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Occupying the central part of Ghana, the Volta Basin covers about 45 percent of the nation's total land surface. Its northern section, which lies above the upper part of Lake Volta, rises to a height of 150 to 215 meters above sea level. Elevations of the Konkori Scarp to the west and the Gambaga Scarp to the north reach from 300 to 460 meters. To the south and the southwest, the basin is less than 300 meters. The Kwahu Plateau marks the southern end of the basin, although it forms a natural part of the Ashanti Uplands.
The basin is characterized by poor soil, generally of Voltaian sandstone. Annual rainfall averages between 1,000 and 1,140 millimeters. The most widespread vegetation type is savanna, the woodlands of which, depending on local soil and climatic conditions, may contain such trees as Red Ironwood and Shea.
The basin's population, principally farmers, is low in density, especially in the central and northwestern areas of the basin, where tsetse flies are common. Archeological finds indicate, however, that the region was once more heavily populated. Periodic burning evidently occurred over extensive areas for perhaps more than a millennium, exposing the soil to excessive drying and erosion, rendering the area less attractive to cultivators.
In contrast with the rest of the region are the Afram Plains, located in the southeastern corner of the basin. Here the terrain is low, averaging 60 to 150 meters in elevation, and annual rainfall is between 1,140 and about 1,400 millimeters. Near the Afram River, much of the surrounding countryside is flooded or swampy during the rainy seasons.
Lake Volta is the biggest artificial lake in the world.
From Akosombo to Ada, there is sometimes billardiosys, so don't put your feet in water.
Updated May 12, 2004
Address: Eastern Region / Volta Region.
Journey on the Volta Lake from Akosombo Harbour to Dodi Island.
6 hours on a boat looking like a old Mississipi steamboat.
There is a nice high live band. You can dance, eat drink, tan the whole day, or watch the river sides.
Price: 6 USD per head.
add food and drinks.
Departure at 10 AM only on Sundays.
other days no cruise.
Be there in time to have a good seat. As Ghanaians will protect themselves from sun, places around the pool and the deck will be free.
Updated May 7, 2004
Address: Akosombo harbour
When you're around on Sunday, don't miss the MS Dodi Princess, with bar, band and swimming pool, that goes to Dodi island in and back. I saw the boat on a weekday but heard of someone the trip is absolutely crazy!
Written Feb 25, 2003
Have a drink on the terrace of Ghana's best hotel: the Volta Hotel. As it is located on a hill, you have wonderful views on the dam. It is all quite expensive, but it's well worth having a swim in their pool when you have a few hours to kill.
Updated Oct 13, 2002
starting from akosombo continental hotel for around 40 minutes ..nice speedboat trip to the volta dam along the river volta..nice landscapes, small fishervillages
Written Nov 8, 2009