Places of attraction & Historical facts
Ankasa National Park (the world’s second richest nature reserve) –
A two-in-one forest reserve, covering a total landarea of about 509 sq. Km and incorporating the former Nini-Suhien National Park. Ankasa has virgin evergreen rainforest and is the most botanically diverse forest in Ghana.
The park is often classified as the world’s second richest nature reserve and boast of rare botanical species like ‘psychosis ankasensis’ and more than 300 plant species have been logged in a single hectare. Ankasa also has a horde of mammals, including forest elephants, leopards, wildcat, African civet, bush broad fronted crocodile and chimpanzees and the bongo, which conservation experts have proposed as the great Park’s symbol.
Jomoro’s Pristine Wetlands –
There are several wetlands within the district, the major ones are the Amanzule, Domunli and the Abby wetlands located near Benyin, Old Kabenlasuazo and Jaway Wharf respectively.
The Amanzule wetland in particular, has a great national importance as Ghana’s largest intact swamp peat forest; it is the only forest in Ghana whose vegetation encompasses mangrove, raffia palm, coconut palm and swamp peat.
It is also a home to a wide variety of wildlife, including monkeys, crocodiles, marine turtles and birds.
Nzulezo (the village on stilts) –
it is over 500 years old village and home to about 450 natives who are predominantly farmers; they live a traditional life which adapts to delicate watery environments in which all houses are built with raffia palm, erected to suspend on stilts on the Amansuri Lake.
What makes Nzulezo exciting is that, it is self-sufficient in many ways and has its own primary schools, churches, shops, a walkway (streets and alleys) and even a couple of motels.
The Meandah Nature Trail –
Home to the Meadah Crocodile Pond which is habitat for some Long snout, Dwarf and Nile crocodile; the Ebonloa Bird Sanctuary and Ebonloa’s intriguing Local Gin Distilleries.
The Apollonia Fort –
It is the very last English Fort in the Gold Coast. It is located on the beaches of Benyin and was built by the English Committee of Merchants from 1768 to 1770 following and invitation from Chief Amenihyia.
The fort took its name from a Portuguese explorer who first sighted the area supposedly on St. Appollonia’s Day. The English gave up the fort in 1819, soon after the abolition of the slave up the fort in 1819, soon after the abolition of the slave trade, transferring ownership to the Dutch in 1868.
The Dutch rechristened the fort after their king, Willem III and held it until 1872.
The Osagyefo Barge –
Conceived as an integrated energy generation project to accelerate the development of Tano basin, the Osagyefo Barge is a dual fired power generating unit which can operate on both diesel and natural gas.
It was commissioned in 1999 and moved to present base at Effasu-Mangyea in the Jomoro District in March 2007.
When operational, the Osagyefo Barge will generate some 185 megawatts of power to supplement electricity from the Akosombo and Kpong Hydro-electric power plants as well as the Aboadze thermal power plant.
The Abby Lagoon –
This is a trans-boundary wetland important to both Ghana and la Cote d’Ivoire because of its high productivity as a medium of transport and for fishing.
It is widely believed that the lagoon has considerable stocks of the West African Manatees (Trichechus senegalensis)
Jomoro Clean Cosy Beaches –
Jomoro has 50-kilometre stretch of clean sandy beaches from Ekabaku to Newtown (Ghana’s last coastal community on its western frontier).
Most of Jomoro’s beaches have clean white sands, laced with rows of coconut trees mysteriously spared by the onslaught of the Cape Saint Paul Wilt Disease, which ravaged most of the coconut crop along Ghana’s coastal belt.
Besides their suitability for hospitality and recreation, Jomoro beaches are Ghana’s most favorable nesting habitat for marine turtles, which are of global conservation interest.