Transportation & Tours
— TRANSPORTATION —Our luxurious air-conditioned vehicles are ideal for small parties who wish to explore the many sights of the Volta Region. For larger groups, we have a 25-seater air-conditioned Coasta bus. If requested, we can provide drinks and snacks. For longer day trips, our restaurant will prepare a box lunch. With driver/guide, our vehicles can be reserved for short trips locally and are also available for extended excursions into other parts of Ghana. The prices below do not include fuel costs.
PLEASE NOTE: For daily rentals, it is required that the vehicle be parked and no longer driven after 6pm.
For conferences to be held at Chances Hotel, our vehicles are available for those in need of round-trip or one-way transportation from Accra or Tema. Both vehicles are equipped to accommodate luggage.
— TRIPS & TOURS —
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The Wli waterfall in the Hohoe District is Ghana’s highest waterfall. This is a year round waterfall located in the Wli nature reserve – about 15km from Hohoe. The walk to the falls is about 45 minutes from the town through woods and streams, with sturdy wooden footbridges crossing a meandering creek at eight different points on route to the waterfall. The mountain from which the water flows is part of the Akwapim-Togo range. It has a colony of wild bats, flowers and butterflies, adding to the ambiance. Exotic plant species adorn the top of the mountain.
The smaller Tagbo falls are also set deep in a forest some 2km east of Liate-Wote in the Hohoe District. It is extremely beautiful with a small pool. Other smaller falls include: Alavanyo Tsatsadu Falls – Alavanyo (about 10km from Hohoe); the Aflambo Falls – Leklebi-Dafor (8km off the Hohoe-Accra road through Golokwati); and Amedzofe-Gbadzeme Falls (50km north of Ho).
An hour’s drive from Hohoe lies the Tafi-Atome monkey sanctuary, located 8km from Logba-Alakpeti on the Accra-Hohoe road. The Mona monkey can be seen here, where they are treated as sacred animals and looked upon as gods. Approximately 150 true Mona monkeys, Cercopithecus mona mona, live in a culturally-protected grove. It is the only completely intact population of the sub-species remaining in Ghana today. The village was selected and won an award as the tourism village of the year in 1997. The community is financing a number of projects with proceeds from visitors. Through continued support from non-government organisations, a restaurant and an Information Centre have been built to cater for the needs of visitors.
The Kalakpa Game Reserve was established in 1975. The landscape is a mixture of savannah grassland, riverine woodland, isolated hills covered with dry forest, and extensive growths of borassus palms. To date, 19 species of mammals – including buffalo, red river hog, waterbuck, bushbuck, porcupine, pangolin, several duikers, kob and three species of primates (green monkey, patas and olive baboon) have been sighted in the reserve. The kob antelope has been adopted as the symbol of the reserve. Kalakpa lies entirely in the territory of the Ho District Assembly.
The reserve is drained by the Kalakpa River and its tributaries flow in the rainy season, but dry up from January to May each year. The main aquatic life includes crocodile, soft-shelled turtles and various species of fish. There is also a healthy diversity of bird life. A network of foot paths criss-cross the reserve, joining the villages around it.
Looking south from the heights of the Chances Hotel Tower Block, you see the outline of Mount Adaklu dominating the horizon. Only a 15 minute drive from the hotel, Adaklu is an enchanting landscape of quaint villages, manicured farms and small scale local industries. The traditional area of Adaklu is home to Ewe people who live in and around 39 villages, a few of which are inside the nearby Kalakpa Resource Reserve. A hike up and down the mountain may take anywhere from 2 – 4 hours depending on time spent at the summit.
Led by a local guide, you move through the vegetation to the top of the mountain. Along the way you will encounter many species of colourful birds and butterflies. You also see mighty baobab trees and possibly some monkeys. At the top there is a magnificent panoramic view of the Adaklu region and the villages below.
At the village of Avanyaviwofe, experience a close up encounter with the large colony of fruit bats that roost in the trees at the town meeting place. Adaklu is also known for its palm wine, grasscutter meat, local gin and a flourishing honey industry. You can visit the wild hives and see how honey is harvested. There are also many cultural groups who are willing to perform drumming sessions on a moment’s notice – and even teach you how to play them too. And be sure to sample the palm wine!
In the village of Adaklu Abuadi there is a Cooperative run by women who are dedicated to promoting the advantages of using brown cotton. While most cotton species in the world are white, there exists several types with colours that occur naturally. The brown cotton of Adaklu is thought to be an indigenous species. The cooperative is run by local women who sell winter coats, bags, accessories and the raw cotton itself.
The Akosombo Dam across the Volta River was built by Kaiser Aluminum and handed over to the Ghana government under Kwame Nkrumah in 1965. The hydro electric plant generates electricity for most of Ghana plus Burkino Faso and Togo. Visitors can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view from the terrace of the Volta Hotel. Dam site visits can also be arranged.
The Volta Lake is a man-made lake created after the River Volta was dammed at the Akosombo gorge. The lake is elongated and has a generally north-south orientation with an average length and width of 400 km and 25 km respectively. On Sundays, guests can board the Dodi Island Princess ferry for a cruise on the calm waters of the lake – with entertainment and lunch on board, and a stop at Dodi Island.
Throughout Ghana festivals abound at all times of the year, and the Volta is no exception. If you happen to be in the Volta Regi on at a time when a festival is taking place, we will arrange for you to attend. Festivals commemorate and celebrate many different events in the lives of the Ewe people – from purification rituals and historic events – to puberty rites and harvest time. These colourful events feature traditional durbars with chiefs, drumming and partying!
