On Thursday we visited Nzulezo village and I have to say it was a great day. I specifically enjoyed the two-hour canoe ride to and from the village.
My arms were tired from paddling hahah. I’m not even sure I was helping the guide at all. I tried!
The village is located in the Western Region (90 km from Takoradi) and it took us about 15 hours to travel to and from the village – This was mostly due to the terrible traffic and police barriers returning back to the central region (Seriously about 14 police barriers).
It was a long trip, but worth it!
Side note: The Western Region has a whole lot going on. They have plantations for rubber (ie. tires) and it covers miles and miles of land. There’s also gold mines. About four years ago the region was found to have natural gas and oil so there’s a lot of investment and commotion in the region. Unfortunately, some of the mining has led to contamination of many of the villages main sources of water.
Cindy wanted to jump in the lake with the crocodiles.
The village was built on Lake Tandane and according to our guide has more than 500 residents. When I first heard about the village I thought it would be standing somewhere near the middle of the lake because it was described as a floating village. However, come to find out it actually lies on the border of the lake and land. See below what I mean.
Ironically, the locals main industry is in agriculture. Locals do fish, but that is mainly for their own source of food. By 3 yrs old, all the local children are required to know how to swim. I didn’t learn how to properly swim I think until I was ten. The village has three churches & a school for children. When they get to Junior High they have to travel everyday to the nearest town for further education.
Its unfortunate that the village at this point in time doesn’t have a good way to dispose of their trash. Much of their trash is accumulating below their homes and when the water rises during the raining season I’m sure much of it flows into the lake and eventually into the ocean.
The village has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Big thank you to Andy, our mentor who made the time to take us! He’s pictured there on the left.
Fatimata – She got purple braids!
I’m glad we were able to make it happen. Definitely one of the highlights of my trip.