Wednesday, February 3, 2010
This weekend Lee, Anna and I got an opportunity to go to Ghana’s National Park. It is called Mole; sounds like Molay (Amy it is like when you are cutting my hair and sing molay, molay, molay…)
Mole was build to protect and preserve Ghana’s land and animals. It is about 3 hours east of Wa and the roads on the way to Mole none of the roads are paved. It was a bumpy ride but worth it. We had to leave at 4:30 in the morning to catch our bus so we arrived in Mole around 10am.
After we dropped our things off at the motel we walked to the over look and right there before our eyes was a family of elephants cooling down in the river. I saw elephants! It was so cool, oh but wait it gets better.
We were on our way to sign up for a walking safari (you have to have a guide with a gun that goes with you) and right on the road to the safari office are 5 elephants just standing there eating the trees. Right outside our motel room! COOL!
We walked to the office and found baboons digging through the garbage cans. They are sneaky little creatures. There were monkeys and warthogs walking all over the motel area. These warthogs do not look anything like the one in the Lion King (they are much uglier) but the babies were very cute. (so right now as I am typing this I can hear the family of pigs snorting right outside my window; they must know I am talking about one of their relatives :))
The safari walk was really cool. Our guide was really nice and told use a lot of facts about the park and the animals that live there. There are these deer looking animals that bark like dogs; we saw crocodiles sun bathing and then mischievously lurking in the water; there were birds I had never seen before, monkeys playing all around, a few more elephants and a lot of very large food prints. I liked the food prints…
It was a really fun trip. Fun facts our guide told us: elephants poop about 15 times a day and their average life span is 70 years old.
I sent pictures of elephants to my mom so hopefully she will be able to edit this post so you all can see the elephants; stay tuned...