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Mole National Park
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Mole National Park


Just as you are about to succumb to post-lunch sleepiness under the warm African sun there is a ruckus – you open your eyes and can hardly believe what you see!  Just a few metres from your recliner a huge bull Elephant has appeared by the poolside and is slaking his thirst, to everyone’s astonishment and delight! Welcome to the Mole National Park experience.


Best Time to Visit

The dry months from November to April are the best time for general game viewing, while birding is best during the wet season from March to November.

How to Get There

It’s quickest and easiest to fly into the Park's airstrip.
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Fascinating Mole National Park

Mole National Park is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Ghana and is home to a wide variety of animals and birds, including some very rare species that are seldom encountered elsewhere in Africa.  The Park encompasses about 4,800 km sq of mainly undulating landscape featuring savannah plains and forested areas interspersed by flat-topped hills, supporting a very wide variety of flora and fauna.  The southern boundary of the Park is formed by the Koukori escarpment, and the entire Park is an important water-shed for the Volta River – in fact numerous rivers originate in the Park, criss-crossing the area before they eventually drain into the White Volta River.  The plentiful water supply (during the rainy season) means that the Park supports over 90 species of mammals, more than 300 recorded bird species and many reptiles.



The Mole Elephants, the Rare Species and other Highlights

The Mole Elephants 

There are about 8000 Elephants in Mole National Park and one of the highlights of a visit is the chance to track them on foot.  Because the Elephants of Mole have been relatively unaffected by poachers they have become habituated to humans and are quite unique in allowing visitors to approach them fairly closely.  (Of course, humans are the intruders in their world and must always exercise caution and treat the Ellies with due respect!)  In particular, there are 3 specific Elephants which are known to hang around the Mole Motel, casually grazing in the gardens and having the odd drink out of the pool.  These three are real characters and appear to be totally at ease with the guests and staff, but do remember that they will always remain wild animals and should be treated as such at all times.  Photographers are in for a treat!


Mole’s Rare or unusual species include the Black and White Colobus Monkey, the Bohor Reedbuck and the Yellow-backed Duiker.  In addition, the African Buffaloes in this Park are of particular interest since there are two sub-species to be seen namely Red and Black Buffaloes.


Bird Watching is wonderful in Mole National Park and you can expect to be crossing off many species from your check-list.  The Park is home to more than 300 recorded species and to add to the excitement for birders, the recorded list includes several species that are globally threatened such as Fox Kestrel, the beautiful Senegal Parrot, Violet Plantain-eater, Yellow-billed Shrike and the Red-throated Bee-eater.  



The very best way to enjoy the charms of Mole National Park is to set off to explore on foot, accompanied by an armed ranger to keep you safe.  Your guide will be able to take you to the best places to see the varied wildlife of the Park and getting up close to the remarkable Elephants on foot is a major thrill that will remain with you forever.  There are 2 guided walks per day – one really early in the morning and the second around 15.30 in the afternoon, so that you can be back in camp by sunset.  You can expect to walk around 3-4kms per hour and will need sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots.  You can also go on a guided game drive along the 70km of road, but be warned - the road infrastructure in this Park is rudimentary to say the least and you will be in for a rather bumpy ride! 


Other Activities

Most visitors spend their non-walking hours observing the activities around the waterhole near the motel from an elevated viewing platform, or enjoying the pool. Keen birders can go on an expedition to one of the wetland areas for some of the best birding in Ghana.  In addition you can set off to explore the new double-storey tree hide which has been erected at a salt lick about 2km from the Motel.  There is also a viewing platform near the Haraba pool along the Asibey loop which is particularly good for bird watching, especially during the rainy season.


If you would like a deeper insight into the everyday life of the local people you can go on a cultural visit to Mognori Eco-Village, where the community lives in tune with Nature.  At Mognori you can go on a canoe safari on the Mole River, tour the village or learn a cultural dance.


It is also possible to visit the unique Larabanga mosque, which is the oldest existing building in Ghana and was originally constructed using just sticks and mud around the 13th century.




The only non-camping accommodation in the Park is the Mole Motel, which offers several options from air-conditioned chalets overlooking the water hole to dormitory-style bunk beds.  The motel provides basic but clean rooms with comfortable beds and a very welcome swimming pool, and occupies a stunning location at the top of the escarpment with a wonderful viewing platform overlooking the water hole.  The adventurous can choose to spend a night under the stars in the Salt Lick tree-house hide – a really amazing African adventure.



How to Get There

The quickest and most comfortable way to reach the park is by air to the Park’s airstrip.  It is also possible to fly from Accra to Tamale and then access the Park by road using either a bus or taxi.



Best Time to Visit

Ghana is hot and humid for most of the year, so the most comfortable time to visit is during the dry months from November to April.  This is also when many water holes dry up and the wildlife is forced to move out of the densely forested areas and approach the permanent water holes where viewing is easier.  The rainy season, March to November is, however, the best time for bird watchers to visit.

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