Mount Afadjato – The Highest Mountain in Ghana

by Kojo Pocu
Mount Afadjato

Hiking is one of the best traveling experience and one of the fun adventure one can get. There are many hiking destination in Ghana and hiking at the highest mountain in Ghana can be a whole great new adventure. Visit mount Afadjato and enjoy the best out of hiking.

Mount Afadja is located in the Hohoe area of the Volta region, in the little community of Liati Wote. Mount Afadja, Ghana’s tallest mountain and highest point at 2,904 feet above sea level, is arguably the most talked-about mountain in the country. Because the mountain is close to the Ghana-Togo border, the top of the peak provides views of sections of Togo.

While Mount Afadja is the official name, the Ewe people who dominate the region call it Afadjato, with the suffix ‘to’ meaning’mountain,’ therefore Afadjato simply means Afadja Mountain.

Origin of the name

The name came about when the Liati Wote people, who live just a few kilometers beneath the mountain, initially established in the area and recognized the peak was shaped like a mound for planting water yam, according to their oral history. People began to refer to the mountain as Afadja, an aboriginal word for water yam. As the mountain’s fame grew and word of its existence spread, the name was changed to Afadja-to.

Afadjato’s Potential for Tourismm

Mount Afadja is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country, with an average of more than a million visitors each year, some of whom come from as far as Europe and the Americas. It has become a popular destination for hikers and is regarded as a sport in which reaching the summit of the mountain is the final goal for visitors and hikers.

How long does it take to climb Afadjato?

Mount Afadjato, one of West Africa’s highest mountains, offers a four- to six-hour climb, and the area around the Volta contains several minor mountains with amazing vistas and fresh air, as well as little in the way of modern-day disturbance, making it a hiking highlight.

Mount Afadjato

Where is Mount Afadjato located?

The mountain is located in the Agumatsa Range near the villages of Gbledi and Liati Wote, in the Volta Region of Ghana at the border with Togo.

Attractions Near Mount Afadjato

Mount Afadja isn’t the only thing to see in Liati Wote; the town is also home to two waterfalls: the Tagbo Falls and the Wli Waterfalls, the latter of which is the highest waterfall in West Africa and is only a few meters from Mount Afadja.

Ghana Travel Restrictions 

Ghana is open to most travelers again. I mean travelers from all over the world. However, you do need proof of your COVID-19 vaccination(s) or a negative test result before being allowed entry.

Many hotels, attractions, and private tours are open with new health & safety protocols in place, and you still have to follow certain guidelines. They are all good for our safety. 

Read the ultimate travel guide to Ghana to help you plan your trip.