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Mole National Park Tours
Seeing elephants in the wild is the closest thing you’ll get to a safari-type experience in Ghana – but what a joy it is. Established as a game reserve a year after the country gained independence, Mole (pronounced Mol-lay) is almost 100kms long and 50kms wide, making it Ghana’s largest national park. Consisting of lush flat savannah and divided by a 250 metre high escarpment, some 800 elephants reside here, along with monkeys, baboons and wart hogs. However it’s the elephants that are the main attraction, and the set up of the park’s facilities means that you can see them interacting in their natural habitat at fairly close range. The observation circuit spans some 40kms, and can be travelled by guided walking tours or 4x4s deeper into the park. Most visitors report that elephants are most visible first thing in the morning, when they perform their ablutions around the park’s main waterhole.Read more
A visit to Mole is generally combined with a side trip to Larabanga, a village situated a few kilometres outside the park’s main entrance. Larabanga is a fascinating place – a small nucleus made up almost entirely of flat-roofed mud dwellings called kraals, a form of artisan, domestic architecture that is vernacular in the north of Ghana. The highlight of Larabanga’s ensemble however is its mosque, a strangely eloquent structure composing of clutch of conical minarets made of sticks and mud. It is supposedly the oldest intact structure in Ghana, although experts can’t seem to agree on the mosque’s age – placing it somewhere between 1421 and 1675. Whatever the case, it has it certainly one of Ghana’s most symbolic buildings and has even garnered the affections of corporate America. When one of the minarets collapsed in 2000, the American Express company paid US$50,000 towards its repair.