Savanna Heritage Ghana

WELCOME TO SAVANNA HERITAGE GHANA

AMARABA or AKWAABA It’s an expression you will hear several times daily as you travel around Ghana, one that will ring in your ears at night, and bring a smile to your face for weeks after you leave. AMARABA or AKWAABA! It means ‘Welcome’! And you will be.

 

Welcome to a Land of Sunshine, a nation with the reputation as the friendliest in Africa.

 

Welcome to a haven that combines the charms of a tropical beach idyll with a fascinating historical heritage, rich cultural variety, and some interesting wildlife in the national parks.

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SHORT HISTORY OF THE KING OF GONJALAND

Ndewura Jakpa Gonja King and Warrior of Gold Coast Present day Ghana.

Ndewura Jakpa hail from Gold Coast Present day Ghana he was one of the few Kings of Northern part of Ghana he founded the dynasty in Gonja, he was a mande invader who fought and won many battles to form a dynasty. Ndewura Jakpa was very brave he is also a warrior it is claimed he controlled some parts of the entire northern parts of Gold coast present day Ghana, Present day Togo, Present day Burkina faso and Benin the kingdom was reduces in size and influence in 18th Century between 1623 and 1666 he led an invasion and he carried out futher conquest his kingdom had a great influence there is a muselom built to honor the memory of him Ndewura Jakpa Royal Mausoleum at Old Buipe which is 14.5 kilometres West of Buipe in the Central Gonja District of Northern Region as part of the activities of the 39th Congress of the Gonjaland Youth Association.

Opportunity to meet the King of Gonjaland Kingdom

History of the Founder and Warrior of Gonjaland Kingdom

Several accounts of Gonja history have been published, all of them based very largely on the corpus of oral tradition which Jones (1962) has called the 'Jakpa epic'. Jakpa, so the story goes, was a mighty warrior 'from Mande', who fought his way across Gonja from west to east, and then, before he was killed in battle, shared out the lands which were his by right of conquest among his sons. By the end of his death the present Gonja Traditional Area was established fully as a centralized state under his sole leadership in 1675. The earliest recorded version of the Jakpa epic, in substantially its modern form, Is to be found in an Arabic chronicle written in the 18901s (El-Wakkad and WMks, 1962).

 

This work has been known for some time in an English translation made forty years ago and published later by Goody (1954:). Several manuscripts have been located over the last five years, and a definitive edition is in preparation. It can be shown by reference to this work that the Jakpa epic In its current form is a relatively recent development, summarizing something like a century and a half of early Gonja history. For the sixteenth and seventeenth century the Kitab itself based on oral tradition; but it is earlier than any other recorded version by well over a hundred years, and very much more coherent and convincing.

 

 

The arrival in Gonja of the Ngbonyo, the immigrant rulers, is described in a section of the Kitab which has become detached from the main body of the work but survives independently (Wilks, 1966). Naba, who was to be the first king of Gonja, had come south originally on a punitive expedition dispatched by the 'Chief of Mande-Kabba against the trading-town of Begho. He then turned north to attack Buna, and across the Black Volta Into western Gonja. Here he built a fortified camp or stronghold called Yogbum. The Kitab Ghunja gives no dates as such for the early kings, only the lengths of their reigns; dead-reckon Ing would put the beginning of Naba`s reign at 1549-50. Wilks (1966) believes that this date may be too early, by as much as fifty years, pointing out that the reigns ascribed to these early kings are on average much longer than those of the eighteenth century rulers.

 

Burial Museum of the Founder of Gonjaland Kingdom

SHORT HISTORY OF GAMBAGA WITCHES CAMP

 

Gambaga Witch camp is a segregated community within Gambaga township in the Northern Region of Ghana established in the 18th century to accommodate alleged witches and wizards who are banished from their communities. The camp has about 25 round huts, and holds about 100 women. No health services or indoor plumbing are available.[4] Many women in Ghana's witch camps are widows and it is thought that relatives accused them of witchcraft in order to take control of their husbands' possessions. Other old women in the camp have been accused of using black magic to cause misfortunes in their community. Many women also are mentally ill, a little understood problem in Ghana. In Gambaga, the women are given protection by the local chieftain and in return, pay him and work in his fields.

