20120713BosumtwiLakeLake Bosumtwi (sometimes spelled Bosomtwe), is a natural lake in the Ashanti Region in Ghana. The lake is located in an ancient meteorite impact crater, which is about 8 kilometres across and sited approximately 30 km south-east of Kumasi the capital of Ashanti Region. The people of Ashanti consider Bosumtwi a sacred lake and according to historic believe, the souls of the dead converge there to bid farewell to their god Asase Ya. Due to this, fishing is permitted in the lake only from wooden planks. Some of the fish species in the lake are the endemic cichlid Hemichromis frempongi, and the near-endemic cichlids Tilapia busumana and T. discolor. Bosumtwi is home to about 70,000 people living in some thirty villages surrounding the lake. The Crater Lake was formed by meteor impact more than one million years ago.

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LocationAshanti Region
Bosumtwi Lake

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