The peak of team building

The peak of team building

The team at Logistics Direct recently took a trip to the beautiful mountainous region of Amedzofe, in the Volta Region of Ghana. This team-building adventure provided a great opportunity to escape the daily routine and build a sense of unity among colleagues.

Where is Amedzofe?

Amedzofe is a stunning settlement in the mountainous region of the Volta Region. It is the highest point of human habitation in Ghana, with an altitude of 677m (2,221 ft) above sea level. It is also a hub of tourist attractions and home to a number of endangered plant and animal species.

Pete Gralla, General Manager of Logistics Direct, said the trip was “an unforgettable journey that allowed the team to reconnect with nature”.

The Logistics Direct team travelled to Amedzofe by bus, along meandering narrow roads, surrounded by towering peaks and breathtaking views. Along the way, they passed many interesting sights, including the Adomi Bridge (a steel arch suspension bridge that crosses the Volta River at Atimpoku) and the monkey sanctuary at Shai Hills.

It was a physically challenging trip and the team had to hike for about two kilometres through the lush forest to get to the information centre for the community. According to Pete, when you are in Amedzofe, you are either climbing or descending,
“While we walked, we could hear whistles, chirps, trills, and croaks of birds and other amphibians.”

The settlement at Amedzofe has been in existence since the 18th century and is inhabited by endangered species such as the unique Togo slippery frog. The community also boasts a canopy walk, Ote waterfall and the Gemi mountain.

Canopy Walkway and Waterfall

Unlike most canopy walkways, where you must climb up to access the walkway, the walkway in Amedzofe requires the opposite: you must descend hundreds of stairs into the belly of the mountain to access the walkway. Pete explains, “After descending 259 steps we finally came to the entrance. There was already a queue waiting to get onto the walkway. In no time it got to our turn, we had to go in batches of six in order not to put too much load on the structure. We were filled with excitement as we walked on the platform that hung between one mountain and another. Overlooking the canopy walkway is the breathtaking mountain cliff, and at the top is a wilderness of extraordinary tree species.”

The walkway offers a fantastic view of the majestic Ote Waterfall. The water cascades down in numerous layers, providing an enthralling spectacle of pouring water and mist. “The walkway is designed in such a way that the breeze of the fall is felt before it drops down to the foot of the cliff, creating a sense of awe and an unforgettable experience,” said Pete.

“Everybody who walks on the canopy instinctively removes their phone to take memorable pictures at the point of the waterfall.” After much encouragement and support from colleagues, even those who were nervous about getting on the walkway made it across to the other side. The hurdle now was getting back to base. The team had to climb up another 259 steps to get to the top of the mountain and hike back about 2 kilometres to the community where the bus was parked.

The journey home gave the team a renewed appreciation for the wonders of nature. “This excursion was an unforgettable experience that left an indelible memory on each of us,” said Pete. “It also served as a reminder of the importance of taking breaks to appreciate nature and to nurture relationships.”