Bolgatanga Travel Guide

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Vopac Guesthouse

Vopac Guesthouse

 Bolgatanga is the last major town before getting to the border with Burkina Faso (less than 2 hours north by car). It is a friendly town which has a daily STC bus connection with Kumasi and Accra. There are good communications, traveller cheques can be changed at the Barclays Bank.

The last time I was in Bolgatanga (2007), there was no major bank - only the Agric Development Bank and a couple smaller ones none of which could cash travellers' cheques.  The Barclays had closed down.  The closest one was in Tamale.

Places to stay:

Top end place to stay is Comme Ci Comme Ca which has Air Con (rare up there) and an excellent outdoor bar/restaurant. Cheap and cheerful is the catholic mission, just pretend you are relgious! The government-run Catering Rest House is also quite decent and affordable, you get your own appartment with large double beds, fan, noisy airco, bath, fridge and tv.

The high-light here is the local painted villages, which are just that villages which are painted in the most vibrate colours. See them now because slowly but surly this tradtion is disappering fast.

The best painted houses are at Vopac, which is just 5 miles from Bolga( on the way to Navrongo) it is easy to get to and is very welcoming, with out trying to sell you to many things! Vopac has a guest house in a painted house, so you can experience true African family-life. The money it makes goes back into the local community.

To have a leisure break, go and drink some real coffee (guaranteed no Nescafe) at the ROOTS ARTS Gallery and Cafe. Look at the art exhibition including pictures, poetry, beads and leather works , just to mention a few. You'll find the gallery at the Bolgatanga Commercial Road opposite Barclays Bank and Bolga Post Office.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: johene

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