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Mole National Park

Mole National Park © Stig Nygaard
Mole National Park © Stig Nygaard

Located in the northwest of the country, Mole National Park is Ghana's largest reserve and the best place to do some game viewing. The terrain is mostly flat savanna, which is ideal for spotting animals. Visitors are likely to see baboons, hippos, monkeys, warthogs, buffalos, crocodiles, elephants and assorted antelope, among other animals. Indeed, the park is home to more than 90 mammal species. Predator sightings are rarer, though visitors may encounter hyenas, leopards and lions. Travellers should note that the park's infrastructure has never been developed for tourism, and they should not expect much in the way of amenities. That said, a trip to Mole is still very much an adventure. The best time to visit is in the dry season between November and April. Rainy season travel is less appealing, as rain often makes roads impassable, and wildlife more difficult to track down. The best spots to find animals during the long dry season are the watering holes left behind when the park's ephemeral rivers slowly dry up. The park entrance is close to the town of Larabanga.