Koforidua is a city and capital of Eastern Region in south of Ghana. Koforidua is regarded as one of the calmest and coolest cities in the country of Ghana. The city is home to many businesses, including heavy duty industries. This article also covers New Akim Tafo, a town in the Abuakwa North Municipality.
Koforidua is a commercial center for the Eastern region and New-Juaben Municipal district. Koforidua had a settlement population of 127,000 people in 2012.
A two-going-two-coming highway road linking Adeiso, Koforidua, to Oyoko serves as an alternative route to reach Kumasi.
You can find your way into Koforidua via a couple of road routes, with the best of all being through Aburi if from Accra. Aside that, you can enter Koforidua from Accra via Suhum and Nkawkaw if from Kumasi or Accra and Nkruakan if from Akosombo. There is no airport or harbor in Koforidua.
Getting to Koforidua is about a 2-hour drive from the capital city, Accra. Koforidua is found in the New Juabeng Traditional Area with a paramount chief and many sub-chiefs. The main festival celebrated by the people of Koforidua is the Akwantukese festival which comes in place during the last quarter of the year.
Getting around in Koforidua is easier by way of vehicular transport, even though riding a bicycle or by foot is possible. Most car transport stations are near the Total 2 and 3 petrol-filling stations in the Central Business District.
- A predominant natural feature in Koforidua is the Obuo Tabri Mountain , which is considered sacred but its scenery serves as tourist attraction
- There are waterfalls in the area such as Akaa Falls and Boti Falls.
- Umbrella Rock
- Fork-like palm tree
- Boti falls have 200 steps underground.
- Boti falls has a palmnut tree with three branches in one tree.
Art works and other design artifacts such as dresses are available locally.
The biggest supermarket in Koforidua is Melcom. Even though fresh foods such as tomatoes and vegetables are not sold there, many electrical appliances and processed foods are available.
Right in the heart of Koforidua is the central market. One of the market days in Koforidua is Thursday. In the market, all food stuffs, cloth (materials), cosmetics and many other products are available for purchase. Aside the many street hawkers displaying their items in pans on their head or on tables, most traders are found under sheds in the market place selling all sorts of items worth selling.
Not many computer shops are available in Koforidua and most latest electronic gadgets might not be available as and when they arrive in Accra. The well-known computer shop in Koforidua is called I.C.L. (Ike Computer Limited) shop and the biggest phones shop is Ultimate Phones, near the Post Office.
There is one big manufacturing company called Intravenous Infusions Limited. They manufacture infusion drugs to supply Ghana and the West African sub-region.
- Leesco (SIC building)
- Sophisticat (GNAT hall)
- Havilla (Oteng house)
- Chris Cafe (SSNIT Building)
- Bar 205 (Adweso)
- The Boamah's (Adweso Estate)
There are local foods such as fufu with light soup or palmnut soup with 'kokonte' and other bush meat.
African drinks such as palm wine and drinks such as minerals examples Fanta, malt, cocacola, with other fruit juice such coconut juice, mango juice.
- Capital View, Koforidua-Nsutam Rd, ☏ , email@example.com. African-style business hotel with 160 rooms including suites, apartments, executive and standard rooms. The hotel is set in tropical gardens, and is located in the outskirts of business district of Koforidua. There are restaurants, nightclubs, shops, markets, fitness center within minutes of the hotel. From GH₵260.
- MacDic Royal Plaza, Medical Village, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. A 3-star deluxe hotel, 80 km drive from Accra, beneath the Obuo Tabiri Mountain and surrounded by the Akuapim Mountain range at the Medical Village behind the Doctor's Bungalow. The hotel offers 40 air conditioned rooms, 5 conference halls, banquet hall, a tennis court, swimming pool, night club, children playground, unisex salon, resident band, indoor and outdoor restaurant bar. Rooms are equipped with wireless internet access, self controlled air-conditioning, telephone, satellite TV, refrigerator, mini bar, and balconies with view to the pool. It is a peaceful place for holiday makers seeking rest and relaxation close to nature and an ideal place for walkers and botanists.
- Echo Guest House, Tafo Quarters Area, Around Waccri School,. A 5-minute walk from Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana. All the rooms are fitted with ceramic floor tiles, TVs, clean bedding, armchairs, and en suite bathrooms. An on-site restaurant serves local and continental dishes and a bar where guests can order a variety of alcoholic and soft drinks. The guesthouse has a large parking lot for guests and security personnel who guard the premises. Echo Guest House is a 15-minute drive from Bonso College. GH₵25.
- Bedtime Hotel (On the slope of the Koforidua Polytechnic dual carriage road). 60 minutes from the airport in Accra. The hotel has 92 rooms, swimming pool, a gym, conference rooms, restaurant and an executive lounge.
- St. James, Nyamekrom, Near Pentecost Senior High School,, ☏ . Free WiFi throughout the property, on-site restaurant, free private parking. All rooms have a TV. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. From GH₵80.
- J. Met Hotels, Old Estate, SSNIT Junction, Nyamekrom Road, Sector 2, Plot 2. 1-star hotel with 27 rooms. From GH₵90.
New Akim Tafo