Ezime Guesthouse - At the Volta River
mighty Volta River flows into the Atlantic ocean near Ada Foah and creates a giant delta dotted with beautiful islands and sand banks.
The Volta River Estuary Beach Camps
location between the river and the ocean has brought Ada a certain amount of prosperity in the past centuries by enabling the shipping of wares that had come ashore or the nearby produced salt with ocean vessels several hundred kilometers up the river.
lower course and delta have drastically changed since the Akosombo dam was built. Many tributary rivers have dried up and commercial navigability is restricted to routes below or above the dam respectively. An old river ferry from Ada Foah still connects
the small settlements in the delta area and up river with one another on specific days.
is used particularly
by the enterprising women from villages on the islands to bring their wares, most often woven mats, sugarcane and mangrove wood cultivated in the delta region, to the market places.
river is always clean and clear. This is probably also because of the dam, which allows the water washed in by tropical rain storms to be deposited in front of it. There is little pollution caused by human activities mostly because of a lack of any kind of industry along the river above Ada and because of the absence of settlements.
is washed here and bathing occurs in the river but this is not a problem for the volume of water that flows past here into the ocean. For the people of Ada and Ada Foah and the adjacent island villages, the river with its plentiful supply of fish is of course an important means of subsistence and the indispensable route for transportation.
Africans and Europeans
who live and work in Accra have used this beautiful location on the river to build weekend houses and stately villas along the river shore. This is a bit of a shame since it has sorely limited possible access to the river for the native inhabitants and the (few) tourists. Sure enough hobby skippers with their motor boats and sailboats appear here and there, especially on weekends and holidays.