Mole National Park in Ghana

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I love Ghana’s Mole national park and have visited a number of times. My most recent trip was with a group of tourism students from Kwame Nkrumah University if Science And Technology through our department executives, TOURSA. I am always looking for new and exciting activities to try while in the tertiary.

Mole national park

Mole national Park has caught my attention so I am writing to share about all they have to offer. What really impress me about Mole national Park is that they have SO MUCH on offer -from waterfalls to hikes and even a Slave Caves for historical purpose. I hope you will include at least one of the attractions and activities in your to do list when you travel to Ghana.

Mole National Park is Ghana’s biggest and best National Park and is located in West Gonja District of the Northern Region. It is 24 km from Damongo, the district capital, 146km south east of Tamale, the Regional capital. The park is 700km from Accra and 430km from Kumasi. Mole National Park is 4,577 square kilometres and offers visitors close encounters with wild elephants which can always be see near the lodge as they are attracted to the two dams nearby. Mole holds viable and interesting populations of large and small mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.

Mole national park Safari Wildlife

Some 94 mammal species, over 300 bird species, 9 amphibian species and 33 reptile species have been recorded in Mole. The large and commonly seen mammals include elephant, kob, roan antelope, hartebeest, waterbuck, bushbuck, warthog, buffalo, several duikers, baboon, patas and green (vervet) monkeys. Predators include lion, leopard, spotted hyena, caracal, aardvark, genet, civet and mongoose. Occasionally, buffalo overrun the park headquarters and the lodge area.

Birds.

The large bird life includes kites and Bateleur eagles, rollers, kingfishers, Egyptian geese, egrets, pelicans and storks. Ground hornbills, flycatchers, malachite kingfishers, guinea fowls and rock partridges occur in large numbers at Mole.

Climate

The average annual rainfall is about 1100 mm with more than 90% of the rain falling between April and October, and peaks in July and September. The dry season lasts from November to March and is characterised by cold dry winds.

The mean annual temperature of 28°C varies from 26°C in December to 31°C in March. It gets very hot in March and April, with temperatures sometimes nearing the 40°s. The cold, dry Harmattan wind which blows between December and February can cause mean temperatures to fall sharply.

Vegetation

The Park is located in a fairly undisturbed portion of the Guinea Savanna zone. The dominant vegetation is open savanna woodland with grasses that can reach 3 meters high during the rainy season. Bovals (open areas dominated by grass) are found on areas with shallow soils and iron pans. Narrow bands of riverine forest grow along most of the streams where birds like to stay in the daytime. Other plant communities, such as swamps and flood-plain grasslands, cover only small areas. 742 plant species occur in Mole of which four are endemic and 24 are rare or have very limited distribution.

Topography/Drainage

Aside of conserving biodiversity, Mole NP is an important water catchment area. Most of the streams and rivers either take their source from within or drain through the park and empty into the White Volta. Along one of such rivers (Polzen) occur the spectacular Polzen fall

  mole national park attractions

There are 33 communities on the immediate fringes of Mole with a total population of about 40,000 people. One of these communities is Mognori, where visitors to Mole are conducted to have a feel of the African Village life of farming and animal husbandry. Visitors may go out on the Mole River in native canoes and stay with local families to participate in everyday activities like going to the farm with your host and helping with household chores. Another interesting community visited from the Mole National Park is Larabanga, reached on foot or by bicycle where visitors may stay at a traditional lodge run by the Salia Brothers. The Larabanga village is famous for its 500 year-old mosque, reported to be the oldest in West Africa with a very interesting history on its origins. One kilometre from Larabanga is the revered sacred stone of the community. It is worth hearing the story behind this stone.

Another interesting community visited from the Mole National Park is Larabanga, reached on foot or by bicycle where visitors may stay at a traditional lodge run by the Salia Brothers. The Larabanga village is famous for its 500 year-old mosque, reported to be the oldest in West Africa with a very interesting history on its origins. One kilometre from Larabanga is the revered sacred stone of the community. It is worth hearing the story behind this stone.
Another interesting community visited from the Mole National Park is Larabanga, reached on foot or by bicycle where visitors may stay at a traditional lodge run by the Salia Brothers. The Larabanga village is famous for its 500 year-old mosque, reported to be the oldest in West Africa with a very interesting history on its origins. One kilometre from Larabanga is the revered sacred stone of the community. It is worth hearing the story behind this stone.Other attractions:

Waterfall

The spectacular Konkori waterfalls is located about 100km north-east of the park headquarters. However, access to it is challenging and currently reserved for those out for adventure.

Slave Caves

A number of caves located in the park are said to have served as hiding places for indigenes who fled the raid of the two notorious slave raiders; Samori and Babatu who used the current park headquarters location as their base during the of slave trade.
A number of caves located in the park are said to have served as hiding places for indigenes who fled the raid of the two notorious slave raiders; Samori and Babatu who used the current park headquarters location as their base during the of slave trade.

Overnight accommodation at mole national park hotel

Mole national park hotel has a 90 bed motel with restaurant, bar and swimming pool
Mole national park hotel has a 90 bed motel with restaurant, bar and swimming pool

  • Other Tourist Facilities (Viewing Hides and Platforms, Camping facilities, Car rental service)

  • Experienced Tour Guides

  • Conference facilities

  • Mole Airstrip

Visit Mole national Park’s website for more information. I hope you will be paying them a visit during your trip to !

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