Tamale is the capital city of Northern Ghana. The city is like a conglomeration of villages where one can find an architectural blend of traditional mud houses and modern buildings. While the majority of the houses are roofed with corrugated iron sheets, a good number of them are roofed with grass. Many of these mud block compounds have TV antennae and electricity wires.
Buses (STC, VIP) from Accra or Kumasi are available and can be quite comfortable with A/C available. It takes 12-14 hours from Accra, leaving at both 7 and 8 am so make sure you make a bathroom stop on the lunch stop as you might not be able to otherwise.
Trotros are a cheaper alternative, albeit less comfortable. As of Aug 2013, Kumasi to Tamale is 17 GHC, compared to 25 GHC for V.I.P. bus.
You can also take a direct flight to Tamale from Accra using Fly540Africa, Antrak Air, Starbow or AWA. The flight is just over an hour and may cost between 150-200 GHC.
Private car from any medium sized town with driver is only about GH₵30 a day.
(website:http:www.sdltours.com) is a new Tour company that rent out cars,minivan in tamale and a few cars at the tamale airport which can bring you direct to Mole National Park and also anywhere across the north of Ghana. The can also arrange the varies hotels in Tamale and mole national park for your relaxation,
Good point from which to visit Bongo (Moon Landscape) Tongo and Congo or if heading to Burkina Faso (neighbouring country). visit the Paga crocodile pond and all the slave camp near paga. also visit sirigu art village to learn about all the arts and craft of the northern people of Ghana
Mole National Park can be a day trip from tamale. visit mole to see Elephants, Warthogs, several types of Monkey. There road to mole is very bad you will need a 4-wheel drive to mole park for your safari and canoeing in to the national park. near mole national park you can visit the oldest mosque in Ghana Larabanga.Also new Eco-village near mole national park where you can tour the village and also overnight at the village (homestay).
Top up on supplies if you are heading out into the smaller towns or countryside.
Chat to the locals, very friendly bunch and you will find the best travel info this way.
Market on Main Street Cobblers, textiles and lots of food. Worth going into for the look of it alone and you may be hassled to 'buy Yam!' especially if you are a woman.
Cultural Centre behind the main street in the grounds of a disused theatre. Oil paintings from GH₵7.50!!, batiks, ornaments, cheap jewelry, goatskin handbags foot pillows, drums.....
Wander around a bit and you will find music shops selling tapes of the current Ghanian charts, worth bringing a few home to remind yourself of the sunny, almost Jamaican style music being played everywhere.
It is not recommended that you eat from food stalls on the road as food poisoning is a high risk.
In Cultural Centre behind the theatre there is a great place with air conditioning and a Video Disc player playing Celine Dion songs endlessly.
Kosu - a local snack made from deep fried bean flour dough which can be bought just off the main street across from the taxi station. A few western style shops also on the main street.
Gidipass (now called Crest Restaurant) bar on the main street also serves good rice dishes and even spring rolls. If you want something more like home they have a dining room in a colonial style.
Sparkles Restaurant in the Cultural Centre offers a wide variety of dishes and is recommended for its hygienic kitchen and friendly staff. Every Friday evening at 9PM there is a cultural performance to introduce local culture to the visitors.
Gidipass bar on Main Street, across and down a little from taxi rank where all the 'whites' and a few locals go. Hsve a few types of beer and sodas. Also serve good meals. Other small bars located around the main area (taxi rank and market)
Meet Me There Drinking spot is a few km north along the main road towards Bolgatanga (called Bolga Road). Set in a tall canopy of palm and date trees, drinks are at cost or below (meaning GH₵0.25 for a mineral/pop bottle), where as at Gidipass or other tourist centres, they cost GH₵0.60 or more. You can pick up some food from the street, and they'll bring you dishes to eat with and soap to wash with! Don't get too comfortable though. They'll kick you out at 10PM regardless of how much business you're giving them