The Upper West Region has a land area of 8,842 square kilometres (3%) of Ghana's total. The Dagarba, Lobi, Sisala, Vagla and the Wala, all of who speak distinct languages, inhabit this region. Wa is the capital city of this region.

Total population of the region, which comprises five administrative districts – Jirapa-Lambusi, Lawra, Nadawoli, Sissala and Wa, - is 573,873. It is the gateway to Ghana from Burkina Faso, which is a traditional crossroad for the Trans-Saharan trade routes.

An exciting introduction to Ghana, much of the landscape is broad savannah grasslands, dotted with the strange-looking baobab trees, or striking Sahel terrain.

In the villages, with their distinctive round huts, communal activities go on as they have for generations.

The Upper West Region has a different feeling, as a more traditional region. Wa the capital city is also the seat of the Wa Naa, Paramount Chief of the Walas. The magnificent palace still stands as stately as it did when it was first built in the 19th century. The uniquely styled traditional village houses of round mud-walled structures connected by walls forming large compounds are well adapted to the demanding climate of this region.

Tourist sites to be plotted on map:

  • Gbelle Game Reserve
  • Wa Naa's Palace
  • Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary