Ghana and Mole Park

On we went across to Ghana, nice drive across country through villages before joining a main dirt road. Border crossing very simple. Seemed strange to be talking English again we both keep breaking into our tragic frainglais.

Local Village - styles vary quite a lot

Stayed in a small hotel in Wa, then on to Mole National Park the next day. Lovely site, still allow camping and we are only ones here. Restaurant bar and pool on escarpment overlooking waterhole and forest – such hard work!!. warthogs and bushbuck next to where we were sitting at poolside with other beasts in valley below, Cob antelope by tent plus group of bushbuck. Something quite big seems to live under a tent platform nearby – warthog hole I think?

Up at 6:00am this morning,met our very interesting and informative guide called Ozzy, saw many beasts ,various Antelope, Cob ,Bushbuck, Waterbuck ,two types of croc and Elephants (a group of eight males) having an early morning swim, a hundred photo’s later we returned,to our camp ,I was having a sort out in the car and Michael was having a little snooze, the next thing I know ,I’m being attacked by Monkey’s (red/brown Patas) from all directions,they had found a Mango skin and that was it,I was screaming at Michael to come rescue me,which he did,but by this time they were running off with all sorts. This was not the last of the monkeys ,as later in the day another huge one ( actually a baboon) came, opened up our “Really Useful Plastic Box” which was shut tight and made off with, can you believe, our very last bag of chicken flavoured crisps. (horror of horrors!)

Since then a family of Warthogs have been helping me do the washing and causing great amusement !

Our Campmates

 

Patas Mother stealing rubbish - our fault

 

View from campsite/lodge

male cob antelope

 

The Legend Grows

 

 

Left after picking up visas heading for Ranch de Nazinga on the Ghana border, got there Ok paid our fees entered parc heading for camp 20 k away and again more elephants.We clearly have talent here!!.

 

greeted on arrival

Went out for drive with guide after arriving and after seeing various antelope warthogs etc came across a herd of at least 50 plus at point blank range including lots of young. It was then we realised we had the gift – I had always wondered about those noises Emma made at night. Also to cap it all got back to room ,when a young male elephant pops out 30 yards away and casually walks past.

included lots of babies and protective mums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma elephant woman with guide - Can we go now??Please!!!

Up the next morning for another tour, lots of game then we came across a lone male guide, who said drive up the road so I did until he was very close – at which point he charged – they are very quick and very big!! – I shot forward a bit, he bashed a tree over easily waved a branch about then having established who was boss nibbled calmly at leaves while I took photos a few feet away. It does get the heart going I have to admit and with ears spread etc, they are very big. Back at camp having breakfast we were asked by other guides what we had seen when we said an old 1 tusked male they asked – did he charge? Then laughed when we said yes. He’s about 80 they think,but have since been told it’s unlikely this to be true, but he’s definitely the boss of the area. They then told loads of tales in French which I could not follow about the charges and scares he had caused in the past. It seemed to involve a lot of wet shorts/ trousers it seemed

Mr Grumpy who charged us