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The North

The Northern region has a savanna-type terrain and has more pronounced dry and rainy seasons. In the dry season large parts of the region (especially near the Burkina Faso border) are covered by the "Harmattan", a wind blowing from the Sahara and covering everything with fine dust (it looks like mist). There are less roads, cars and houses than in the south of the country, and a lot of villages still consist of huts painted in a traditional way. Very often you'll find villages build with circular houses, grouped together and forming a kind of maze. On most marketplaces of the towns and villages you can find the typically northern cloth, that is already turned into men's smocks and women's dresses. On the market of Bolgatanga leather and baskets are the main items (and are a lot cheaper than in the south).

Northern village Village Village scene Fetish shrine Village chief Painted house
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Mole Natural Park

Mole National Park is 160km west of Tamale and has a rich population of elephants, monkeys, lions, antelopes and birds. The best time to visit is between November and March, when the grass is low and visibility is at its best.

Bolgatanga & Tongo

About 10 km from Bolgatanga is Tongo, a town built on granite rocks. The ancient rocks around the town have very remarkable shapes and are naturally perched on top of one another. You can sense a magical athmosphere in the air.


In Wa you'll find a mosque, which is a beautiful example of traditional Sudanese-style architecture. The residence of the local king is also worth a visit.


When you like walking and relaxing in a peacefull village, go to Nakpanduri. It's a small village perched on the Gambaga escarpment, 128 km east of Bolgatanga.

Mole natural park Northern transport Tro-tro Tongo Wa mosque Nakpanduri
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