Sankana Slave Cave Photo: Prince Hannan 


Tourism has been discovered to be one of the main driving forces of economic growth in less developed economies. Even though the District has a strong tourism potential, this is yet to be developed to contribute meaningfully to the District’s economy. The following are some of the sites that have been identified and investigated to be viable in the District:

Cluster of Anthills (Falantan Anthills) at Bayero near Nanville,
Rocks and caves at Sankana,
OmboWura Rock at Ombo near Kaleo
Crocodile Pond at Kaleo
Bone-setters Clinic at Duong
Porcupine Sanctuary or Villages at Gure near Sombo
Palm Thicket in the middle of the Savanna and pond at Vogoni
Game and wildlife forest reserve at Zupri
Hypo sanctuary at Chari-Naribo (close to the black volta)
Sankana Rocks and Caves

Sankana Slave Cave, Photo by Prince Hannan Banang

These are large masses of rocks with a very deep cave underneath one of the rocks. It is believed that the caves were used as hiding places during the Samori Babatu Slavery invasions.

Duong Bone-setters Clinic

Duong is a village in the Nadowli District famous for the treatment of broken bones and fractures. The treatment involves the use of the bark of a tree locally called “pumpungo” which is tied around the fracture.

In recognition of the success rate of the clinic in treating fractures, DANIDA has contracted a three-unit house to help solve the accommodation problems facing the clinic.The District Assembly and Ghana Health Services is making efforts to develop and expand the centre

Tourist at Sankana Caves & Bone-setters at work

Sombo Foot Prints

These are the foot prints of a man and woman on a rock at Sombo. Oral tradition has it that the two were escaping from Samori and Babatu during the slave raids into the thick forest near the rock and when they stepped on the rocks to seek refuge in the forest, they left their footprints on it.

Ombo Wora Rock

This has a mystery surrounding its location at the present place. The elders of Ombo say that where the rock is now used to be full of water (in the olden days) which the people of Ombo fetched for their use. One day after a storm, the water disappeared and the rock emerged. Children swimmng in the water at the time were buried by the rock. There is a recognized path to the rock, but it is believed that going to it without the permission of the elders will make one ill. It is also believed that when one cuts himself while on the rock, he would not bleed.

Crocodile Pond

The pond, known traditionally as Kukure is inhabited by crocodiles which come out of the pond on their own, without and rituals being performed.

An Crocodile pond at Kaleo

Royal Mausoleums

There are two Royal Mausoleums at Kaleo. They are Na-Mara and Degunii. History has it that the spot chosen as the Royal Mausoleum was based on the discovery of necklace of a dead chief at the spot. With time a tree grew at the chosen spot.

Falanta Anthills, Nanvilli

A beautiful scene of anthills which were use as a haven during the Samori-Babatu slave raids is the main attraction. Covering an area of about two kilometres the anthills are shaped like mushrooms and are in layers. The layers show the age of each anthill.

Source: Nadowli-Kaleo District Assembly

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