Mole National park, Damongo

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#8 of 13 in Nature in Ghana
Mole National Park is Ghana's largest wildlife refuge. The park is located in northwest Ghana on grassland savanna and riparian ecosystems at an elevation of 150 m, with sharp escarpment forming the southern boundary of the park. The park's entrance is reached through the nearby town of Larabanga. The Lovi and Mole Rivers are ephemeral rivers flowing through the park, leaving behind only drinking holes during the long dry season. This area of Ghana receives over 1000 mm per year of rainfall. A long-term study has been done on Mole National Park to understand the impact of human hunters on the animals in the preserve.HistoryThe park's lands were set aside as a wildlife refuge in 1958. In 1971 the small human population of the area was relocated and the lands were designated a national park. The park has not seen major development as a tourist location since its original designation. The park as a protective area is underfunded and national and international concerns exist about poaching and sustainability in the park, but its protection of important resident antelope species has improved since its initial founding as a preserve.The park is an important study area for scientists because of the removal of the human population from within the park allowing for some long-term studies, in particular, of relatively undisturbed sites compared to similar areas of densely populated equatorial West Africa. One study on the resident population of 800 elephants, for example, indicates that elephant damage to large trees varies with species. In Mole, elephants have a greater tendency to seriously injure economically important species such as Burkea africana, an important tropical hardwood, and Butyrospermum paradoxum, the source of shea butter, over the less important Terminalia spp.
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  • The Lonely Planet speaks a Safari - the most affordable option and he's probably right. It is the Ranger of the National Park Service, without which, a game drive is not permitted anyway, you pay 10 cedi per person per hour, so about 2,00 euro. The Rangers are different. We had an experienced and comprehensively knowledgeable guide with Majeed. The Park offers in addition to the usual drives of also walking safaris to, that lead in the level below the mole motel, where we saw Waterbuck, Schirrantilopen, Blackfoot Moor antelope, warthog, Waterbuck and crocodiles. We can meet here regularly also elephants. With Flytrap it has to curb the tsetse flies present otherwise in the Park violently. We saw otherwise yet again Elefanen, PATAS monkeys, baboons and Vervet. We have heard at least hyenas. It seems even in the very difficult to reach northern areas of the Park to give Lions. Despite intensive search, we saw no horse and hartebeest, for example a few Horn Raven. Who's coming in January to March, should try all to visit the northern parts of the Park. The infrastructure is generally good. Some slopes were overgrown, but doable, if it snows the necessary and dominates the driving ability. The visit with the own (4WD!) Vehicle is worth. The discomfort caused by tsetse flies is enormous. Never before I have seen such mass of the fly. With closed Windows, air conditioning is essential!
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  • We loved our experience in Mole National Park. There are plenty of animal species to view and elephants abound  more »
  • The jeeps run $100 cedi per hour and can be split amongst individuals/groups of 7. On the excursion you will find the elephants bathing and various other animals. There are two lodges available in the...  more »
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  • Ghana's number 1 national park. You will see different varieties of wildlife here. Motels available at affordable prices.A place not to miss when in Ghana
  • The Mole National Park! This is what we call a park. Different species of animals to be seen there. Great safari ride. Nice tour Guides. Awesome experience you'll have when you visit.
  • Amazing lodge. Beautiful attention to detail. Excellent hospitality and food. Outstanding views
  • lovely place. ... memories of elephants in their natural environment. When you get there, you'll hear about the FIFTH Leg of some elephants.
  • Hotel Rooms are OK ... But the Game reserves are the best attraction. Nice place to take family and friends on a retreat!

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