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HIDDEN TREASURES OF THE GOLD COAST

?A LOOK AT GHANA?S UNTAPPED RESOURCES

?The tourist who moves about to see and hear and open himself to all the influences of the places which condense centuries of human greatness is only a man in search of excellence?. Max Lerner
For those of us that like hiking, this week?s attraction will excite you. It reminds me of my first trip to Boti falls and an interesting hiking expedition to the umbrella rock. As tiring as it was, it was an amazing feeling standing on top of the umbrella rock and looking at the region from a unique point of view.

For those who are not that enthusiastic about hiking, still come along with us as you mentally climb 885 metres above sea level.

Mount Afadjato is the highest mountain in Ghana, at an elevation of 885 metres (2,904?ft). The mountain is located in the Agumatsa Range near the villages of Liati Wote and Gbledi, 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 pronounced ?Afadjato? by the indigenes. Despite what is generally known as Mountain Afadjato, the correct name should be ?Mount Afadja? as ?Mount Afadjato? will only be a repetition of the ?Mountain? (Mountain Afadja mountain).

There is a nearby peak in Togo, about 3?km to the northeast, sometimes called Aduadu, which is higher than Afadjato, at over 900 m. There is a belief among some that Aduadu is in fact the highest point in Ghana, although it is located in Togo.

The name of the mountain was derived from the Ewe word Avadzeto, meaning ?at war with the bush. The name derives from the presence of a plant, on the mountainside, that causes severe skin irritation.

Now that you know the correct name of the highest mountain in Ghana, let us go on that hiking expedition, to the very peak of mountain Afadja. Come along?.

Mountain Afadja (Afadjato)

In Gblidi, a village 24km from Hohoe, you will find the highest mountain in Ghana:? Mount Afadja. The top reaches 885 meters and forms part of the Agumatsa range, which runs along the Ghana-Togo border.

From the top, visitors can enjoy fantastic panoramic views of surrounding communities, forests, mountains, valleys, and Lake Volta.

Mount Afadja is shielded with tropical forest, and has flora and fauna in its area. Over 300 species of butterflies and 33 species of mammals have been recorded. Mona and Spot-nosed monkeys are also spotted regularly.

The monkeys are friendly and they would always want to come closer to visitors to the forest. In view of this, visitors can take some banana along in order to attract the monkeys. Visitors to this mountain will also have the opportunity to see snails, game, and mushroom.

In Gbledi, you will not only find the highest mountain in Ghana, it is also the home to the highest point in Ghana; Aduadu.

This peak is not considered to be the highest mountain, for it is placed on top of another mountain. The peak of the mountain is really cold and as such, visitors should prepare adequately when visiting the area.

A bold attempt to climb the mountain is a challenging experience. After climbing the mountain you will appreciate the fact that life is about determination, perseverance, and hard work; do not be surprised to find people giving up on the way up the mountain.

Visitors to mount Afadja are advised to take enough water along since the hiking requires a lot of energy.

Apart from the mountain range, there are other places of interest. Located on the Gbledi-Chebi side of the Agumatsa Range, you will find Hekpome, a chalk cave which used to be the home of people of Gbledi in the past.

Visitors will not engage in hiking alone, but they will also have the opportunity of engaging in farm tourism. The people of Gbledi are subsistence farmers and for that matter visitors will have the chance of visiting the farms and participating in the farming activities.

Visitors will find maize, cassava, plantain, banana, cocoa and cotton farms among others. The farming practices will give you a unique insight into traditional farming in Ghana.

Also, the villagers offer visitors the opportunity to participate in cultural activities like traditional dancing or a stay overnight with a local family.

Typical of the proverbial Ghanaian hospitality, visitors should expect the warm local greetings, ?wezo? (which means welcome), from the indigenes. The friendliness of the people in Gbledi community is worth experiencing, and with that, anybody who visits this community will really appreciate the uniqueness of the culture of the people of Gbledi.

Visitors will have the opportunity of tasting local cuisine and also sleep in clay buildings. Accommodation facilities are available for foreigners at very low prices. Those seeking formal accommodation can check out Taste Lodge, Pacific Guest House, Grand Hotels, in Hohoe town.

Visitors to Gbledi are led by a tour guide (on-site guide) who is a native of the community and is well abreast with the history and culture of the people.

Fees

The charges are as follows

Ghanaian Primary and second cycle students (GH?.60)

Ghanaian tertiary students =GH? 2.30

Ghanaian Adults = GH? 3.00

Foreign students= GH? 6.00

Foreign (non- students GH? 8)

Volunteers = GH? 6.00

How to Get There

Take a bus from the main lorry stations in Accra to Hohoe and then a trotro from Hohoe post office to Gbledi.

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