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Paga Sacred Crocodile Pools
An NCRC & Partners Community-Based Ecotourism Project

paga crocodile (©2003 NCRC Credit: Francis Provencal)

Paga is famous for the sacred crocodile pools located on the edge of town. It is taboo for anyone to harm the crocodiles, which pose no danger to people. According to oral history, over 600 years ago, a young man on a hunting trip ended up trapped in a deep aardvark hole, scared, alone, and starving. A crocodile led him out through one of the tunnels. Forever indebted to the crocodile, he left his family’s village, and began the search for a new place to settle. He was followed by the crocodile, and found a place now known as Paga. Crediting his success to the crocodile, he believed that his soul, and also those of his children, and the children that followed, would be carried in the crocodile, and pronounced it sacred.


  • At the sacred crocodile pools, purchase a chicken sacrifice for the crocs, which gulp the bird with amazing speed, then, satiated, allow photos to be taken.
  • Take excursions to houses and villages with architectural designs distinct to the area.
  • Enjoy evenings of storytelling, drumming and dancing performed according to tradition.
  • Tour the hidden northern slave market at Pikworo Slave Camp, which supplied the southern sales of slaves. Visit the house that sheltered villagers from slave raiders in times past.
  • Visit the local market, meet local artisans, or tour the Community Tree Nursery.
  • Experience pito, a local alcoholic drink, with the locals at a drinking spot.
  • Paga, on the border with Burkina Faso, is also the best point for crossing the frontier.
  • The Paga Chop Bar Association cooks for visitors upon request. Arrangements can be made in the Visitor Center.
  • Homestay compounds from various communities in and around Paga are available for visitors to spend the night. Arrangements can be made in the Visitor Center.
  • Accomodation is also available in nearby Navrongo at Tono Guest House, Hotel Mayaga, CEDEC Guest House, Catholic Social Centre.
  • Public Transport: Take a line taxi or charter a taxi from the Paga/Navrongo Station at the Main Transport yard in Bolgatanga (behind SSB Bank). Look for signs directing you to the visitor center, on the main road in central Paga.
  • Private Transport: Drive 18 km northwest of Bolga to Navrongo. Turn right at the junction near the prison. Paga is approx. 9 km down the road. Look for signs directing you to the visitor center.
Other Places of Interest Nearby:

Tongo and Tengzug, Red Volta, Sirigu, Bongo.

For Further Info Contact:

Ghana Tourist Board at Bolga P. O. Box 305 Bolgatanga Phone: 072-23416 E-mail: [email protected] Paga Ecotourism Committee P.O. Box 2, Paga, Upper East Region Ghana Ghana Tourist Board Head Office Tel: 233-21-222153 E-mail: [email protected]