That Sub Sahara Feeling

When visiting Ghana last February, there were some new discoveries I thoroughly enjoyed checking out which were the amazing Wii Waterfalls as well as the Monkey Sanctuary in the Volta regions.

Even visiting my Father’s birth town for the first time was overwhelming and emotional, to say the least.  Kedzi which means “at the top of the sand” has had a turbulent past.  The violent Atlantic Ocean caused serious erosion to the land, claiming the homes of many people who had to flee where the sea would not claim their new territory.

The prevalence of sea erosion can be seen with the former castle built by the Danish was associated with the trans-Atlantic slave trade.  Fort Prinzenstein is still visibly by the Keta coastline but most of the castle lies in ruins and deep in the sea.

Mainly staying in the capital Accra, the city presented a kaleidoscope of kindness, colours, and vibrancy, something that was a breath of fresh air especially when coming from the West and having enough of the daily grind and dreaded “rat-race” routine.

 

That Sub Sahara Feeling

 

By The Ghana VPE

The Ghana VPE – That Glistening Gem in a Valley of Jewels

The Ghana Volta Paradise Experience (The Ghana VPE) provides a gateway for travelers who are looking to broaden their horizons and discover the wonders the Volta region of Ghana has to offer.

Why the Volta Region?

The concept for the company gave birth in December 2008 when there was a gap identified in this particular market during the founder and CEO’s visit to the region during that time.  The Volta region remains a dormant beauty to this part of Ghana that is rich with beautiful landscapes and capitulating beaches that are pleading for exposure, recognition and rightfully deserve a prominent presence in Ghana’s quest for continual tourism building in the country.

The Ghana VPE will serve the many tourists who are intrigued with Ghana’s history and want to experience its beauty at all levels.  The most popular excursions that serve Ghana’s tourism are the pilgrimage to Elmina castle in the Cape Coast that is famous for shipping the slaves to the Caribbean and the New World.  Tourists that visit Ghana immediately flock to Ghana’s Cape Coast for this reason to gain closure, to reflect and try to come to terms with the cruel exploitation of a people that were robbed with their identity forever.

Although this pilgrimage can be observed as a rite of passage for many in discovering “who they are now” and in or to know where they are going they have to “go back to revisit their past”, their visit should also experience other aspects of the country’s tourism wealth.

The Aburi botanical gardens and surrounding mountains were originally created in 1890 as an agricultural research station and a habitat for plants from around the world. Over the years the Botanical gardens have collected together a variety of tropical flora which attracts scores of birds and butterflies. Situated in the town of Aburi, which is well-known for its healthy weather, the gardens also have pleasant indoor and outdoor restaurants and facilities for staying overnight.  The Aburi Mountains extends homes to many famous celebrities, including Rita Marley (son of legend Bob Marley’s) and her recording studio. Marley’s is being fine tuned to soon play host to the world’s most renowned entertainers, while offering West African artists, a world class studio from which to launch their works.[i]

Aburi is rich and dense with luscious forests and its hills expand forever.  Home to the Ackwipimg people, Aburi Mountains is known for producing some of the finest carvings in Ghana.

Accra has been Ghana’s capital since 1877, and is today one of the most populated and fast growing Metropolis of Africa with a population of about 1,695,136 million people and an annual growth rate of 3.36%.  The capital was transferred from Cape Coast 125 years ago.

Accra provides a concentration and variety of accommodation and other tourist facilities and services for both business and holiday tourists. Both the Labadi Beach Hotel and the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel rank five stars. The elegant Golden Tulip Hotel and Novotel Hotel, which is right in the centre of Accra’s main business district, both ranked four stars. There are numerous three star hotels, including the exotic Hotel Wangara, Shangri-La and Erata Hotel. There are, indeed, hotels for every kind of tourists, including budget hotels. The Accra International Conference Centre and other meeting facilities such as the National Theatre, provide facilities for conference tourism, an area in which Ghana leads the rest of the West African sub-region.

The Ashanti region is the dominant tribe in Ghana and is a popular tourist attraction.  Ghana’s kingdom is made up of the Ashanti people whose Ghanaian roots serve to be the back bone of Ghana herself.  The Ashanti’s claim they are the true creators of the kente cloth, an elaborate explosion of vibrant coloured cloth interwoven by weavers whose skills are extremely commendable.  Tribal conflicts dating back centuries ago have sparked today’s rumours about kente weavers who were captured from Volta region territory indigenous to the Ewe people. In the Ashanti wars against the Ewe, Ewe weavers were captured and thus had been prisoners of war from the Ashanti / Ewe wars that taught the Ashanti how to weave. The Ashanti legend holds that they learned it from a spider.  In this case, kete might be a contaminated word for the Ashanti so it seems. ´Ke` in Ewe means ´to open` and ´te` means ´to press`. The Ewe holds that the word ´Kete` thus describes the weaving motion of the feet.[ii]  Of course, the Ewe like neighboring Akan tribes wear Kente as their traditional cloth and the style of wearing “Kete” is similar to Akans like the Ashantis and Akyem. The Ewe people have a long history of weaving ´Kete` cloth, especially in Kpetoe (a town in the Volta region of Ghana).

