Day 2 of the Heritage Caravan took patrons to the Ashanti Region after having breathtaking experience in the Volta Region.
The journey to the Ashanti Region was a little over 6 hours but the mood on the bus made it seem like it was just a stone throw.
The brief stop at the Bunso Arboretum was breathtaking. The 6.5 hectares plant conservation and research centre has over 1,000 species of plant. The area is a protected forest reserve.
As part of efforts of the CSIR-Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute to raise funds and to diversify the attraction at its arboretum, management of the institute engaged a Ghanaian private investor to build the second canopy walkway in Ghana, modelled after that of the Kakum National Park in the Central Region of Ghana.
It took the local engineers one year to build the magnificent walkway using materials such as wood, safety net, aluminium ladder, nails, bolts and knots among others. The walkway is Two Hundred and Eighty (280) meters long, forty feet (40ft) high and has five (5) bridges.
Other features of the edifice are the six platforms and fences where tourists can rest while on tour of the walkway.
The forty (40) acres arboretum is home to in-situ and ex-situ plant species with over 600 timber trees, 110 species of birds and 300 species of butterflies.
While some the Heritage Caravan patrons were taken through horticulture lessons others patronized the canopy walk.
The Caravan’s final destination in the Ashanti Region was the Noda Hotel.
Patrons refused to sleep as they enjoyed a variety of activities including pool party, cultural display and a mini kente expo.
Day 3 of the journey will be taking the caravan to Yendi in the Northern Region.
The Gbewa Palace will come alive as the newly enskinned Yaa Naa will host the Heritage Caravan.
About the Heritage caravan
The Heritage Caravan gives patrons an exciting experience, as they tour various regions and exciting destinations of the country.
This year, the Caravan will be visiting 14 of the 16 regions but will be sleeping in 8 of them.
It’s an opportunity for Ghanaians to know their country as Ghana in the month that Ghana celebrates its independence.
The Heritage Caravan has been running for the past four years.
Over the years, patrons have been taken to the Stilt Village in the Western Region, Nzulenzu, the Adaklu Mountain in the Volta region, the Manhyia Palace in the Ashanti Region, the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary in the Brong Ahafo Region, the Gamashie, Jamestown in Accra, the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles in the Central Region among other places.
The Caravan has also taken patrons to the Mole National Park.
This year’s Heritage Caravan would also visit the Kakum National Park, the Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary, Kintampo Waterfalls, Paga Crocodile pond among others.
Aside all the amazing places patrons would be visiting, there would other activities on the side like Bonfire night, barbeque, beach party and a masquerade party.
This year’s Heritage Caravan started on the 2nd of March and ends on the 9th of March.
This year’s trip is sponsored by Campari, Maggi, Golden Tree, GCB, Voltic and Donewell Insurance.
The Heritage Caravan forms part of activities to mark Citi TV/Citi FM’s Heritage Month commemorated in the month of March every year.
By: Kojo Agyeman | citinewsroom.com | Ghana