Kintampo waterfalls is one of the highest waterfalls in Ghana. Also known as Saunders Falls during the colonial days, it is located on the Pumpum river, a tributary of the Black Volta, about 4 kilometres north of Kintampo municipality, on the Kumasi–Tamale road. This waterfall, one of the main natural attractions in the area, is hidden in the forest and it is formed by 3 main drops. After a number of steps and cascades, the river falls about 25 metres at the last step (not 70 meters as stated everywhere online).
In April 2019 the president of Ghana inaugurated a Canopy Walk which offers stunning views of the waterfall and a little bit of thrill. It is the second Canopy Walk in the country, next to the one at Kakum National Park close to Cape Coast.
A heavy storm in 2017 caused a big tree to fall on a group of students while they were swimming at the bottom of the waterfall. Up to 20 students have died. Since then several safety measurements have been taken and it is again safe swimming and taking a fresh shower. However, avoid visiting the falls during storms and heavy rain. A stone slap with all the names of the students next to the stairs commemorates the deceased. The tree that has trapped they daytrippers was used to furnish the renovated pick-nick area.
You can finish your trip to the waterfalls with a meal at the Falls Rest Stop or a drink at the Water Front Bar, which are both only a stone throw away from the entrance of the falls.
How to get there?
The entrance of the little park is located 4 kilometres north of Kintampo just after the Falls Rest Stop. Take any taxi from town to drop you at the entrance of the falls. On your way back you can stop a taxi on the road, however this might take some time, especially if you are a couple of folks. In this case it is better to agree with the driver to pick you up or to wait for you.
Hours and Price
- daily 7.30 am – 5.30 pm
- Entrance: Children 3 GHC, Students 5 GHC, Adults 10 GHC, Foreigners 20 GHC
- Canopy Walk: Adult foreign 30 GHC, Student foreign 20 GHC, Ghanaian adult 15 GHC, Ghanaian student 10 GHC, Primary and JHS 5 GHC.
No responsibility can be taken for this information, latest update: November 2021