Kumasi Travel Guide

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  • Guinness Ghana Brewery Ltd, Kumasi
    Guinness Ghana Brewery Ltd, Kumasi
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  • Guinness Ghana Brewery Ltd, Kumasi
    Guinness Ghana Brewery Ltd, Kumasi
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Kumasi Things to Do

  • The Big market (Kumasi market)

    Kumasi market is the largest open air market in Ghana, and the second largest in Africa. The market is famous in W-Africa, and traders come from other countries to sell their goods here. The market is a sprawling and chaotic place. It is located right in the city centre, on the former railway track.

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  • Kumasi zoo

    Ghana zoo is a well established zoo, founded in 1957. The location in the downtown is great with the big marked is right beside. You enter through a gate where the ticket counter is a table to the right side. Quite basic and typical African. The first thing you see is a fence with ostrich and some other birds. All the other animals are inside...

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  • See traditional brass casting in a...

    Get out of the city to one of the craft villages - there is a well worn tourist route to the North East - Kente, Adinkra and carving villages - but you should also try Krofrom to the South a brass casting village, about 30 minutes from town. There are buses but its easier to charter a taxi. There is a video and more information on my web site at...

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  • Ashanti Cultural Arts Center: Bronze...

    The Ashanti were skilled at both iron and bronze work for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. Very large bronze work startled the first Europeans, both for the skill and artistic quality. At the Ashanti Cultural Arts Center, there is a bronze master who demonstrates the lost wax method of casting. First, the molds are made. Wax pieces...

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  • Open Air Market--Crowded Alleys

    People who fear touching others will fear this place. I found the labyrinth of alleys fun though...Many of the molded plastic junk in made in India or China.

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  • Open Air Meat Market

    In the open air market, currency are traded, jewelry sold, pots & pans, clothing, and a vast number of foodstuffs are sold, including freshly butchered meat. The butchers didn't like me taking photos of them while they worked, so I have only this one image of a smiling butcher and his scale. Reportedly, bush meat is sold in markets like this, but I...

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  • Kumasi Military Housing

    Close to the city center on a hill that dominates the city, there is a complex of run down colonial era brick and clapboard buildings, which were originally the location of the Ashanti king's fortifications, later British military housing, and today Ghana military housing. The soldiers aren't paid very much, so families keep goats.

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  • More People Pictures from Kumasi

    My new compact printer gadget helped boost my ability to get lovely images. The young handsome people working in the fabric section of the marketplace easily matched the brilliant colors of their background.

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  • Ashanti Cultural Arts Center: Cane...

    The Ashanti Cultural Arts Center also has some furniture makers, some who use plank boards carved in ornate ways, and others who make cane furniture. We were lucky enough to have a friend include some of the cane furniture in a container that she shipped to California, allowing us to avoid the complications of shipping the furniture ourselves. But,...

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Kumasi Restaurants

  • Kumasi's newest hot spot

    Food was a mix of French, British and American so the manager said. It was relaxed tasty and plentiful. Best food outside of Accra hands down. The decor was stylish and beautifully lit, very London where i am from. A big surprise in Kumasi. We loved the Soul vibe to the music but we were told that each night changed with Jazz, house and funk. They...

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  • Dimlite Catering Services

    Dimlite Snacks is a popular African eating place. The place doesn't look too inviting when you see it from the street. You have to pass through a narrow entrance to get inside. But the food is good and cheap. Locals use this place a meeting point or have their lunch here. Jollof Rice

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  • Typical food in Kumasi

    The typical food in Kumasi is Fufu with hot light paper soup, or Fufu with groundnut soup, or Fufu with Palmnut oil soup and with some bush meet. The Akan man can not do a good meal without Fufu. As for Kumasi area there are no taboo for a particular food during the day.

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Kumasi Nightlife

  • Sweet Pub

    A nice place called Sweet Pub is located in Alarbar, a Kumasi suburb. The owner is a woman. Kumasi is not known for having the same nightlife as Accra.

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  • Bantama High Street

    A vibrant street lined with numerous open air pubs serving all kinds of Continental and local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as meat-on-sticks (kebabs). A very lively place to relax and people watch in the evening especially from Thursdays to Sundays in the evenings and on holidays and other social occasions such as Valentine's (aka....

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  • Drinking Spots

    Kumasi is a very nice place to go out for a drink at night. Night in Ghana is only until midnight, but in the few hours that are left there are some nice places to sit down and enjoy the nightlife in the city. Kumasi has a lot of small drinking spots that are pretty quiet at daytime, but can be nice at night. the soundsystems play loud music, the...

