Afadzato South District shares boundaries with the Republic of Togo to the East, Ho West District on south southeast. Part of the Southwest of the District shares common boundary with South Dayi District; while on the northern section is Hohoe Municipal and the Northwest is Kpando Municipal and North Dayi District respectively.
TOPOGRAPHY AND DRAINAGE
The landform of the District is a combination of both highlands and lowlands. The District contains part of the Akwapim Togo Ranges extending beyond the country’s eastern boundary all the way into Western Nigeria. Within these ranges is “Afadza” Mountain, the highest elevation in Ghana (880m).
River Dayi which takes its source from Togo is found in parts of the District. Some other important rivers which drain into the River Dayi are Koloe, and Aflabo. Some of these rivers have waterfalls on them most probably as a result of tectonic activities that might have taken place centuries ago. The Aflabo and Tagbo waterfalls are significant examples.
The low-lying valleys have swamps which are used for rice cultivation. A number of communities are located on hill-tops and can hardly be reached by motor vehicles. These communities include Logba Tota, Nyagbo Konda and Nyagbo Sroe. Nyagbo Fiafe on the other hand, cannot be accessed by motor cycles or vehicles. Another important feature is the location of Volta Lake at the southern end of the District.
The District lies in the wet semi-equatorial climatic zone. Annual rainfall is between 1,016mm-1,210mm with an average of four to five (4-5) months dry season experienced between November to April. The usual rainfall pattern of double maxima regime has gradually changed giving a long stretch of rainy season starting from late April and ends in October.
Temperatures are high throughout the year and range from 26oC in the coolest months to about 32oC in the hottest month usually just before the rainy season. Mean monthly temperature is about 29oC.
VEGETATION AND SOIL TYPE
The District is located in the forest-savannah transitional ecological zone of Ghana. The eastern highlands are clothed in high forest where the trees are in three storeys with very little undergrowth. Timber species found in the forest includes Wawa, Obeche, Odum and Mahogany.
Most of the western plains are occupied by woodland savannah and tall grasses. These can also be found in the plains of Ve, Tafi, Have, Agate, Goviefe and Kpeve areas of the District. The main soil groups in the District are ochrosols and oxysols soil types which are found in the forest zones. The forest ochrosol is fertile and support cereals, oil-palm, cassava and plantain, cocoa, para-rubber and vegetables. The interior savannah water laterite and ochrosol inter-grades are the major soil components. The savannah ochrosol is well leached and rich in supply of organic matter and is good for the cultivation of yam, maize, cassava, groundnut and vegetables.
Some other crops supported by the soil type are banana, mango, pineapple, avocado pear and citrus in addition to food crops such as cocoyam and rice.
The Afadzato South District has several tourist attractions such as the water falls, monkey sanctuaries, tallest mountain in West Africa, etc. We welcome you to explore the district (The Afadzato South District).
It is a perennial waterfall located at Liati-Wote. The Wote community hosts other tourist sites such as the “Wunate” falls and Mountain “Afadza”; Ghana’s highest elevation. Tagbo falls is about 45 minutes walk from the township. Due to the depth of the fall, tourists are not allowed to swim in it.
One unique feature about the place is the presence of a cave where visitors could hide in case it rains while at the fall. The strength of the fall is a function of the amount of noise visitors make, the more people shout, the more heavy the falls becomes due to some historical beliefs.
Both the Akpom fall and Stalalite and Stalagamite caves are located at same place at Logba Tota. The path leading to the cave is directly at the foot of the fall. Besides the tourist attractions in Logba Tota, there are plenty of hiking trails. The strategic location of the town makes it easy for tourists to visit Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary about 30 minutes drive from Logba Tota and Kente Weaving village of Tafi Abuipe. For adventure hikers, it is possible to hike through the bush to Leklebi Agbesia and visit Aflabo Waterfall 2hrs hiking.
Mona Monkey Sanctuary (Tafi-Atome)
Tafi Atome, is a beautiful and quiet village surrounded by thick forest with luxuriant vegetation where sacred and rare species of Mona Monkeys dwell. A walk in the forest gives visitors the opportunity to see these real endangered species in their natural habitat. The community members live virtually with the Mona Monkeys. Tafi-Atome is about an hour drive from Mt. “Afadza”.
Mountain “Afadza” (Liati Wote)
Afadzato is the highest mountain in Ghana. Its summit stands at 2,905 feet (880m). A visit to Afadzato will take about 30 minutes drive from the District capital, Ve Golokuati. Afadjato is located at Liate Wote. Climbing of Afadzato to its highest peak takes about 40 minutes walk. An added attraction at the foot of the mountain is the presence of varied and rare species of butterflies and at the peak, one can have a best eye view of the Volta Lake and other surrounding communities.
Aflabo Falls (Leklebi Agbesia)
The fall is located on the the Akwapim-Togo Ranges. The fall takes its source from Kpoeta and finally falls at Akpadefe, near Leklebi Agbesia. The fall is about 40 minutes walk from the township. Before getting to the foot of the fall, one has to pass through two natural caves (tunnels). Aflabo fall is basically a rocky fall with very beautiful scenery and caves which serve as resting place for visitors.
Snake Village (Liati-Soba)
The snake village is about 10 minutes drive from Liati Wote community. Different species of snakes are kept and tamed for tourist attraction. The African Python is noted for its therapeutic values and so most visitors prefer to coil it around their neck to reduce body temperature and also to cure hypertensive diseases.
Afadjato Expedition – AM Show (28-12-15)
There are several festivals celebrated to mark different events in the District. Most of these festivals are either celebrated to mark a historic event or as a sacrifice of thanks-giving to the gods for their protection over a period. There are also some festivals which mark the harvest of a staple crop or to market a handicraft such as “Kente cloth” among others. The major festivals celebrated in the district includes;
The festival is celebrated by the Chiefs and people of Ve-Lukusi Traditional area. It is an annual festival celebrated in November. It is celebrated like most other festivals culminating in a colourful durbar of chiefs on a Saturday. It is a historical festival marking the escape of the Ve people from the tyranny of King Agorkorli of Notsie in the present day Republic of Togo in the 17th century.
It is a period to take stock of the past year’s activities whilst development plans are initiated. It is to foster unity among the people of Have and surrounding areas. It is also to mobilize resources for development purposes. The festival also marks their survival from a historic landslide which occurred on 15th June, 1933 destroying several properties without any life lost.
Afadzato/Tagbo Tsikeke Festival
In August every year, the Chiefs and people of Liati-Wote celebrate their Tsikeke Festival. It is a festival to thank the Almighty God for being kind enough to them by providing them a waterfall that is perennial and a mountain/land that provides good soil as their source of livelihood. They thank God for their unique gift.