Ghanaian hospitality is legendary, and the Northern Region is no exception; you are welcome to enjoy the scenic natural features, exotic culture and the legacies of a history of the largest region in Ghana.
The driver will meet you at your hotel or residence in the morning for a transfer to the Airport for your departure by flight to Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region, a fast-growing capital and the bustling center of the Northern Region. It's a lively place where you find interesting mixture of inhabitants.
Upon arrival, you will be picked at the Airport to begin your tour. First, take a stroll on the flamboyant central market, the neighborhoods around the Central Mosque and the township where leather goods are being made. Also, you can visit the craft market where you find nice souvenirs typical for the north of Ghana, such as leather goods, straw baskets and instruments.
Take an early lunch break
After lunch, continue your journey to Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.
Along the way, visit the village of Karimenga where you meet Ibrahim, a passionate inhabitant of the village and proud founder of The Green House. The Green House is a lodge built in local style, offers basic accommodation but good services and interesting excursions through his village. For example, undertake herbal medicine tour, or embark on a ride on a biking trail or go for a village walk. In addition, there are hiking trails of 2-3 hours through the savannah woodlands. Optionally, visit the village of Gowrie to see the beautiful nature of the lake and its surrounding area that is situated next to Karimenga.
Another interesting excursion is a visit the nearby Tongo, a small town known for its location in the extra-ordinary architecture and distinct landscape of the Tengzug Hills. The range of granite is known for its unique rock formations and during harmattan (from December to February) the winds make a whistling sound as it passes through cracks in the boulders of the rocks. Visit the community of Tongo and go for a hike around the hills.
The Tengzug Shrine is one of the most famous shrines in the region and was once a hideout for slaves evading their captors. Currently it is used for traditional religious animal sacrifices. If you are interested to visit the shrine and witness a ceremony where birds and chickens are sacrificed, it is the custom to you disrobe completely from the waist upwards. No photography is permitted in and around the shrine.
Arrive in Bolgatanga, the capital of the Upper-East Region and has a laid-back atmosphere. The town was founded in medieval times and has served an important route through which gold from the south was transported to Timbuktu in present-day Mali.
Check-in at your hotel for dinner and relaxation.
After breakfast, visit some of the highlights in and around the town, such as the Sirigu Women Art and Pottery (SWAP) project. Also, visit some of the traditionally painted houses by the women of the Gurunsi tribe.
If desired, visit the cathedral known as Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in Navrongo has a unique mud-decorated interior and the first large building in the 1920s.
In addition, you could visit the relics of the Pikworo Slave Camp, a hidden northern slave market that fed the southern slave sales in the 19th century, and old chief palace at Paga. It is believed the slaves were well taken care off so the sellers would receive higher prices from the buyers. You can also visit the fascinating Paga Pia's palace, which is more than a hundred years old; here, you also find the crocodile pond, which is also rewarding to visit.
Take a lunch break and continue your journey to the Upper-West capital Wa, found in the 16th or 17th century and one of the oldest towns in Ghana.
Arrive in Wa, check-in at your hotel for dinner and relaxation
After breakfast, take a scroll in and around the town. You still find some ancient building based on the West Sudanese mud-stick architecture, like the Nakore mosque, the Chief's palace, which was originally constructed as a fortress-like building but later expanded in a mud-brick architectural style.
Another nice experience is to take a stroll over the busy weekly market where agricultural products are mainly being traded, such as sorghum, millet and yams, livestock like goats and guinea fowls, and where you can try and sip some freshly produced millet beer from a calabash.
Take a break for a refreshing lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, continue your journey to Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary, a unique community-based tourist and wildlife conservation project.
Check in at your hotel, after which you will go up the river with a canoe to spot some of the 50 hippos the sanctuary is endowed with. The community sanctuary has much to offer in terms of the local culture, architecture and activities. For instance, you could go for some bird watching or get a tour around a Lobi compound. The Lobi people migrated from Burkina Faso and are known for their animistic way of living and particular housing architecture.
Return to your hotel for dinner and relaxation
After breakfast, take another canoe trip on the river or take a stroll within the community.
Descend down to Mole National Park, Ghana's largest national wildlife reserve since the 70's. It is one of the main attractions in the northern part of the country and known for its elephant population. The elephant population is estimated around 400 to 600 individuals. Besides the Elephants you can spot buffalos, warthogs, several types of antelopes and monkeys.
Along the way, you could make a short stop at Bole, to visit the mosque built in 1421, which is claimed to be the oldest in Ghana. Also visit the Larabanga Mosque, constructed between 1643 - 1675, in the small town of Larabanga, Near to Mole Park, and is said to be Ghana's oldest mosque, and possibly oldest building still standing, possibly built well before white people visited the country.
This whitewashed mud built Sahelian Mosque contains an ancient copy of the Qur'an and is said to date from near the same date and the structure is also said to be Sudanese architecture.
Arrive at Mole National Park and check-in at your hotel for lunch
After lunch, go for an afternoon driving or walking safari in the park.
The park does have its charm. Is said to be one of the few places on the African continent where you can do a waking safari to spot elephants without the risk of being attacked by a more dangerous wildlife species such as lions.
Retire to your hotel for dinner and relaxation.
Spend the entire day in the Park and enjoy either a driving or walking safari in the morning. The walking safari takes place either early in the morning (usually leaving the lodge around 6am, just as the sun is rising) or around 3pm. You will cover a few kilometres during your walk on uneven, bushy terrain, so closed shoes are required.
The Motel is built a little higher where you have panoramic views over the National Park. Another enjoyable activity is to spend some time watching the comings and goings of various animals at the waterhole, which is their primary drinking spot in the dry season. If you are lucky, you could see one of the crocodiles keeping an eye on some antelopes or elephant(s) drinking or playing around in the water.
Optionally take the afternoon off from the animals and meet the friendly Gonja people of Mognori and learn about their distinctive culture. If desired, enjoy a canoe ride on the Mole River, which is especially, recommended during the rainy season.
Return to your hotel in the Park for dinner and finish your day by relaxing at the pool.
After breakfast, visit a traditional Dagomba village, where people live in round thatched-roofed houses built in circular compounds and where life is so different as compared to the south. It is a wonderful experience to learn about people with different religious backgrounds, who transformed from pure animism to Christianity or Islam, they are all living peacefully together.
If desired, pass by the village of Daboya, the weaving village where the fugu is being made, worn by men in northern Ghana. The fugu is made from the hand-spun white and indigo dyed cloth and worn as a smock.
In addition, visit one of the villages around Tamale, where shea butter is made. Learn about the shea butter process. If time permits, our driver will furthermore advise you of other interesting activities to undertake.
Enjoy lunch and find your way to the Airport, where the driver will drop you off for your flight back to Accra to end your tour.
Spontaneous stops based on client's interests for photography or a quick scenic gaze during the tour is allowed.
There is a possibility of witnessing a naming ceremony, join a church service or witness a funeral ceremony while tour is in session.
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