Lake Volta: The Breathtaking site of the World’s Largest Man made reservoir

In 1961, Ghana’s first president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah embarked on an ambitious project to construct the world’s largest water reservoir. At the time, the project was deemed overly ambitious and near-impossible by many who thought Nkrumah was going beyond the limit in terms of what the country can achieve or do.

However by 1965, Dr. Nkrumah against all odds had completed the grandest artificial lake in living memory. This grand achievement did not come without sacrifices. About 78,000 people had to be relocated from their place of abode as land covering over 3000 square miles were flooded as part of the project.

The lake’s northern-most point can be found close to the town of Yapei and its southern point at Akosombo Dam, which is also responsible for the generation of electrical power for the country. (Over the course of the years, other notable dams such as Bui Dam have produced electricity for the country).

The Lake even though was primarily created to serve as a source of power generation, has grown over the decades to become one of the finest tourism attractions in Ghana, attracting thousands of visitors from both Ghana and outside every year.

At the centre of the tourism is Dodi Island, a small Island town created as a result of the lake construction. The Island lies some five kilometres off the shore of the Lake Volta. Tourists usually cruise to the small isolated town which has a population of 600 people (2012).

The River Volta, an outflow of the Volta Lake also serves as another important tourism centre through the Adomi Bridge which is constructed over the river to connect Eastern Region to the Volta Region at Kpong.

Adomi Bridge on River Volta
Adomi Bridge on River Volta

Top tourist sites in Brong Ahafo

There are a couple of beautiful tourist sites in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana which you can visit for recreational activities or just to relax.

In this post, Jetsanza.com lists the top tourist sites in Brong Ahafo Region and their respective locations.

Top tourist attractions in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana

Kintampo Waterfalls

It is one of the highest waterfalls in Ghana located on the Pumpum river in Kintampo, a tributary of the Black Volta.

Also known as Sanders Falls during the colonial days, it is one of the most visited waterfalls in Ghana and has a huge number of visitors visiting each year.

Being the main natural attraction in the area, it is hidden deep in the forest and formed by three main drops where the longest drop measures 82 ft in height. Different species of birds and butterfly can be found in the forest.

Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

This is one of the widely known tourist sites in the Brong Ahafo Region. It is located on a 35 hectare patch of woodland including the villages of Boabeng and Fiema, which are a mile apart. Locals and tourist from different parts of Ghana and the world do visit there to have a good time with the monkeys.

The monkey sanctuary has no fences and houses over 700 monkeys of different species.

There are two types of Monkeys, the Black and white Colobus and the smaller Campbell’s Mona. The latter lives high up in the trees feeding on leaves while the Mona are found at lower parts of the trees feeding on variety of foods.

Also found in the sanctuary is a graveyard where monkeys are buried. There are locals designated to protect the monkeys and there is also a belief that whoever kills a monkey in this sanctuary faces doom.

Digya National Park

It is located on the beautiful shores of the Lake Volta. It serves as a home elephant as well as several varieties of other plants. Digya National Park is the second largest national protected park in Ghana.

Situated in Brong Ahafo, the park covers an expansive 3500 square kilometers. You get the opportunity to see over 200 species of birds in this park. Crocodiles and other aquatic animals also make the site worth visiting.

Fuller Falls

Fuller Falls is situated at Yabraso, 7km west of Kintampo. It takes its source from the Oyoko river which is a tributary of the Black Volta.

The river flows into the Black Volta at the border between Brong Ahafo and the Northern Region at Dwire Kumboe.

The waterfall was discovered by a Filipino missionary, Rev. FR. Joseph Panabang, in 1988 and was developed with the help of Adamu Amidu who was then a farmer along the river.

The place was kept as a prayer grounds and named “Our Lady of Kintampo Prayer Park ” where Father Panabang and people used to come for prayer sessions until he left Kintampo in 1998.

Bui National Park

This park covers part of the Black Volta and a 1,821 kilometer square area. The Bui National Park houses several species of antelopes and birds. It is widely known for housing a large number of hippopotamus.  Tourists who visit can take a cruise on the Black Volta through the National Park.

Lake Volta

Being the largest artificial reservoir in the world based on surface area, the Lake Volta flows along the eastern edge of Brong Ahafo. It has beautiful scenery which visitors love to see. Local fishermen land their catch here and  boat from Akosombo stops off here.

Disaster Strikes on Lake Volta; Four Confirmed Dead

Four people reported to be members of the Assemblies of God Church have been confirmed dead after an accident on the Lake Volta.

According to reports, the victims were heading to New Akrade after a church programme in Senchi when the canoe in which they were traveling capsized, throwing them into the lake.  Six of the eleven people on board the canoe managed to be rescued while four of them perished.

The Eastern regional PRO of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Selasie Desewu, who was at the scene of the accident revealed a search team has been put in place to look for the last remaining person who is yet to be accounted for.

Some locals gather near the area the disaster occurred.
Some locals gather near the area the disaster occurred.

He also revealed that the six survivors were rescued by fishermen in the area, who hurried to the scene of the accident when the canoe capsized.

Since the news hit the media, many commentators have started asking questions concerning the use of life jacket when traveling on the lake, with many asking whether life jackets are not made available to travelers on the lake or travelers simply refuse to wear them when given.