Waterfalls and Crocodiles

During the past 2 weekends we’ve had the chance to visit the crocodile lake in a town named Paga located at the most northerly part of Ghana, be given a very moving and informative tour around an old slave camp, and also visit Kintampo waterfalls which were beautiful and serene. What follows is, as always, my favourite photos from the experiences!

First, the crocodile lake. In Paga, the village that the lake is in, the crocodiles are sacred to the community. This is because that the legend is that a man, named Panlogo, contesting for his position as chief was fleeing an outbreak in violence when he came across a river, where he found a crocodile. Believing already that the spirit of his ancestors resided in crocodiles, Panlogo asked for help in crossing the river from the crocodile. The crocodile obeyed, and ever since the people have sworn to never harm or kill any crocodiles.

First, the crocodile lake. In Paga, the village that the lake is in, the crocodiles are sacred to the community. This is because that the legend is that a man, named Panlogo, contesting for his position as chief was fleeing an outbreak in violence when he came across a river, where he found a crocodile. Believing already that the spirit of his ancestors resided in crocodiles, Panlogo asked for help in crossing the river from the crocodile. The crocodile obeyed, and ever since the people have sworn to never harm or kill any crocodiles.

I had the rare opportunity to get seriously up close to the crocodiles...

I had the rare opportunity to get seriously up close to the crocodiles due to them being very domesticated. They lie with their mouths wide open, giving off a sinister look!

...and I mean really close. Touching one was a surreal experience. Charlie and I opted for a heartwarming photo with the crocodile.

Touching one was a surreal experience. Charlie and I opted for a heartwarming photo with the crocodile.

We were led around the slave camp by this man, who was a very good speaker and extremely passionate about the history behind the camp. This was a very moving experience, particularly when we were told about the punishments the slaves had to endure if they did not obey orders.

We were led around the slave camp by this man, who was a very good speaker and extremely passionate about the history behind the camp. This was a very moving experience, particularly when we were told about the punishments the slaves had to endure if they did not obey orders.

Just as one small example, the grooves in the rock here are what the slaves would eat their food out of. A signal would let them know that the food is ready, and then it would simply be first come first served.

Just as one small example, the grooves in the rock here are what the slaves would eat their food out of. A signal would let them know that the food is ready, and then it would simply be first come first served.

And then this weekend and Kintampo waterfalls. The region was very lush as were further down south. This was a welcome change from the desert-like conditions of Tamale and the north.

And then this weekend and Kintampo waterfalls. The region was very green and lush as were further down south. This was a very welcome change from the desert-like conditions of Tamale and the north!

This was the first of three stages of the waterfalls. Signs at each stage informed the waters path through and under the rocks. After this, the water disappears under the rocks and reappears 20 metres down stream. Interestingly, the sign says that "the volume of the water increases with more visitors present"...

This was the first of three stages of the waterfalls. Signs at each stage informed the waters path through and under the rocks. After this, the water disappears under the rocks and reappears 20 metres down stream. Interestingly, the sign says that “the volume of the water increases with more visitors present”…

We then wandered through the woods to the next stage of the waterfalls.

We then wandered through the woods to the next stage of the waterfalls.

Stage 2! At this point we took off our shoes and waded through the water, using that log as support, to head further down the stream to sit and take in the scenery.

Stage 2! At this point we took off our shoes and waded through the water, using that log as support, to head further down the stream to sit and take in the scenery. Zainab decided she didn’t want to get her feet wet and instead attempted to crawl across!

Carefully wandering down...

Carefully wandering down…

...and just taking a moment to enjoy the peacefulness.

…and just taking a moment to enjoy the peacefulness.

And the grand stage 3! This really did feel like a tropical paradise, and we spent a good hour or so here just fooling around in the water and relaxing.

And the grand stage 3! This really did feel like a tropical paradise, and we spent a good hour or so here just fooling around in the water and relaxing.

The stream directly after the waterfall.

The stream directly after the waterfall.

I may look relaxed here, but in actual fact lying down means you get battered by water. Fun though!

I may look relaxed here, but in actual fact lying down means you get battered by water…which is great fun though. The first time I tried to get behind the falling water to sit inside, I failed and slipped all the way down the platform I’m lying on in this photo…

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