Tagbo Falls – “Provision of the gods!”
Located in the same vicinity as Afadjato in Liati-Wote of the Volta Region of Ghana, the height of the falls is estimated to be about 150 feet. Of about 45 minutes’ walk from the town to the falls, Tagbo is sited deep into the forest area of Afadjato. The source of the falls is said to be from neighboring Togo.
The about 45 minutes’ walk to Tagbo falls is never boring as there are various sites to behold for the lovers of nature or ecotourists. The journey starts with a sign post pointing in the direction of the falls. You would slowly take a walk through the cocoa farm lining the path to the falls
The muffling sound created by your footsteps on the fallen leaves make a common rhythm in your ears and is accentuated with the chirpings of the birds. A common phenomena as one moves along is the crossing of small cool running streams and a Kaleidoscope of colourful butterflies (or is it “beautiflies”?) gliding
Just before you get to the main falls, you can take a rest at a small cave about some few metres away from the fall. Tales have it that it was this very cave that the hunter who first discovered Tagbo falls took shelter in, where he later heard the resounding falls of Tagbo and decided to investigate it out of curiosity. He was said to be on a hunting expedition from a village called Kuma.
One is welcomed with a cool breeze from the falls as he approaches it. The sight is certainly beautiful to behold! At the base of the fall are smoothly washed pebbles that one can play with or collect a few for use or just throwing them back into the base of the falls.
So what role did the “gods” play in Tagbo falls? Well, tales have it that the falls got its name from some early experiences with the river. In one story told by the earlier settlers, a fisherman was said to have set some traps in the river. When he later came back to see his catch, he discovered a rather fairy large mud fish that had a pot of herbs on its head and cowry lining its back.
After the catch a plague be fell his family.
In searching for a solution to the plague that had befallen the family, the people consulted the oracles which revealed that a powerful spirit ruled the water. So they named the river “Togbui” which means “small god” in Ewe. The name later became “Tagbo”. Because of the belief that the gods reside in the river, no fishing is done in it.