The following weekend I got an opportunity to go back to the Volta region! My close friend Hannah had her parents visiting from the UK and I tagged along with them for another adventure in the green, lush mountains of Ghana. Our bus from Accra was delayed several hours, which is typical Ghana-time. We set off for the town Ho and stayed in a fancy little hotel, with precious, sweet air conditioning. It is so hot in Ghana that we are all constantly sweating, so having a/c is quite the treat, and this was only the second time I have slept in it since I have been in Ghana. Anyways, our adventures for the weekend included going to Tafi Abuipe, a kente cloth weaving village. Ghana is famous for its vibrant and intricate kente weaving, which traditionally originated in this village. We also went to neighboring Tafi Atome, the monkey sanctuary that I had visited the week before! The best part about the day was getting to these villages because we took motorcycle taxis through the winding roads of the Volta.
The last day of our trip we decided to go to Logba Tota, a village way up in the mountain tops of the Avatime Hills . The steep taxi drive up the mountain was quite scary! The village was so beautiful, with amazing views, and the people were so genuinely friendly and welcoming. We took a 3 km hike through the mountains and found this hideaway waterfall called Akpom Waterfall, which was surrounded by cliffs, rock faces and a cave. It had a beautiful lagoon underneath and was tucked away in the forest. It looked like heaven with its vines and overhanging rocks. We climbed up into the cave and even saw a large stalagmite! After our hike we were cooked a delicious home cooked dinner in the village and watched the stars take over the sky.
On the weekend of my eighth week I set off for another trip away from Legon, this time in the Volta Region, which is northeast of Accra. This region of Ghana is filled with thick rainforest covering layers of mountains; it was stunningly beautiful! The first adventure we had was climbing the tallest mountain in West Africa, Mount Afadjato! It was a 2,905 foot hike to the top, which was very steep and challenging. After several rests, being very sweaty and out of breath and almost vomiting, we made it to the summit of the mountain, where the view was breathtaking! We could see villages of the Volta down below, rolling mountains and even the border of Togo. We also were given a gift from nature by having a small, cool rain come down on us once we were at the top.
After our descent from Mount Afadjato, we headed to Wli Waterfall, the highest waterfall in Ghana! We had a beautiful walk through the rainforest to find it, passing several small waterfalls and long millipedes along the way. Once we reached Wli, I was shocked by how high and beautiful it was! We swam underneath, letting the spray come down on us as we splashed and played. All around the waterfall was tons of bats and lush, green plants.
After some time at Wli, we drove up the second highest mountain to a village where we stayed the night. This village was the home of one of our staff members at ISH, so we had a great tour guide. We stayed in a beautiful guest house with an amazing view, and ate local Banku and stew for dinner. The next morning we even got to officially meet the Chief, which is quite an honor! In the afternoon on Sunday before we left to go home, we stopped at Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, home to 400 Mona monkeys, an endangered species. The monkeys were so tiny and adorable! They ate bananas right out of our hands and had no hesitation to sit on our shoulders. The Volta Region was another successful trip full of adventures!