About Mole

Mole National Park

Ghana’s largest wildlife sanctuary, Mole national park is one of the best places anywhere in West Africa for general Game viewing. Set aside as a game reserve in 1958, a year after Ghana attained independence; mole protects a vast tract of undulating and relatively dry Savannah woodland. It was gazette as a national park in 1971, following the controversial resettlement of the relatively few villagers who lived within its boundaries, and was extended to its present size of 4,840km square in 1991.  Mole National Park is By far the most popular tourist attraction in the northern half of Ghana. The Park is located in the West Gonja District Assembly area of the Northern Region of Ghana and lies between Latitude 9° 12’ and 10° 6’ North and to Longitudes 1° 25’ and 2° 17’ West. The Park is about 146 kilometers or two hour’s drive from Tamale, the regional capital.

Within the park is a restaurant where visitors could have access to both local and continental food. You can also relax in a pool after a long safari tour.  For those who wish to have overnight stays, the motel in the park provides a range of rooms dormitory, double room to en-suite chalets with air conditioners. For those interested in camping, Mole National Park is the place to be since it is possible to camp near the motel or other alternative sites in the park. Campers are however advised to take care of their properties since warthogs and baboons sneak to steal properties form visitors especially food items. There is a souvenir shop close by for you to buy some Ghanaian craft or cigarette. Visitors are cautioned to abstain from feeding animals at the park. Other nearby attractions is the Laribanga Mosque, and Mognori Eco-village.

 

 

 

Guided Game Walks

The most popular activity at Mole is the guided game walks that run twice daily from the information center to the base of the cliff below the motel. There is a greater chance of seeing a variety of large mammals at a closer range. On foot, you can be sure of seeing Nile crocodiles in the dam, and mutually startling a few water monitors-bulky lizard. Note that it is mandatory to wear closed shoes on guided walks. Grassroots tours will arrange guides for you on your request.

 

 

Game Drives  

Mole offers 4x4 cars for rent at the information center for drive safaris, this usually run twice daily from the parks information center, at the same time as the walks, which is the best time to see wildlife, though there is some flexibility about timing. However, Grassroots tours will give you the opportunity to use our 4x4 cars for Drive safaris once you rent from us, so you don’t have to pay the hefty fees for car rentals at the mole information center.

Mammals in Mole

 Mole national park is a host of more than 90 mammal species. Estimates for various species include the elephants (600), buffalo (3,000) hartebeest (4,000-5,000), waterbuck (4,000), kob (4,000) and roan antelope (1,958). Substantial numbers of smaller mammals like the baboon, the red-flanked duiker and species of antelopes are very common. A small population of over ten hippopotamus, residing in the River Kulpwan, is being protected by the people of adjacent villages as gods. The main animal species at the Park include elephants, roans antelopes, hartebeest, baboons, buffalo, waterbuck, and kob herds. There are also large carnivores such as leopard, lion and hyena. The most interesting thing in the park is the ease with which visitors can freely see these animals except for the lions and leopard that are active at late night. For all tour, well trained and armed tour guide(s) go with visitors to ensure their absolute safety and security.

However, for visitors who would not like to go on nature tours, there is a higher wooding platform closer to the reception area that enables visitors to see the animals without necessarily getting closer. This is mostly enjoyed by visitors with binoculars. About 20 elephants could be spotted taking their bath in the pond which is just 200 meters way from the reception area.

Bird watching

Mole national park is easily the most important non-forested birding site in Ghana, with some 316 species recorded, including many species whose Ghanaian distribution is limited to the drier northern woodland. Bird watching is treated as an official activity attracting a specific fee equivalent to US$10 per day. Dedicated birders will usually be allocated a ranger who is especially knowledgeable and well versed in the local avifauna. What’s more, the likes of the oriole warbler, violet turaco and several species of kingfisher, bee-eater, roller, barbet, sunbird and starling create a riot of color!

The grounds of mole motel form a superb starting point for dry-county birds. Seed eaters abound, including mixed flocks of lavender and orange –cheeked waxbill, red-cheeked cordon-blue, red-billed and bare-breasted fire finch, and yellow fronted canary. The rocky escarpment harbors family group of stone partridge and double-spurred francolin, along with freckled nightjars, Abyssinian ground-hornbill and cinnamon-breasted bunting.

 

Activities around Mole National Park

Easily visited in conjunction with the park is the striking Laribanga Mosque, the most famous and reputedly oldest of half a dozen West Sudanese-style mud and stick building dotted around northwestern Ghana, and an interesting community project at Mognori Eco-village.