HOW SHEA BUTTER IS BEEN PROCESSED IN GHANA

The process of shea butter production is very long and difficult. Ghanian women are using traditional methods and almost the whole shea butter production process is made solely with hands, just like centuries ago. Women usually work together and help each other, which makes the work easier, more interesting and relaxed. Women in Ghana gather under a big tree outside compounds, where they can be protected from the merciless sun and work from the early morning to the late afternoon. When shea nuts are dry, shells have to be removed.The only way of removing shells is to crack them with stones or other hard materials. Shea nuts are then washed again and dried under the sun. Afterwards, nuts are broken into small pieces. In past, women used to grind nuts with their hands, using mortar and pestle. Nowadays, they mostly take them to the grinding machine which really facilitates and speed up the process.Once nuts or flesh are crushed, they are roasted on fire. That is why final product has a pleasant roasting scent. Roasted fragments are then taken to the grinding machine again, where with a special process, thick paste is obtained. After this process phase, the most difficult part follows. Women put paste in big basins, sit in shadow and churn the paste with one hand. Water is added gradually, most often by small children who are supposed to help their mothers.Women churn the heavy paste for at least an hour, until butter oil separates from water. Afterwards, butter oil is carefully removed and put into a bowl of boiling water under low fire. When butter oil melts under the high temperature, women scoop off oil that floats to the top of the bowl. Liquid is then strain in order to remove all the unwanted impurities and put into big basins. These basins have to be saved in a cool and dark place for minimum half a day, so that oil becomes thick and ready to use and sell.From this point, additional processing of the shea butter may occur, but out of women’s shea butter cooperatives. Shea butter is sometimes filtered in order to remove possible impurities. Also, with the further purification, like cleaning and bleaching, its smell, composition and colour are abolished. This kind of butter is called refined shea butter and has no smell and typical white snowy colour.

 

Sheabutter processing

opportunity to witness how sheabutter is been processed

Place of the witches in Gambaga

SHORT HISTORY OF THE DAMBA DANCE FESTIVAL

The Damba festival is celebrated by the chiefs and peoples of Nalerigu, Tamale, and Wa in the Northern Region and Upper West Region of Ghana. The name is damba in Dagbani, Damma in Mampruli and Jingbenti in Waali. The festival is celebrated in the Dagomba lunar month of Damba, corresponding to the third month of the Islamic calendar, Rabia al-Awwal. Damba is celebrated to mark the birth and naming of Muhammad, but the actual content of the celebration is a glorification of the chieftaincy, not specific Islamic motifs.

Celebrating the Damba festival

Celebrating the rich culture of Damba festival

Culture heritage

Short History of Mole National Park

Mole National Park is Ghana's largest wildlife refuge.The park is located in northwest Ghana on grassland savanna and riparian ecosystems at an elevation of 150 m, with sharp escarpment forming the southern boundary of the park. The park's entrance is reached through the nearby town of Larabanga.The Lovi and Mole Rivers are ephemeral rivers flowing through the park, leaving behind only drinking holes during the long dry season.This area of Ghana receives over 1000 mm per year of rainfall. A long-term study has been done on Mole National Park to understand the impact of human hunters on the animals in the preserve.

Short Documentary of Mole National park

ZAINA LODGE,GHANA

ELEPHANT TAKING A STROLL

Welcome to ZAINA LODGE IN GHANA

Welcome to Zaina Lodge, West Africa's first luxury safari lodge. Nestled in the heart of the Mole forest, Zaina Lodge in Ghana provides world-class hospitality service with a unique touch. We firmly believe in the preservation and promotion of nature and that shows in everything we do. We are inspired by our environment and the culture of Northern Ghana, our home.Zaina Lodge in Ghana offers unparalleled service and luxury accommodation in Ghana’s National Parks and community wildlife destinations. Zaina Lodge has earned numerous accolades and recognition. These include the 2017 World Luxury Hotel Award, 2017 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, and 2018 Luxury for Development GEM Award. All 25 rooms are individual luxury tented chalets, complete with private balconies. There are indoor showers, as well as outdoor showers for those who like to bathe under the stars. Zaina Lodge is located within Mole National Park, the largest game reserve in the country. The lodge looks out over seemingly endless savannah. There are two busy waterholes frequented by animals such as elephants, waterbucks, kobs, bushbucks, hippopotamuses, warthogs, water buffalos, hyenas, and baboons. You can take a guided walking tour or vehicle safari just steps away from your front door. You can also relax at the infinity pool, outdoor bar, fire pit, or the restaurant. From here you can take in the intoxicating sights that only the African wild can provide.

