Mount Afadja

Mount Afadja, known as Afadjato to the Ewe people of Ghana and Togo, stands as one of the highest peaks in Ghana. Its summit is located in the Volta Region, near the border with Togo, close to the villages of Liati Wote and Gbledi Gbogame in the Afadjato South District and Hohoe Municipality, respectively.

Mount Afadja, also known as Afadjato to the Ewe people of Ghana and Togo, is one of the highest mountains in Ghana. It stands at an elevation of 885 meters (2,904 feet) above sea level. The mountain is located in the Volta Region, near the border with Togo, close to the villages of Liati Wote and Gbledi Gbogame in the Afadjato South District and Hohoe Municipality, respectively .

The name “Afadja” comes from the Ewe language, where “Afadja” means mountain. The suffix “-to” in Ewe also means mountain. Therefore, the correct English name for this mountain is “Mount Afadja,” not “Mount Afadjato,” which would be a repetition of the word “mountain” . Interestingly, the mountain’s name has a fascinating origin: when the Ewe people migrated to the area, they encountered wild animals that attacked them. During the ensuing war between the animals and the people, they discovered an itching plant that prevented them from reaching the mountain. Unable to bypass the plant, they returned home and narrated the story. In Ewe, “afar” means war, “dja” means plant, and “to” means mountain. Over time, the word evolved into “Afadjato” .

Tourist Attractions:

  • Tagbo Falls: Located nearby, Tagbo Falls is another popular tourist attraction in the Volta Region.
  • Wli Agumatsa Waterfalls: These waterfalls are the highest in West Africa and draw visitors from around the globe annually.
  • Caves, Streams, and Other Waterfalls: The area around Mount Afadja boasts several caves, streams, and additional waterfalls .

History: The name “Afadja” originates from the Ewe word “Avadzeto,” which means “at war with the bush.” The lush green mountains of the ridge mark Ghana’s border with Togo. About a kilometer (less than a mile) to the east lies the nearby peak of Aduadu, which is even higher than Afadjato, standing at over 900 meters .

So, if you’re ever in the Volta Region, don’t miss the chance to explore the beauty and history of Mount Afadja!