Favorite thing: There are many crocodiles in the park – fortunately we didn’t get near enough to them for them to become a danger. It is the largest living reptile and can grow to lengths of up to 6m. Although if cornered they would pose a danger to humans, crocodiles feed mainly on fish. They have been known to prey on larger mammals drinking at the waterholes, suddenly jumping out of the water, grabbing the mammal and dragging it under water to drown. They then leave the body submerged by a tree or rock until it decomposes enough for them to eat.
Favorite thing: The warthog is basically a wild pig, and are named for the four wart-like tusks on either side of their mouths. These are used for defense during fighting. Warthogs are found in groups ranging from three to ten animals, and a group of warthogs is called a sounder (that was a new word for me!). They usually live in open grassland and are so cute when they run with their tails held high in the air. We saw several groups with youngsters, as well as a couple of solitary males.
Favorite thing: The olive baboon – also known as the anubis baboon –is a much larger primate than the average monkey. The baboons live in troops with a complicated social structure of dominance. The baboon is quite a common sight in Mole National Park and we saw them not only out in the bush while we were on the safari, but also around the local housing, where no doubt they live of scraps discarded by the people.
Favorite thing: The Green Monkey is a type of Vervet monkey, which is one of the most common monkey species in the African forests. The green monkey is slightly unusual within the species in that it inhabits savanna rather than actual forests. We saw these monkeys around the hotel grounds as well as out in the park itself.
Favorite thing: There are said to be about 600 savanna elephants in the national park. All the elephants we saw were male. The elephants will eat up 300kg of food each day, but they do not cause such widespread destruction here as they do in other parts of Africa. An elephant can live for about 60 years.
Favorite thing: The bushbuck is a very shy antelope, but is quite widespread in Mole National Park. We were lucky enough to spot them on a couple of occasions. The male has straight horns and is dark brown or chestnut coloured, whereas the female, which is much smaller, is usually a paler reddish-brown.
Favorite thing: The grounds of the hotel are full of little lizards in every size, shape or form. Most of them are quite shy and will run off as soon as you get anywhere near them. Some will hang around long enough for you to photograph them though. Lizards are always good to have around as they will eat insects.
Favorite thing: Similar to ants, and sometimes known as white ants, termites actually belong to the order of isoptera. They are not related to ants at all, and are soften, paler in colour and much slower moving. Termites generally feed on dead plant material, usually in the form of wood, dead leaves or soil. They build enormous mounds to house their colonies, as seen here in this picture. The structure is very complex and includes fairly accurate temperature control.
The entrance fee for Mole N.P. is very cheap compared to other wildlife parks in Africa. To get in you pay 40.000 cedis ($4,- US) and for a photo camera you pay an extra 2.000 cedis: 0,20 dollars!
You have to pay your entrance fee as soon as you enter the park by bus.
Favorite thing: The most commonly seen antelope in Mole National Park, is the Kob. )Kobus kob. It is closely related to the waterbuck, and is a rather beautiful, golden-red animal with a white throat.
Favorite thing: Patas Monkeys are also known as Red Monkeys and inhabit dry savannahs including Mole National Park. The scientific name is Erythrocebus patas. They are mainly found on the ground.
Favorite thing: There are some very beautiful plants and colourful flowers in the park, including around the hotel grounds.