Getting Around Upper West Region

  • Inside the Metro Mass bus
    Inside the Metro Mass bus
    by Pieter11
  • Our Taxi stops at a Mud Mosque
    Our Taxi stops at a Mud Mosque
    by atufft
  • On the way back, the driver checks on a problem
    On the way back, the driver checks on a...
    by atufft

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    Wa by Bus

    by Pieter11 Written Jan 23, 2007

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    There are two more comfortable ways to get to Wa when you are coming from a long distance. By Tro-Tro it will always take you a few hours in a very uncomfortable and packed minibus, but when you are travelling by Metro Mass- or STC-bus it will be much more pleasant to get there.

    When you are coming from the south (Kumasi, Sunyani and Accra) you can get a few STC-busses a week that go all the way to Wa. These busses mostly are air-conditioned and are quite expensive compared to normal public transportation in Ghana.

    But there also is a connection that is hardly more expensive then the Tro-Tro's, that is just as fast, and much more comfortable. The orange Metro Mass busses connect cities in the direct surroundings to Wa: Tamale, Bolgatanga and Sunyani. From Tamale I know that the bus to Wa leaves every day from the central Tro-Tro-station.

    The trip by Metro Mass bus costs 50.000 cedis ($ 5,-) and takes about 5 hours. It leaves very early in the morning (around 4:30) and so you arrive in Wa quite early too. The bus heading back to Tamale departs early too, so when you want to take it back, you should spend the night before in Wa, otherwise you won't make it.

    Make sure that you buy the tickets for the Metro Mass bus the day before, because otherwise you have to risk of having to stand up all the way. And 5 hours is long!

    Inside the Metro Mass bus
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    Bus from Larabanga to Wa

    by atufft Written Feb 15, 2006

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    There is a Tamale to Wa bus that stops in Larabanga, the gateway to Mole National Park. Since the roads are terrible and the passenger traffic impossible to predict, it's a good idea to take the Mole to Tamale Bus out first thing in the morning. There's a stand in Larabanga that will serve safely cooked food. The arrival of the bus took so long that at one point we were tempted to hitch a ride with a transport truck. Don't do this. The bus WILL arrive. Prepare for body to body contact during the 4 hour ride from Larabanga to Wa, as the by the time it arrives in Larabanga, the bus will be most likely full. The bus is pretty basic in terms of comfort and mechanical efficiency, so prepare for a rough ride. However, the journey is not without its scenic benefits. Besides the natural scenery and occasional spotting of deer and monkeys, the bus takes a stop at a market. Again, I can't recall the cost. It was so low that we just paid, and climbed aboard.

    Tamale-Larabanga-Wa Bus Boarding the bus at Larabanga Eventually, we got a window seat The cargo truck NOT to take Market Stop on Way to Wa
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    Tro-Tro to Burkina Faso Border

    by atufft Written Feb 15, 2006

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    Tro-Tro's destine for Hamale leave a station outside Wa when they get full. We arrived early enough to get the front seats, which we also tipped the driver for extra. The trip is not long; however, the road to Hamale is pretty bad in spots. We made one brief stop at the station in Jiripa along the way as I recall, other than the periodic stops to drop off or pick up passengers. The van in which we rode was in good repair, and the driver liked listening to Reggae music. I can't recall the cost, but this is the cheapest way to go. No need to hire a taxi for the entire ride. This trip must have cost no more than a couple of US dollars.

    Tro-Tro Stop In Jiripa
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    Taxi Driver for Around Wa

    by atufft Written Feb 15, 2006

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    Wa has plenty of Taxi's so it's pretty easy to bargin for transportation around town. The Wechiau Hippo Santuary and other sights outside Wa are difficult to get to without a car and driver. We were lucky to have a relatively pleasant and resourceful driver. Our driver owned his own car. Since the roads are poor everywhere except in town, the driver needs to be mechanically inclined.

    Our Taxi stops at a Mud Mosque On the way back, the driver checks on a problem
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