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Bekwai

Region: Ashanti Region
Member of Paliament: Osei-Owusu, Joseph

 TOURISM ATTRACTIONS

 
The constituency has several site of historical, scientific and aesthetic importance, which are potential tourist attraction spots. These areas include: The Bosomtwe Range Forest Reserve and Mprampram Forest Reserve.
 
Lake Bosomtwe- the only nature lake and exhibiting the characteristics of an inland drainage system. The Amponyinamoa fetish at Poano believed to have been delivered by a human being.
 
Essumeja Asantemanso- a sacred forest where Ashanti are traditionally believed to have emerged from a hole.
 
Lake Bonsomtwe: is the only natural lake and the only place where there is an internal drainage in Ghana. It is located about 30km from the constituency capital, Bekwai. About 2/3 of the lake is found in Amansie East constituency. There is an on going programme to improve upon the road network leading to the lake area so as to make it accessible. 
 
The objective of the project is to develop and promote Lake Bosomtwe as a tourist site. The project also seeks to increase employment and income generation from tourism and finally to encourage private sector participation in tourism. It has been established through regular observation that the lake has a huge potential for holiday tourism and its development would generate employment and increase income for the people.
 
Tourism potentials 
With tourism becoming the third foreign exchange earner of the country, the Municipality intends to develop its tourist attractions and sites to increase its local revenue, create employment both formal and informal and open up the municipality for local economic development.
 
TOURISM ATTRACTIONS
Kokofu –Anyinam, the birth place of King Osei–Tutu 1.
River Banko , a classic example of the annular drainage pattern.
Essumeja –Asantemaso, a sacred hole in the forest from which Asantes are traditionally believed to come from holes.
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
The Bekwai Asante constituency is located in the southern part of the Ashanti region and shares boundaries with Amansie West and Central Districts to the West , Bosomtwe–Atwima– Kwanwoma District to the north, Adansi East, Adansi North and Asante Akim South District to the East.
 
The Municipal lies within latitude 6 00’N and 6 30’N and Longitudes 1 00 W and 1˚35 W. 
 
TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE
The Municipal lies within the forest dissected plateau physiographic region with an average height registering between 150 metres and 300 metres above sea level.
The topography is relatively flat with occasional undulating uplands, which rise around 240 metres to 300 metres found around Lake Bosomtwe.
 
The area is drained by the Oda River and it’s tributaries including Dankran and Anum portraying a dentritic pattern. Another important water body is Lake Bosomtwe, which is the only natural lake in the country and also provides the only inland drainage system in the country. It offers a great potential for tourism.

CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
The climate of the constituency is the semi-equatorial type. It is characterised by double maxima rainfall. The first major rainfall season starts from March and ends in July. The second rainfall starts from September and ends in November. The main annual rainfall is between 16 00m – 1800mm. It has a fairly high and uniform temperature ranging between 20 C in August and 32C in March.
 
Relative humidity is fairly moderate but high during the rainy season. It ranges between 70 and 80 percent in the dry season. The temperature regime and rainfall pattern enhances the cultivation of many food crops.
 
The Bekwai Asante Municipal lies within the moist – semi- deciduous forest zone. Some of the tree species are Odum, Wawa, Edinam and Mahogany. Parts of the forest have been reserved. The forest reserves include Bosomtwe Range Forest Reserve and Fun Forest Reserve.
 
Outside the forest reserve, human activities, particularly farming and timber extraction have reduced the primary forests to secondary forests. Chronolaena Ordorata, popularly called Acheampong shrub seems to be the predominant vegetative cover in many parts of the constituency.
 
GEOLOGY AND SOIL
The constituency is underlain by three geological formations. These are the Birrimian, Tarkwain and granite rocks, which are rich in mineral deposits.
 
The minerals found in the constituency include: 
•Gold at Yapesa, Koniyaw and Boni. 
• Clay deposits at Boagyaa-Besease. 
•Sand and Gravel deposits at Patasi, Sanfo-Aduam, Dominase and Esiase.

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