Gambaga Escarpment: History, Best Hiking Points
The Gambaga Escarpment is one of the longest and largest plateaus in Ghana located in the newly created North East region. The plateau stretches across a series of towns in the northern part of the North East region, running all the way from the Walewale township to the border town of Tusugu where we have the Ghana-Togo northern border.
The distance of the plateau stands at 100km while its highest point is around 300m high up from the ground level making it one of the most exciting places to go hiking for tourists.
Primarily, the scarp is made up of fine quality layers of sandstone with the top usually covered by amazing green vegetation especially in Gingana, Naamoori and Nakpanduri (three of the towns the plateau runs through)
Best Hiking Points
Currently, the best hiking point along the escarpment can be found at Nakpanduri largely due to the accessible nature of that portion of the scarp and also because it is among the highest point. Once at the apex of the Nakpanduri portion, tourists can see almost the entire town of Nakpaduri as well as nearby towns for an epic viewing experience. The beautiful green vegetation atop the cliff also serves as an extra attraction for tourists hoping to choose a point to ascend to the top of the scarp.
Aside from the accessible nature and beautiful vegetation of the Nakpanduri escarpment, there are other unique features which are all located along the pathway to the top of the scarp. Most notable of them being an umbrella-shaped rocked and a couple of caves believed to have been home to the prehistoric people.
The lands surrounding the escarpment used to be home to wildlife, and tourists could easily see them while atop the plateau but that is no longer the case today. Human activities like hunting and other factors have driven away animals such as the elephants and deer that used to live in the forest decades ago. Today, the only wildlife still left in the forest are monkeys and baboons and even with that, they are very few in terms of population, as such it is very rare to see them when you visit the plateau today for hiking and touring.
Notwithstanding, tourists are likely to encounter some smaller wildlife creatures including different species of the wild lizards and other rare insects while hiking.