Waterfalls are attractive natural scenes. The sight of natural water gushing and flowing through rocks gives a spell bounding feel to onlookers. They are naturally beautiful, unlike artificial tourist sites. This article explores 3 of the most enchanting waterfalls to visit in Ghana.
There is the belief that visiting waterfalls with loved ones promotes closeness and connection in relationships. Although possibly a myth, waterfalls has a way of drawing its visitors in close connection to its natural sight.
For nature lovers, waterfalls provides beautiful scene to behold on any day. Ghana is destination to some of the best tourist sites in West Africa and is endowed with some magnificent waterfalls in the various regions. Here are 3 of the most rippling waterfalls to visit in the country.
The Wli falls ( pronounced ‘vlee’) is the highest waterfalls in West Africa. The falls is popularly called Agumatsa by locals, which means “Allow Me to Flow”. It is a well known and beautiful tourist site near the village of Wli in the Hohoe municipality of the Volta Region.
It lies approximately 280 kilometres from the capital Accra, and houses the Agumatsa Wildife Sactuary. This sanctuary accommodates more than 200 bird species and 400 butterly species.
Some Activities at the Location
Visitors have a range of activities to choose from to make the visit memorable. Visitors can either hike through the lower falls with a tour guide. It is a fairly relaxing walk which crosses 2 rivers 8 times on bridges.
Visitors additionally have the option to climb the failry challenging steep hills, along the upper path of the falls. The destination houses shrines of lesser gods believed to have brought ancestors to the village from Togo. Tour guides explain the full history and places of interest in the village.
The village also houses an ostrich farm with a number of octriches, which also affords a beautiful scene to explore. The destination is one of the most enchanting waterfalls to explore in Ghana
Though the Falls is open all year round, the most impressive period to visit is from April to October.
Boti Falls is located in the Eastern region of Ghana. It lies 17km from Koforidua, the eastern regional capital. Travel time is just over 30 minutes’ drive from Koforidua and over 90 minutes from Accra, the capital city.
History narrates that the fall was hidden in the forest until it was discovered by a white catholic priest who subsequenly used the base of the falls as an entertainment ground for his friends and himself.
However, in the past, the land on which the falls is located suffered disputes between the locals and an individual believed to have purchased the land form their chief. It took a court settlement to bring the dispute to an end.
The dispute eventually brought the splendor and beauty of the falls to light when Dr Kwame Nkrumah visited the falls in 1961. Following the visit, initiatives were taken to raise the profile of the falls to a national tourist destination, and to make it one of the most enchanting waterfalls to explore in Ghana
Activities at Boti Falls
Boti falls has two splits: The upper falls and the lower falls. However, the lower falls seems to be the more popular part. Locals have further split the lower falls into male and female aspect.
During the rainy season, when the volume of water is high, the two converge in what the local describe as ‘a mating ceremony’. This ceremony is usually honoured by the rainbow that is formed by the splashing water.
Visitors descend over 70 steps to witness the beautiful ‘mating ceremony’. Good physical exercise for visitors who are unable to exercise regularly. The plunge pool at the base offers refreshing water for a cool wash for visitors.
The destination further boasts
of other beautiful attractions not directly linked to the falls; the umbrella
rock and the three –head- palm tree.
The umbrella rock is just 30 minutes walk from the falls. The three head palm tree is unique plant which nature lovers would love to view.
The destination provides a guided tour of the forest reserve around the falls. The woods additionally serve as serene environment for visitors looking for quiet reflection.
Freshly prepared local food varieties are also available for visitors to enjoy. A good opportunity for foreigners to enjoy the rich delicacies of Ghanaian meals.
Kintampo waterfalls flows beautifully and is one of the highest and most enchanting waterfalls in Ghana. Located in the Kintampo township of the Brong Ahafo region, it lies on the Pumpum river tributary of the Black Volta, about 4 kilometres north of Kintampo municipality on the Accra-Tamale road. The town is also close to a small monument that marks the geographic centre of Ghana.
The waterfalls is the main attraction to the area. It flows through three main drops, with the longest drop measuring about 82 feet in height. The waterfalls flows down a number of steps, cascading to a fall of about 70 metres (230 ft) deep. Visitors enjoy a breathtaking view as they descend on the steps and can relax for a cool swim or bath at the base of the falls
The waterfalls has a serene environment making it conducive for picnics for groups and individuals. It has a forest area with lots of mahogany and other trees, some of whch are about 40 metres in height. It’s cool and serene environment makes it a welcoming respite for travelers along the Kumasi Tamale route.
The waterfalls has gone through several developments and currently boasts of well laid out car park, a welcoming reception and a team of knowledgeable tour guides.