Lake Bosomtwe; Lake Bosumtwi is the only natural lake in Ghana. It is situated within an ancient impact crater that is about 10.5 kilometres (6.5 mi) in diameter. It is about 30 km (19 mi) south-east of Kumasi, the capital of Ashanti, and is a popular recreational area. There are about 30 villages near crater lake Lake Bosumtwi, with a combined population of about 70,000. The most popular amongst the villages where tourists usually settle is Abono.
Ashanti Region Tourist Destinations
This Region is one of the most popular regions in Ghana, known for their rich culture, tradition and their system of leadership ( chieftaincy). The Ashanti Region is located in south Ghana and it is the third largest of 16 administrative regions, occupying a total land surface of 24,389 km2 (9,417 sq mi) or 10.2 percent of the total land area of Ghana. In terms of population, however, it is the most populated region with a population of 4,780,380 according to the 2011 census, accounting for 19.4% of Ghana's total population. The Ashanti Region is known for its major gold bar and cocoa production. The largest city and regional capital is Kumasi.
Okomfo Anokye sword site: This site is a historical landmark on the grounds of the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi. Here the Legendary Okomfo Anokye Sword has been planted in a rock by Okomfo Anokye himself. This is an important and sacred site which also is a big part part of Asante history. A tour of the site explains a lot about Ashanti Kingdom – more about how it all started. According to legend, the priest Okomfo Anokye caused the stool to descend from the sky and land on the lap of the first Asante King, Osei Tutu. The Golden Stool is the royal throne of kings of the Ashanti people and is still considered as the ultimate symbol of power in Asante. Traditionally such seats symbolize leadership. The Golden Stool, however, is believed to hold the spirit of Asante nation – 'living and yet to be born'. The Sword site is said to be the exact place where the Golden Stool fell from the sky unto the lap of Osei Tutu. Okomfo Anokye pushed the sword into the ground and predicted that this place will become a healing place for millions of people. He also pronounced that no one will ever be able to remove the sword. There have been countless attempts to remove it with no success. Even Muhammad Ali has tried his luck in 1964 which was not a success either. Ashantis strongly believe that if anyone pulled the sword out of the ground, the Kingdom would collapse. To this day the Asante king regularly comes to pay his respects at this sacred site.
Bobiri Forest Reserve and Butterfly Sanctuary is an ecotourism center in Ghana and the only butterfly sanctuary in West Africa. It has about 400 species of butterflies. It is located on the main Accra - Kumasi Highway at the village of Kubease, about 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Kumasi. It is also about 25 minutes drive from the KNUST. It is enclosed by six communities, these are Krofrom, Kubease, Ndobom, Koforidua, Nkwankwaduam and Tsteteseakasum. It was created in 1931 and has an area of 54.65 km2 (21.10 sq mi)
The Manhyia Palace (Akan language meaning Oman hyia – gathering of the people) is the seat of the Asantehene of Asanteman, as well as his official residence. It is located at Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom and Ashanti Region. The first palace is now a museum. Otumfuor Opoku Ware II built the new palace, which is close to the old one and is used by the current Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II. The palace was built in 1925 by the British some time after the Third Anglo-Ashanti War in 1874, when the British had destroyed the original palace built by Asantes. The British were said to have been impressed by the size of the original palace and the scope of its contents, which included "rows of books in many languages.", but due to events in the War of the Golden Stool, the British demolished the royal palace with explosives. The palace consequently erected is a kilometre from the Centre for National Culture, Kumasi. Upon the return from exile of the Asantehene Nana Prempeh I from the Seychelles Islands, the building was offered to him for use as his residence. This was because prior to the Asantehene's exile, his old palace had been burnt down in the Yaa Asentewa War. The war was fought between the British and the Asantes because of the refusal of the Asantehene to offer the Golden stool to the then governor of the Gold Coast. Prempeh I only accepted the offer after he had paid for the cost of the building in full. Two kings lived in the palace, namely Otumfuo Prempeh I and Otumfuo Sir Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, KBE, the 13th and 14th kings of the Asante nation.