Upper West Region

This is one of Ghana's smallest regions, yet it possesses some of Ghana's greatest tourist attractions, including slave trade  landmarks, wildlife, and captivating architecture. The region is the largest producer of cotton, groundnuts, millet and sorghum. The dominant ethnic groups are the Wala, Sissala and Dagaaba. Try their  savory rice balls or Omo Tuo with groundnut soup or green leaves soups.









The trans-Sahara trade left this region with a heavy Islam influence. Wa the regional capital is dotted with Mosques, amongst those them the Ancient Sudanese Mosques at Nakore, and Dondoli.


Wa Naa’s Palace

An extraordinary example of traditional Sudanese mud-brick architecture. Very few historic earthen buildings of this style remain today in the region because of the scarcity of skilled artisans needed to undertake annual maintenance.


The Jirapa Naa's Palace

This palace, showcases local architecture, a maze which is the first multi-storey mud building in Ghana.


Slave Defence Wall

70km north of Wa, Gwollu has another poignant reminder of the ancient slave routes that led through this region. The wall was built in the 19th century by Gwollu Koro Limann as a defence against slave traders for the local residents of that time.


The Caves

A major feature of this region is its ancient caves. The caves found in Bulenga, Dahili and Sankana, were places of refuge for the inhabitants who were fleeing the slave raiders. Slave Camps can be found at Pizaga and Dolbizon and Slave market at Kassana.


The Gbelle Game Reserve/ Bird Sanctuary

The reserve [565km2] which is at the south of Tumu, is home to elephants, buffaloes and the country's largest herds of Roan antelopes. There is also a Bird Sanctuary. The Wechiau Hippoppotamus Santuary [B 4] This stretches along the Black Volta River near Wechiau, also a haven for other reptiles and several birds. A community-protected area is located at the extreme northwestern corner of the Upper West Region southwest of Wa Ghana. It consists of a 40-kilometres stretch down the length of the Black Volta River, which forms the region's western boundary with Burkina Faso. Remember to spend the night in our Hippo Hide Tree House and experience one of the best dawn choruses (bird song) in all of Africa. The Bat Sanctuary (Sombo), Sacred Royal Python Sanctuary (Jefiiri) The Crocodile pond (Eremon) these are examples of successful traditional wildlife reserves.