Can this story be vouched for? Yes, this is why the Volta region has fruitful history that also wants to contribute to their country’s story, a story that is not being told to its full potential. The Volta has a story to be told and let the truth be told … the Volta boasts the largest manmade lake in the world with the Akasombo dam providing hydro electricity to many parts of the country.

([i])  Source: http://www.info-ghana.com/Rita%20Marley%20in%20Ghana.htm

([ii])  Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ewe_(people)

By The Ghana VPE

The Ghana VPE: OUR MISSION

The Ghana Volta Paradise Experience (The Ghana VPE) is committed to making the traveler’s Volta experience a memory that will last a lifetime.  We guarantee to fulfill this promise by delivering to tourism and hospitality services in the Volta region, available at your fingertips and accessible to all our domestic and international clientele.

The Ghana VPE ensures to continue to uphold and implement the Ghanaian Government and Ghanaian Tourism Board’s strategic visions to achieve a per capita income of USD $1000 by 2015 in which the country has greatly accomplished.  Today, travel and tourism has contributed GH¢4.5 billion to Ghana’s economy in 2015.[i]

and to ensure sustainable tourism development that welcomes creating an environment to implement quality tourism facilities and services for the travelling public, thereby positively promoting tourism to become the leading sector of Ghana’s economy.

The Ghana VPE is devoted to providing premiere service to all clients. Whether individuals or small groups, great attention will be paid to every detail to ensure that VPE will meet client’s specific travel and tourism needs.

The Ghana VPE are steadfast in resurrecting an idyllic, hidden gem that has lain dormant and undiscovered in the Volta Regions and the many treasures that are awaiting discovery.  VPE plans to connect the traveler’s missing dots to a part of Ghana that is strongly under valued and its beauty worthy to be praised.

As un-appointed ambassadors of the Volta Region, The Ghana VPE core values endeavor to:

  • Look after Number 1 – Our Clients: The Ghana VPE seek to curb our client’s hunger and satisfy their curiosity with our exclusive custom made itineraries and tour packages.  Whether you are looking for a one day, an intensive 7-day itinerary tour, to a personal chauffeur, VPE will deliver the service you deserve that will to fulfill your vacation needs.  With an assortment of transportation routes on offer, the Volta regions will only be a stone’s throw away
  • Do Right By YOU – The Ghana VPE promise to deliver a quality service that at the same time will promise to educate and create awareness to each individual that comes into contact with our business endeavors. VPE guarantee our client’s urge to spread the word among friends, family and loved ones to embark on the VPE experience that will fabricate a lifetime of beautiful memories.
  • Blossom with Entrepreneurial Spirit – The Ghana VPE aim to become pioneers through creating a notable tourism platform within the Volta Regions of Ghana, West Africa that will create jobs for the local people who are the backbone of the Volta Region’s society and through The Ghana VPE presence, to be affiliated with sponsorship and local projects that assist in the development, maintenance and sustainability of local Volta Region communities.
  • Provide Ease of Convenience – The Ghana VPE will uphold their commitment to providing a service that oozes reliability for client’s business and pleasure purposes in the aim of reaping highly attractive financial returns and to further explore and implement opportunities that will continue to serve our existing and potential clientele.
  • Place Ghana on the Map Globally – The Ghana VPE primary focus to serve the Volta Regions will allow each Volta community to share its rich history and combined this with Ghana’s existing tourism.
  • Become the No 1 Industry Sector – The Ghana VPE not only plans to extend its tour services to the south east coastal and interior areas of Ghana, but will also encompass southern Togo and western Benin, embracing all Gbe, Fon and Aja ethnic speaking groups. This alone will contribute to a significant bulk of revenue thus expediting its ranking to be the number one industry sector and will constitute to sprinklings of fun and enjoyment to the variety of itinerary tours, excursions and private transportation services that VPE intend to bring to each individual client.

[i] https://www.modernghana.com/news/770726/travel-tourism-contributed-gh45bn-to-2015-gdp.html

By The Ghana VPE