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Volta Lake

A Marvel of Human Ingenuity and Natural Beauty

Explore the wonders of Volta Lake, the world's largest artificial reservoir. From its historical origins to serene landscapes and exciting activities, this Ghanaian marvel invites you to a journey of discovery and awe.

Open/closed

Akosombo Power Plant:
Guided tours are conducted between 0900 hours and 1500 hours.

Costs

The entrance fee for the guided tours is not accepted in cash. Instead, it must be transferred to the Volta River Authority’s bank account, whose details can be found on their web page.

The fees are:
- Foreigners (adults): 10 GHC
- Foreigners (students): 5 GHC
- Foreigners (children below 12): 2 GHC

A Marvel of Human Ingenuity and Natural Beauty

Nestled in the heart of Ghana, Volta Lake, the world's largest artificial reservoir by surface area, stands as a testament to human innovation, natural splendour, and cultural richness. Spanning an impressive 8,502 square kilometres, this colossal human-made lake beckons travellers to explore its serene waters, vibrant communities, and diverse activities.

Historical Background: The Visionary Genesis of Volta Lake

In the early 20th century, geologist Albert Ernest Kitson envisioned a grand project that would eventually reshape Ghana's landscape. His dream materialised in 1965 with the construction of the Akosombo Dam, giving birth to the majestic Volta Lake. This transformative endeavour required the relocation of over 70,000 people, as waters claimed nearly 8,000 km² of land.

Exploring Volta Lake

Today, Volta Lake offers a tranquil retreat from the bustling streets of Accra and serves as a vital transportation hub, connecting remote communities and facilitating trade. Stretching from Akosombo in the south to the northern part of the country, its relatively undiscovered status among tourists ensures a peaceful experience, surrounded by stunning mountains and verdant farmlands. The lake's vast expanse and serene environment make it a perfect destination for those seeking solitude, nature, and a little bit of adventure. Volta Lake is a paradise for both adrenaline junkies and nature lovers. Here are some activities to enjoy:

Fishing

Home to species like tilapia, catfish, and Nile perch, the lake offers excellent opportunities for fishing from the shore or on a boat.

Water Sports

Enjoy jet skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, water skiing, and wakeboarding on the lake's expansive waters.

Cultural Tours

Explore the rich cultural history of the Volta Lake region by visiting local villages, learning about traditions, and attending vibrant festivals.

Hiking and Nature Trails

Hike through lush forests, climb hills for panoramic views, or stroll along the shoreline to experience the lake's natural beauty.

Island Adventures

Discover the unique attractions of the lake's islands, such as Dodi, Dwarf, and Kporve, through boat tours or camping trips.

Attractions Nearby

While in the area, there are a few other options worth exploring, depending on your interests and energy levels. 

  • Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary And Cultural Village: A wildlife reserve that is home to a troop of Mona monkeys. 
  • Afadjato (Mount Afadjato): The highest mountain in Ghana, it's a popular spot for hiking. 
  • Mt. Gemi: Another mountain that offers beautiful views of the surrounding area. 
  • Ote Falls: A waterfall that is a bit challenging to reach but worth the effort. 
  • Tagbo Falls: A serene and beautiful waterfall. 
  • Tafi Abuife Kente Village: A village known for its Kente weaving.

Other things you can do when visiting the Lake Volta

You can experience the luxurious side of Akosombo by treating yourself to a spa day at the nearby hotel featuring weekend buffets, spas or go on a day-long fishing trip and catch some succulent and delicious fish in the river.

One exciting and educational thing you could do is tour the power plants associated with the Volta River. In particular, you can tour the Akosombo Power Plant responsible for providing a significant portion of Ghana’s electricity. Find details regarding visiting the plant in Opening Times and on the VRA website.

Planning your trip to Volta Lake: Practical Travel Information

To reach Volta Lake, take a domestic flight from Accra to Kumasi or Takoradi, then hire a car or take a bus. Accommodation options range from luxury resorts to budget-friendly guesthouses. Be mindful of malaria precautions and respect local customs and traditions. Remember to check the opening hours and any travel advisories before you visit.

Few things to remember while going to visit the power plants. Every destination has its regulations that visitors must follow to show respect and for safety purposes. Similar is the case with VRA's power plants.

Following are a few guidelines: 

  • You are not allowed to take pictures inside or outside the plant. 
  • Within the power plant premises, you should turn your cellular devices off. 
  • You must ensure that you do not carry any instruments or weapons with you when you enter the premises.

Volta Lake is not just a marvel of engineering; it's a symbol of Ghana's vibrant spirit, natural beauty, and cultural richness. As you plan your next adventure, remember to include Volta Lake on your travel bucket list. Here you will find a little bit of everything - from adventure, tranquillity to cultural immersion.
Edite Strautmane

Hi, I’m Edite, I am part of the core team of GhanaTRVL and also one of the Insiders.

Locations mentioned

# Location Coordinates City/State
Volta Lake Google maps
Akosombo Dam Google maps Akosombo, Eastern For more info
Tafi-Atome Monkey Sanctuary Google maps Tafi, Volta
Mount Afadja Google maps Volta
Mount Gemi Google maps Amedzofe, Volta
Ote Falls Google maps Amedzofe, Volta
Tagbo Falls Google maps Oti
Tafi Abuife Kente Village Google maps Amedzofe, Volta

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