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Tamale

Country
Ghana
State
Ghana (General)
City
Tamale
Type of Location
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About Location

Tamale is the capital of the Northern Region of Ghana and the Tamale Metropolitan District with which it is coterminous Area.The city is located 600 km north of Accra.It is mostly populated by Dagomba people who speak Dagbani and are followers of Islam, as reflected by the multitude of mosques in the city, most notably the central mosque.

Located in the northern part of the country, the city is like a conglomeration of villages where one can find an architectural blend of traditional mud houses and modern buildings.While the majority of the houses are roofed with corrugated iron sheets, a good number of them are roofed with grass.Many of these mud block compounds have TV antennae and electricity wires.The University for Development Studies has a campus located in Tamale.

Due to its central location, Tamale serves as a hub for all administrative and commercial activities in the region, doubling as the political, economic and financial capital of the region.The center of Tamale hosts regional branches of Ghana's financial institutions and a considerable number of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), CARE International, ActionAid and World Vision, so much so that Tamale is often referred to as the NGO capital of Ghana.

Tamale has developed and transformed very fast within the last few years and is reputed to be the fastest growing city in West Africa.The new dimension of Tamale's development is the rush by various companies to open branches in the city.The hospitality industry has grown significantly with new hotels and guest houses built around the city.Amongst Tamale's new and modern facilities include the newly-constructed Tamale Stadium, replacing the city's former principal football pitch, Kaladan Park, with a world-class venue.Indeed, many improvements to Tamale's infrastructure occurred in the period leading up to the 2008 African Cup of Nations tournament.Further improvements were made, particularly to Tamale's road system.

The metropolis experiences one rainy season starting from April/May to September/October with a peak season in July/August.The mean annual rainfall is 1100mm within 95 days of intense rainfall. Consequently, staple crop farming is highly restricted by the short rainfall duration.The dry season is usually from November to March.It is influenced by the dry North-Easterly (Harmattan) winds while the rainy season is influenced by the moist South Westerly winds.The mean day temperatures range from 33 Celsius to 39 Celsius while mean night temperature range from 20 Celsius to 22 Celsius. The mean annual day sunshine is approximately 7.5 hours.



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How to Reach

By Air

Tamale is served by Tamale Airport.Located approximately 7 miles (11 km) from downtown Tamale, the airport is mainly used by commercial airlines such as CiTylink and Antrak Air, which run regular flights between Tamale and Accra’s Kotoka International Airport along with other regional capitals.

By Bus

Public bus from Accra or Kumasi is cheap and safer than the maniac private bus drivers.It takes 11 hours from Accra, leaving around 8am so make sure you make a bathroom stop on the lunch stop as you might not be able to otherwise.

By Taxi

Public transportation in the form of taxis is the most convenient means of getting around Tamale for visitors to the city.The popular means of travel for the locals, however, is by bike and motorbike.This phenomenon is helped by the existence of bike paths in the city, making it the most bike-friendly city in Ghana.

Key places to visit
Mole National Park, Moon Landscape, Tamale Stadium, Gidipass Bar


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Places to Visit

Mole National Park

Can be a day trip from tamale.visit mole to see Elephants, Warthogs, several types of Monkey.There road to mole is very bad you will need a 4wheel drive to mole park for your safari and canoeing in to the national park.near mole national park you can visit the oldest mosque in Ghana Larabanga.Also new Eco-village near mole national park where you can tour the village and also overnight at the village (homestay).you can book this tour with moleboy our tours start from tamale township or tamale airport all tour include tour guide and a vehicle.

Moon Landscape

Good point from which to visit Bongo (Moon Landscape) Tongo and Congo or if heading to Burkina Faso (neighbouring country).visit the Paga crocodile pond and all the slave camp near paga.

Tamale Stadium

Is a multi-purpose stadium in Tamale, Ghana.It is used mostly for football matches and serves as the home stadium of Real Tamale United.It hosted some matches during the 2008 African Cup of Nations.The stadium's capacity is 21,017 people (50% will be seated) and was completed in 2008 by the Shanghai Construction Group of China.

Gidipass Bar

Gidipass bar on Main Street, across and down a little from taxi rank where all the 'whites' and a few locals go.Have a few types of beer and sodas.Also serve good meals.Other small bars located around the main area (taxi rank and market).

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