The Volta Region of Ghana happens to be one of Ghana’s culturally rich regions, abounding in native heritage from the days of old till now.
One of the things people consider when it comes to the Volta Region is the ability of the indigenes to hold on to their traditional values and cultural norms for a long time.
Aside from these things, the Volta Region can be considered as one of the destination-oriented regions in Ghana as there are many tourist attraction areas especially the rolling hills, mountainous flows and valleys, rocky outcrops overlooking Lake Volta, and lagoons.
Should you consider making your way to the Volta Region for vacation or excursion of a sort, you may want to consider the following destinations;
Wli Waterfalls (pronounced ‘vlee’), also called Agumatsa Falls, is one of the popular tourist sites not only in the Volta Region but in Ghana as a whole. It can be found in a town called Wili, near the Togo border having a beautiful setting to match the environment.
Making it even more attractive is the sound of the hundreds of fruit bats and other birds making their homes on high the cliff bringing waterfall come alive. However, the equally high and much more isolated upper falls is a special treat for those with the stamina for the challenging hike. There are inviting pools at the base of both falls where the hearty can take a chilly dip.
2. TAFI ATOME MONKEY SANCTUARY
Believed to be messengers of the gods, the people of Tafi-Atome have provided a protective cover to this endangered Mona monkey for a long time. Though protection for these animals has existed way before the 1990s, a major and broader protective effort was made by the natives in 1996 giving them a home that has become a tourist attraction center in the region.
The number of the monkeys has hence grown to over 200 coupled with many different species of birds and other endangered insects that are also preserved.
The monkeys react to visitors in a friendly and funny way that attracts more and more visitors each year.
Revenue from tourism has brought electricity to the village, as well as improvements to the school and a community clinic.
3. AFADJATO (MOUTAIN AFADJA)
Mountain Afadja or Afadjato is known to be the tallest mountain in Ghana with an elevation of 885 metres (2,904 ft). The mountain is located in the Agumatsa Range near the villages of Gbledi and Liati Wote, in the Volta Region of Ghana at the border with Togo. ‘Afadja’ is the name of the mountain whereas ‘to’ in the Ewe dialect means mountain therefore, it is called ‘Afadjato’ by the indigenes. The correct name would be ‘Mount Afadja’ as ‘Mount Afadjato’ will be a repetition of the ‘Mountain.’ Mount Afadja is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the Volta Region of Ghana welcoming thousands of visitors from around the globe annually.
About a kilometer (less than a mile) to the east, is the nearby peak of Aduadu, which is higher than Afadjato, also standing at over 900 meters.
When the indigenes migrated to the area and saw the mountain it looked like the mound in which water yam is planted, water yam being called “Avadze” in Ewe. Moreover, there were some creeping plants on the mountain that resembled the water yam plant; they, therefore, called it “Avadze-to”. Today the word has been palatalized into “Afadjato”.
4. MOUNTAIN GEMI
Adding up to the number of tourist attraction sites in the Volta Region of Ghana is Mountain Gemi, located in Amedzorfe. The Germans according to history settled in this part of the country in the early 1840s due to its serene and cool breeze provided by the abundance of hills. The township of Amedzorfe is about 650 meters above sea level making it an inhabitable place and headquarters for the Germans.
The Germans came in as missionaries who established churches and schools after over 50 years of stay in that area. One of the churches established is the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EP Church) in 1939. They choose to commemorate this event by planting a cross on top of the Gemi which was then known as “Gayito”.
The German and their operation was coordination by their general council known as the German Evangelical Missions Institute (GEMI). This abbreviation was inscribed on the cross, but as time went by, different travelers who visited the site started addressing the mountain as GEMI instead of its original name “Gayito”.
5. AVAKPE PROTECTIVE MOUNTAIN
Avakpe Protective Moutain is believed to be the god of protection for the people of the Tongu (Mafi Traditional Area) in the Vota Region of Ghana. This special tourist attraction site is located in Avakpedome in the Central Tongu District, near the Adidome the District capital.
History has it that, this tribe of the Ewes who were on their journey through escape under the cruel rulership of King Agorkorli of Noshie, enjoyed great protection from this mountain against their enemies. Having been protected in such a manner, it is just wise to stay around and offer worship. This is the god they referred to as ‘Avakpe”.
The greenish serene overlook from the top of each hill surrounding the dark Avakpe mountain provides a great view of many towns and villages as well as the beautiful flow of the Volta Lake that runs through Mefe.
Every year people from far and near, official and unofficial visit this for a first-hand experience. The entertainment industry is not left out, this place serves as a home for thousands of people on Easter Monday (Picknick Day) as iconic personalities and musicians come to climax Easter Festivity known as the Easter Great Escape.