A Hiker's Ultimate Guide To Ghana



CONTENT
1. REASONS WHY GHANA IS A PERFECT HIKING DESTINATION.
2. FACTS ABOUT HIKING IN GHANA.
3. BEST HIKING SITES IN GHANA.
4. THINGS TO CARRY ALONG FOR SUCCESSFUL HIKES.
5. HOW TO ORGANISE A SUCCESSFUL HIKE IN GHANA.

Any hiking enthusiast—who finds himself or herself in Ghana—should feel extremely excited and lucky because he or she is in for an intriguing and a very fascinating treat. Hikers—who has already explored the country's savannahs, climbed the nice and rocky  mountains including the highest mountain in Ghana and the whole of West Africa, hiked in and around the forests, taken long walks along the beautiful banks of the lakes and rivers, etc—can attest to that.

In fact, there is a whole lot this small West African country can offer when it comes to hiking.
Its hills, mountains, rainforests, lakes, rivers, plains, savannahs offers some of the best and magnificent views anyone could possibly ask for.


Reasons Why Ghana Is A Perfect Hiking Destination.
Ghana as any experienced hiker would say, is a hiking paradise.
It is a country suitable for any kind of hikes including; night hikes, river hikes, abseiling, camping, climbing of mountains, rainforest hikes and many more.


The pure fact is that, most of the locals do not hike that much so at most hiking spots, there are a few to none trails and you would have to sometimes create one; It is worth it because you would get to explore jaw-dropping, unspoiled and untouched nature.

Most of the mountains in the country are known to be a home to different species of birds, insects and plants. Old caves which housed people in the olden days are still quite present on mountains which served as settlements for certain Ghanaian tribes in the ancient days.

Do you enjoy river hikes? If your answer is yes, then the best hiking area for you is around the Volta lake—the largest man-made lake in the world by surface area.


Facts About Hiking In Ghana
February, March and April are the hottest months of the year so hiking is quite unpleasant for individuals who hate sweating.

The rainy season is very ideal for hiking due to the cozy weather—as a result of the clouds covering the sun.
 In fact, hiking in those times—especially June, July, August and September—of the year is the best.

But remember, no matter the time of the year you go hiking, whether rainy season or any of the seasons, sweating is unavoidable.

Hiking in the Eastern region is quite suitable for individuals who enjoys sweat-free hikes due to the region's cool weather conditions.



Best Hiking Sites In Ghana



Volta region

The Volta region's diverse landscapes—beautiful valleys, jaw-dropping elevations and many more—offers some of the most beautiful sceneries and views any hiker would appreciate wholeheartedly.

Afadjato

Before I say anything else about this mountain, let us dive into how it is supposed to be called.
In Ewe, "to" means mountain and the actual name of the mountain is Afadja. So in Ewe, Afadjato means Afadja mountain.
Anyone who calls it "mountain Afadjato" literally means "mountain Afadja mountain".
To avoid this, just call it Afadjato or mount Afadja.

It is the highest mountain in Ghana and the whole of West Africa. It is a perfect hiking area for hikers who want to hike for about five hours nonstop.


Mountain Afadja, being the highest mountain in the whole of West Africa is the most climbed and popular mountain in the Volta region and the whole of Ghana. Hiking it is the best way to explore a pure natural atmosphere overflowed with fresh air,  melodious sound of birds and a very beautiful green and tall thick colourful trees that are always sparkling.
Apart from  mount Afadja, Volta region has quite a number of mountains that are perfect for hiking due to the intriguing views they offer.

Wli Waterfall Hike

The highest waterfall in West Africa is the Wli waterfalls; it is in the same area as mountain Afadja.
Do not forget to carry your camera along because its breathtaking view is just spectacular.


Eastern Region

Krobo Mountains, hills And Plains


The Krobo mountains, plains and hills are among the most famous hiking sites in Ghana at the moment.
The land of Krobo is not quite far from the country's capital, Accra. It is just an hour drive away.
The krobo hills has distinctive features like ancient caves, eye-catching  boulders, naturally arranged rocks, rare species of plants and many more.
The Krobo savannahs offers some of the spectacular views.
Kloyom, a mountain on which the Krobos first settled before moving to Odumase Krobo, is a home to old caves which in the olden days, served as accommodations or houses.

The Krobo hills and mountains are known to be suitable for abseiling as well.



Kpong
Kpong, a small town in Eastern region, just an hour drive from the country's capital, Accra, has nearby mountains like Yogaga.
A branch of the Volta river can be found at this small town.


Mountain Yogaga




Yogaga—a mountain which is just a few minutes walk from the township of Kpong—is one of the best hiking spots in the country. It is often classified among the highest mountains in Ghana.
Its structure and huge trees with evergreen leaves is recently popularizing it as one of the best hiking hot spots in the country.
If you make it to this mountain's top, you would not be able to stop yourself from pulling your camera out to take pictures; the spectacular view of the Volta river, the kpong township, and the Akuse hydroelectric dam from above is just fascinating.

