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tourism attractions

Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. It is the third after Gold and Cocoa in terms of foreign exchange earnings. Tourism in the district is gradually picking up and needs a boost both from the government and the private sector. Nkwanta District possesses a wide range of natural attractive features - both developed and potential. These attractions include the climate, the Kyabobo Range National Park, Mountains, Waterfalls, Wildlife and other natural features.

The Kyabobo Park is particularly, noted for foot safaris. Two "breast-mountains" viewed from the Nkwanta township is a welcome signal to the Park. These mountains have been developed for mountaineers. On top of these mountains, a panoramic view of the underlying plains, villages and the Volta Lake offer the climbers a unique impression of the natural beauty of the park and other parts of Ghana. There are also in the Park, camping sites to suit the taste of lovers of nature and eco-tourism.

Labounu Waterfall:
This is a perennial waterfall situated in the Kyabobo Park. This scenic waterfall is over 30 metres high. A visit to this waterfall from Nkwanta Township could take a whole day. The task involved in this trip could be a physical exercise to visitors. In all the walks, the accompanying singing of birds shrills of monkeys and cries of animals and the forest canopy give the tourist a wonderful sense of satisfaction.

Shaire is a village situated a few kilometers east of Nkwanta. This village is the paramount seat of the Akyode people and is affectionately called the "hanging village" as a result of its architectural design. The houses are virtually built into the mountain making them look as though they are hanging. The houses are in a sort of layers. This is one town that tourists would not miss. It is worth noting that Shiare could be reached on foot. Vehicles cannot reach Shiare because of the mountainous nature of the village.

Traditional Festivals:
There are a number of traditional festivals that are organized throughout the district. These festivals offer special interest to both foreigners and indigenous tourists. Often associated with these festivals are durbars of chiefs who sit in colorful palanquins and accompanied by a retinue of drummers, horn blowers and singers. The active festivals in the district include the Gyogyible festival. This is celebration by the Atwodes in October/November each year to thank the gods for good harvest.

Another important festival which is celebrated in the district is the Gidifon festival, celebrated in August/September each year by the Adeles. The Malade festival is celebrated by the Challas in March/April every year to thank their ancestors for bumper guinean corn harvest. Also peculiar to the Challa people is the Gussum festival, which is celebrated once every ten years to enshrine young men into the Challa Jargon fetish.

Traditional Dance And Music:
Traditional dance and music are basic attractions that abound in the district. The district has various kinds of dance forms. The Atwodes have dance forms like the Gegyemboe. This is a traditional war dance, performed to signify the strength of the Atwodes. The Gebleha is also another form of dance performed by old women and men during funerals. The Ogyege is performed in the district is common to all the tribes.
Adeles also have a number of dance forms, notable among them are the Atrikpi a kind of dance performed when somebody dies suddenly. Kaale is another form performed to commemorate the departure of their ancestors from their ancestral home. Cebelikpe, Adyelegbe, Gatanmgba, Genanacha, Kpatrikpe and Gazo are all dance forms performed by the Adeles. It is worth to note that all these dance forms can be performed for tourists on request. The Challas (Bagons) also have Gakpo, Surru, Gakpamde, Bende-kande among other traditional dance forms.

Areas of development of tourism in the district include
• Provision of hotel accommodation of international standard.
• Development of safari lodges and camps in the Kyabobo National  Park.
• Development of efficient tourist services along tourist routes e.g. restaurants, car rentals etc.
• Development of recreational tourism infrastructure e.g. water sports, river rafting and adventure tourism activities.
• Tarring of the Kadjebi-Nkwanta road.
• Maintaining a satisfactory environmental sanitation in areas and settlements with tourist attractions.
• Maintaining a peaceful and friendly atmosphere that is devoid of\ ethnic conflict.
• Provision of utility services such as reliable piped water, health care, telecommunication etc.

Non-Traditional Export Development
Hitherto, much attention has not been given to non-traditional crop and products.  The Assembly will encourage the youth to go into the production of non-traditional corps like paw paw, mangoes etc. and the production of handicrafts and locally manufactured products.

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