Volta region joined the Eastern Region in marking the annual paragliding festival at Likpe.
The region’s maiden festival was initiated by the community and supported by the former National Security Coordinator, Lieutenant Colonel Larry Gbevlo Lartey.
The developers describe the area as a multi-faceted tourism destination which provides an exciting hiking expedition.
The field has three take-off points and three landing sites unlike the sister field at kwahu which has only a landing site and a take-off point.
From the small village of Likpe Todome in the Hohoe Municipality, you can walk in about 45 minutes to the top of a mountain where six ancestral caves which serve as hideouts for ancestors during wars are situated 20meters beneath.
There is a restaurant at the summit of the mountain which gives you a beautiful view of Togo and
Ghana along the Akwapim-Togo range. On the same field is the beautiful wadjakli and wli water falls which make the area an adventurous and active ecotourism site.
Indigenes and visitors who spent their boxing day on the field were very excited enjoying the spectacular view and the aerial fun.
The fee for a flight which is 200 cedis did not deter many residents from embarking on the journey.
The place was buzzling and booming with music and ecstasy that characterise the yuletides.
The Volta regional minister Hon Helen Ntosu who came visited the site with her family could not hide her joy and feeling about the project.
She commended the community for the initiative and encouraged other communities to emulate the ingenuity by harnessing the tourism potentials in their vicinity.
‘’Tourism attractions are dotted all over the Volta region. However they remain either undeveloped or underdeveloped. This indeed is a source of worry for me as the Regional Minister because tourism could be a major source of revenue to our MMDA’s which are mostly cash trapped due to the magnitude of their responsibilities. I would urge assemblies in the region to seek tourism investment advice which could help identify our tourist sites and repackage them to generate enough revenue.’’ She said.
The former National Security Coordinator, Lieutenant Colonel Larry Gbevlo Lartey was certain the project would be the most vibrant in the country and the West Africa sub region.
He said in order not conflict with the Kwahu Easter paragliding festival, they have allotted the Christmas period for their annual festival in Likpe. He however beseeched Ghanaians and visitors to take advantage of the beautiful, natural and serene atmosphere at the resort for their relaxation and pleasure.
‘’I don’t normally see this place in isolation. I see this place in conjunction with Wli waterfalls and Afadjato. What the ministry and other stakeholders need to do is to make a package that capsulate all these; the ancestral carves, the paragliding, Wli waterfalls and the Afadjato. With
that we will get the best benefit that we would have to get.’’
By: Norbet Akpabli/citifmonline.com/Ghana