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“Beautiful hike + falls”
Review of Wli Waterfalls

Wli Waterfalls
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Hohoe
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

Wli waterfalls are the largest in Ghana, and are beautiful and well worth seeing. You can get to the lower falls easily through a half-hour track through the forest (flat), and they are lovely, and you can swim in at the bottom. However, the area around is none too clean. In comparison, the upper falls are in a more pristine condition and the swimming area was much nicer. Because the upper falls are not as large as the lower falls, you can (if you're brave!) sit on the rocks by the falls or go underneath it, which is really exhilarating! To get to the upper falls, you must hike - I would recommend doing the longer 'loop' hike, as you climb through mountains and grasslands as well as woodland, though be prepared for a couple of hours climbing followed by an hour or so descent that sometimes borders on dangerous. Ensure you bring at least 3-4 litres of water and sun screen (you'll sweat buckets). The hike is tough, but not too bad if you have a reasonable level of fitness. You need a guide to hike, and sometimes they can charge a lot - try and negotiate. We paid 15 GHC each, which was possibly too much. Would definitely recommend the whole experience though!

Thank Rebecca M
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

Wli Falls, also called Agumatsa Falls, is a popular and dramatic tourist site near the village of Wli not far from the Togo border. Most tourists make the easy walk to the lower falls. This is a stunningly beautiful setting, made even more dramatic by the presence of thousands of fruit bats nesting high up on the nearby cliffs. However, the equally high and much more isolated upper falls is a special treat for those with the stamina for the challenging hike. There are inviting pools at the base of both falls where the hearty can take a chilly dip.
The walks take you through the Agumatsa Wildlife Sanctuary, which features more than 200 bird species and 400 butterfly species.

Thank Joshua C
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Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

We went there over easter. I would recommend getting there as early as possible as it can get crowded on popular days.

We did the "medium" four hour hike to go to the upper pool. Really worth it! It was tough and I sweated a lot but it was beautiful.

we took a guide but he was a bit rubbish - at least it allowed not to get lost!

If you are only going to lower falls no need for a guide.

Really beautiful place but I will let everyone appreciate it for themselves

Thank Cyclo1985
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

My only complaint is that there are no signs in Hohoe for what road to take. We took every wrong road but got there eventually by asking all of the friendly helpful people along the way. But the waterfall was glorious. And the bats come out at 6pm. Really neat.

Thank sneakyflip
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Reviewed February 11, 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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