The first day of this adventure is spent outside of Kumasi on the village day experience assisting local farmers as a group in their day’s work of planting cassava, yam, and, uprooting palms.
Following the hard day’s work, you will wake to undertake the journey north. Mole National Park is nothing short of a volunteer’s most memorable time in Ghana. It offers a sensation of thrill and adventure as you encounter the wildlife of Africa in its natural habitat. As a tourist, you are able to become part of the setting there in the jungle. Walk alongside the antelope, wild boar, hundreds of species of birds, monkeys, pythons, and elephants!
DAY ONE - VILLAGE DAY EXPERIENCE
We will be up early today to head to a rural village outside Kumasi where we will venture into the farmland of Ghana. Here we will learn about the local vegetation and how many of the food items we are consume are grown. We will assist in the uprooting of a palm tree then breaking it down to identify the importance of it in the lives of Ghanaian cooking and cultural traditions.
The local gin is used for the remembrance of the ancestors, the celebration of life at funerals, and the gathering of family for holidays. After going to participate in libation, pouring and drinking of gin for the ancestors, you will be able to taste the palm wine and local gin that you helped to farm!
DAY TWO - MOLE NATIONAL PARK & VILLAGE DANCE
We will leave early in the morning for Mole National Park. The journey to the north will take around 5 hours. Upon arrival, you will check into the hotel located in the centre of the national park. Currently, it is the only standing hotel to be surrounded by the natural habitat of wildlife in the national park. After getting settled the group will have lunch and can relax and/or take a dip in the pool.
In the afternoon, your group will climb atop the jeep for a 2 hour safari. Keep your eyes peeled for all the wildlife and creatures that reside in Mole National Park! After finishing the jeep-top safari you will go back to the hotel for the evening meal. Once night falls, we will head to the nearby village of Larabanga to participate in some traditional drumming and dancing of the Northern Region.
DAY THREE - MOLE NATIONAL PARK, WATERFALLS & MONKEY SANCTUARY
Another early morning start is in store as we head out on another 2 hour safari on foot. You will walk through the jungle to encounter first-hand the route taken by many species of antelope. Moreover, you will get to see the monkeys swinging through the trees and the elephants bathing one another in the natural waters of the land. Next stop will be at the Larabanga Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in West Africa. The third stop is Kintampo Waterfalls; here you can enjoy a refreshing swim under the crashing waters. Lastly, the group will take a walk on the wild side as we head to Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary!