Kumasi is the second largest city in Ghana, with over two million people. Located in the Ashanti Region, Kumasi takes about four hours to reach from Accra. The city is a mix of urban and a laidback atmosphere, especially on the outskirts of the city.
Kumasi is on the regular tourist circuit along with Accra and Cape Coast. The Kumasi area is dominated by the Ashanti tribe, for whom the city holds a special place in their history: It was here that Okomfo Anokye received the Golden Stool, an embodiment of the soul of the Ashanti nation.
Our local Ghana Coordinator will accompany you from Accra to Kumasi. It takes about four hours, depending on the traffic leaving Accra as well as traffic volume into Kumasi which can be heavy in the evenings. You will take public transport, either on a government bus or a “trotro” which is a minivan that carries about 12 people. If you are not used to road travel in Africa, the ride can seem harrowing, with buses, cars, and trotros passing each other at breakneck speed on two-lane highways that have their share of potholes and dust.
Twi is the main language in Kumasi. However as in the rest of Ghana, English is widely spoken.
While you are in Kumasi, you will likely be within walking distance to the place where you will volunteer. However you can take a taxi which will cost you less than $2 USD for a round-trip ride. We recommend that volunteers buy an inexpensive bicycle ($30 USD) to both commute and visit nearby towns.
Kumasi is hot and dry. Daytime temperatures range from 28-35 C (82-96 F) throughout the year.
Sightseeing & Activities
Definitely check out the Kejetia Central Market, one of the largest markets in Africa. Another major attraction is the National Cultural Center, which contains a museum of Ashanti history, a popular library, an excellent crafts shop and an exhibition hall. Also, even if you’re not a sports fan, try to catch a football match at Baba Yara Stadium (“Kumasi Sports Stadium”). In rural villages outside of Kumasi, you will find many artisans making and selling kente cloth, pottery, and woodworking.