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See all 30 Tamale Tips
  • Short Film of Tamale Market

    Tamale Things to Do

    It was an exceptionally amazing experience to head to Tamale Market place, and I would highly recommend it to those who have only been to the South. The journey up from Accra or Cape Coast can be long, but I would recommend getting the Metro bus as locals told us it was safer as a traveller to be amongst other locals where non-AC conditions would...

  • A wriggling visitor

    Tamale Warnings and Dangers

    Just as we were finished our lunch, there was a bit of commotion outside the walls of the restaurant, with a crowd gathering and throwing stoned at the ground just by the wall. Being curious creatures, we went to investigate, and found that it was a snake! The locals had managed to kill it (although it was still wriggling) by the time we got there...

  • Very cool indeed

    Tamale Restaurants

    At lunchtimes, we used to stop at a bar/café/restaurant where they had adequate facilities. We were unable to find somewhere like that in Tamale, but Noah managed to arrange for us to use the toilets in the Technical College across the road from the restaurant. I don’t know whether the restaurant didn’t actually have toilets, or whether Noah didn’t...



See all 22 Larabanga Tips
  • Mognori

    Larabanga Things to Do

    A visit to the eco-village at Mognori is worth the wee detour. The village is inside the national park. A few years ago their crops were destroyed by elephants.The response was to help them diversify away from subsistence farming. They now offer canoe trips on the nearby Mole River (a seasonal tributary of the White Volta) and perform their...

  • Shea Butter

    Larabanga Shopping

    We found very little in Kumasi which might be put on a shopping list for things to take home. Even less (not even a postcard) to be found in Larabanga - being a village as compared with a city of 2m people. What I did buy is shea butter. Yes, what?It’s a butter made from the nuts of the shea tree. It’s good for your skin, it seems. The women at the...

  • Road trip

    Larabanga Transportation

    We drove from Kumasi and then back. It’s a 7+ hour trip in a minibus, before you take account of breaks.North of Kintampo the road is new and very straight. It still has the compulsory speed bumps at each village along the way, but it is fast and easy driving. The landscape is flat and uninteresting, however.South of there the road is older and not...



See all 14 Damongo Tips
  • Sewing

    Damongo Off The Beaten Path

    Sewing is a very popular past-time, and you often see people sitting alongside the road, outside their homes or in the market, with an old-fashioned foot-operated Singer machine. Materials can be bought quite cheaply in the markets and transformed into colourful garments for men and women.

  • Cooking

    Damongo Off The Beaten Path

    The cooking is mostly done over charcoal (see previous tip) outside in the courtyard. The women are the main cooks in the family (sometimes helped by the young children – picture five), and here you can see a woman pounding kapok nuts (pictures one, three and four) to make a sauce (picture two). During the dry season, cooking is done outside in the...

  • Charcoal

    Damongo Off The Beaten Path

    The villagers also derive some income from making and selling charcoal. I've often wondered why people cook over charcoal. It seems so labour-intensive to stack up wood in huge, dirt ovens and bake it slowly down to little black lumps. Why not just burn the wood? To make charcoal, wood (mostly acacia trees are used here) is baked slowly under...


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