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Kumasi Transportation

  • Tro-tro's to Kumasi

    Tro-tro's, also called mammy wagons, is shared taxis or minibuses. They operate everywhere in Ghana and is the cheapest method of transportation.

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  • Train to Kumasi

    There is a train connecting Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi. The train from Accra to Kumasi takes 10 hours overnight (not every day). Kumasi to Takoradi runs twice daily, and takes 7 hours.

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  • Taxis in Kumasi

    Taxis in Kumasi are colorful, old cars. They are cheap, but remember to settle the price before before you start.

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Kumasi Shopping

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  • Cyntia Boutique

    Cyntia Boutique is a good shop for nice female clothes. A model photographer has a studio the same building, and clothes from Cyntia is popular among the models there. The building is located in a busy street on a hill above the big market. Women's Clothes

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  • Kola Nuts

    In Chinua Achebe's classic English novel, Things Fall Apart, the tradition bound main character frequently "breaks the kola nut" in the presence of ruling elders and kings. For tourists passing through Kumasi, it's a wise idea to stock up on kola nuts as a gift for chieftains in the rural parts of Ghana, and also in Burkina Faso, Mali, and...

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  • Kumasi Market

    An enormous sprawling market in the centre of Kumasi, you can’t miss it! You can get all your day-to-day requirements here at Kumasi market, from your food (meat, vegetables, fruits, spices), to your cooking utensils and clothing. I am not sure I liked the look of the dried meats, but everything else looked very nice, especially the spices.

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Kumasi Local Customs

  • Cassava Beer

    Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd (GGBL), Ghana’s only total beverage business, has launched a new home-grown beer called Ruut Extra Premium Beer. Being Ghana’s first cassava beer, Ruut Extra Premium Beer is brewed from the “very best local raw materials” sourced from around the country and is an authentic beer with a pleasant aroma and a distinctive...

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  • Besease Shrine # 5

    Drums were traditionally used for communication in Ashanti culture, prior to the mobile phone! One of the four rooms in the traditional shrine was dedicated to the drummers, with excellent acoustics coming from the plain walls.

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  • Besease Shrine # 4

    The bones and spinal column of animals sacrificed here to appease the spirits are kept as decoration on the wall, with many sanctified meanings.

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Kumasi Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't get lost

    The isles leading through Kumasi Market are very narrow and criss-cross the market in every direction. Take great note of which way you are going, as it would be incredibly easy to get lost. You may be able to use one of the tall buildings outside the market as a bearing and taking note of where it is at all times.

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  • Beware of the crowds

    Kumasi market is crowded to the extreme and you could very easily fall victim to pick-pockets. Although Kumasi is not a dangerous place per se, take care of your belongings - don’t leave wallets sticking out of your back pocket for instance. It only takes one bad apple to seize the opportunity and then disappear in the crowd. You’d have no chance...

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  • Kumasi Hotels

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Kumasi Off The Beaten Path

  • Guinness Ghana Brewery Ltd, Kumasi

    Guinness Ghana Breweries (GGBL) is a Ghanaian brewery based at the Kaasai Industrial Area in Kumasi. They are listed on the stock index of the Ghana Stock Exchange, the GSE All-Share Index. It formed in 1991.When production started at its inception, the company produced only Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, popularly known as Guinness. The primary...

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  • The birth of chocolate # 3

    The beans, complete with the pulp, are piled in heaps on the ground for several days, during which time the pulp ferments and runs off. Without this fermentation process the cocoa beans will not taste right. Some producers also use the liquified pulp to make alcohol. The beans are then spread out on trays or the ground and allowed to be dried in...

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  • The birth of chocolate # 2

    The cocoa pods have a thick outer shell, which contains up to 50 beans contained in a sweet pulp. Although this pulp is edible (in fact it is very nice – we tried sucking a covered bean and it tasted a little like mange to me), the pulp (called baba de cacao) is imperative to the processing of the bean.

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Kumasi Sports & Outdoors

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    Kumasi Sports Stadium

    by georeiser Written Jan 10, 2011

    Kumasi Sports Stadium (Baba Yara Stadium) has a capasity of almost 50,000, and is Ghana's largest stadium. It is located in Hudson road.

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Kumasi Favorites

  • Typical buildings in Kumasi

    Typical buildings in Kumasi are grey with dilapidated facade. The locals often hang laundry out of the window to dry.

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  • Kumasi Central Mosque

    Welcome to Kumasi Central Mosque is written on the fence. The mosque is located on a small height, 10 minutes walk from the big marked. This is according to the taxi driver, a moslem area of Kumasi.

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  • Wesley Methodist Cathedral

    Wesley Methodist Cathedral in Kumasi is one of the largest churches in Ghana. It is named after one of the founders of the Methodist church, John Wesley.

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