Mole National Park Travel Guide

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Mole National Park Things to Do

  • Laze around the pool

    If all this walking, bid spotting and safari-ing is making you tired, how about lazing around the pool for a couple of hours with a good book. Most game walks are early morning and late afternoon (that is when the animals are most active), so you usually have the rest of the day for relaxation. Only one word of warning: there are no sun loungers,...

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  • At the waterhole

    A very rewarding pastime at Mole National Park, is to spend some time just watching the comings and goings at the waterhole. We spent a couple of hours with binoculars, keeping an eye on the crocodiles that were keeping an eye on the antelopes. Two elephants appeared and went in for a swim and a drink. In the distance we saw another bull elephant...

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  • Walking safari

    One of the most popular activities in Mole National Park, is a walking safari. These take place early morning (usually leaving the lodge around 06:00, just as the sun is rising; and around 15:30 or so in the evening, ensuring you return by sunset). You are accompanied by an armed ranger, who will act as your guide, bird spotter and naturalist too....

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  • Viewing Platform

    There is a fabulous raised viewing platform across the waterhole from the hotel. As far as I know, it is only accessible by foot. It is wonderful peaceful to spend some time just sitting there (bench seats are provided), gazing out over the water. We spotted elephants in the background, crocodiles swimming across the water, many birds as well as...

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  • 4WD safari

    We had the opportunity to take a 4x4 safari into the park over lunchtime. Six of us took up the offer which in most other places would have posed a problem as there were only four seats in the car – but this is Ghana! Simple! Two people sit on the roof! Noah got a couple of camping mattresses to make the roof rack a little more comfortable, and off...

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  • Bird watching

    There are said to be over 300 different species of birds in the park, but I was quite disappointed that we didn’t see more than we did. We saw a few different species, but nowhere near as many as I expected. Amongst the ones we saw were:Grey heronCattle egretGuinea fowlParakeetsHadada irisGrey headed kingfisher

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  • Swimming Pool

    And last but not least, you can also relax perfectly in Mole N.P. When you've done you safari's in the morning, you can spend the rest of the (always hot) day in the swimming pool doing absolutely nothing! The water is very refreshing, though not so clean, but who cares when you're enjoying the sun and the great surrounding, while your drinks will...

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  • Visit Larabanga

    When you are in Mole N.P., you should really use the opportunity to visit Larabanga, a small but famous small village that is very nearby. You can charter a jeep to take you there and show you around the village and its famous mosque, the eldest in Ghana! Expect to pay about 40.000 cedis (4 dollars) for transportation per person. More information...

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  • Viewing points

    The Mole Motel is situated on top of a green hill. Down the hill there are two water ponds where animals come to wash and drink. Close to the Motel there are two viewing platforms from which you have a great view over the ponds and the very beautiful, green environment. One is located at 20 metres from the swimming pool, and one right behind the...

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Mole National Park Restaurants

  • Patience is a virtue

    The restaurant at the Mole Motel is the only place to eat if you stay there. Make sure you bring plenty of patience when waiting for your food. The first night we arrived quite late, and ordered our food around 19:00. They didn’t have any of the main local dishes on the menu, as they took too long to cook and would have to be pre-ordered at...

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  • Mole Canteen

    You can order your drinks at the Restaurant, but if you want to save more then half of your money on drinks, you shouls go to the Rangers Canteen, opposite the starting point of the safari's. You can just take away you drinks here and drink them at the restaurants tables, as long as you bring back the empty bottles when you're finished.

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  • Mole Motel Restaurant

    The only place to eat in the park is the Motel's restaurant. It's the only one, but a good one. The meals they serve are good quality and normally cost around 40.000-50.000 cedis ($4-5 US). The choice is both Ghanaian dishes and international dishes, with the chicken khebab and the pepper steak as my personal favorites. Do note that the breakfast...

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Mole National Park Nightlife

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    As you can imagine, the nightlife of Mole National Park is pretty non-existent. Once you have had your sundowner sitting by the swimming pool or on the viewing platform, watching the big red ball disappearing through the misty sky behind the trees on the horizon, there is zilch to do. You might as well have an early night, as you are probably going to be getting up early to do a safari in the morning.

