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At One With Nature In Ghana

By Michael Bamidele 28 March 2021   |   1:00 pm

Sunrise over the Agumatsa mountain range | Image: Instagram\yanickfolly

The Republic of Ghana, formerly called Gold Coast, is a country rich in heritage, culture, pride and hospitality and beautiful sceneries. The country is along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean, in the subregion of West Africa.

Ghana is a very vibrant country and if being at peace with nature is what you crave, Ghana has it in abundance:

Lake Volta

Volta Lake | Image: Instagram/alextackie

Lake Volta is the world’s largest man-made lake by surface area. Lake Volta is actually a reservoir formed from the damming of the Volta River, and extends 250 miles north of the Akosombo Dam. The lake covers an area of 8,482 square km.

The lake is contained behind the Akosombo Dam which generates a substantial amount of Ghana’s electricity. It is completely within the country of Ghana and has a surface area of 8,502 square kilometres (3,283 sq mi; 2,101,000 acres). It extends from Akosombo in the south to the northern part of the country.

The lake formed when the Akosombo dam over the Volta river. It also covers 3.6% of the land present in Ghana. While visiting the place one can visit Dodi Island. People have the option to fish in some parts of the lake or actually go on a trip to the dam.

Mole National Park

Elephants in water hole, Loxodonta africana, Mole National Park, Ghana

With a land size of 4,840 square kilometres, Mole National Park is Ghana’s largest wildlife refuge.

The park is home to over 93 mammal species, and the large mammals of the park include an elephant population, hippos, buffalo, and warthogs. Mole Park is considered a primary African preserve for antelope species including kob, defassa waterbuck, roan, hartebeest, oribi, the bushbuck, and two duikers, the red duiker and yellow-backed duiker. Olive baboons, black-and-white colobus monkeys, the green vervet, and patas monkeys are the known species of monkeys resident in the park. Of the 33 known species of reptiles, slender-snouted and dwarf crocodiles are found in the park.

Sightings of hyenas, lions and leopards are unusual, but these carnivores were once more common in the park.

Kakum National Park

KAKUM NATIONAL PARK | Image: Janees Travel and tours

The uniqueness of this park lies in the fact that it was established at the initiative of the local people and not by the State Department of wildlife who are responsible for wildlife preservation in Ghana.

The most notable endangered species of fauna in the park are Diana monkey, giant bongo antelope, yellow-backed duiker and African elephant.

The park’s best-known feature is undoubtedly its 7 suspension bridges which form a 333-meter long canopy walkway, suspended up to 27 meters above the forest floor from trees that are over 300 years old.

Wli Waterfalls

Wli Waterfalls | Image: Medium/Osei Agyemang

Wli Waterfalls (pronounced ‘vlee’), also called Agumatsa Falls, is a popular and dramatic tourist site near the village of Wli not far from the Togo border. It is the highest waterfall in West Africa. Most tourists make the easy walk to the lower falls, which is mostly a flat trail but stunning and beautiful in setting, made even more dramatic by the presence of thousands of fruit bats nesting high up on the nearby cliffs. 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.

The falls is known locally as Agumatsa waterfalls – meaning, “Allow Me to Flow.” It is located in the Hohoe municipality of the Volta Region, the land of the Ewe culture. It is approximately 280 kilometres from the capital Accra. The walk takes you through the Agumatsa Wildlife Sanctuary, which features more than 200 bird species and 400 butterfly species.

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