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Paga Crocodile Pond is a sacred pond in Paga in the Upper East Region of Ghana, which is inhabited by West African crocodiles, with some up to 90 years old. The crocodiles are so tame that local children can swim in the pond alongside them without being harmed.

Upper East Region

Ghana: Upper East Region
Population: 1,301,226

The Upper East Region, located in the northeastern part of the nation, has historically served as a crossroads for trans-Saharan trade routes and serves as the entry point for Burkina Faso and Togo into Ghana.  

Excellent for tourists, the Upper East Region provides an engaging introduction to Ghana.  

It is the second smallest of the country’s 10 administrative areas, with a population of 1 million. The regional hub of Bolgatanga, sometimes referred to as Bolga locally, has long served as a gathering place for traders heading south to Temale and southern Ghana from Mali and Burkina Faso.  

The Upper East Region was formerly a part of the Upper Region (Upper East and Upper West), which was split off from the Northern Region on July 1, 1960. 

Agriculture, hunting, and forestry are the main economic activities in the region. About eighty per cent of the economically active population engages in agriculture. The main produce are millet, guinea-corn, maize, groundnut, beans, sorghum and dry season tomatoes and onions. Livestock and poultry production are also important. There are two main irrigation projects, the Vea Project in Bolgatanga covering 850 hectares and the Tono Project in Navrongo covering 2,490 hectares. Altogether they provide employment to about 6,000 small-scale farmers. Other water-retaining structures (dams and dugouts) provide water for both domestic and agricultural purposes.