The weekend of May 2 I did a thing for myself. For nearly 3 years since I became a mother my life has revolved around my kids so this weekend I decided to book a tour of the Volta region of Ghana with EWM tours. I notified my mom of the date as soon as the booking was confirmed; I needed back up childcare for the weekend. I needed this trip. Below are some of my reflections tinged with IPhone photography.
As someone with a deathly fear of heights you can imagine the internal shivers when we were asked if we’d like to walk the Adomi bridge. Of course my answer was yes. Why would I want to be sidelined as the chick who already isn’t game? So I kept my nerves intact, put my mask on and started walking staying close to the railing in case my nerves suddenly got the better of me. I held on made it back to the bus.
History of The Adomi Bridge
The longest suspension bridge in Ghana, located in Atimpoku, Ghana, the Adomi bridge is the first permanent bridge to cross the Volta river, which drains into the Gulf of Guinea. The Adomi bridge offers road access to the Akosombo dam between the eastern and Volta regions. During the colonial era the Adomi bridge served as an offloading site for ferry service for up to a few days.
On the drive we passed Amezefe: highest human settlement in Ghana.
All roads led to Mt. Gemi. We’d been in the bus for nearly 3 hours so I went behind the bus and did a quick change into a T-shirt. What a wonderful opportunity to also stretch my now nearly swollen feet.
History of Mt. Gemi
The Germans came to Amedzofe in 1842. They wanted a comfortable and temperate areato settle. Mount Gemi was ideal because of the hills and breeze of the Akuapim- Togo ranges. Though the Germans settled sporadically along the Trans Volta Togoland, the concentrated in Amedzofe where Mt. Gemi is located. They considered Amedzofe and Mt. Gemi a home away from home when they wanted to get away from the Gold Coast ( present day Ghana).
Though not as high a climb, for me this was an achievement. Peep the look on my face in the pictures below. I needed support for parts of the climb. Some of the areas were too rocky and I cant mess with that .
We stayed overnight at Mountain paradise lodge and I wish I could give rave reviews. As soon as we arrived we were told the kitchen was closing and needed to order dinner; all this before our bags were taken and we were checked in our rooms. In haste we all ordered appetizers. Most of the food wasn’t on point but the samosas which were ok we couldn’t order a second serving.
The next morning we were up and early for Afadjeto. I was fully aware that I wasn’t going to do the entire climb but I wanted to walk a bit of it so I could flex and say I did some. From there we went to Wli waterfalls and journeyed back to Accra.
On the return to Accra I noticed development projects such as the Akosombo railway project that piqued my interest and need for more knowledge on it. The project is funded by Exim Bank and seeks to connect Tema, Greater Accra to the Volta Lake and the Akosombo port.
“Hiking” Afadjato was good. This weekend was definitely the pause I needed. Until the next time!