According to the Lonely Plant guide, we took a bus from Kumasi to Tamale, with the expectation that we might be able to catch the last bus to Mole. Not surprisingly, we learned that the bus had been broken down for several days, and so we began to look for other options. As luck would have it, we were able to share a taxi with three women. So, we packed our baggage and squeezed ourselves into the Toyota station wagon. The road to Mole is both unpaved and full of bit pits. Along the way, we viewed numerous villages, the children of which ran along the road and waved as we passed by. Eventually, we reached the ranger station at Mole and paid our entrance fees. At the end of our stay, we didn't return to Mole. Rather, we waited several hours in Larabunga for the first bus to Wa to arrive, a bus which by then was standing room only. After four hours of a brutal standing bus ride, we reached Wa. Despite the hardships, we were delighted by such a burden because the people around us were so interesting.
The fastest and easiest way to get to Mole N.P. is to get the Metro Mass bus from the central tro-tro station in Tamale. This bus goes directly to Mole, with only a few stops on the way.
But: The road to Mole is very bad, especially in the raining season. The bus is not air-conditioned so it is very hot inside. The bus officially has seats for about 48 people, but no less then 70-80 people will be sent inside. This all makes it to a hectic, tough and not-relaxing trip.
It is wise to buy your ticket around 7 AM on the day of departure at the tro-tro station, to be sure of a seat. The bus leaves Tamale around 3 PM, but you have to be present an hour earlier. It costs 30.000 cedis (about $3 US) to get to Mole in about 5 hours.
On the way back you don't have to worry about a place to sit in the bus: Mole is the starting point of the bus going back. The bus leaves the park at 5 AM, and the costs are 30.000 Cedis again.
going to en from Mole national Parc
If you dont have your own transport, there are two ways to reach the parc. You can either take the daily bus from tamale or take a taxi from tamale.
We took the bus...
we took the STC bus from Kumasi to Tamale and then the bus from tamale to Mole (the bus and trotro station in tamale is next tot the stc station).
Be sure to have seats for the trip to Mole, because even if Mole seems to be pretty close to Tamale, the trip will take about 7 hours on a dusty and bumpy road and there will be approx 60 persons and tons of luggage in this little bus...
It sure was an experience we´ll never forget, but keep in mind that we were only smiling because we arrived ;) And we knew we had to do the same trip again... (we managed to do the Mole-Ouaga trip in one day!)
so if you are in a group, I´d consider chartering a taxi... (wich will only take half of the time I think)
Mole National Park is one of the few African Wilderness Areas where you can do Safaris on foot.
It is also possible to make arrangements at the reception for a Game Drive.