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The natural world and human innovation comes together at Akosombo to create a striking landscape of a lake surrounded by rainforests that is one of the most beautiful anywhere in Ghana. The town of Akosombo was originally created to house the construction workers who were building the Akosombo Dam in the early 1960s.
The initial idea for a dam across the Volta River was conceived as early as 1915, but it took half a century for the plan to become a reality and for the engineering marvel to be completed.
The opening of the Akosombo Dam in 1965 not only gave Ghana a new source of hydroelectric power but also created the largest man-made lake in the world. Stretching for hundreds of miles from Yapei in the north to Akosombo in the south, Lake Volta is also the main source of water for the surrounding areas, much of which are made up of lush rainforest. Boat trips and cruises can get you on the water, with trips to the lake’s islands of Dodi, Dwarf and Kporve especially popular with visitors.
If you want to get a better understanding of the engineering behind this landscape, it is possible to book in advance and arrange a tour of the Akosombo Dam. The tour will give you a sense of the workings and the history of the construction of the dam, as well as offering you some striking panoramic views from the top. Another famous landmark in the area is the nearby Adomi Bridge, which crosses the Volta River and links the Eastern region, where Akosombo is, and the neighbouring Volta region on the opposite bank.
Staying in Akosombo gives you a great chance to explore the neighbouring Volta region and its undulating landscape of rainforests, valleys and cliffs. The capital city of the Volta region is Ho, and one of the highlights of the area is the nearby Kalakpa Resource Reserve. A former hunting ground, Kalakpa Resource Reserve is now home to a variety of indigenous animals, such as green monkeys, buffaloes, wildcats and antelopes.
One of the highlights of visiting this part of Ghana is trying some of the local culinary specialties. The small tilapia fish is extremely popular, as are various okro stews and soups, shrimps and fried plantain. You will find roadside restaurants specialising in such dishes throughout the region, as well as on the banks of the river and the lake.
Exploring Lake Volta and the surrounding region is easiest from a hotel in Akosombo. There is a variety of accommodation options in Akosombo, from budget hotels if you want to stretch your travel funds as far as possible to luxury hotels and resorts for when you want to treat yourself. Choose your hotel in Akosombo based on your own personal desires when it comes to service and facilities, and find your perfect base for your time on and around Lake Volta.