Historical and tourist attractions
Mole National Park, in Damango, West Gonja
District, is a 4840 square kilometre reserve for animals
such as elephants, buffaloes, wild pigs, antelopes,
apes, birds and about 400 other species. The park has a
motel with a restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool. This
park, which is serviced by Forest Rangers, can best be
visited with maximum satisfaction in the dry season.
Tamale, Daboya, Sabari, Nasia, Mole, Bui, among others, have exotic birds suitable for bird watching for pleasure. The savannah vegetation has a scenic beauty of its own, interspersed with rare species of flora and fauna. Baobab trees and ant-hills are part and parcel of this savannah natural vegetation of the region. Other aspects of the savannah scenery and views are the Nakpanduri and other hilly areas of the northern parts of the region, particularly the Gambaga Escarpment.
Architecture, archaeology and culture
The region is well known for its peculiar architecture of round huts with conical thatched roofs, which provide a particular scenic view. Among the relics of the past, which throw considerable light on the history of the people of the region, are the archaeological sites at Yikpa Bonso, in the West Mamprusi District, with relics of the Komas dating back to the nineteenth century (19th C). Other relics of interest in the region are at Jentilkpe and Kpaesemkpe.
Ancient mosques are a particular aspect of the relic
legacy of the region which under pin the long history of
Islam in the region. The Larabaga Mosque, which is of
Sudanese architectural origin, dates back to the 13thC
but the Bole Mosque, also of a similar Sudanese
architectural origin, was built later.
While the Banda Nkwahta and Malew Mosques were built in the 18thC, imitating older mosque designs, the Zayaa mosque in Wulugu, is not only of the 20thC but is peculiar in that it is an uncommon storeyed traditional design of historical and military interest.
The remains of an ancient defense wall are in Nalerigu, in the East Mamprusi District. What is interesting about this defense wall, which dates back to the 15thC, is not only that it was built by a powerful Mamprusi Chief but equally important, is that the wall was built with mortar of mud blood and honey.
The most important traditional festival in the region is the Damba, a relic of Islam, which has lost its religious origin of the celebration of the birthday of Prophet Mohammed. The Damba celebration is also a mix of music, dance, excitement, horsemanship and regal pageantry, at the climax of Naa Damba. The region is the home of the Fugu textile, the centers of production being Tamale, Gushiegu and Yendi.
Source: Commonwealth network-Ghana (www.commonwealth_of_nations.org)