Akwaaba – Five Adrenaline Thrilling Days In Ghana
Imagine yourself paddling a kayak towards an island through the dense belly of the Lake Volta. Diving into a warm lake at midnight and glancing at the beautiful studded stars? If any of these wild trips sound like a great way to spend your holiday, then adventure travel may be for you.
Here is a recap of five memorable days of adventure as experienced in Ghana.
Day One – Survival Island
We boarded a bus from Accra and headed straight to Anum, a remote village in the Volta Region. Our destination was Survival Island, an island on the Lake Volta.
To get to the island, hike 45 minutes, then abseil down into a kayak. Our expedition started with us kayaking 7km on Lake Volta to the island. We camped there for the night. At midnight we dived into the lake Volta to have a swim and as we breaststroke, the sky was so beautiful and studded with stars.
Day Two -New year in a Ghanaian Village
The morning of day two, we prepared a delicious meal of fried yam with grilled tilapia fish. We had training on what to do if our kayak capsized and how to rescue someone whose kayak capsized. The evening of the same day, we took another bus heading to Hohoe. Our aim was to chase the waterfall and spend the new year in a remote village.
We lodged into our hut accommodation owned by a German couple and on the eve we took a stroll into the village to experience how they celebrated New Year’s Eve, while some Christian villagers were in the church, a majority were out dancing. We soon joined them and danced around the village until we got exhausted and retired back to bed.
Day Three – Hiking mountains and chasing waterfalls
The morning of day three, we took a bus this time, and we headed 14km for a hike at Afadja Mountain, Ghana’s tallest point at 885m above sea level. The hike took us three hours in and out. At the summit, you could see a stretch of other mountains around.
After the hike, we retired back to our lodge. In the evening, we rode the bicycles we got at our resort and headed out to the village. We visited Wli Waterfalls- which comprises the lower and upper fall, we only could make the lower fall as the hike to the upper fall was an estimated three to five hours. Wli Waterfalls is known to be the highest fall in West Africa.
Day Four – Nightlife in Accra
We headed back to Accra on a five hours’ drive. At Accra, we experienced the nightlife at a popular bar called The Republic – a popular hangout spot in Osu (Ghana’s CBD), the Africa poetry night was on, and we soon joined in.
We met with other travellers from Germany, Switzerland and America, most were on a volunteer program in a remote Ghanaian village and the Benin Republic. At around midnight, we all decided to take a stroll around Jamestown – the heart of Accra, there we met a reggae man playing his guitar, we all sang along and chorused to the beautiful song of Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry.
Day Five – Back to Nigeria
We visited Accra mall and later went to the popular Makola market. By the same evening, we were on our way back to Nigeria.