Lack of motivation/finishing up uni (I got a 2:1, drinks all round!)/starting a new job/moving house has meant I haven’t really spared a thought for my little blog. However, I’ve got new inspiration and have some very exciting things planned, so stand by!
For now, here’s a piece I actually wrote for my assessed portfolio, I haven’t been able to post it because I’ve been waiting for my transcript so no nasty plagiarism flagged up. Anyway, I visited Wli Waterfalls in Ghana when I was completing my journalism internship out there. It was a nightmareish journey to the Volta region in the most uncomfortable bus, I think it took us about 7 hours to drive up there and included bribing armed police to escort us to the front of the queue to a boat, getting lost and walking barefoot down a main road alongside the bus just so we could stretch our legs. Worth it for the trek and we even stopped by a monkey sanctuary where we could feed them by hand! (For the life of me I cannot remember the type of monkey, so if anyone knows, please comment below and tell me!)
So, without further ado, here it is in all it’s glory:
“Reaching the small clearing after trekking for what seemed like hours through a thick web of dense forest came as a relief, being forced to keep an eye on your footing while avoiding driver ants, a vicious native to the Volta region, can be disheartening when winding your way up to Wli Waterfalls.
But it is worth it when you reach that clearing and set your eyes upon what is believed to be the highest waterfalls in West Africa. The plunge pool where the water cascades into is icy cold, but is welcoming after the arduous, muggy trek over the terrain.
Ghana isn’t one of the first places imagined when one wants to take a trip to Africa, it’s a far cry from the flat plains of the Sahara and the luscious beaches of the south. But look hard enough and there’s a wealth of beauty hidden in one of the world’s largest gold and diamond producers. It was the search for this beauty that took me 225km north of the country’s capital city of Accra, deep in the Volta region and right to the border where Ghana becomes Togo.
The waterfalls attract a varied crew of visitors, from Westerners to other Africans to the locals, who come by to cool off and sell their goods to people. The children from the nearest village will take your hand and lead you to where the water thunders into the pool, giggling as they dare you to feel the force of the flow.
It’s not just the waterfalls that draw people to this area. The forest surrounding them is preserved as Agumatsa Wildlife Sanctuary and a whole host of different birds, butterflies and bats can be spotted enjoying their surroundings. A 25 minute walk from the waterfalls will take you to Ghana’s highest mountain, Mount Afadja, a mere baby by mountain’s standards as its peak falls just shy of 1000 metres, but from this vantage point, breath-taking views across the Agumatsa range will lead the eye across the border to Togo.