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Touring Ghana – Part 9….

Volta Region

Lake Volta

With rolling hills and valleys, rocky outer crops overlooking Lake Volta, lagoons, rivers and waterfalls, beautiful and serene beaches, mangrove swamps and tropical rainforests, the Volta region is home to one of Ghana’s best nature sceneries and one of the few places you can experience almost every tropical climate in West Africa. Boasting a rich diversity of history and culture and a vibrant people, a trip to this easterly part of Ghana is one you’ll unlikely forget.

Getting there

If coming from Accra or Kumasi, then STC buses are the ideal mode of transport to the Volta region, going to cities like Ho, Hohoe and Aflao. Trotros from major parts of Ghana go to these places as well.

Where to stay

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The Volta region has beautiful accommodation that really makes you feel like part of the place. With many hotels, b&bs and lodge houses to choose from, there’s something to suit everyone’s budget. Some of the best places to stay include the Wli Water Heights in Hohoe, Meet Me There in Dzita, Roots Yard in Peki, Biakpa Mountain Paradise in Biakpa, Vilcamba Hotel in Denu and Chances Hotel in Ho.

Things to do

One is spoilt for choice when it comes to activities to do in this part of Ghana as the region has a number of interesting places definitely worth visiting. Start off by exploring the dramatic grottos and caves etched in limestone that dot the region. These include the ancestral caves of Likpe, the grottos of Kpanda in Agbehoe & Aziavi, the caves of Nyagbo, Logba and Alepafu.

Get stuck in the history of the region by visiting the old Keta-Krachi Slave Route which served as a vital slave port in colonial times. Now completely submerged in the Volta Lake, nothing remains of this town except three buildings. Also worth a visit is Fort Prinzenstein in Keta built by the Danish traders in 1784. It served as a dungeon for slaves awaiting transportation to the Caribbean, and still stands today.

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Next, grab yourself a bargain by heading to the Dzemeni Market on the bank of Lake Volta where one can find great quality fabric and beads. It’s also a great place to witness local like as the market also serves as a place to trade mostly basic goods and livestock. Agbozume village is famous for their beautiful hand-woven kente cloth. Here you can witness weavers at work.

If you love a little adventure then get hiking and trekking on some of the numerous hills and mountains that dot the region. Mountain Dzebobo, Adukulu and Mount Afadjato (the highest mountain in Ghana) offer challenging climbs that is well rewarded with some spectacular scenes of the region as well as colourful birds, butterflies and monkeys that habit these mountains. You can also head to the Volta Estuary to see some of the region’s indigenous wildlife. The estuary provides scenic beauty with river and ocean beaches and its sand bars which serves as resting ground for seabirds and endangered species of twitter. Other wildlife reserves worth visiting are the Keta-Angaw Lagoon Basin, Tafi Monday Village and the Kyabobo National Park.

If all the activities above have made you tired then relax in the Keta District, which has some of the most beautiful and clean beaches in West Africa. The best ones can be found in the Volta Estuary Areas from Azizanu to Atiteti, Cape St. Paul in Woe, Tegbi, Anloga and the Kedzi Areas. Another distinctive feature of the Volta region is its waterfalls. Often set in attractive wooded or mountain settings, the waterfalls, such as Wli Falls, in Wli Nature Reserve, Tagbo Falls near Liati Wote, Tsatsadu Falls near Hohoe and a few others make for a spectacular viewing.

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Finally, really get to know the people and culture of the Volta region by getting stuck in many of their festivals held all year round. With over 10 tribes occupying the region, all with their distinctive language and customs, these festivals filled with pageantry and pomp have varying activities such as purification ceremonies, a durbur of chiefs,, singing dancing, kente weaving, drumming and pouring of libation.

Now you can’t say goodbye to the region without trying some of the region’s traditional dishes. A must try is the region’s famous Volta tilapia with akple or akple with okro soup. Equally tasty is abolo with shrimps and ‘one man thousand’ (kapenta fish). Polish these dishes off with a shot of akpeteshie or palm wine and you’ll never want to leave!

Yaa Nyarko (@Yaayaa_89)