The “Hogbetsotso”(Exodus Festival) in Anloga is celebrated on the first Saturday in November to commemorate the successful exodus of the Anlo people from captivity in Notsie,Togo. Participants walk backwards, symbolizing an escape from the clutches of a tyrannical ruler. The ceremony includes a peace-making period where outstanding problems are resolved, a purification of the traditional stool, a period of general cleaning and a durbar where chiefs dress in traditional regalia and sit in state to receive homage from subjects – followed by general merry making and a re-enactment of the exodus.
Many collectors regard Ewe textiles as the highest expression of African weaving artistry. The weavers of Kpetoe claim an Akan origin from an area towards the coast near Accra. Although they do supply important regalia to local chiefs, Ewe weavers work primarily for sale through markets and to fill orders from important local men and women. Today Ewe weavers are concentrated around two towns, Kpetoe and Agbozume, with the latter the site of a large cloth market which draws buyers from throughout Ghana as well as neighbouring countries.
Ewe weavers utilise an almost identical form of the narrow-strip loom as that of the Asante, and there is considerable evidence to suggest mutual influence between the weavers of the two traditions, as might be expected from the long history of contacts. However, Ewe weaving has also been influenced by other neighbouring peoples, including the Fon of Benin and the Yoruba of Nigeria. One particularly interesting and distinctive type of Ewe cloth, sometimes called adanudo, features a rich variety of inlaid pictures, often on a plain silk, rayon, or cotton background. Among the subjects depicted on these cloths are animals such as cows, sheep and horses, human figures, ceremonial stools, hats, trees and flowers, and household objects such as dining forks. Young boys are taught the craft of weaving from an early age.
Directly south of Ho lies the Keta Lagoon near the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. The Lagoon Complex is the largest wetlands site in Ghana covering 1,200 sq. km. from the eastern shores of the Volta River to the border of Togo. The site covers four districts including South Tongu, Akatsi, Ketu and Keta District Assemblies in the Volta Region. The Complex includes the main Keta Lagoon and a series of smaller lagoons and associated seasonal mud flats.
The Keta Complex, which was established in 1993, supports the largest inland fisheries on the coastal zone of the country. Other principle economic activities within the site are shallot farming through irrigated agriculture and mat, hat and fan weaving from reeds along the lagoon banks. These activities generate income for the local inhabitants. The Coastal Wetlands Management Project (CWMP) started in 1993 to address some of the problems of environmental degradation in the coastal zone of Ghana. The project was initiated to implement the recommendations of the Save the Seashore Birds Project (1985-1994) and the Environmental Action Plan of 1990. The project is the first initiative in the country to manage wetland areas within the guidelines of the RAMSAR Convention. Unlike most other wildlife reserves in the country, the RAMSAR guidelines allow for multiple land use in wetlands.
Eleven species of tern can be found along Ghana’s coast. Four species – common tern, black tern, royal tern and sandwich tern – make up 80 per cent of what can be as many as 50,000 terns. The rare roseate tern makes up only two per cent of this population. In addition, 42 species of wading birds (34 are migratory and 11 occur in internationally important numbers) make the coast of Ghana a haven for bird life. At least five species of marine turtle nest in the area at various times of the year:, leatherback (Dermochelys coricea); loggerhead (Caretta caretta); olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea); hawksbill (Eretomychelys imbricata); and green turtles (Chelonia mydas).
At 2905 feet above sea level, Mount Afadjato in Gbledi Gborgame is the highest peak in Ghana. The biodiversity importance of the area is considered exceptional, especially in terms of butterfly and bird species. The site has been selected as one of the key Important Bird Areas in Ghana, based on BirdLife International’s criteria. There is also evidence that the Afadjato forest is home to some endangered mammals. An example is the Golden Cat, Profelis aurata, which is known to be extinct in most parts of the country.
Nearby at Amedzofe is Mount Gemi at over 2000 feet above sea level. This is a major attraction for people interested in mountaineering. Just south of Ho and in view of Chances Hotel is Adaklu Mountain, excellent for hiking.
The Avatime Hills and Amedzofe protected area is dominated by the beautiful Mount Gemi, and is a community-based eco-tourism site. The money collected from eco-tourism activities remains inside the town of Amedzofe, for the people to develop this project in a socially and environmentally conscious manner. Here in the Avatime Hills area you can hike to surrounding towns via scenic bush paths. Well-trained guides will direct you and tell you the history of the area, including the German influences from the colonial era.
If you decide to hike up Mount Gemi, make sure the visibility is good. When you reach the top you’ll have a fantastic view of the mountains, foothills, and even Lake Volta on a clear day. One landmark that stands out is the large cross at the summit, left by a German missionary. Though Mount Gemi is Ghana’s second highest peak, the ascent is not difficult. In the tropical forest, you can feast your eyes on numerous species of birds, butterflies and exotic flowers.
Another special attraction of the mountain is the Amedzofe Falls. This beautiful waterfall is hidden away in the hills. Your guide will escort you along a mountain trail to the falls. It’s quite steep in places but ropes are provided to lower yourself down. The refreshing rock pool at the bottom of the falls is safe for swimming. You might also want to explore the villages of Biakpa and Amedzofe which are known for their unique architectural style, reflecting the influence of German settlers. A visit to Mt. Gemi is an easy day trip from Chances Hotel in Ho.