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Jet over to the northern regions of Ghana and be mesmerized by the hidden treasures and a once in a lifetime engagement with nature and wildlife.

They say the dog is Man’s Best Friend…well, not in Paga!

Defy the laws of nature and pet the friendly crocodiles of Paga. These mind-baffling sacred faunas are believed to carry the souls of the Paga natives.  Enjoy the thrilling experience of caressing them, lifting their spiny tails & even sitting on them. Let your inner mowgli run wild.  Oh and be sure to visit the other nearby attractions like the Slave market, the Kukula Mystery Dam and Nasaga Game Reserve.

As-Salaam-Alaikum Friends!

Join the pilgrimage to the ‘Mecca of West Africa’ by visiting Ghana’s oldest mosque The Larabanga Mosque, a whitewashed mud built, with a touch of Sudanese architectural style.  This peculiar beauty houses a Qur’an almost as old as the structure itself. Don’t leave the Larabanga Village without visiting and learning the baffling story of the Mystic Stone.

iSpy with my little eye…something beginning with ‘e’

Get up close and personal with Ghana’s largest wildlife animals at the Mole National Park and definitely staying at the Zaina Safari Lodge. Dig out your binoculars be intrigued by the view of bus-sized African elephants, kob antelopes, buffaloes, baboons warthogs and other wildlife. Visit the Mognori Eco Village gem, on the borders of the park which offers canoe safaris, village tours and the chance to learn about local culture.

Weave in the Northern Web

Make your way up to the crafts hub of Northern Ghana, Bolgatanga to purchase or make your very own beautiful Bolga Basket. These lovely baskets are handwoven by the indigenous Frafra (Gurune) people as a means of livelihood since their harsh weather conditions force them under the subsistence farming system. Frafra women are gifted with the traditional skill of basket weaving, along with leather work and pottery… You’re in safe hands. So, go on…  Crack your knuckles…  Get comfortable & allow them to take you through their basket creation process and one step ahead in becoming a basket weaving expert.

Discover the secrets of Shea butter…Africa’s secret collagen

Shea tree equals Shea nut equals Shea butter! Simple equation explained by an ancestral technique! The Shea tree is native to northern Ghana, in the upper east region; Binbila and Chuchuliga villages. Its presence has helped conserve the fragile ecosystems in many African countries. Traditionally, the tree belongs to the entire community and cannot be owned by individuals even when found on private property. Shea butter has been used for years for ointment medicine, food, moisturizers and soaps. We’ll take you through the real Shea process up north.

Meet the Calabash makers

Strange Fruit hanging from the Lagenaria siceraria tree…

Did you know that after the strange gourd fruit is allowed to mature over a period, its seeds are hollowed out leaving the husk to dry and harden, marking the birth of a newly made aboriginal calabash in Northern Ghana. This lovely rustic vessel’s unique shape allows it to possess many practical uses such as eating spoons, drinking popular cultural drinks such as ‘pito’ , ‘asana’ and ‘palm wine’, eating bowls,  and household decorations. Carry a piece on your return home as a reminder of the Ghana’s true Northern cultural experience.

Peek A Boo… We See YOU!

Be adventurous and visit to the remote Weichiau Hippo Sanctuary, created by the local chiefs in 1999. Discover the beautiful riverine and forest shore bird species and landscape. Most importantly, embark on the river safari on the Black Volta with a chance to see the hippopotamus, Violet Turacoes, Malachite Kingfishers and Vervet monkeys. Finally enjoy a cultural tour visit to the Lobi compound and learn and experience their fascinating traditional way of life and customs.

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