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MOLE NATIONAL PARK – Ghana’s Largest Wildlife Park

MOLE NATIONAL PARK - Ghana’s Largest Wildlife Park - African Leaders Magazine

Known as the only place in ghana that has elephants is the Mole National Park. It is Ghana’s largest wildlife refuge and is located in the savannah region of ghana. Mole national park has the wildest range of wildlife in Ghana and is the only place in Ghana where you can experience elephants in the wild. In addition to the elephants, you will see antelopes, bushbucks, monkeys, warthogs, baboons and other smaller wildlife.

MOLE NATIONAL PARK - Ghana’s Largest Wildlife Park - African Leaders Magazine

The park’s entrance is reached through the nearby town of Larabanga. The Levi and Mole Rivers are ephemeral rivers flowing through the park, leaving behind only drinking holes during the long dry season. A long-term study has been done on Mole National Park to understand the impact of human hunters on the animals in the preserve.

Mole National Park is the largest national park in Ghana and provides the best wildlife experience in Ghana. This was the first national park to be established in Ghana and it covers an area of 4.912km2.

Mole national park is reasonably well set up to cater for tourists. Although it is more expensive than many other parts of Ghana, it is well worth a visit. A two-day drive or domestic flight is required to visit mole. Because of lack of predators, safaris can be done of foot-a unique experience that is quite different from the vehicle safaris in the southern and eastern Africa. To actually walk so close to elephants is an exhilarating experience you will not ever forget!

MOLE NATIONAL PARK - Ghana’s Largest Wildlife Park - African Leaders Magazine

Walking safaris usually take place in the early morning(6am) and late afternoon (4pm). These can be of 2hours to 4 hours in the length and are guided by an armed wildlife ranger.

 Another option is to go on driving safari, again with an armed ranger. These can be for up to a full day and gives you the opportunity to cover a much wider area of the park. You may wish to consider this if visiting during outside of the dry season.

The mole park lodge has a viewing platform which overlooks a watering hole. Especially during the dry season (mid-December through mid-April), you will generally see herds of elephants grazing and bathing in the early morning or in the evening a couple hours before the sun sets .

The Mole Park Lodge has a viewing platform which overlooks a watering hole. Especially during the dry season (mid-December through mid-April), you will generally see herds of elephants grazing and bathing in the early morning or in the evening a couple hours before the sun sets.

MOLE NATIONAL PARK - Ghana’s Largest Wildlife Park - African Leaders Magazine

While at Mole National Park, we also recommend visiting the ancient mud-and-stick mosque at Larabanga. This mosque is extraordinarily beautiful, but because of the hassle-factor at Larabanga, we recommend that you have your guide with you upon arrival.

 

 

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