REPORT ON VISIT TO DIGYA FOREST-SENE EAST
An exploratory visit was made to Digya Forest. The purpose of the trip which took place on the 12th of April 2017, was to identify tourist attractions in the area to market. The team was made up of the Manager of GTA-B/A, four chiefs from Sene East Traditional Council, a representative from the District Assembly and SADA Regional Coordinator. These are the names: Stephen Appiagyei, Nana Amponi-Akyeamehene, Nana Asabre II-Adontenhene, Nana Krunkum Sunkwa II, who also happens to be Dist. Community Director, Odikro Kofi Nyame of Daaditoku, Zakari Majisi of the Dist. Assembly and Diana Jehu-Appiah.
The boat cruising trip to Digya Forest, set off at 7hrs in the morning at Daffourkrom-Kwadwokrom “port”. It took two and half hours to reach the confluence of Digya River and Volta, from here the team cruised on to Digya for an hour plus to Hadzoro, one of the fishing communities along Digya Forest, to start the exploration.
It should be noted that there are some settlements on the fringes of the Forest. According to the chiefs, the Game and Wildlife Division of Forestry Commission, flashed out all the people because their activities were having negative impact on the forest. However, most of them have come back to do their fishing activities. The fisher folks are mostly from Ada, Tongu and Senya areas (in Greater Accra, Volta and Central Regions).
The team was led by Nana Issa, the chief of Hadzoro to Obodan tourist site. It is five to ten minutes by boat and 40 minutes by foot. This is one of the most visited places. It is a very huge rock that looks like one of the modern day Olympic stadia from the riverside. Obodan which literally means “rock/stone house”, is actually a shelter home when one get to the base. The story had it that Papa Salifu, a hunter who also happened to be the father of Nana Issa discovered it and made this place as a home with his six wives till he passed away. There are no caves (pictures below), however the nature of rock formation is enough to provide protection from rain and sun. One wonders how safe they were from wild animals as we saw tracks of deer down to the river side.
The team continued their boat cruise from here to Sovi-Kpedzi community to visit Oboabodwese site. On top of this rock is a rock formation that looks like a head of a bearded man. Adjoining Oboabodwese is another huge rock in Digya river. From this end, the river narrows as it enters the forest.
The team could only visit only two tourist attraction sites and not deep into the forest due to time constrain. We were informed to tour the whole area one needs about two (2) to three (3) days. It is good to learn that the chiefs have taken up the issue of looking for alternative routes using motorbikes through some farming communities which is quite short and to avoid using the Volta River.
The major activity as observed during the trip is fishing, everywhere apart from the deep waters are fishing grounds with trap nets everywhere.