Largest Manmade Lake in the World

06 Jan

Where can you experience lush green vegetation, mountains, and the largest manmade lake in the world all in the same location? If your answer is Akosombo, Ghana, you are right.

I have always enjoyed sitting on the terrace at the Volta Hotel that is perched on the top of a hill, so that I could sip my soda while taking in the surroundings. 

Lately the water level has been very high thereby enhancing the scenery as water splashes high up in the air forming mists. If you’re in town on Sunday, take the cruise on the Volta Lake to Dodi Island. You’ll get a closer view of the Dam and also enjoy the calm ride with jazz music, food, and good company. Though Akosombo is truly a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of life in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, sadly, few visitors venture to this part of the country.

Crossing the Adome Bridge you’ll be well on your way to the Volta Region which boasts many attractions off the beaten path. This area has Wli falls, the highest water falls in West Africa. The butterfly display near the falls will be an added bonus to your visit. You can also enjoy Tafi Monkey Sanctuary, then of course Kpetoe, the other kente weaving village. Although the colorful kente cloth is commonly associated with Bonwire in the Ashanti Region, people in Kpetoe claim the cloth originated here in their village.

These attractions are just a few of the sights in the Volta Region. The proximity to Togo which is a French speaking country just a few kilometers away; the fact that the Volta Region was formerly under German rule until World War 1 also mean that you will pick up quite a bit of German and French history in the area. In any case, when you visit Ghana be sure to explore the Volta Region. Like those who have ventured there, you’ll agree it is the best kept secret in Ghana. 


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  1. amends

    January 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Excellent blog. One feels like he/she is on a trip with the Tour Guide already. I can not wait to visit the Akosombo area whenever I go to Ghana.

    A beautiful, quiet place to visit.

    Great write up.

    • admin

      January 8, 2011 at 12:03 am

      Thanks much, stay tuned for more on Africa and beyond