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

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