SAFARI DRIVE AT ZAINA LODGE

Hospitality and Refreshing Stay at Zaina Lodge

Amazing Ant Hill Experience

Ant hill

Savanna Heritage Brothers

Beautiful and Amazing Experiences

THE PAGA CROCODILE POND

The Paga Crocodile Pond located in the north-eastern border of Ghana, Paga is a sacred crocodile sanctuary.

Although crocodiles are considered as wild creatures, the Paga crocodiles are friendly and coexist with humans.

 

The friendly relationship between the crocodiles and humans continue to baffle the minds of many. This is in contrast to the perception of crocodiles as dangerous.

 

It is a customary offence to harm, kill or show any sign of disrespect to the crocodile of Paga. It is not uncommon to find children and or visitors sitting at the back of or holding the tale of a crocodile without any harm, after a sacrifice of fowl.

This is normal for the people of Paga but a mystery to visitors.

 

Other tourist attractions in the area include the Paga-Nania slave camp, the mystery dam of Kayoro called Kukula and the Nasaga Game Reserve, eight kilometers away from Burkina-Faso and Paga.

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Amazing Tour Experience with Friendly Crocodile

Wonderful Tourists Enjoying moments at Paga Crocodile pond

THE SALAGA SLAVE TRADE MARKET

Salaga, the administrative capital of the East Gonja District in the Northern Region, is one of the areas noted for the role it played during the slave trade in northern Ghana.

 

For more than three centuries, that is, from the 16th to the 19th centuries, Salaga was one of the most important market centres in West Africa where they traded in everything: kola, beads, ostrich feathers, animal hide, textiles and gold.  

 

However, from the 18th to the 19th century, Salaga became the biggest slave market where humans were sold or exchanged for cowries. The town became a well-known slave market in the sub-region.

Salaga Slave trade

THE LARABANGA ANCIENT MOSQUE

The Larabanga Mosque is a mosque, built in the Sudanese architectural style in the village of Larabanga, Ghana. It is the oldest mosque in the country and one of the oldest in West Africa, and has been referred to as the "Mecca  of West Africa". It has undergone restoration  several times since it was founded in 1421. The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has contributed substantially to its restoration, and lists it as one of the 100 Most Endangered Sites. The restoration works have revived the knowledge of mud-plaster maintenance.The mosque has an old Quran, believed by the locals to have been given as a gift from heaven in 1650 to Yidan Barimah Bramah, the Imam at the time, as a result of his prayers. The mosque, built with mud and reeds, has two tall towers in pyramidal shape, one for the mihrab which faces towards Mecca forming the facade on the east and the other as a minaret in the northeast corner. These are buttressed by twelve bulbous shaped structures, which are fitted with timber elements.In 1421, an Islamic trader named Ayuba had a dream while staying here, near a "Mystic Stone", instructing him to build a mosque. Strangely, when he awoke, he found that the foundations were already in place and he proceeded to construct the mosque until it was completed.There is a belief that he left instructions that he should be buried close to the mosque and that after three days, the baobab which would shoot up on his grave was to be preserved from generation to generation. The baobab tree next to the mosque today is reputed to mark the site of Ayuba's grave.The townsfolk of Larabanga supposedly depend on the leaves and stem of this baobab tree for healing of ailments.

The amazing Ancient mosque in West africa

Tourist having a brief story of the ancient mosque built by an angel in Larabanga

Tourist having a great time with kids

THE MYSTIC STONE

During the British times, in Ghana there was a road that was laid near the Larabanga Mosque, a stone was removed during the process to make way for the road. The next day, the stone was found again on the same place it was displaced from. The stone was again removed from the way and the same thing happened the next day. Later, the officials decided to build the road around the stone and it became the mystic stone.

Location of the Mystic Stone

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