|Sunset from Mole Motel|
Our time in Tamale is now over and we are all feeling in need of a break. Though we all loved the friends and experiences we made in Tamale, we felt excited for the next adventure. We loaded up our weekend bags and headed to Mole National Park. We arrived and immediately saw the breathtaking view of the savanna and numerous elephants in a watering hole. After soaking in the view we went into the pool to cool down. The evening was spent by the pool side, admiring the sunset and preparing for the night safari.
On the night safari we climbed onto the top of the jeeps and were handed "torches" which are very large and powerful flashlights. As we drove through the savanna in search of nocturnal animals we felt a sense of tranquility while we took in the fresh air and looked up at the stars.
With our torches, we were able to see some exotic animals such as local antelopes called Kobs, Bush Bucks and Water Bucks, bush babies and crocodiles. Although we did not see elephants we weren't terribly disappointed as we had another exciting day ahead of us.
The next morning arrived and we made our way back to the safari jeeps. We drove through the same path as the previous night but it all looked very different. After an hour long drive through the savanna, we finally approached the watering hole. We were pleasantly surprised to find multiple elephants making their way into the water.
Seeing such majestic animals interact in their natural habitat was such an amazing experience and a highlight of the trip for both of us.
|But they're so cute!!!|
Once we returned to the motel we all enjoyed the day by the pool and watched a family of baboons walking about and fighting. We noticed guards around the motel holding slingshots. They explained that they use the slingshots to scare away the baboons as they really like to take human food. The baboons have even learned to knock and open door handles in order to enter rooms and get food. This was a little scary to hear but thankfully no baboons gained entry although they tried.
|Alyshia and Ori|
We will all never forget our time in mole. Now that we all feel relaxed and a little sunburned, we feel ready for our next adventure in Bolgatanga.
Alyshia Coleman and Oriana Monagas
4th year BSN Students
University of British Columbia Okanagan