Blogs from Mole National Park, Northern, Ghana, Africa

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Africa » Ghana » Northern » Mole National Park March 25th 2015

Oh it’s been so nice to be back up north. Larabanga is such a wonderful community, which is why I enjoyed my time up here so much. I’ve been having so much fun playing with Hussein’s children and seeing my students from Class 5. On Monday I went to school and spent time with my class. Today I took my parents by the school to meet them. For me and the children it got pretty emotional because I had to say goodbye again. One of the boys even cried. Today also marks exactly 3 months before I leave. I recently bought a ticket home and I’m flying back on June 25. Therefore saying goodbye to these children again was like a precursor to what saying goodbye to my children in Accra will be like. It’s going ... read more
School headmaster
Blogger at work at Savannah Lodge
Shoing off the flag ofthe Black Stars

Africa » Ghana » Northern » Mole National Park March 24th 2015

(by guest blogger Kit Rawson) Besides spending time at Mole Park and hanging at the Savannah Lodge, we found several other interesting things to do around Larabanga. Ten km from town, on a dirt road bordering the park, is the Mognori "Eco-village". Some years after the park was set aside and the elephant population started to grow and expand its range, the agricultural areas around this village were devastated by foraging elephants. Rather than move away, the villagers obtained some funds to make Mognori a place for ecotourism as an alternative economic activity. We visited one morning and had a nice tour of the village, learning a lot about the culture and the old ways. We also noted that the town has installed solar panels that provide public outdoor lighting and a little power for other ... read more
15th Century (or older) mosque
Mognori eco village
Canoe trip from eco village

Africa » Ghana » Northern » Mole National Park March 22nd 2015

Coolest birthday ever! My parents and I went into Mole National Park and went on a jeep safari with four other tourists, including one guy from Tennessee. We saw some warthogs, several different kinds of antelope, lots of birds, but best of all I finally saw African elephants in their natural habitat. Of course I’ve seen them in zoos before, but it’s just not the same as seeing them where they are supposed to be living. We actually didn’t see them until the end of the safari and the three of us decided to get out of the jeep to extend our safari in foot so we could watch the elephants. We watched a couple of different elephants at two different watering holes. There were also crocodiles hiding in the water while tentative antelopes came down ... read more
Birthday girl and guide
Laurel and Lukeman
Big ears (and egret)

Africa » Ghana » Northern » Mole National Park March 21st 2015

I hope all of you have enjoyed my dad as a guest blogger. It’s been amazing to see my parents again. I have been having a lot of fun showing them Ghana and having them meet the children who I’ve been working with. I could tell that both my parents and the children enjoyed spending time at the beach. It’s also the first time I’ve seen them in a grandparent mode. Anyways, we have been having fun traveling together. I went back to Cape Coast, where my dad loved the beach. It was overwhelming shopping for fabric in the Kejetia Market (the largest open air market in Western Africa) with my mom. We found some beautiful prints. We spent a night in the Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary, where we saw some incredible butterflies and really cool trees ... read more
Laurel's hut with outdoor bucket shower place to the left
Inside of K&K's hut
Hanging with a passel of kids in the shade of a Shea butter tree

Africa » Ghana » Northern » Mole National Park November 14th 2014

November 14, 2014 I’ve been back in Accra for over a week and I thought I would have all my Larabanga adventures posted by now. I apologize for the delay, although the person who really should apologize is President Mahama. I’ve never understood why Ghana exports so much electricity, yet doesn’t leave enough for the people living here. Volunteers always talk about things they miss from home and what they’re looking forward to most when going home. The things that top the list are: having reliable power, hot showers, dairy food, and washing laundry in a machine. In the time that I’ve been here the power’s gone through periods where there are fewer cuts and then periods where there are more cuts. Since I’ve gotten back even Jamal has said the amount of cuts has been ... read more
Yussif hanging around
Alhassan 2 and Rauf goofing around
Children in the window

Africa » Ghana » Northern » Mole National Park November 10th 2014

November 10, 2014 Back from Larabanga. The traffic was terrible when I took Laura to the airport. It’s nice to have a cool taxi driver as a neighbor. Phil took me to the bus on my way up north, and he gave me a good price going to and from the airport. It was so great to see the children at the orphanage, especially to see how excited they were to see me again. Ema of course was glued to me, and I was so happy to hold my baby boy again. Erica was all smiles. Hiswell read a book, which he did very well, and after I told him I missed my Mr. Dimples he looked at me and said he missed Mrs. Dimples. Children kept climbing all over me, and Grandma and Andrews were ... read more
Agnes taking a photo of Ibi and Simba
The pile of hair after all my braids were finally taken out
Cows in Tamale

Africa » Ghana » Northern » Mole National Park August 13th 2012

We departed Abor for the last time in the wee hours of the morning. Our short time at the hospital now complete, we were off for a few days of sightseeing through Ghana before our unfortunate departure home. Our three hour ride back to Accra ensued (most of which I slept through) and when we arrived we met our driver and our guide named Cosmos. Gaby also came by to say hi to us and it was so good seeing him again. We then made our way north for 12 grueling hours. Approaching the north the road was no longer paved and we hit brutal stretches of nausea inducing path, until we finally reached the northern region and Mole National Park. Everyone was so wiped, and thanks to our crammed tro-tro, really sore. Needless to say ... read more
Lounging In Front
Elephants and the Group
Grasshoper Having Lunch

Africa » Ghana » Northern » Mole National Park April 25th 2011

Hey, sorry it has been a while I've been off traveling up north, and haven't had any access to the internet for some time thus this will be a long one! Sorry! I think, for the first time, I'm not going to be chronological and start off with the north. On Wednesday me, Louise and Bret all went up to the Northern region to see an orphanage in a place called Yendi, look around Tamale (3rd largest city) and of course go to the Mole National Park - the largest National Park in Ghana. We quite optimistically got up at 5am to try and catch the 8am bus. Fatal error. Despite getting to the bus station at 7am (after waiting quite a long time for a tro from Achiase), we didn't manage to get on a ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Northern » Mole National Park September 1st 2010

9/1/2010 Happy September! Over last weekend was our big five-day trip up north to Mole National Park. We left early on Thursday morning in our big blue van and headed north to Kumasi, which is the seat of the Ashanti Empire. It took about four hours to get there and when we finally arrived we went on a tour of the city and got to visit the Manhyia Palace Museum, home and office of former Asante Kings. It was really cool to see all the ancient artifacts of the kings and we also saw all of the former kings thrones and festival clothing. After that we headed over to the Cultural Center where there was a traditional Asante dance performance going on. There are several studios at the Cultural Center of drum carvers, potters, painters, and ... read more
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Africa » Ghana » Northern » Mole National Park August 6th 2010

Accra - Kumasi - Bole - Larabanga - Mole National Park - Tamale My plan is to do a round trip from Accra, the main destination being Mole National Park. The park is normally accessed from the town of Tamale (to the East of Mole) as there is a bus from there direct to the park, but as that would entail doing that stretch of road twice, I decided to try and approach from the West instead, and go to Tamale afterwards. Monday 2nd August Had a lie in because there are plenty of buses from Accra to Kumasi. I packed and caught to tro-tro to the centre of Accra then walked to the bus station buying some food for the journey on the way. As luck would have it a Kumasi bus was just leaving. ... read more
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