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SWOPA Ecolodge and Restaurant

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Bolgatanga Road Sirigu Central, Bolgatanga Ghana
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Welcome to SWOPA - Sirigu's arts and cultural hub and eco-lodge. If you're looking for an authentic travelling experience in rural Ghana, SWOPA is an absolute necessity to visit. SWOPA's eco-lodge provides a home for tourists in an area rich with things to see and do, authentic Ghanaian cuisine, and most importantly, as an NGO it supports and helps women in the local area to create truly inspiring pieces of traditional art. For an ethical, immersive and truly creative experience, come to Sirigu, the painted village and home of pottery in the North-East of Ghana! Rooms cost between 50-105 ghanaian cedis. There is also a bar and restaurant open 24 hours a day to cater to all your needs. Lunch is served daily from midday and is open to anyone. More options are available upon request. We also offer tours of the gallery and local area as well as transportation to other sites of interest and workshops on any of the crafts on show in the gallery. If you would like to further explore Sirigu bikes can be rented from the reception! SWOPA was founded in 1997 by Madame Melanie Kasise, daughter of a Sirigu woman who used her skills in pottery to pay for her education. Madame Kasise now has become a true success story - having appeared at the UN to talk on women's issues, accommodating former UN Secretary Kofi Anan and heading an organisation that spearheads the fight for rights in the local community. It became Madame Kasise's vision to get more women involved in the artisan crafts that her mother had used to educate her, to educate and employ them. SWOPA now boasts a membership of approximately 400 local women, all trained for free by the organisation who make the incredible arts and crafts you can find in the gallery, here at SWOPA. Since then SWOPA has evolved and provides the one place in Sirigu you can stay, eat, learn and soak in the local culture. Sirigu, the village we are located in, boasts the most unique and stylised wall paintings you can find in the region, and arguably the country. The painted village is keeping arts and crafts alive, and you can come and be a part of that by staying at SWOPA, by taking a lesson and making a pot yourself - or by taking home a piece of traditional, authentic local culture.
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Bolgatanga Road Sirigu Central, Bolgatanga Ghana
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Laurent N wrote a review Nov 2018
Heffingen, Luxembourg54 contributions1 helpful vote
We were very happy with this accomodation, people were helpful and friendly. I can’t give five stars because the running water didn’t work during our stay and because most houses in Sirigu aren’t painted traditionally anymore.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Rotkiv V wrote a review Aug 2018
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The highlight for me was participating in painting, pottery, and weaving classes - this gives you some hint on what it really takes to weave a basket and how we don't appreciate this hard work trying to buy beautiful baskets very cheap. Otherwise the room was good with slight running water problems, the food was plenty and delicious and the staff very friendly. I wish more people were coming to meet these art ladies in the centre. The prices are very reasonable and definitely it was money really well spent.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Smiffybird wrote a review Nov 2017
Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates70 contributions20 helpful votes
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I stayed for a week in Swopa while visiting a friend in Sirigu. The first two days I spent in the dorm room which holds five beds and has two bathrooms and has ceiling fans. I then moved into one of the gorgeous self contained bungalows with ensuite shower & toilet and air conditioning. Both type of rooms were clean although the bathrooms are basic. While there I attended a painting workshop which was good fun. The staff are helpful & friendly, the food tasty. I love this place and am already planning a return visit.
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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JonasVdA wrote a review Dec 2016
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Visiting SWOPA is a must for anyone who truly wants to get in touch with ghanaian culture. The rooms are amazing and the food is delicious. The pottery and weaving workshops are highly advisable. The shop offers all kinds of traditional pottery and baskets at very reasonable prices. Having lived in Ghana for a while, I know what the right prices are for things here. Usually when you want to buy something, you have to bargain. Locals will then ask ridiculous prices sometimes because they can see you're not Ghanaian. At SWOPA all prices are fixed and all objects are labeled with their price. This makes for a very pleasant and fair shopping experience. If you are interested in buying traditional art or pottery: this is the place to do so. The people are very friendly and for a small fee, someone can drive you around the mesmerising and peaceful landscape.
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Date of stay: December 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Denise A wrote a review Jul 2015
Hartford, Connecticut54 contributions33 helpful votes
Subject: Sirigu Women's Organisation for Pottery and Art Guest House Location: Bolgatanga, Upper East Region, Ghana, Africa Title: Rustic and peaceful ID#: 290117711 Spent 3 days at SWOPA and had a wonderful time. Took Arts classes in the morning and went on several different tours in the afternoon. My brain if fully expanded. The staff are very accommodating and were eager to help as much as needed. Sirigu is up in the most northern part of rural Ghana and was quite a bit more arid and hot as compared to the coast. Took an afternoon tour off grounds and a walking tour of area painted traditional homes. Albert, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable about the area and history. Faustina, the coordinator of the arts classes was invested in our success and enjoyment of the crafts. The guest house facilities were rustic but clean. Round traditional huts with electricity and running water (most of the time) Not a 5 star hotel, but mostly clean and comfortable. The extra 15 cedis was well worth the air conditioning. Electricity was partially solar powered so even with lights out fans and lights work. Water pressure and warmth was great. Food was ok. Food choices were limited. I will definitely be going back when others come to visit. We stayed 3 days which was a good amount of time.
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Date of stay: July 2015
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Frequently Asked Questions about SWOPA Ecolodge and Restaurant
What food & drink options are available at SWOPA Ecolodge and Restaurant?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Are pets allowed at SWOPA Ecolodge and Restaurant?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is SWOPA Ecolodge and Restaurant accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.