Mole National Park

About Mole National Park: The Mole National Park has distinguished itself among national parks in Ghana as the largest and best protected with an area of approximately 4,840km square. It is also the first national park in Ghana and managed by the Wildlife Department which under Ghana Lands Commission. The park with its rich flora and fauna represents fairly undisturbed guinea savannah ecosystems predominantly woodland.

Features: The park lies within the Volta River catchment area with many rivers traversing the woodland savanna into the White Volta and some originating from there. There you easily find Buffalo, elephant Bohor Reedbuck and Red-flanked Duiker, Roan Antelop, Waterbuck and the Western Hartebeest plus many more; over 95 species of mammals, 400 varieties of birds, good number of amphibians, reptiles and others. It is a home to the endangered animal species like Yellow-backed Duiker and the Black and White Colobus monkey. Key among large carnivores in the riverine forest reserve are the leopard, lion and the hyena. So far there are five species recorded in Mole which have not been found in any reserve in Ghana. These are Croton pseudopulchellus, Indigofera conferta, Indigoera trichopoda, Jatropha neriifolia and Pleiotaxis newtonii.

Importance of Mole National Park: National park also has a history linked to the infamous Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. The reserve has been part of the slave caravan route that ran from Salaga Slave Market through Wa in the Upper West Region to Mali. The main office of the Mole National Park is located at a place where the two notorious slave raiders, Babatu and Samore thrashed down a whole village. There is also a cave located at Konkori escarpment that was used as a hideout for indigenes escaping from slave raiders. There several unique attractions such as the wetland area of Kwomwoghlugu and Asibey pools, a bird-wather’s haven, waterfalls at Konkori escarpment and archaeological remains of ancient villages destroyed the slave raiders. The park is so important to scientific interest who regard the buffalo population at the park as significant to research.