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.
Fly 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. The road to Mole has been upgraded and journey times are around 3 hours. Near Mole National Park you can visit the oldest mosque in Ghana in the town of Larabanga. You can also stay in an "Eco-village" near Mole National Park.
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.
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.