The Sawla-Tuna- Kalba District is a young one carved out of the then Bole District in 2004. Indeed, the District was one of the twenty-eight (28) districts created in that year. As one of the twenty (20) districts in the Northern Region, the district is located in the western part of the Northern Region, between latitudes 8 40o and 9 40 o North and longitudes 1 o 50 and 2 o 45 o West.
The District shares common boundaries with Wa West District and Wa East to the North, Bole District to the South, West Gonja District to the East and La Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso to the West. It has a total land area of about 4,601 square kilometers out of the total area of 74,984 kilometers of the Northern Region, representing six point fourteen percent (6.14%) of the total land mass of the Northern Region. Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District capital (Sawla) is about 210 kilometers North West of Tamale, the Regional capital in the Republic of Ghana.