Kente weaving in Ghana

Northern Region

Posted in Ghana Regions

Northern FestivalThe region is the largest in area of all the other regions of Ghana . Travelling through the region gives the unique pleasure of discovering distinct changes in landscapes and architecture which is different from those in the south. The traditional mud-walled buildings which are similar to those found in Mali and Burkina Faso provide interesting side trips.

 The festivals of the Northern Region are full of pageantry and showmanship. Festive drumming and dancing make these spectacles events not to be missed.


Agriculture forms the main occupation of the majority of the people in the region. Among the crops grown are maize, rice, sorghum, yams, tomatoes and tree crops such as cotton and kapok.


 Part of the ancient Slave Route passed close to Nalerigu, where a defensive wall built to protect the village from raiders. At Salaga, the site of a famous Trans-Saharan slave market, further vestiges of this infamous trade remain. Relics of the colonial era are also encountered at Yendi, with its 19th century German cemetery. This is also the site of the grave of Babatu, one of the most famous slave raiders.

Mole National Park
4840km² of savannah and rocky outcrops that are home to 93 species of mammal, including herds of elephant, buck and small plains game and a wide range of birdlife (approximately 300 species).

Larabanga Mosque
A 13th century Mosque, believed to be first built by Moorish traders.

Larabanga Mystery Stone
Nearby is a mystery boulder that is the subject of a splendid local legend.

89km west of Tamalel Daboya is a 16th century town from the Gonja kingdom, and a famous source of handmade textiles.

Nalerigu Defence Wall
Said to be built in the 16th century to protect Nalerigu from raiders is a recognised part of the Slave Route

The Slave Route is recognised in Salaga, where the Trans-Saharan caravans paused in Salaga market. Leg pegs can still be seen in the market place.

Yendi was part of a 19th century German settlement. Many of the Germans who died in battle with the Dagomba people are buried in the cemetery.