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Volta Basin

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Volta Basin is a region of Ghana dominated by Lake Volta, the world's largest man-made lake.

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Of Ghana's ten administrative regions, Volta has the most tourism potential but currently only an estimated 5% of visitors to Ghana go there. This combined with the lush vegetation, mountains, and coastal plain make it a great spot for active independent travelers. The cities are cleaner and traffic is nonexistent compared to the streets of Accra and Kumasi. Volta's attractions revolve around community based ecotourism such as waterfalls, monkey sanctuaries, nature reserves and kente villages (such as Kpetoe).

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Most people of the Volta region speak Ewe.

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You can take trotros from Accra to both Ho and Hohoe (about 11 GHC, as of June 2013).

From Hohoe, you can easily take a trotro or shared taxi to Wli (2 GHC per person, as of June 2013), which is about a 30-minute drive. Once in Wli, it is easy to walk to the Tourist Office for the Wli Waterfall.

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  • Adaklu Mountain: The Adaklu Mountain Eco-tourism Commitee (AMEC) is a community based organization that offers a genuine cultural experience that travelers are unlikely to find elsewhere. Hike to the top of beautiful Adaklu Mountain, observe and participatein the everyday life of the people from palm wine tapping to Kente weaving to bee keeping (the best honey in West Africa!). Visit and learn a few phrases in Ewe and help support local development efforts for an experience that is beneficial for you and the communities. Homestays, meals, guided mountain tours, drumming performances and more are all available. Any money made from tourist activities are reinvested into the preservation of the mountain and commuinty development. Take a tro-tro from the Adaklu station in Ho or from the market on market days. The welcome center is located in Helekpe, where you will meet Dela Richmond, a great English speaker who is also the chairman of AMEC. Slow down and spend the night in the village!
  • Wli Falls

The tallest falls in West Africa. A 45 minute hike from the nearest village takes you to see a view of the lower falls. The falls are located about 20km from Hohoe and are within the Wli Nature Reserve. The entrance fee (10 GHC for non-Ghanaian student, 15 GHC for non-Ghanaian non-student, plus 1 GHC if you are taking a camera) is worth the view! You can hike up to the upper falls for a small tip or "dash".

  • Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary

Feed monkeys bananas from you hand. The friendly staff can lead to into the forest any time of day to interact with some of the over 300 Mona Monkeys living nearby.

  • Cedi Bead Factory

Mr. Cedi will show you his secrets of handmade glass and stone beads. Beads are available for sale for very reasonable prices at the factory and in the annex along the main road to Akasombo.

  • Mount Afadzato

The tallest mountain in Ghana

  • The Lake Volta Dam at Akosombo

The dam powers all of Ghana and most of Ghana's neighbours and created the largest man-made lake in West Africa.

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A sweet popscile like treat, bisap is made from the hissop flower and is a delicious cool-off.

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