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Upper East Region

This region is the gateway to Ghana from Burkina Faso, and the traditional crossroad for the trans-Saharan trade routes. The principal border posts from Burkina Faso are found at Hamale, Kapulima, Paga. Kulungugu, Kassena-Nankana. Bolgatanga (or 'Bolga' as it is known locally) is the capital of the region and has always been a meeting point for traders from Mali and Burkina Faso on their way south to Tamale and the rest of Ghana.

Bolgatanga Market

Bargain for renowned straw hats, baskets, leather goods, metal goods, and traditional clothing in a northern market that is a part of the historic trans-Saharan trade routes. Enjoy the lively atmosphere, and chat with traders from the region, Mali, and Burkina Faso. about their wares.

 

Bolgatanga Museum

Displays in this little Bolgatanga museum include music, hunting, jewelery, weaponry, and chief's possessions. Beautiful carved darkwood stools and a bronze ancestor vase are the highlights of the collection.

 

Tongo Whistling Rocks

These rocks create a dramatic presence on the landscape outside Bolgatanga. Only 10km from the city, these rocks also make strange, ghostly whistling sounds during November and December, when the harmattan wind blows off the Sahara through the Northern Region.

 

Village of Sirigu

Sirigu a scenic village in the Upper East Region of Ghana, in a fairy-tale savannah landscape with beautiful, typical Northern traditionally decorated houses, trees, and farmlands. It is worth visiting for the unique architecture. Twelve years ago a group of Sirigu village women formed an organization known as the Sirigu Women’s Organization of Pottery and Art (SWOPA) to preserve their art, their culture.

 

Paga Town

Paga is the major port of entry on the Ghana-Burkina Faso border. It is 40 km and a 45-minute drive from Bolga. Paga offers perhaps the most vivid insight into the heritage and vestiges of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, and the lives of captives on the 400-mile march to the South. A slave camp near the sacred crocodile pond provides evidence of the harsh realities of the captives. Holes dug in rocks, which served, as drinking troughs and eating bowls are very visible, as are slabs of rocks that served as auction blocks and graves.

 

Paga Crocodile Pond

Paga is noted for its sacred pond, which is a sanctuary for crocodiles. The crocodiles are said to be totems for the people of Kassena, who reside in Paga and the surrounding communities. It is believed that each native of Paga has a corresponding crocodile representing each person's soul. Local tradition has it that there have been actual instances when deaths of important personalities in the community coincided with that of some crocodiles. The reptiles are normally enticed out of the pond by the whistling of the caretaker and the brandishing of a fowl, which the crocodiles quickly snatch with their snouts. If you are courageous, you can sit on, or hold the beast's tail for a good camera pose. The caretaker charges a fee for the fowl and basic interpretation.

 

Navrongo -Tono Irrigation Dam

In route to Navrongo is the Tono. A dam on the river is the basis of a major irrigation project. Local out growers produce vegetables and rice mainly. The The dam offers opportunities for water sports and relaxation at the guesthouse.

 

Navrongo Cathedral

Thirty minute drive and 18km northwest of Bolgatanga is Navrongo. The key attraction in this town, which is also a major educational center, is the architecturally unique Catholic Cathedral. Also Known as Our Lady of Seven Sorrows. It was built in 1906 and is believed to be the last remaining Mud cathedral. Entirely built of mud bricks, and pastered with mud mortar, the Cathedral is 60m long, 14m wide and its bell tower is 13m high. Originally the roof was flat, following the local pattern, but it was later replaced with a pitched corrugated iron sheet roof (1928). The floor is made of the traditional compacted gravel, mixed with cowdung and dawa-dawa. The large interior is divided along its length by two rows of columns into a nave and two side aisles, the nave being approximately two and a half times the width of the aisles. Tourists interested in the Christian heritage of Northern Ghana will enjoy touring this Cathedral.

 

Wuriyanga Mosque

This ancient mosque, about southeast of Bawku, was built by Muslim missionaries. It showcases typical Sudanese architecture from about 300years ago.