I visited Nzulezo Stilt village in the western region of Ghana recently, still feels like yesterday. It was a great trip –the water, the peace and quiet. It was very exciting, a little scary and somewhat tiring.
THE JOURNEY THERE;
We set off quite early, 4:30am as Nzulezo is a 6 hour drive from Accra and didn’t plan on spending the night there. It was a smooth ride. There’s barely any traffic around that side of town. Funny part is, we got lost a few times so you’ll want to have your google map up and running the whole time. Otherwise don’t hesitate to ask the locals.
We arrived a little after midday. There’s a ticket office where you can make enquiries and pick up a life jacket for the ride to the village as well. Then to the canoe ride which was my favourite part of the entire trip. You have an option to paddle your own canoe or just use one with a motor. You already know what option I went for lol. The tour guide was very lively and interesting. He gave us a little history of the town and answered all of our questions. The ride lasted about 30 minutes, I think.
It’s a pretty small village, kids running around, everyone else going about their daily activities. The first thing that caught my attention was the little miniature canoes the craftsmen made for tourists. I thought it was pretty cool. Then, we met the chief who gave us an in depth story about the village, migration and their fore fathers.
I wish I could tell you all about it because it really is an interesting story but since I can’t as it’s an entire essay on its own, here are 3 things you may be excited to know about Nzulezo…
- Nzulezo is an Nzema word that means ‘surface of water’
- The Nzulezo people believe the water protects them from evil individuals. Let me elaborate. They say that if you have any bad intentions for the village, you won’t survive the canoe ride. Don’t ask me how.
- They wood used to keep their structures above water level is changed every six years. I’m still trying to figure out how they do that without collapsing their homes.
I’ll tell you more but I’m not going to ruin it for you. You totally should visit the village and see things for yourself. These pictures don’t do justice.
Worth knowing : The trip was an organized trip by a group of ‘friends’. So it cost me 150 cedis for the return trip, breakfast and lunch.
Let me know if you like blog posts like these. What do you think about Nzulezo, will you ever visit?