Mole National Park



In northwest Ghana, 270 mi/435 km from Accra, Mole National Park sees relatively few people, which is what makes the wildlife viewing (lions, elephants, kob antelopes, baboons and so forth) special. The best way to see the park is on one of the guided treks led by park rangers, when you can expect to get close to elephants, but it will require considerable luck to see any of the few remaining lions. The best time to visit Mole is December-March because the vegetation gets thick and animals are hard to spot during the rainy season.

While in the area, be sure to visit Larabanga Mosque, which lies at the junction village of Larabanga near the park entrance. It's said to be the oldest building in Ghana and is famous for its distinctive West Sudanese adobe architecture, with projecting wooden posts.

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