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SWOPA Ecolodge and Restaurant

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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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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