Mole National Park
17.09.2008 - 21.09.2008
After the relaxing break at The Hideout we were once again ready for some rough backpacking, in order to get to the Mole National Park in the northern part of Ghana. We left the hideout in the afternoon and arrived in Mole NP next day after about 31 hours of traveling, covering five tro-tro rides and 10 hours waiting time in the dusty capital of northern Ghana, Tamale. Now, tro-tros can at best be described as unpleasant, but when your legs are too long to physically fit in a seat, your torso is too tall for your head to find any place to rest, and you're placed directly under the radio loudspeaker, which apparently only have two settings; 'off' and 'kill' (and it certainly wasn't going to be off!), it makes the 24-hour bus rides to France's ski resorts that you've always used to hate, seem like pleasant memories that you only dream about in those brief moments of sleep, before you wake up, realizing that you're leaning your head against some sweaty Ghanian's face.
When we finally arrived at Mole National park entry gate, we experienced the Africans' love for bureaucracy and paperslips. Sune received six admission tickets, Regitse received four, and her camera recieved another four admission tickets before they were permitted entry.
We stayed in the park for three days and went on morning safari in the wood land. Don't confuse safari in East Africa with the one in West. Here, no fancy jeep would take us on safari but a guide with a rifle would take us on a walking tour among baboons, elephants and lots of warthogs for the ridiculous price of 5,00 dkr/hour.
When we weren't on safari, we could relax in the swimming pool at the hotel, which is situated on the top of a plateau, and look out over a lake, where elephants and buffalos came to cool down during the day. Furthermore, warthogs and monkeys roamed around freely at the hotel, and at one time, when Sune was taking pictures of the valley from the hotel with one hand, and held a bag containing his water, wallet, phone and a bit of bread (in case he got hungry) in the other, a monkey suddenly jumped out from behind a wall right in front of Sune. This gave him a minor shock (most shocks are now minor, compared to our experience in Kakum), which made him drop the bag, which the monkey immediately took. This shocked him even more, since he quickly reasoned that it would probably make for a less interesting safari to look through the park for a wallet and a cellphone. However, the monkey was kind enough to hurl out the wallet, phone, and water, before it took off with the bag and the bread.