Amedzofe & Biakpa travel tips

Damian writes

The eastern Highlands/VOLTA Region are indeed a great region to explore.
I feel you should know about our experience in BIAKPA / Mountain Paradise Lodge (Oct 2013). The place itself is okay, nice location & fine rooms.

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As there’s practically nothing around you’ll want to go for a nice hike, so here’s my advice:
Organise Hiking Trips through
Benson Anukwa, no. +233 247131210

If his mobile is off, just write a SMS.
You can also go to Biakpa (10 minutes walk from the hotel) and ask in the small shop & drinking spot on the left side for Benson. You can also mention EKEME (name of his house).
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Benson is an excellent guide who knows the area like his pocket and will happily point out lots of interesting stuff along the way. Many guides will answer questions, but good guides will show you stuff you never spot yourself and explain it to you just because they like their vocation. He’s a nice guy, too – and I want to point out that he didn’t ask to write this review but I feel he deserves a lot more for his great work!

Here’s our story (you’ll understand then):
Upon Arrival at the hotel we asked for hiking possibilities to the mountain side (they also offer a shorter hike to the nearby water falls 5 GHC). They charge 30 GHC for a 5 hrs walking tour which seemed a reasonable price – so we agreed.
In fact we walked 7 hrs and the Guide’s share is some 5-10 GHC from the Hotel (we asked the manager himself) while the greedy manager takes the rest in his pocket. (I can’t certainly tell about those “community projects” ~ 20 GHC is supposed to go to but I can’t imagine it to be anything near this amount!). I very much feel like the guide is ripped of by the Hotel as it’s very difficult for him to get in touch with foreigners without the Manager (there’s no bar or so around!) – he has to accept it in hope for tips.

Which made us really upset is the fact the manager strictly advised out Guide NOT to take us to the peak of Mount GEMI (very near to Amedzofe Village). We went there nonetheless and it was the highlight of our long Hike!!
So why would he do that? There’s an official Tourist Center in Amedzofe that charges an Entrance Fee (w receipt) of 5 GHC for the GEMI Peak. The Hotel Manager wanted to safe those 10 GHC so he wanted us to miss this place. What a shame! We had even paid 40 GHC for it, but he didn’t even ask or gave us the option. It’s even more ridiculous if one imagines that you have already nearly reached the peak when you arrive in Amedzofe village… As an interested traveller I can’t understand that behaviour.

I feel Benson should be mentioned in your next Edition, he made our day over there!
He grew up in Biakpa and he knows the area and off-the-beaten track hikes, too and he will happily offer you a walk that fits your needs and interest.

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2 thoughts on “Amedzofe & Biakpa travel tips

  1. fiakpui says:

    Its clear Damien is either missing a point or refusing to appreciate the dynamics on the ground. Our numerous guests who opted to go to Mount Gemi are NEVER charged any fee at the Mountain Paradise because they are expected to pay when they arrive at Amedzofe. In cases of guests who desire our adventure hike,5-8 hours, the route passes beneath Gemi; unless the guests request otherwise, in which case we advice you to deviate to the village and pay before continuing. Damien was given the option to choose between the adventure trail and  Amedzofe but he chose the former. Having stepped foot on Mount Gemi implies an extra GH 5.00 per head for the Amedzofe Community. Once that was not included in Damien’s itinerary, we had to omit it to avoid any ambiguities and resultant confusion. If Damien and his friend went there without paying the GH 10.00, that was wrong.  The Mountain Paradise operates a community project,and Benson is only one of our guides.  Even on days that they have no guiding to do but face financial difficulties we assist them. This is one of the reasons why we need to save money to have a stable account. This l explained to Damien but he refused to appreciate. We do not rip anyone off. We’ll be glad to cooperate with our guests who will be open minded enough to appreciate our venture-Ecological Conservation, Community Development, Scholarships for capable but poor kids and other social needs of the  Community

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  2. Tony Fiakpui says:

    Its clear Damien is either missing a point or refusing to appreciate the dynamics on the ground. Our numerous guests who opted to go to Mount Gemi are NEVER charged any fee at the Mountain Paradise because they are expected to pay when they arrive at Amedzofe. In cases of guests who desire our adventure hike,5-8 hours, the route passes beneath Gemi; unless the guests request otherwise, in which case we advice you to deviate to the village and pay before continuing. Damien was given the option to choose between the adventure trail and  Amedzofe but he chose the former. Having stepped foot on Mount Gemi implies an extra GH 5.00 per head for the Amedzofe Community. Once that was not included in Damien’s itinerary, we had to omit it to avoid any ambiguities and resultant confusion. If Damien and his friend went there without paying the GH 10.00, that was wrong. The Mountain Paradise operates a community project,and Benson is only one of our guides.  Even on days that they have no guiding to do but face financial difficulties we assist them. This is one of the reasons why we need to save money to have a stable account. This l explained to Damien but he refused to appreciate. We do not rip anyone off. We’ll be glad to cooperate with our guests who will be open minded enough to appreciate our venture-Ecological Conservation, Community Development, Scholarships for capable but poor kids and other social needs of the  Community

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