Also called Mount Afadja, it is one of the most popular mountains in the West African region, located in the Volta region of Ghana, specifically in the town of Gbledi, near the Togo border. Have you made it to the top of Afadjato before? Had a feel of the undiluted and invigorating air that blows? Been privileged to enjoy the view of nature’s beauty from that point? I can attest to it, that there’s no better feeling than that atop Afadjato. Here’s five interesting things you should know about Afadjato:
Calling Afadjato Mountain Afadjato is actually a tautology! Why? The name “Afadjato” is a combination of two words; “Afadja” and “to”. “Afadja” being a name and “to” being the Ewe word for mountain. Calling Afadjato Mountain Afadjato would therefore translate into Mountain Afadja mountain. You’re better off saying Mountain Afadja!
Anthropomrphically speaking, Afadjato is said to protect himself with plants at his sides! These plants cause skin irritations upon contact. There is even a school of thought that says “Afadjato” is the palatalized version of the Ewe word “Avadzeto” meaning “war with the bush”.
A short walk to the West from the base of the mountain takes you to the highest point in Ghana, also known as Mount Aduadu. Interestingly, it has a higher peak than Afadjato, standing tall at 900m over Afadjato’s 885m.
Atop Afadjato, one can enjoy the view of other mountains, villages and even the Lake Volta. Afadjato is surrounded with a tropical forest which has over 300 species of butterflies and 33 species of mammals. The journey to the top of Afadjato is not an easy one though! It requires a lot of energy. Anyone who makes the bold attempt to climb Afadjato is normally advised to carry along a lot of water.
Afadjato and part of the Agumatsa range (with an area of about 12km^2) is managed by the Gbledi and Fodome-Ahor traditional authorities in the Hohoe didtrict. This area is one of the globally important bird areas in Ghana, currently being managed through community based action by the local people with the support of the Ghana Wildlife Society.