Discover the Largest Man-made Lake in the World: A Visit to the Akosombo Dam
The Akosombo Dam is probably one of the most significant engineering feats in Ghana’s history. It is a remarkable marvel of engineering and a fantastic tourist attraction. Sitting on the Volta River in the Eastern region of Ghana it produces around 1,020 MW of electricity. This significant landmark is a substantial source of clean energy and water for many parts of Ghana, making it an essential part of the country’s infrastructure. It also led to the formation of the largest artificial lake in the world, or Lake Volta.
The History and Significance of Akosombo Dam
The dam was constructed by the Volta River Authority (VRA) between 1961 and 1965, following Ghana’s independence in 1957. Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, spearheaded the project. He envisioned using the power generated from the dam to help industrialise Ghana.
The primary purpose of the Dam was to produce electricity to power the country’s rapid industrialisation. Today Akosombo Dam is also one of the largest dams in the world, as it is 114 metres high and 660 metres long. The Dam’s construction led to the formation of the largest man-made lake globally, Lake Volta, covering an area of 8,502 square kilometres. You need to see this in real-life to comprehend the size of this reservoir. Lake Volta is a reliable source of water for irrigation and fishing activities, which significantly contributes to Ghana’s economy. Today it has also become a popular tourist attraction, for its stunning beauty and recreational activities. There is enough space for everyone.
Exploring Akosombo Dam
A visit to Akosombo Dam is a perfect opportunity to learn about Ghana’s history and witness an incredible engineering marvel. Visitors can take a guided tour of the Dam, where they can see its impressive size and learn about the electricity generation process. The tour also includes a visit to the hydroelectric power station, where visitors can observe the turbine operations and understand the processes involved.
Why visit Akosombo Dam?
If an impressive structure that led to the creation of the biggest man-made lake in the world is still not enough for you, we don’t know what is. The Akosombo Dam is a fantastic tourist destination, an excellent spot for ‘wow factor’ photography, boat tours on Lake Volta and so much more. Visit the Akosombo Dam Information Centre to learn even more about the dam’s construction and history. This is also home for several bird species, flora and fauna.
Other attractions near Akosombo Dam
If you have more time on your hands, there are plenty of other exciting places to explore near the Akosombo Dam. A few kilometres from the dam is the Akuapem Hills, then there’s also the Boti Falls, a stunning waterfall in the Eastern Region or Akaa Waterfalls (ideal spots for picnics and a good hike). One more must-visit attraction that we need to mention is the Adomi Bridge, a suspension bridge that connects the Eastern and Volta regions. The view from the bridge is breathtaking, especially during sunset. The lake offers other exciting activities such as fishing, water sports, and boating. You can rent a boat and explore the lake’s islands or relax on the lake’s shores and simply take in the stunning views. Choices, choices, choices…
Akosombo Dam is an excellent destination that has it all. It offers visitors an opportunity not only to explore nature but also learn more about Ghana’s history and technological advancements. We have given you plenty of reasons for a visit! Now, we can't wait for you to visit!