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Tourism Attractions

 

The District Assembly is well aware that tourism development will bring employment opportunities to the populace and thereby improve general living standards. The development of tourism will serve as a catalyst for better roads, more regular transport and other services including electricity. This is why the District Assembly is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to encourage investment in this area of activity. There are several tourist potentials in the district, which can be developed into major tourist attractions. One of the most outstanding ones is the Zongoiri Waterfall.

The chiefdom of Zongoiri lies almost in the shadow of the Gambaga Escarpment. It is bordered to the south by the White Volta and to the west by the Red Volta and the elephants that live in the forest reserve lands that border the river. One of the two roads that leaves Zongoiri for the White Volta River leads to the waterfall at Kianga where there are also some interesting rock formations. The other road eventually becomes a trial that leads up the escarpment to Gambaga offering spectacular views on the way up. Zongoiri is also home to some sacred groves and a local water source that is believed to have the power to heal or prevent guinea worm infestation. Another spot of tourist interest is the Abaa Kugit Water Pond, which is located at the apex of the mountain of Soogo.

Though it located at the apex of the mountain, this water source never dries up even in the dry season. It is the permanent source of water for the people in the community. The community members claim that a tiger lives near the pond. Both the tiger and the water pond are considered sacred. On the way up the mountain to Abaa Kugit pond, tourists have the opportunity to view the beautiful scenery created by a deep valley between two mountains that lie parallel to each other. Eco-tourism could serve as an alternative land use in the Red Volta Forest Reserve.

In recent years, the elephants, which used to migrate from the Republic of Burkina Faso and Togo into the district, have permanently remained in the Bawku West Distrit, even during the dry season. It is estimated that, there are about 100 elephants living in the forest reserve. Developing eco-tourism in the forest reserve could bring about the combined benefits of conservation of sensitive ecological areas with opportunities for the people to find alternative soruces of income. The Bawku East District Assembly is looking up to new investment inflows from outside the district, both from the private sector and through joint ventures, to act as the engine of growth and development in the area. Investors would be offered generous incentives and the full support of the District Assembly.



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