Mount Afadja is one of the highest mountains in Ghana standing at an elevation of 885 metres (2,904 ft). The mountain is located in the Agumatsa Range near the villages of Gbledi and Liati Wote, in the Volta Region of Ghana at the border with Togo. ‘Afadja’ is the name of the mountain whereas ‘to’ in the Ewe dialect means mountain therefore, it is called ‘Afadjato’ by the indigenes. The correct name would be ‘Mount Afadja’ as ‘Mount Afadjato’ will be a repetition of the ‘Mountain.’ Mount Afadja is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the Volta Region of Ghana welcoming thousands of visitors from around the globe annually.
About a kilometer (less than a mile) to the east, is the nearby peak of Aduadu, which is higher than Afadjato, also standing at over 900 metres.
When the indigenes migrated to the area and saw the mountain it looked like the mound in which water yam is planted, water yam being called “Avadze” in Ewe. Moreover there were some creeping plants on the mountain that resembled the water yam plant; they therefore called it “Avadze-to”. Today the word has been palatalized into “Afadjato”.
The nearby Tagbo Falls and Wli Falls (the highest in West Africa) are also considered tourist attractions. There are several hidden attractions of caves, streams and other waterfalls in the area.
Mount Afadja derives its name from the Ewe Word “Avadzeto” which means at war with the bush. ‘Afadja’ is the name of the mountain whereas ‘to’ in the Ewe dialect means mountain therefore it is called ‘Afadjato’ by the indigenes. The correct name would be ‘Mount Afadja’ as ‘Mount Afadjato’ will be a repetition of the ‘Mountain.’ The mountain is located in the Agumatsa Range near the villages of Gbledi and Liati Wote. The lush green mountains of the ridge mark the country’s border with Togo.
As you drive or walk into Liati Wote, your view of the village is dominated by the mass of Mt. Afadjato, Ghana’s highest free-standing mountain at 885 meters. In addition to the mountain’s sweeping views all the way to Togo and Lake Volta, Liati Wote features the beautiful Tagbo Falls, reached by a lovey hike that showcases abundant butterflies- over 300 species recorded.
Water low from the falls is reduced in the dry season, but it is beautiful year round. The falls hike is mostly shaded. Butterflies are most abundant during the dry season (October-March). Mt. Afadjato has little shade so it is best hiked in the early morning or late afternoon
The visitor centre has flush toilets and a 6-unit rustic guesthouse with showers (mosquito nets, sheet and towel provided). Camping is also available at the visitor centre and home stays can be arranged. A community cook provides meals at an open-air building. Liquid refreshments are available in the village.
8 am to 5 pm daily
Liati Wote is 24 km from Hohoe. From Accra, take the Tema-Hohoe Road and turn right at the police barrier at Golokwati junction and drive for 6 km to turn left on an untarred road at the village of Liati Agbonyra. Continue 4 km to turn right at Liati Soba and drive 4 km to the visitor centre on the left.