The White Volta or Nakambé is the headstream of the Volta River, Ghana's main waterway.[1][2] The White Volta emerges in northern Burkina Faso, flows through North Ghana and empties into Lake Volta in Ghana.[1] The White Volta's main tributaries are the Black Volta and the Red Volta.[1]

White Volta
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White Volta in the dry season (Ghana)
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White Volta shown in white
CountriesGhana and Burkina Faso
Physical characteristics
MouthVolta River
 • location
Lake Volta
 • coordinates
9°10′00″N 1°15′00″W / 9.16667°N 1.25000°W / 9.16667; -1.25000Coordinates: 9°10′00″N 1°15′00″W / 9.16667°N 1.25000°W / 9.16667; -1.25000
Length885 km (550 mi)
Basin size117,200 km2 (45,300 sq mi)
 • locationMouth


The White Volta is a major source of drinking water for many communities along its banks and others. lt also causes seasonal flooding[3] for many of the communities along its banks.


  1. ^ a b c "Ghana - Rivers and Lakes". Retrieved 2017-08-17.
  2. ^ Amisigo, Barnabas Akurigo (2005). Modelling Riverflow in the Volta Basin of West Africa: A Data-driven Framework. Cuvilier. p. 27. ISBN 9783865377012. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Flood alert for Ghana". BBC News Pidgin. Retrieved 2021-09-23.