Ghana is divided into 16 regions including the North East region. This was created just recently, in 2018 after a referendum was conducted in favor of breaking it off from the general Northern region.
What is the North East Region of Ghana like?
The region is known to be drier compared to the southern areas of the country. This is attributed to its proximity to the desert and it boasts majorly of the grassland vegetation.
The capital of the North Eastern region is Nalerigu and just like other regions, it boasts of its own unique attractions and culture. If you are planning a trip to the North East region of Ghana, here are things you can do and see while there.
5 interesting things to see and experience in the North East Region
The Gambaga Escarpment
The Gambaga Escarpment also referred to as Gambaga Scarps is undoubtedly one of the most striking geographical features in the entire country of Ghana. Located in the North Eastern region, it is a line of cliffs that are made up of horizontal sandstone layers. It’s a fun geological feature that provides an opportunity for tourists to hike and participate in bouldering activities. Its epic viewpoints and beautiful overhangs will easily make this place a favorite for you as a traveler. The Gambaga Scarps also feature nice trails that lead to the White Volta River rapids. There, you will find a fishing settlement.
The Gambaga Witch Camp
If you are one to visit the less fortunate and show empathy, then you will value a trip to the Gambaga Witch Camp. This was created back in the 18th century and is home to people who were thought to be witches or wizards and were as a result banished from their communities. According to old tales, most of the women in these kinds of witch camps were thought to have had the intentions of bewitching their husbands in order to take over their husbands’ possessions. They were also thought to have caused other kinds of misfortunes. Although there are men, most of the population is made up of women, mainly because of sexism and misogyny among communities and you can get to learn more about these at the camp. Most people there have mental illnesses and receive protection from the local chieftain. This is a great place to do some charitable activities while touring the region.
The Waterfalls at Nakpanduri
Waterfalls are ever so beautiful and well, if you love an adventure in such then you will really enjoy a tour of the Waterfalls at Nakpanduri. While there, you will get to have fun in the hands of history just like many other tourists who often flock the place. After all, the falls are located in a town that has a history of so many untold stories of the Ghanian people. It’s an opportunity for an adventure that will leave you excited at the thought of your next trips to the North Eastern region.
Daboya Local Textile Centre
The amazing thing about Daboya Local Textile Centre is that it lies in Daboya town which harbors one of the most unique villages in West Africa when it comes to craft. You will fall in love with the place if you are a person who’s into art. The place is special as narrow strip weaving is practiced there, an activity that significantly contributes to Ghana’s economy. The activity also significantly contributes to the tourism sector. While there, you will meet craftsmen that will educate you on this fun and artistic activity that is the backbone of their livelihood. You will also get to buy yourself some beautiful textile pieces to carry home as souvenirs.
The above places will ensure you not only have fun but also get to learn about the uniqueness and history of the region. Other attractions to consider include: Dr. Kwameh Nkrumah Lodge, Kariminga Eco Village, and the Bunkpurugu Ghana Map Shape Rock.