The Wassa Domama rock shrine is located some distance away from Domama in the Western Region of Ghana. It is an eco-tourism project intended to providing better economic living to the local people of the area .This Community-Based Ecotourism Project is the product of a partnership amongst the local people of Domama, Nature Conservation Research Centre, Ghana Tourism Authority, the United States Peace Corps, SNV Netherlands Development Organization, and Friends of the Nation with funding from USAID.
It is located in a small sacred groove called the “Bosom Kese” known as the great god. It appears to compromise a rock pedestal, like those of the Sahara or Kalahari Desert with mammoth three rising rocks forming a three skyscrapers. This shrine formation is also surrounded by a forest of high trees, ancient vines, and thick undergrowth with high canopy formation. The most likely reason you would want to stop at Domama is to see the famous and wondrous shrine. Visitors will enjoy the rich diversity of Domama in its nature, village life, and unique Ghanaian culture.
The shrine is believed to have curative powers which people travel from far and wide to receiving not forgetting the numerous benefits that are driven from it such as; monetary, spiritual among others. The shrine is managed by a fetish priest who is either male or female with a proven life of chastity. The fetish must also be someone who has no bad records in relation to the community.
The Pra River is located just closed to the shrine offering an opportunity for boat riding only for a small fee. It is also a fertile ground for going to fishing with a local fisherman. Butterfly and bird watching could also be undertaken at the basin of the river. The Domama Rock Shrine is open from Monday-Sunday, 8:00a.m – 5:00p.m. The trip, including shrine and river tour, takes close to 5 hours. The river tour is unavailable on Wednesdays since the day is dedicated to the lady goddess of the river. It is also believed that women who are menstruating are not allowed to access the river as it is regarded a taboo. Therefore, tourists visiting the region are to take note of this taboo as the cost involved in appeasing the goddess is very costly.
Local life in Domama village is one of a kind. The people of the area with their long preserved hospitality would like to invite you to take part in all aspects of their daily life ranging from going to farm with a local family to witnessing of naming ceremonies. Going to farm is an exciting adventure you would not want to miss as well as participate in domestic chores, and worship with a village congregation on Sundays. All activities pertaining to normal life chores such as pounding of “fufu”, night storytelling, worships and burials are other cultural activities you can afford to miss. While in the Domama area, you may visit a variety of places of interest such as Kakum National Park, Hanns Cottage Botel, Anomabu, Brenu, Biriwa. Other heritage sites such as the Cape Coast and Elmina castles are not far from the Domama shrine. Learn the rich history of the British in the Gold Coast and the dehumanizing practices Africans went through.
A four-room Guest House owned by the community and managed by the local Tourism Committee is available for overnight stays just for a small fee. It is important to note that, electricity is not available, however you will be provided with a lantern. Come grab the opportunity of staying in a locally built guest house where sleeping with a lantern reminds one of the olden days when there was no electricity. One can also make request of local cuisines such as fufu, Akatapeng among others not forgetting go crazy local palm wine. In addition, chilled drinks can be purchased from a local drinking spot just adjacent the guest house. Traditional music and dances are common elements found in the culture of the fantes in Ghana. Are you someone interested in local music, the “Kwabuettee”, “Wulomei”cultural troupes are available for evening performances, come and learn how to dance the popular adowa dance of the Akans.
How To Get To Wassa Domana
To get there, board a vehicle bound for Domama at Kotokoraba Station in Cape Coast, near the Kakum Rural Bank. If you have a personal vehicle, drive towards the east gate of the University of Cape Coast on the main Accra-Takoradi road for about 2km and turn off at Ataabadze junction. You may also drive from Cape Coast towards Twifo Praso on Kakum road and branch off at Ankaako junction. Either ways, you will not miss the giant directional signposts to Domama rock shrine.