two large caves of similar sizes. Each of these caves has a capacity to accommodate about visitors. The beauty of these caves lies in the fact that, one of the caves is located on top of the other from what is locally described as a two-stored cave, which are linked by a beautiful arranged spiral rock steps. In fact, they are very fascinating to watch.Kwapea Sreso
This is located at the apex of the Daade Mountain about 9km away from Adasawase. It consists of a flat and extensive rock that extends over a vast stretch of land on top of the mountain and covered by short grasses and shrubs depicting small savanna vegetation. The beauty of this patch of land is that, it is located in the centre of the ever green and virgin forest, which can be seen scenically arranged around the edges of the rock about 5km apart. This place has been the sanctuary of Buffalos. It is not clear whether the buffalos can still be located here in such quantities. It is however believed that activities of hunters might reduce their numbers. It is therefore important to take immediate steps to conserve this endangered wildlife species in order to attract tourists.Deep Natural Pit
It is located close to Ahankrasu, about 5km away from Adasawase and about 6km from Sekyere. This is a very deep pit (opening) believed to be extending down to the trust of the earth. Deep down the bottom of the pit, it reported to have a perpetual flame which sometimes extends to the surface of the earth. Therefore there is no vegetation cover around this pit. The description and characteristic of the pit resembles what can be called, an inactive volcanic pit. Natural Lake (Crater Lake)
This is a crater lake which is said to have been located around Adasawase. The beauty of the lake lies in the fact that, it lies in the valley bottom and surrounded by the natural vegetation cover along the steep slopes, from where different kinds of bird species and butterflies could be seen. Actually, the whistles from some of the birds are so scintillating. In size, the lake is estimated at about 100 meters in diameter.Enyiresi Handicraft Centre
Enyiresi Handicraft center provides a very good attraction. Located along the main Accra-Kumasi road Enyiresi, the community is about 35km from Kyebi. This community is specialized in cane weaving, wood carving and bamboo rafting. Some of the products of this handicraft center include baskets of various kinds, mortar, baby’s court, garden chairs, arm chairs and other artifacts like elephants, snakes, jewel, trays etc.
Most of the craftsmen in the community however operates outside the centre and need to be brought together the close proximity of this village provide good opportunities for net-working. The weavers have organized themselves in to an association, a good prospect for sustainability. The main problem the weavers face is inadequate access to credit facilities to boost their production.The Atiwa Forest – Pameng Water Falls
Pameng has a number of beautiful waterfalls. There is one medium and two small falls. The medium size waterfall is very attractive. It cascades over the rocks in four different splits of separate falls into one receptacle (plunge pool), demonstrating a very beautiful scenery. The community’s commitment towards development of the attraction is very high, - a good sign for viability and sustainability.The Royal Mausoleum
The Royal Burial Ground for the Akyem Abuakwa Kings and Royals is located at Banso. The Team was however not permitted to enter. It is suggested that, the traditional authorities should be educated on the benefits of opening up the place (though under strict rules), for tourist visitation as it will generate big income to them.The Anokye Shrine of Asamama
The Anokye Shrine is located at Asamama. This is the shrine which houses the Magical Garment (Leather smock) and Sword of Okomfo Anokye, who was linked to the miraculous appearance of the Ashanti Golden Stool. It has high prospects for tourist visitation, if it could be opened up and packaged well.
The Butterfly Sanctuary
The Atiwa forest, hosts vast and varied kinds of very attractive collections of Butterflies (Butterfly Sanctuary). It is estimated that the Atiwa forest alone has over 450 different kinds of Butterflies. They are usually available in their great numbers, especially, between July and August and April to May each year. Monkeys can also be found in isolated groupings in the Atiwa forest. This can also be harnessed to provide attractions to tourists. Other Tourism Resources are
- Stop Over & Mensio Motel at Anyinam
- Hotel at Akropong
- Various Chop Bars at Anyinam, Kwabeng among others, District-wide
- Brass Band Music, Adowa dance, Okete , etc.