We stayed two nights at the Abraerica Hotel, just outside Amedzofe (pronounced: “ah-may-jo-fay”).
Driving up the escarpment to Amedzofe reminded me very much of Zomba, Malawi, where we lived for two years in the 80s. It was a few degrees cooler up in the Avatime Hills at 600m, which was welcome after the heat of Accra.
Amedzofe is a fairly sleepy place, but our driver Ben had mentioned to the tourist office the previous evening that we’d be calling in the next day, and Edwin was there in the morning to take us up My Gemi, which at 872m is supposed to be the second highest hill in Ghana (its not a mountainous country!) . It seems funny to be required to pay a small amount and have a guide to take you up a wee hill, but that’s how they do things in Ghana, and it works fine.
It takes less than half an hour to walk up Mt Gemi from the village, but we enjoyed the exercise and the view from the top. It wasn’t clear enough to see Lake Volta, in the distance.
The Tourism Centre has written an informative history of the town, which was once part of German Togoland, with the Bremen Mission administering the area. Edwin told us that Mount Gemi actually stands for Ghana Evangelical Mission Institute.
Edwin briefly showed us the grounds of the E.P.Training College.
Later that evening we got talking to two French chaps who were eating at the Abraerica. Thirty five years earlier, they’d taken the old campervan we’d seen in a garden in the village across the Sahara and into Ghana!