5 Ancient Towns In Ghana


Whatever, be the case, the Northern Region is amazingly one of the untapped areas of Ghana yet with plenty of history. It has drones of potential. The stories told of the North are grippy with listeners in constant calls for more. Even more captivating are the actual trips to the North.

Let’s take a look at 5 of the most historical towns in Ghana that every tourist must crave to visit.


  • Nakpanduri

Nakpanduri is a town with the history of untold stories. Silently, the town located in the Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo district of the northern region has been an open secret for tourists who are in for an adventure. If the trip to Nakpanduri is not enough excitement, then a visit to the Gambaga Scarp and the Waterfall in Nakpanduri will do the trick, just fine. And to think that for many many years this town has been on the map of tourists who trust their fun in the hands of history.


  • Labaranga

Labaranga brings more memories than anticipated. You remember the famous Ndewura Jakpa from Junior High Social studies class? Yes, that man was the chief of Gonjaland including the town of Labaranga. There is very rich history in this old town of Labaranga to feed on. After all, there is pretty much to talk about if your stories can be told from as far back as 1421. From far and near, tourists always relish the opportunity to visit the oldest mosque in West Africa, the Labaranga mosque.


  • Salaga

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Salaga served as a key market town particularly for the busy regional kola trade and controlling Salaga gave a monopoly over trade to the North and trade to the South.Situated in the southernmost reaches of the sahel, Salaga was referred to as “the Timbuktu of the south” for its cosmopolitan population and varied trade. Gonja, a powerful warrior kingdom, ruled Salaga and several other towns. However, Salaga being a cosmopolitan town was inhabited by the indigenous Gonja as well as Hausa’s, wangaras, Dagombas, gurmas  and other groups from the region.

Located some 120 kilometres from Tamale, Salaga is more than your ordinary Northern Region town. The town has plenty of attraction and potential to look forward to. In vision, Salaga can be transformed into a business hub for art and history with just the right moves.

It is the capital of the Gonja East district of the Northern region of Ghana. Not only is Salaga at a central point being a link between the North and the South, it is the home of the largest Slave market during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade era. Of course, I said slave market. The ferry ride that allows one to cross to the town from Tamale is another adventure altogether.


  • Mole 

Mole National Park is Ghana ‘s largest wildlife refuge . The park is located in the savanna region of Ghana on savanna  ecosystems at an elevation of 150 m, with a sharp escarpment forming the southern boundary of the park. The park’s entrance is reached through the nearby town of laranbanga.The Lovi and Mole Rivers are ephemeral rivers flowing through the park, leaving behind only drinking holes during the long dry season.This area of Ghana receives over 1000 mm per year of rainfall. A long-term study has been done on Mole National Park to understand the impacts of human hunters on the animals in the preserve.


  • Daboya 

Daboya is a town approximately 67 Kilometres from Tamale, the capital of the northern Region and the population is predominantly Gonja however, Tampluma and Hanga’a is also widely spoken.

This town is known for its salt extraction and is also noted for its hand- woven and unique textiles. Daboya is known to produce the best smocks in Ghana. The White Volta River rises north of Ouagadougou, in a lowland between two massifs, and flows generally southward for about 400 miles (640 km) through Daboya and Yapei to empty into the lake Volta.

Enjoy several activities from this lascivious town. The White Volta River runs by the town and offers you a great deal of potential for boating, canoeing and fishing. Partake in the socio-economic activity of the people and learn many traditional skills such as fishing, salt extraction, weaving and farming.


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