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Upper East
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How to Reach

By Air

The nearest major airport to Bolgatanga, Ghana is Tamale Airport (TML / DGLE).This airport is in Tamale, Ghana and is about 137 km from the center of Bolgatanga, Ghana.If you're looking for domestic flights to TML, check the airlines that fly to Tamale.

By Bus

From Accra/Kumasi/Tamale is cheap and safer than the maniac private bus drivers.It takes 3 hours from Tamale, leaving around 8am so make sure you make a bathroom stop on the lunch stop as you might not be able to otherwise.

By Car

Private car from any medium sized town with driver is only about €20 a day.

Key places to visit
Sumbrungu Painted Houses, Tongo Hills and Tengzug shrine, Naa gbewaa shrine at Pusiga, Bolgatanga Library, Paga crocodile ponds


Places to Visit

Sumbrungu Painted Houses

One of the most distinctive features in the Upper East Region are the traditional villages that dot the landscape.These villages generally feature round thatched roof huts, painted with decorative motifs in striking colors.A beautiful example of traditional paintings is found in the village of Sumbrungu, eight kilometers from Bolgatanga on the way going to Paga.

Tongo Hills and Tengzug shrine

The Tongo Hills and Tengzug Shrine are located in the village of Tengzug,17 kilometers (about 10 miles) southeast of Bolgatanga.With its landscape dominated by large granite formations, the Tengzug area evolved as the sacred centre of the Talensis people, an ethnic group in Northern Ghana.The Tengzug Shrine is located in the Tongo hills and is believed to grant luck and prosperity to all those who visit it.

Naa gbewaa shrine at Pusiga

The "tomb" of Naa Bbewaa, the founder of the Mole-Dagbon tribes,is located in the town of Pusiga. Legend states that Naa Gbewaa never died but simply vanished during a heated battle.The shrine was thought to have been built in the 14th century in commemoration of Naa Gbewaa,and is today a place of spiritual reverence.

Bolgatanga Library

The Bolgatanga library is a notable design of award-winning American architect J. Max Bond, Jr., who was influenced by Le Corbusier.Bond lived in Ghana for four years in the 1960s,escaping racism in the United States.The Bolgatanga library was his first major project while working for the national construction company.The design features perforated walls and an "umbrella" shaped roof, so the structure remains cool and well ventilated.

Paga crocodile ponds

Forty kilometres (about 25 miles) from Bolgatanga, along the Burkina Faso border, is Paga, home to the sacred crocodile ponds.These are purportedly the "friendliest" crocodiles in Ghana, and it is said that the souls of the royal family reside in them.The crocodiles roam freely throughout the ponds and it is unthinkable that anyone should harm them.

Right Time to Visit

December - April
July - August