Mole National Park; Ghana’s first and largest protected area

Pronounced ‘moh-lay’, the Mole National Park is located in Ghana’s northern area and covers a region of 4,577 km2 and is home to numerous plant and mammal species.

Larabanga is the closest city to the park which was a route for slave traders in the past. The headquarters of the park was the area where Samore and Babatu, the two well-known slave raiders clashed and fought. No wonder the headquarters is named after Samore (Samole), one of them.

As one of the seven national parks in Ghana, Mole National Park borders 33 communities and is noted as home to a large number of elephant population in Ghana.

The park is well protected through coordination with fringe communities and the range system. Management of the park have a task to sustainably manage the parks’ wildlife resources to generate and increase revenue for the park.

A visit to the Mole National Park also means you can explore nearby tourist sites like the Gbele Resource Reserve, the Kraal buildings, the Larabanga mosque, the Daboya smock village and many interesting tourist locations in Northern Ghana.

November to March is often the Dry season in Northern Ghana and it is best not to wear heavy clothing. Also wear insect repellent if you intend to explore the deep parts of the park. The repellent will protect you from tsetse fly bites. For the rainy season between April to October, tourists are advised to wear protective clothing.

Ghana is a beautiful country with amazing tourist destinations. If you’re scouting for a tourist destination to explore in Ghana, visit the Mole National Park.

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