PAGA CROCODILE POND, THE BIZARRE TOURIST ATTRACTIONOne of my favorite tourist attraction spots I wouldn't like you to miss when you are in Ghana,
is the Paga Crocodile Pond in the Northern Region,
Bolgatanga which is very close to the Burkina Faso border.
This famous pond is filled with some of the biggest crocodiles in the world. According to history and some myth, one of the ancient crocodiles of this pond saved the life of the first man who settled in the area, by leading him to the pond to quench his thirst from a long journey.
After that incident, the man declared the pond be sacred and the crocs should be treated as royals. Up till now it's a taboo to harm or kill these reptiles. It is believed that the oldest crocodile is about 85years old.
Crocodiles are wild creatures but not the ones in Paga.
These crocodiles coexist with humans and their friendly
interactions with humans baffle the minds of many tourists including myself.
It is also believed that the soul of every native of this village has a corresponding
crocodile in the pond. According to reliable sources, the death of most of the important personalities in the town coincided with the deaths of some of the biggest crocs in the sacred pond.
Paga crocodile pond sanctuary is visited by millions of travelers from all parts of the globe. There are trained tour guides who performs some exercises before the crocodiles come out of water. A small fee is charged to buy the chicken for the show.
Its so beautiful how this works and you wouldn't wanna miss anything so make sure you have your camera ready for the show. This is where you have your closet encounter with crocodiles. Two things normally happen.
First, the Guide whistles a tune and this excites them and make them come out of
the water and then waves a live fowl in the air for it to come to the dry land.
Secondly, he rewards the croc with the fowl and then.......
Now this is the fun part, you can touch, caress or even "sit" on these reptiles. The only place on the planet where you can pose for your memorable photos, sitting and holding the tail of some of the biggest reptiles in the world.
These crocodiles are harmless and friendly but please take extra caution as anything is possible. Nevertheless, no body has ever been reported hurt or killed by these beautiful lizards since it's inception.
There are other side attractions like the Slave market,
the Kukula mystery dam and Natural game reserves.
After the fun, you can "chill" in some of the affordable but nice drinking spots and
restaurants around. There is
a motel with affordable rates if you decide you want to stay overnight.
Okay, its enough. SEEING IS BELIEVING.
Below is a video illustration of what I'm talking about. Dont worry the language the folks are speaking is deutch but who cares......
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