The best time of the day to catch a magnificent glimpse of the Akuse dam on the wide Volta river from the top of the mountain is around 3pm to 6pm.
By the way, this town is the home to the biggest water supply company in Ghana, the Kpong Water Works.


Akosombo



Akosombo, just a few minutes drive from Kpong, is a town which got its name from the amalgamation of two Twi words, "Nkonsonkonson mu" which leterally means ''in chain of mountains''.
This should tell you that, the town is literally surrounded with mountains.
Most of its forest chain-like mountains are found along the Volta river which is filled with numerous aquatic organisms. This Volta river also features several beautiful islands.





Kwahu Plateau
The Kwahu Plateau—as a suitable hiking spot, located at Abetifi—is quite closer to other suitable hiking areas—like Adjeikrom, Begoro and many others.

Aburi


Aburi, with its beautiful environment, is dotted with unspoiled nature worth exploring.
Among the popular hiking spots in this area is the Aburi Botanical garden. This botanical garden covers over 64.8 hectares of land and is literally filled with exotic trees, different species of birds, butterflies and many other rare organisms.
This botanical garden is ideal for hiking.

Bunso Arboretum
This forest is home to several species of plants, birds and insects. There is a famous butterfly sanctuary closer to the forest. And many other natural reserves are closer as well; this makes it a perfect hiking area for individuals who would like to hike for several hours.

Atewa Forest Reserve
This nature reserve near Kibi, in the Eastern region of Ghana, is a subdivision of an ecosystem called the Upper Guinea Forest.
The Atewa range, as a Globally Significant Biodiversity Area, has different types of butterflies, birds, insects, plant species and any wildlife you can think of.
Hiking this area in the rainy season is nearly impossible so take note.

Akropong
Akropong, a small town within the Akwapim hills highlands, just a few minutes drive from Aburi, is a very suitable hiking area due to its weather and hilly landscape.
The Center for Plant Medicine Research located in Manpong, a town near Akropong, is worth exploring.




Greater Accra Region

Shai Hills


Around Shai Hills are plains and hills that displays visible, huge and naturally decorated rocks that can be viewed or seen from afar.
This natural environment filled with tall trees is very hike-friendly. There is a huge nature reserve at this area worth exploring.
If you want to come across deers during your hikes, then this is the exact  area for you. Its plains is home to countless deers.

Asutsuare
The rocky mountains and hills at and around Asutsuare makes it a perfect place for hiking and mountain climbing. This area's serene environment filled with fresh air—as a result of countless tall trees—is one of the main reasons why its hiking scene is booming nowadays.



Western Region

The hiking trails in this region of Ghana often goes through habitats that are strictly under serious observations.
The stilt villages at the Ghana - Cote D'voire border is where most hikers often end their long hikes.
Ankasa conservation area

Amansuri conservation area

Among the notable places in this region of Ghana very familiar to hikers is the Amansuri conservation area, the Akatekyi crocodile pond and the Ankasa conservation area.
The International biosphere reserve park and Bia National park are quite familiar too.



Central Region

Kakum National Park

Kakum national park— a very famous rainforest reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is a perfect hiking area for any kind of hiker. Its hiking trails are perfectly in good shape due to the way it is been hiked everyday of the year by tourists from all over the world.
Get your camera ready whenever you are visiting this site because you would definitely come across some of the most beautiful birds, insects and plant species.



Things To Carry Along For A Successful Hike
A pair of strong hiking boots must be worn for successful hikes in Ghana; this is because the country's hiking scene just recently started booming—due to how several hikers are highly recommending the country as a perfect place for hiking—so the hiking trails are not all that in a good shape especially the unpopular hiking sites. A pair of soles should be carried along as well, in case it is needed.

Water is very important when it comes to hiking in any part of Ghana. In fact, taking an extra would not be bad because you would definitely need it in the course of your hiking due to the weather conditions in the country.


You are definitely going to sweat along the line so it is important you carry with you an extra shirt in order to change after the hike.

Just as the way water is important, so is food. Carrying along snacks would not be bad. It will fuel you up whenever your energy starts to fade out.

Always remember to take a camera with you whenever you are going on a hike.
Hiking in Ghana without a camera is like drawing an African map and leaving out Madagascar; it is just not complete.
The landscapes, the beautiful views and the amazing things you would come across when hiking in the country are really worth capturing.



How To Organise A Successful Hike In Ghana
Hiking in Ghana often requires a Guide. This is because most of the landscapes are far away from cities and at the same time not all well placed or represented on maps.

The guides are often familiar with the trails/routes. They can help prevent worries and stress by showing you exactly where to go and where not to go.

The recent good news is that, several groups—including Ghana mountaineering and many others—who organizes well planned hikes have emerged recently so if you do not want to spend much time planning your hikes, you can get in touch with them.

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