Saturday, June 16, 2007
Volta’s Best Guide welcomes Tourists
From: WINSTON TAMAKLOE
The Volta Region abounds in many tourist sites most of which are located in areas tourists can visit and return to their homes the same day.
The sites include monkey and bird sanctuaries, ancestral caves, SPAs, ostrich farms, talking rivers, monumental buildings, mountain ranges, sacred rocks and shrines.
The others are wildlife, the slave routes, and the highest waterfall in Ghana at Wli.
And for those who are visiting the region for the first time there are tour guides available to give historic information. One of them is Mr. Dela Tekpor Fumador, who has several suggestions which include tours to the Kpetoe Kente weaving centre in the Adaklu Anyigbe District, drumming and dancing and the Gemi mountain in the Ho municipality, the Tafi Atome Monkey sanctuary, Wli waterfall, Mountain Afadzato, Tagbo Falls, Gbledi butterfly and bird sanctuary all in the Hohoe District, the old German missionary cemetery in the Keta Volta Estuary and ostrich farms in the South Tongu District.
In a chat with The Spectator at theweekend, Mr. Fumador, who is also a musician, said “traveling in the Volta Region is for the adventurous and the itineraries have been designed to be as comfortable as possible but this part of the world is still developing so the unexpected is the norm”.
As a regional best tour guide award winner, Dela as he is affectionately called by his colleagues released a 16 song compact disc (CD) titled “Beautiful Volta” in 2002 and formed the Volta Regional branch of the Musicians Union of Ghana. He became the regional secretary and later organizer between 1994 and was elected the national welfare officer of the union in 1999, but resigned after two years due to a misunderstanding.
He has also launched a book for tourists, travelers and tour guides, entitled ‘Dreamland Traditions’ which entails travel itinerary of tourists to sites and expeditions across the length and breadth of the country.
As a talented musician, Dela has been able to use music to describe scenic atmosphere and tourist attractions in the region. Tourists in other parts of the country upon listening to ‘Beautiful Volta’ have been attracted to the region to see at first hand what he sings about. Over 2000 copies of the CDs were sold in 2001, mostly by tourists who were in the region for the first time. His book is among Ghana bestsellers.
“I have to come out with “Dreamland Expeditions” and Beautiful Volta for tourists and travelers for them to feel at home in my much loved homeland, Volta and also feel at home in the beautiful countryside of my homeland, Ghana,” he stressed.
Through the tiring efforts, ingenuity, hard work, innovations initiative, dedication and commitment as a tour guide, the tourism sector in the region has been given a boost which must be improved upon or sustained by tour guides wishing to follow the footsteps of Mr. Fumador who continues to bring honour and glory to the Volta Region.
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