Meet Africa and Sognaayilli

Jessica Cornelissen of Meet Africa has forwarded me updated version of the entries in the current edition of Bradt Ghana:


Situated about 7km northwest of central Tamale, the village of Sognaayilli hosts a worthwhile community-based tour programme set up by the Dutch/Ghanaian volunteer organisation Meet Africa (which p 65-75% of income goes to the community). Operating under the name Meet Africa Rural Village Experience and Lodging (MARVEL), it offers visitors the opportunity to experience a rural northern culture through homestays, where you live with a local family and help with everyday duties such as cooking, fetching water, sweeping, washing dishes and gardening/farming. Day and half tours are offered including activities such as a visit to the chief, consulting of a soothsayer, a kulikuli workshop, indigenous bathing of babies, cotton spinning, drumming and dancing and visits to active shrines. Half-day tours cost around US$14 – 19 per person depending on group size, while full-day tours cost US$16–30 per person depending on group size.

Meet Africa also operates a rustic guesthouse in Sognaayilli, comprising a traditional compound of connected round adobe huts. The twin/dbl rooms all have a private bucket shower, but there is no electricity & the (eco friendly) toilets are outside. Moderately priced meals are available by request. Guests that prefer to stay in a homestay can do so in one of the two homestays.

All visits and stays must be arranged through Meet Africa (m 0249 243142/0205 911748/0244 824110/0209 789028; e /, ideally with a little advance notice.

To get to the Tamale office of Meet Africa, which lies about 5km out of town along the Bolgatanga Road, catch a shared taxi towards Kamina, and disembark just after the village of Kanvilli. The office is on the right side of the road opposite a Nasona fuel station.



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