    Dress Code: Long sleeves shirts and long trousers and plenty of mosquito repellent!

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Mole National Park Transportation

  • Bus to Mole N.P.

    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...

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  • Take a taxi from Tamale to Mole

    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...

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  • Going to and from Mole NP

    going to en from Mole national ParcIf 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...

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Mole National Park Local Customs

  • African Handbag

    Women in nearly all the rural areas, as well as many urban cities, carry a huge bowl like this as their ‘handbag’. It can hold anything and everything – vegetables or meat bought in the market, water from the well, firewood, washing for the river ‘laundry’, good to be sold at the market or goods bought at the market. The options are endless.

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  • Bushfires

    It is common in many parts of West Africa, not just in Mole National Park, for the villagers to burn away part of the undergrowth to encourage the regeneration of new life. This helps in the feeding of wild and domestic animals. We came across huge flames in places, but here in Mole, all we saw was the charred remains of the fire. Be careful when...

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Mole National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Hold on tight

    If you decide to take a 4-wheel drive safari into Mole National Park, beware that the roads are not sealed. They can be very uneven at times, bumpy and uncomfortable, especially if you are travelling on the roof-rack of the vehicle like we did. Hold on for your life!

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  • Mind the elephants

    Don’t get too close to the elephants! This may be what you came to see, but don’t forget that these are wild animals, you are not in a zoo! Elephants can be dangerous if provoked! The ‘rules’ say that you should stay at least 50 metres away from any wild animal, but I will say that the ranger took us nearer than this. An unhappy elephant will...

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  • Water shortages

    Water shortages and cuts are common and in the hotel bathroom were buckets that you were advised to fill at any opportunity you happened to have running water. Which wasn’t very often. Most of the time we had cold bucket showers, but they are very refreshing after a hot, dusty walk in the savanna.

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Mole National Park Tourist Traps

  • Armed Rangers

    Tourists are not allowed to enter the park on foot without being accompanied by an armed ranger. They give you a certain sense of security, but are also useful of course in knowing where to spot animals, how to track moving animals, lots of information about the animals you do see and being able to identify any birds for instance.

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  • Walking safari

    When you make the arrangement for your walking safari, you should ask explicit to explore the northern area.When you go for the southern part you’ll come across small settlements and large junkyards.And you might return a little disappointed.

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Mole National Park What to Pack

  • Travel light

    It is best to pack your stuff in soft bags or rucksacks for travelling on buses (public or chartered) or private car. Make sure they are lockable. Walking shoes or boots. Warmer windproof jacket for the evening. Insect repellant. Malaria Prophylaxis. All the toiletries and medical supplies you think you might need as it is impossible to find it...

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  • Pack your cameras!

    Pack your camera in a padded backpack. Don't use a fancy logo covered camera bag though. Keep things simple and discrete. I use a Panasonic DMC FZ10 which has a Leica zoom telephoto lens that's very compact. Film cameras are generally a hassle in Africa because the heat isn't good for the film and if one runs out, good luck finding it for sale. I...

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Mole National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Walk down to the watering hole and...

    When I hiked with the guide in the afternoon, we were able to cover more ground than was possible with the girls in the morning. I observed the strange to and fro rumbling herds of buffalo, as well as a number of antelope species.

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  • Here you can do a Safari by foot.

    Mole harbors typical savanna species of animals. To date, 93 mammals, 33 reptiles, 9 amphibians, and 304 bird species have been recorded at Mole. The dominant faunal species are elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, roan antelope, hartebeest, kob, bushbuck, oribi, red river hog, warthog, aardvark and savanna duikers. Five species of primate - green monkey,...

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  • Here you can do a Safari by foot.

    Mole National Park is the largest and best known wildlife area in Ghana. The park is situated between latitudes 9 degrees 10 minutes and 10 degrees 10 minutes north and longitudes 1 degree 30 minutes and 2 degrees 15 minutes west. It is located in the territory of the West Gonja and Bole District Assemblies. The park is very popular with tourists...

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Mole National Park Favorites

  • Warthogs

    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...

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  • Termite Mounds

    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...

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  • Patas Monkey

    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.

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