Wa is a city in the Upper West Region, Ghana.
Wa is the capital of the Upper West Region of Ghana and is the main city of the Wala people. The majority of the inhabitants are Muslim. It is the seat of the Wa-Na, the Paramount Chief of the Wala traditional area. Features of the town include several mosques, the Wa-Na Palace, a museum and a nearby hippopotamus sanctuary. The town serves as a transportation hub for the northwestern part of Ghana, with major roads leading south to Kumasi, north to Hamile and Burkina Faso, and northeast to Tumu and the Upper East Region. There is also a small airport.
A small ex-pat community offers places to stay for couch surfers.
Despite its urban status, Wa is in many ways still an agricultural community, and many people make a good portion of their living in small scale farming. The main crops are corn, millet, yams, okra and groundnuts. Upland rice is also farmed in a few areas. The major fruit crop is the mango. Shea nuts are collected from wild trees, for food or refinement into oils and cosmetics.
The staple food of Wa is known as T-Zed in English. This is an abbreviation for the Hausa expression tuo zaafi, meaning 'very hot'. In Waali, this food is referred to as sao. It is a thick porridge of corn flour eaten like fufu - by tearing off a chunk and dipping into a soup, usually of okra. Comment on the food : T-Zed or TZ is made of millet and, or as stated corn, (corn is originally from South-America. It is also not like fufu, but more like Kenkey, because of the fermentation process.
Good eating spots include:
Popular Drinking spots (which are often the popular eating spots) include:
Set in a beatifull surroundings, the rooms of the Upland are spacious and well maintained. This definintely is the upmarket option in Wa. Prices are around C60 for a room. The menu attracts expats and volunteers from the region and serves local, chinese and western dishes in the C6-8 range. Disadvantage is the location: although it's said to be a 30min walk to the town centre, the staff insist that it is too far and kindly suggest you'll wait for the taxi they'll call you. This can take some time, but they will be helpfull in arranging a taxi (which will be in time) to take you to the busstop early in the morning if you're about to catch a bus towards Bolga, Tamale or Larabanga (Mole). Just ask them well in time and you'll be fine. A taxi to and from the hotel should not cost more than C2.
Upland is known for the most expensive food and drink in Wa.
In Service Training Centre (ISTC)
One of the most pleasant places to stay in Wa is the In Service Training Centre (ISTC) located in a large compound with nice gardens and trees. Despite its nice surrounding and comfortable rooms, it rates are equal to those of a budget hotel at 25 cedes.
More budget sleeping options include the Tegbeer Catholic House (C35) and Kedge Lodge (C25), Kunateh Lodge (C20), Big White Lodge (C20) and Destiny Guest House (C20)
Ex-pat volunteers also offer couchsurfing for travellers.
STC and City Express buses leave from the bus station near the main roundabout to Kumasi (three times a week) and Accra (three times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Sunday at 14.00) and Metro Mass has a pretty trustworthy daily service to Tamale, which leaves at 6.00. The Tamale bus stops at Larabanga. As it arrives around 10.30 you'll have plenty of time to strawl around the village, have lunch and still be in time to catch a tro-tro or hitch a ride to Mole Motel, install yourself in your room and be in time to catch the 15.30 walk through the park.
Make sure you buy tickets well in advance, as buses can fill up early, escecially around hollidays, which can turn into a bit chaotic scramble for the last tickets. An interestng spectacle you probably rather watch from aside than be a part of...
The Stc-bus to Accra leaves everyday around 17 - 18.