Tafi Atome Wildlife Sanctuary
Everything Always Works Out In GhanaMy friend and I visited Ghana's Volta Region recently. After a long day of hiking Wli Falls, the tallest falls in West Africa, we decided to visit a monkey sanctuary in Tafi Atome. Our guidebook had little to say about Tafi Atome other than it had 6 guest rooms in the town for travelers. It also said we would have to access the town by motorcycles! We decided to travel there before nightfall so we could see the monkeys at daybreak. We took a Tro-Tro to the nearby town of Logba. Tro-Tro's are privately owned vans that act as a public transportation system in Ghana. I would frequently have to book two seats just to fit since I'm 6'6" tall.
Logba was pitch black when we arrived. We found some locals in the distance and asked them for help to get to Tafi Atome. After extensive price negotiation, we had a ride to town. My friend is very price competitive! The two of us, the driver, and our dufflebag all rode on one motorcycle. It was a rough dirt road, in the dark, and raining. I was sitting so far back on the bike I nearly fell off with every bump! Once we arrived we found the town's power was out, but the locals worked hard to make us feel at home. The wives prepared us dinner while we settled into our cabin by candlelight. Beds, running water, mosquito nets, and even a fan were provided. The next day we got a private tour of the town and played with the monkeys. After about an hour, the town chef cooked us breakfast before we headed to our next stop. An amazing experience!