Akosombo Dam and Wli Falls, Ghana

Last weekend I ventured out of Accra and found my way to Akosombo Dam along the Volta river in the Volta region of Ghana and then much further north to Wli Falls up near the Togo border and to the east of Hohoe, also in the Valta region.

My day started off at 9 (looking back I would have started at 7) when my drier picked me up out front of my hotel and we started on the road to Akosombo to visit the Akosombo Dam which provides close to 50% of the power Ghana needs as well as power to the surrounding countries including Togo and Benin.  The dam is fitted with 6 turbine generators capable of producing 170MW of electric power giving the dam a combined output of 1,020MW.  The dam was constructed between 1961 and 1965 by an Italian consortium, Impregilo who had recently completed construction of another dam in Africa.

I will not bore you with all the facts about the dam but if you want to know more you can read about it on Wikipedia.  Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akosombo_Dam

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After Akosombo Dam I decided it was too early to go back to Ghana and decided that we should press on to Wli Falls.  I asked my driver about how long it would take to make the 200Km (guessing from looking at google maps) journey and he said we should be there around 3:00 and would have to walk about 30 minutes to the falls.  Sure enough about 3 hours later we pulled into the parking outside the entrance at just about exactly 3:00, and after a few minutes to pay my entrance fee we started our hike into the falls.  Unfortunately it was going to be at least a 4 hour drive (turned out to be longer thanks to ferry traffic) back into Accra so I was not able to spend more than about 45 minutes at the falls and did not get to go swimming or to climb to the top (min 2 hour hike up the mountain) but I did have enough time to take a few pictures of the largest waterfall in West Africa (around 300 meters high).

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ECHOs -  -  -_-5My journey ended at around 10:00 PM when I got back to my hotel.  I am looking forward to a time when I can get back to Ghana so I can head out to Wli Falls and leave early in the morning so that I will have time to climb to the top of the falls and swim a little when I get back to the bottom.

-erik

 

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