Located in the Upper East Region of Ghana, Bolgatanga is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage and a plethora of activities to offer visitors. From exploring traditional markets to witnessing breathtaking natural landscapes, Bolgatanga has something for everyone. In this article, we will take a closer look at what to do in Bolgatanga, Ghana.

Visit the Bolgatanga Market

No trip to Bolgatanga is complete without a visit to the famous Bolgatanga Market. Known as one of the largest and busiest markets in Northern Ghana, this vibrant hub is a feast for the senses. Wander through the bustling alleys filled with colorful textiles, handicrafts, fresh produce, and spices.

Immerse yourself in the local culture, interact with friendly vendors, and try some local delicacies. The market is an excellent place to purchase unique souvenirs to remember your trip to Bolgatanga.

Explore the Tongo Hills

A short distance from Bolgatanga lies the Tongo Hills, a stunning natural attraction. These ancient granite hills offer a picturesque landscape and a sense of tranquility.

Take a guided hike through the hills, and marvel at the breathtaking views from the hilltops. Discover hidden caves and rock formations, and learn about the traditional beliefs and rituals associated with the area. The Tongo Hills are also home to the Tengzug Shrine, a sacred site that attracts visitors seeking spiritual experiences.

Visit the Paga Crocodile Pond


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For a unique and thrilling experience, head to the nearby town of Paga to visit the Paga Crocodile Pond. This sacred pond is home to a large number of Nile crocodiles, which are considered sacred by the local people.

Witness the incredible sight of crocodiles living in harmony with humans and even have the opportunity to take a picture with a crocodile. Fear not, as the crocodiles are believed to be docile and under the protection of the community.

Discover the Navrongo Cathedral

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Navrongo, located a short distance from Bolgatanga, is home to the impressive Navrongo Cathedral. This stunning structure is one of the oldest and largest cathedrals in Ghana, with beautiful architecture and intricate stained glass windows.

Explore the cathedral’s grounds, take in the peaceful atmosphere, and admire the religious art and artifacts housed within its walls. The Navrongo Cathedral is a testament to the region’s strong Christian heritage and is worth a visit for its historical and cultural significance.

Visit a women’s weaver cooperative and learn the traditional basket weaving

Bolgatanga is renowned for its intricate and vibrant basket weaving. Engage in a hands-on experience and learn the art of basket weaving from local artisans or a women’s weaver cooperative.

You can visit workshops (you can ask around Bolga local market for example) where skilled craftsmen and women demonstrate their techniques and provide interactive workshops. Create your own unique woven masterpiece as a souvenir or gift to take home.

Participating in basket weaving workshops not only supports the local economy but also gives you a deeper appreciation for the skill and craftsmanship involved in this traditional art form.

The women’s weaver cooperatives are scattered around various local villages and you would need a local person to take you around. We recommend you contact Nongre C&C Foundation Centre, a community based social business organizing various excursions and activities, basket weaving amongst them.

Attend the “Made in Bolga” cultural festival

If you’re lucky enough to visit Bolgatanga during the Bolgatanga Cultural Festival, you are in for a treat. The festival is a vibrant celebration of the region’s cultural heritage and takes place annually in the month of April.

It showcases traditional music, dance, art, and crafts, offering visitors a unique opportunity to witness and engage with the rich traditions of the local people. The festival attracts both locals and tourists alike and is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the colorful and lively culture of Bolgatanga.

Explore the Sirigu Women’s Cooperative

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Located just outside Bolgatanga, the Sirigu Women’s Cooperative is a community-driven initiative focused on preserving traditional art and empowering local women.

The cooperative specializes in the production of traditional mud and straw houses, pottery, and vibrant hand-woven textiles. Take a guided tour of the cooperative, interact with the skilled women artisans, and witness their intricate craftwork. Purchasing their handmade products directly supports the community and helps sustain their cultural traditions.

Digital detox at Tongo Oasis

If you want to experience what it is like to live in an African traditional house (but still with some level of comfortability) this is your place. Here you will experience the most gorgeous sunsets, hear nothing but nature at its fullest and disconnect to reconnect.

You will be introduced to the African ancestral way of living through its ingredients, cooking, local people and activities (here you get to see the Tongo Hills at a distance).

Where to stay in Bolgatanga?

There is a range of accommodation options you can book in Bolgatanga, but location wise , quality/price relation and comfortability we recommend Comme Ci Comme Ca. Big and clean rooms, breakfast included, wi-fi and pleasant outdoor seating area where you can enjoy your meals.

In conclusion, Bolgatanga, Ghana, is a captivating destination that offers a diverse range of experiences for travelers. From exploring vibrant markets and engaging in traditional arts to witnessing breathtaking natural landscapes and immersing yourself in the local culture, there is something for everyone in this charming city.

Whether you’re a nature lover, an art enthusiast, or a cultural explorer, Bolgatanga will leave you with lasting memories and a deeper appreciation for the rich heritage of Ghana’s Upper East Region.

Featured image: Bolgatanga International Craft and Arts Fair – BICAF Facebook Page