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Review of Wli Waterfalls

Wli Waterfalls
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Hohoe
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

Wli Waterfalls (pronounced: Vli) is a predominately farming community located in the Hohoe Municipality. It is in fact closer to the Republic of Togo than the capital city of Ghana, Accra. The Akwapim-Togo range provides the perfect setting for what is to become arguably, the most impressive waterfall in Ghana. Some even believe it is the highest waterfall in West Africa. The Wli people like all other Ewes of Ghana originated from the city of Notsie in what is now Benin. The Wli people were led by their King named Togbe Ametornu I and Togbe Afaladze.

Legend has it that Togbe Ametornu I after fighting some many wars successfully decided to take his warriors around to look for food and water. After several attempts through the jungle the King and his subjects came into contact with a river that was pure and tasty. They therefore decided to look for the source of the water that took them across the same river at eleven different locations until they finally heard loud splashing water from the mountains.

They decided to climb the mountain to ascertain the source of the fall. It is believed that at the peak of the mountain, they saw beautiful water falling from the mountain. They named it Agumatsa, “let me flow through, describing the force with which the water is trying to escape from the “throat” of the mountain. This spectacle amazed the people to a great extent that they decided to worship the waterfall as their god.

Accounts have been given as to how the river god refused to be photographed until some rituals were performed not only to allow for its photography but to allow women to come closer to it. The day on which the ritual was performed is celebrated as Agumatsa festival which falls on Easter Monday each year.
Features of the waterfall

The forest around the wli waterfall has been preserved into what is known as the Agumatsa wildlife sanctuary. Nature lovers will find this place very interesting to visit. There are about 200 species of birds, 400 butterfly species and fruit eating bats.

A visitor/tourist can choose between visiting the upper waterfalls which requires more effect as this calls hiking uphill or the lower falls. The lower falls has a plunge pool where visitors can bathe. There river that flows downstream through the woods is so cold that it feels like drinking a refrigerated water.

Popular with many ecotourism projects is the provision of alternative forms of livelihoods for natives. Wli is not short of that. There is an ostrich farm where visitors are taking through processes and procedures used in rearing those “giant” birds.

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

The 45 minute walk to the waterfall is a path through the forest (no particular interest spots but a relaxing walk nevertheless) - the waterfalls themselves are definitely worthwhile! Do reserve enough time as it will take around 2 hours to go back and forth (just to the lower waterfalls!), and we had to rush out as it was getting dark.

Thank Priscilla D
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

We stayed the night at the Wli waterfall lodge (owned by a German couple) in order to get an early start on the falls the next day. The lodge itself is great and would highly recommend it.

We wanted to walk the upper falls which cost a suprisingly large amount at 30sidi. We decided to do the loop track which was acouple of hours longer but save dyou from going straight up and down.

I would highly highly reccomend to do the loop track, first of all, it was only perhaps an hour longer, secondly the view is far better as it takes you over a grassy hill so you get a fantastic view of the surrounding villages and forrests which stretch on for miles, and thirdly its a lot less step than going straight up.

the upper falls are beautiful, but the way down is very steep, not for the faint hearted!

Throughout the whole time the guide was unable to answer any of our questions, made no effort to make any conversation, went way to fast for everyone, left one girl behind, and at the end got angry at us when he asked for a tip and we gave him 5 sidi from 6 of us which in my opinion is far mor ethan he actually deserves considering he already gets 18sidi from each person he takes from the tourist office.

So, be prepared for a big steep walk, do your research before you go encase you get a bad guide and enjoy the beautiful views!

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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Easy walk up to the lower falls, many tourists! The walk was OK, not particularly interesting but once we reached the waterfalls I was impressed! The biggest waterfall in West Africa is also the home to hundreds of bats! I did not even notice them until the guide pointed it out. We had a fab time and even attempted to climb to the upper falls until the rain and tough walk put us off (we only got to the view point, haha).

Thank Nicky M
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

I recommend you forget the tour centre and move on (the tour guide they gave us quit after 2mins walk. Service at Mount Afadjato is cheaper and far better.) There's no way you could get lost. I couldn't get to the upper falls

There are hotels nearby. Wli waterfalls lodge and Wli heights

Thank Kwamayze
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