"The sacred lake" Lake Bosumtwi by grets

Lake Bosumtwi Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 32 photos

According to legend, after a hunter called Akora Bumpe shot an antelope, it did not seem to die as expected, but ran off with Akora in hot pursuit. The animal managed to escape both Akora and his dog Daakye, and jumped into a lake. Bosumtwi Lake - the name means antelope. The lake was full of fish and Akora collected some to feed his dog and later himself and his wife. They all grew strong and healthy and decided to settle by the lake.

The lake was created by a meteor and is the largest natural lake in West Africa at 16x20 km. It is 78m deep and has a circumference of 72km.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Interesting legend
  • Cons:Not much of interest there to the average tourist
  • In a nutshell:Not my favourite destination in Ghana
  • Last visit to Lake Bosumtwi: Dec 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Acirfa's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2007 at 2:18 AM

    I have had a wonderful morning spent in Ghana today thanks to you, very informative, interesting and colourful, a terrific journey from the inside of my office.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2007 at 3:56 AM

    Interesting story behind this lake :-)

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2007 at 9:07 AM

    Heard that some lakes in Africa are source of spreading diseases. Would just worry too much of taking a dip. Interesting information of this legendary lake.


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