Akaa Falls

Akaa Falls in Ghana, a breathtaking waterfall surrounded by greenery.
By Desmond Dorvlo
Originally published on 22 Nov 2020, latest update on 04 Apr 2023, viewed 3688 times
Category: Places to see
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Visit Akaa Falls and Immerse Yourself in the Natural Wonders of Ghana

Ghana is a beautiful country by definition. It boasts of vast, rich vegetation, rainforests, and wonderful water bodies, unlike most of its counterparts in sub-Saharan Africa, that battle sandy deserts and dry winds. Apart from the beautiful Gulf of Guinea and its memorable beaches, citizens and visitors can also enjoy the fresh inland rivers, lakes, and waterfalls. Lush greenery, clear water, and colourful flora and fauna surround Akaa Falls in the Eastern Region of Ghana, making it a perfect spot to escape from a busy city life.

About the falls

Akaa Falls are seasonal falls. During the full stream, you will be encircled in a gully of falling water. Waterfall is around 15 metres tall and it has become a popular place for a hike or picnic. Boti, Asenewaa, and Akaa Falls make the Boti area and nearby villages a popular destination in the Eastern Region for those who appreciate natural environments. All 3 falls source from the same stream - Boti waterway - and therefore, are seasonal.

Getting to Akaa Falls will require a short hike through the forest. To reach this waterfall, you will need to climb 250 concrete steps that provide a scenic view. Listen to the sounds of nature. The occasional monkey swinging from tree to tree will meet you as you make your way through the woodland. Keep a lookout for other wildlife, too - you might spot colourful birds and beautiful butterflies fluttering by.

Once you reach the base, you will find water falling from three sides if the water stream is strong enough. It is a beautiful sight of the water cascading down the rocky cliffs. The mist from the falls will cool you off. Take a swim in the refreshing water, hike around the falls, or simply relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Maintained hiking trails surround the falls, perfect for those looking to get a little exercise and explore the natural beauty of the area. Take a guided tour. Akaa Falls is an excellent spot for bird-watching, so bring your binoculars, camera and keep your eyes peeled for the many colourful species!

After taking in all that beauty of Akaa Falls, visit Koforidua - the capital of the Eastern Region - to enjoy some of Ghana's culture and cuisine. Have a ‘shopping therapy’ in lively markets or try some of the local street food, such as kelewele (spicy fried plantains) or waakye (a dish made with rice and beans).

There are quite few accommodation options available in the area if you decide to stay around a little longer.

Getting to Akaa Falls

Akaa Waterfall is situated approximately 7 kilometres from the Boti Falls. It is nearly a 2-hour drive from Accra or a 1-hour drive from Koforidua.

Travel Tips: 

  • Consider visiting Akaa Falls during the annual Aboakyer Festival in May. This festival celebrates the traditional hunting traditions of the Effutu people and features a lively procession through the streets of Winneba, culminating in a ritual hunt for a live antelope. 
  • Best time to visit: right after the rainy season. 
  • The entrance charge is around 5 cedis per visitor. 
  • Don't forget to pack your swimwear, comfortable shoes for hiking, a camera, some food, enough water supplies, and a mosquito repellent for an enjoyable trip! 
  • Share a smile with local staff on the site. Say: ‘ayekoo’ (meaning: “you’re doing a good job”). This makes them smile!

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Other Attractions in the Eastern Region

If you're looking to explore more of the Eastern Region of Ghana, there are several other attractions worth checking out. Here are a few nearby destinations to add to your itinerary:

Boti Falls: Another stunning waterfall located in the Eastern Region. Visitors can take a hike to the top of the falls for a breathtaking view.

Asenema Waterfalls

Aburi Botanical Gardens: A beautiful garden filled with exotic plants and flowers. Visitors can take a guided tour or simply stroll through the gardens at their leisure.

Lake Volta: The largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Volta is a popular spot for fishing, boating, and water sports. Visitors can take a boat tour of the lake or simply relax on the shore and take in the stunning views.

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