7 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Exciting Mole National Park in Ghana

Mole National Park Pictures

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Fig. 1. A leopard                               Fig. 2. An elephant                       Fig. 3. A spotted hyena

Animals found in Mole National Park

Fig. 4. A lioness and her cub

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Picture this: spending your holidays at the Mole National Park which is home to antelopes, buffaloes, bushbucks, kobs (kinds of deer), different kinds of monkeys such as green monkeys and patas monkeys, lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, warthogs (they look like pigs), elephants, and different kinds of birds. Don’t you think it would be a wonderful experience to see all these animals in Mole National Park, animals you only see in books live?

If you are about to get married and thinking of where to go for your honeymoon, you should consider having your honeymoon at the Mole National Park!

The park offers a quiet atmosphere where you can relax and reflect on your life, whilst also giving you great opportunities to have fun.

Are you not curious about this place? Follow me as I take you on a tour to explore the Mole National Park.

Fig. 5. An elephant eating grass

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Mole National Park Safari

Fig. 6. Kobs are some of the animals you will see during the safaris

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Have you ever been on a safari before? I guess not. Well, when you visit the Mole National Park, you will have the opportunity to go on a safari through this savanna land. Can you imagine the thrill of walking on rocky ground through the park, knowing you can chance on an elephant at any moment? Or driving to the location where you can see the Mole National Park lions or leopards at a safe distance?

Mole National Park has three kinds of safaris for its visitors:

1. Mole National Park Walking Safari

Tourists going on a walking safari through the park

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Fig. 7. A patas monkey                 Fig. 8. Bushbucks                       Fig. 9. A warthog

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You will have the opportunity to walk for two hours non-stop on a tortuous route full of stones and rocks. Can you think of a better way of exercising and keeping fit after spending hours at a desk and table than this? You can take pictures of yourself on this challenge so that you can show your friends back home how tough you are!

This safari, which takes place between 7 AM and 11 AM, or from 3.30 PM to 5.30 PM, will also afford you a chance to see awesome antelopes, kobs, and elephants at close range.

2. Drive Safari

Tourists on a drive safari

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Fig. 10. A red-headed weaver         Fig. 11. A baboon

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Fig. 12. An Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill

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You will be driven in a jeep between 7 and 11 in the morning, and this will afford you an opportunity to see many of the animals in the Mole National Park. You will see roan antelopes, warthogs, waterbucks, agile baboons, patas monkeys, and green monkeys, hartebeests, and some kobs.

If you prefer to see the animals in the afternoon, then you can have your safari between 3.30 and 5.30 PM.

3. A Safari in the Night

Fig. 13. A leopard searching for food in the evening

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Not only can you have a safari during the daytime, but also in the night, if you wish to see the nocturnal animals searching for food.  An able, experienced, and composed armed tour guide will escort you when you start this journey, which usually occurs after 6 pm.

You can choose to view the animals either from the top of the jeep (many of the jeeps have seats on the roof), which you have to rent, or from the inside of the car if you are scared the animal may attack you! (What should you be scared of, anyway?)

This trip will give you an opportunity to see lovable hyenas, leopards, elephants in Mole National Park, and buffaloes.

4. Mole National Park Tree House

It is 7 pm and you are staring wide-eyed as your skin is crawling and you are feeling the creeps as you see a hyena or leopard bounding in your direction. Goose bumps are growing all over your body as the beast draws closer and closer. However, it stops suddenly and chooses to lick salt. Anyway, you are high up in a tree, safe from any harm.

This could be your experience when you climb the viewing platform. The “tree hide” can make you experience some suspense as well as give you a chance to feel close to some of the nocturnal animals. You will experience hundreds of birds screeching and chirping in the dark (some may even frighten you!), or elephants trumpeting, agile monkeys chattering and displaying their tree-climbing skills, hyenas screaming, and deers belling. All this, in combination with the dark night, will create an eerie environment and add to the thrill and excitement of this adventure.

