12 Things to Do in the Northern Region of Ghana

Located about 12 hours by road from Accra, but only a 1 1/2 hour plane ride, the Northern Region of Ghana consists of many cities and towns filled with places to visit and experiences to have. The things to do in the Northern Region will leave you wanting to come back for more. 

Here are 12 things to do in the Northern Region of Ghana! 

1. Take a tour of the remains of the Salaga Slave Market

Salaga is a town known as a trade center back in the 16th century. I visited the Salaga Slave Market on a past trip to Tamale. The slave market is where enslaved people were brought from the Pikworo Slave Camp and sold.

Unfortunately, the preservation of the Salaga Slave Market is not the best. The market has been torn down and has been in the process of rebuilding for the last three years. However, not much progress has been made. The intriguing history does make up for the lack of physical structure present at the tour, making it a great thing to do in the Northern Region of Ghana. 

Location: Salaga (2 hours from Tamale)

2. Pose for a picture with a crocodile at the Paga Crocodile Pond 

The Paga Crocodile Pond is one of the most exciting things to do in the Northern Region of Ghana because of the close encounters you get with the crocodiles in the open swamp environment. The crocodiles are docile and used to the locals in the community, making them”friendly.”


You’ll get to witness the crocodiles in their natural habitat and pose for a picture to show your family and friends back home!


Location: Paga (4 hours from Tamale)

3. Learn the history of what took place at the Pikworo Slave Camp 

Ten minutes away from the Paga Crocodile Pond lies a historic slave camp called Pikworo. Opened in 1704, the site was used as a transit center for enslaved people later sold at the Salaga Slave Market. 

The Pikworo Slave Camp has been efficiently preserved, with many of the structures still in place. You get to see the eating and drinking place for the enslaved, how food was prepared, the entertainment center, and much more. I highly recommend adding this to your itinerary for the Northern Region of Ghana. 

Location: Paga (4 hours from Tamale)

4. Embark on a 2-hour safari at the Mole National Park 

The Mole National Park is home to wildlife animals such as elephants, baboons, hippos, and more that can be spotted roaming around freely. Opt-in for a walking safari or hop into one of the park’s safari jeeps for a thrilling ride through the forests. Both options include a park ranger and are equally exciting things to do in the Northern Region of Ghana. 

Location: Mole (3 hours from Tamale)

5. Shop for souvenirs to bring back home at the Tamale Arts Centre 

Visiting the Tamale Arts Centre is one thing to do in the Northern Region of Ghana that you will not regret once you see the prices! If you’ve been to the Arts Centre in Accra, you know the prices of items are set to take advantage of foreigners, and bargaining is intense. Tamale’s Art Centre is the complete opposite.


The quiet atmosphere allows you to go from shop to shop and look at the souvenirs with little to no pressure from the merchants. The prices are also fair, reasonable, and a lot cheaper than what you would get in Accra!

Location: Tamale

6. Visit the Mystic Stone in Larabanga 

The history of the mystic stone is one of mystery, good luck, and faith. Hear the story behind the stone and its significance to the Larabanga community. The nearby town people now visit the stone to bring about good fortune in their lives.

Location: Larabanga ( 2 hours from Tamale)

 

7. Recount the history of Ghana’s oldest mosque

You can’t visit the Northern Region of Ghana without stopping by the Larabanga Mosque, the oldest most in Ghana and one of the oldest in West Africa. The Larabanga Mosque is another landmark worth absorbing through your tour guide’s explanation.

 

8. Get a great view of Tamale from a Tuk-Tuk

Tuk-tuks, commonly referred to as “yellow-yellows,” are a primary transportation method used in Tamale, a city in the Northern Region of Ghana. As they are not found in many other popular cities in Ghana like Accra, riding a tuk-tuk in Tamale provides a unique view of the city.

9. Enjoy a 4-course lunch at Zaina Lodge 

Zaina Lodge is West Africa’s first luxury safari lodge, and it shows through its stunning 4-course lunch menu. The price for lunch is a bit pricey, but you may get to see a few elephants during the dining experience, making it one to remember. 

Location: Mole (3 hours from Tamale)

10. Admire unique art pieces and structures at the Red Clay Studio 

Opened in 2020, the Red Clay Studio is an art exhibition hosting several art pieces and structures from artists worldwide. An extension of the Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art, the Red Clay Studio is a fairly new thing to add to your list of things to do in the Northern Region of Ghana.

11. Appreciate wildlife with a canoe safari at Mognori Eco Village 

The Mognori Eco Village is located in a secluded area not far from the Mole National Park. For a small fee, you can embark on a peaceful canoe safari ride through the mangroves of the forests through the village’s paddlers.


You can also take a tour of the village for an insight into what life is like at the Mognori Eco Village. Don’t forget to purchase some shea butter to take home!

Location: Mole (3 hours from Tamale)

12. Master the art of making fufu with a local cooking class 

I learned how to make fufu and groundnut soup (my favorite soup here in Ghana) in a Tamale village. It was one of my favorite things to do in the Northern Region of Ghana! You’ll get to learn what it takes to make one of the most common cultural dishes in Ghana through boiling, pounding, and kneading yam to make fufu. If you’re interested in this experience, I can connect you with a tour guide who will make it possible!

fufu cooking class

Heading to Tamale, Ghana soon? Check out how I spent my first 3 days in Tamale and the Northern Region of Ghana on my first trip.

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