The Northern Region of Ghana is the largest of the country’s 238,540-km² landmass. It stretches across one third or 31% of the landmass of Ghana (70,384 sq. km.). It shares boundaries with the Upper East and the Upper West Regions to the north, the Brong Ahafo and the Volta Regions to the south, and two neighbouring countries, the Republic of Togo to the east, and La Cote d’ Ivoire to the west.
Nature and culture appears to have teamed up to divide Ghana into two very distinct parts, north and south. A visit to the North is therefore a must if you want a complete, stereoscopic view of this beautiful country. As you travel towards the North from the Coast, you would begin to notice some interesting changes in the topography and the landscape. From the middle section of the country, the vegetation becomes sparse as the guinea savannah of the north takes over the tropical rainforest of the south.
Our tropical climate means there is sunshine 12 months of the year. It only varies in intensity depending on the two seasons, rainy and dry, which alternate from April to October and November to April respectively. Tamale is the regional capital, and also the 4th largest regional capital in the Country. Tamale has a teaching hospital, and there are other hospitals in the districts as well as health Centres all over the region.
The most important single attraction in the northern region is the Mole National park which is Ghana’s largest park and wildlife refuge. The cheering news most northerners like to share is that the Northern region is one of the safest places for tourists, as it is noted as a place with one of the lowest crime rates in the country.