A competent, armed guide will stay with you from  5 PM when this adventure begins, to 8 AM the following morning. You can use this opportunity to show the world how brave you are!

You are however warned to bring along two long trousers, two pairs of socks, boots, and insect repellents because there are tsetse flies on the road to where the platform is. Tsetse flies can bite through light clothing and give you sleeping sickness.

5. Enjoy a Swim

Fig. 14. Tourists swimming at the foot of the waterfalls                          Fig. 15. The waterfalls at the Mole National Park

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Imagine yourself having a refreshing swim in one of the rivers which meander their way through the Mole National Park. Or imagine splashing and thrashing about excitedly in the stunning waterfalls downstream of the Kparia and Polzen rivers. This is another reason to visit the park.

6. You Will Be Well Protected

There are a number of very well-trained, cordial, warmhearted, watchful tour guides who give armed tour guiding and staff patrols to all tourists who visit the Mole National Park. Therefore, you will be safe every step of the way when you visit the park. Your safety and protection is of the utmost priority to the management and staff of the park.

7. Mole National Park Accommodation

Fig. 16. A view of the entrance to one of the rooms of the Mole Motel

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If you want to stay at the park for an extended period of time, you can do so at the Mole Motel. It is a comfortable facility with electricity, internet access, TVs, and other amenities to help make you feel as a though you are at a home away from home.

Mole National Park Weather

If you choose to visit during the summer holidays, that part of Ghana will be experiencing the rainy season. There are some precautions you must take if you want to have an enjoyable stay:

  1. The rains can be torrential at this time. Therefore, come with a rain coat.
  2. There are a lot of mosquitoes in this area which can give you malaria. Thus, come with malaria- preventing tablets such as proguanil, or make sure you have adequate prevention therapy before you embark on this journey.
  3. Bring bottled water, or buy bottled water when you arrive in Accra, the nation’s capital. It will save you from getting water-borne diseases.
  4. Northern Ghana, where the Mole National Park is located, is a predominantly Moslem area. Therefore, be careful not to do anything to offend the sensibilities of the people who live in the communities near the park (if you decide to visit some of those communities).
  5. If you visit the Mole National Park from March to May or from August to December, you will need to come with light clothes because the weather is very hot and humid during these times. Bringing along cotton shorts, cotton shirts, and sneakers, will help you to beat off the heat and feel comfortable.

How to Get There

  • You can choose to fly in from Europe or America to Accra, or to Kumasi (Ghana’s second city), and then take an inter-city flight to Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region.
  • If you want to get to know the locals and experience travelling on public transport in Ghana, you can choose to go from Tamale to the Mole National Park by a mini- bus. Ask for the Sankpala Station in Tamale. You can take a mini-bus from there straight to the Mole National Park. This option can be uncomfortable for someone coming from the developed world because passengers are packed into these buses.
  • Another option is to join a Tamale-Damongo mini-bus. Alight at Damongo and take a taxi straight to the park, or continue your journey from Damongo to Larabanga—which has its own tourist attraction—and take a taxi from Larabanga to the park.
  • If you want to go to the park in comfort, you can decide to rent a car to take you from Accra or from Kumasi to the park. Getting to the Mole National Park from Accra will take about 10 hours, whilst you may spend about 6 hours if you drive from Kumasi to the Mole National Park. However, this is an expensive alternative.
  • OA Travel and Tours, Metro Mass Transit, VIP, VVIP, and State Transport Corporation (STC) buses travel from Accra and Kumasi to Tamale everyday. You may choose to board one of these buses to Tamale when you arrive in this country. All these buses are fairly comfortable to travel in.

Conclusion

If you want somewhere to spend your holidays or vacations, or a place to start your married life, you should consider taking a trip to the Mole National Park. You will see a variety of wildlife in a very peaceful environment. And I can assure you it will be an experience you will cherish for the rest of your life!

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