Mole National Park Motel
Mole National Park, Ghana
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Mole National Park Motel Reviews
Jan 24, 2008
Mole National Park is a long way from anything else but definitely worth the journey to the north.
I only planned on spending two days here but ended up staying for five days, mostly because of the lovely pool and the a/c chalet rooms. There are also cheaper non-a/c dorm rooms. It makes a perfect mid-trip break away from small, windowless, sweatbox rooms and dust. If you are doing an anti-clockwise route around Ghana, then after the rigors of the Volta ferry, Yeji and Tamale, this place will feel like a heavenly oasis.
While you are staying here, go on as many walking safaris as you can. There are usually two per day (6am and 4pm) with an armed guide. My guide was called DK and had a very good knowledge of the fauna and flora as well as a great personality. Be sure to wear boots as the guides will not take you on safari in open-toed sandals. And they won't wait for you to change your footwear either.
But you will experience plenty of wildlife within the motel. The most obvious visitors are the warthogs and baboons around the motel. The hogs are fine but IMHO, the baboons are too accustomed to humans and the staff have not done enough to discourage this. They are bold enough to steal food from your plate, enter an open room looking for food and generally make a nuisance of themselves. I saw one of them snatching food from a small child, knocking him over in the process. I nearly had to punch a large male baboon that skidded along the tablecloth and came hurtling towards me, only stopping inches from my face. One should also expect elephants to frequently enter the motel grounds and you may be momentarily trapped in your room until it moves on. If you have a close encounter with an elephant just keep quiet and calm and walk away slowly. If you see an elephant in the grounds do not run over squealing in excitement, camera at the ready, as it may charge. I remember seeing somebody tearing past me on a bicycle being chased by a charging elephant. Be especially wary during the early morning.
One can also experience an overnight camp at the nearest ranger station. These are extremely basic brick huts with no amenities and filled with bats and debris. You will camp out under mossie nets around a fire. You'll be lucky to see any wildlife and it's a very long hike along an access road (5hrs+), so if you not physically fit do not even attempt it, and be sure to set out early to avoid making camp in the dark. It's good to sleep out under the stars and chat with the ranger.
There is not much to do in the motel after dark as the restaurant/bar closes early but I spent my evenings hanging out with the rangers at their canteen/pub next to the ranger station, behind the motel. The food and beer is cheaper too. One can also visit the local village for basic supplies.
Be sure to visit the local museum too as there are some great local exhibits.
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Elephants, wardhogs and baboons at your doorstep Mar 03, 2008
The best place to stay in Mole National Park is Mole Motel. In the dry season, you see elephants at your doorstep or from the pool. Wild life enough. In rain seaon ýou won't see as much animals, because they can find water and food every where. So the very best time to visit the park is the end of the dry season. Dry season in this area starts in October and ends in the end in March. In the south the rain season is longer and in the north much shorter.
This hotel has a great location with a fabulous view over the savanne. The swimming pool is clean and perfect to cool down in. The restaurant serves good food. Keep rack of all the things you ordered. Sometimes they make mistakes with the bill.
The rooms are clean, but somehow the ants are coming from nowhere if you bring food in your room, even when it is closed... If neccersary the hotel staff will put an extra matrass in your room for an extra person. The bathroom is not so perfect, but not too bad either.
Baboons are rather dangerous. Keep an eye on your belongings and don't leave them unattended. They will steal it!!! Don't fight with them either, you can get rabies. So, stay back when you see them and make sure you always lock your room (doors and windows). The crew of the hotel will scare them so they stay at a distance.
Safari trips can be arranged by the hotel or by a organization three minutes walk of the hotel. With a taxi you can visit the famous village Larabanga (there is a famous mosk).
Make a reservation! You can pay here with your credit card.
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