They say “it is not about the destination, it is all about the journey”. I do agree but when it comes to Mole National Park and Motel, I will say it is about both the journey and the destination. The Mole National Park is the largest wildlife reserve in Ghana found on a savannah woodland ecosystem. It is situated at the township of Damongo in the northern region. This park is filled with different species of wildlife which includes amphibians, antelopes, baboons, birds, buffalos, elephants, hyenas, kobs, leopards, lions, monkeys, reptiles and warthog.
The journey to the North is long and stressful by road, but the memorable sights along the way will make up for the stress. So I recommend you travel by road and return home by air. This was how my friend Konstantinos travelled to Mole Park last month. Though he had many complaints about the journey, the car and Mole motel, he had so many beautiful things to say about the tourist sights he visited. He would however have wished to stay at the luxurious Zaina Lodge if he had known about it earlier.
On their way to the Mole Park, they visited the Boabeng–Fiema Monkey Sanctuary at Nkoranza and the Kintampo waterfalls which was breathtaking. At their destination, they took a tour through the township of Damongo, visited the Larabanga Mosque which is the oldest in Ghana and a safari tour / adventure at the Mole National Park.
I will pause here now and show you breathtaking photos taken by Konstantinos. Someone tell the man he should be a photographer.
For all the birthday enthusiasts, I think you should consider Coco Lounge (the restaurant of lights) for your next birthday party. It will take a dent in your purse / wallet but trust me, the feeling is exceptional.
On my birthday this year, my boss had arranged a dinner at the restaurant of lights on the same day so she suggested we turn the dinner into a birthday celebration which was just fine by me. The birthday party was made up of Ms. Vivienne, Ms. Susan, Mr. Adamantios, Jessie and Konstantinos.
I had been to the restaurant the year before and knew how classy it is so I glammed up for the celebration. Upon arrival, we were showed to our table by the very friendly waiters. Service is totally on point at this place. The entire place was packed as usual and there was faint music and chatter everywhere. A waiter was assigned to us and he assisted us in selecting the best champagne and meals. I had vegetarian lasagna which was so delicious. I would have rather loved some burrito though but the Mexican dish is served only on Thursdays.
After the meal, that was when the surprise came – an amazing show for birthday celebrations. To know what this is all about, have your birthday party there. Trust me, it is mindblowing!!!! Watch the video here
There was a mix up in the cake though because I ordered a chocolate cake and I was given a vanilla. They however packaged my chocolate cake which was the heaviest cake I have ever held and it was made with real chocolate. Thinking about it will give me a chocogasm.
We later took the party upstairs to Urban Grill where we had some drinks and called it a night. We left the restaurant after midnight.
That was one of the best nights of my life!
Going to the Mountains last weekend reminded me of Lizzie’s birthday party which was held at The Lansdown Resort Hotel on the Akwapim Hills in Aburi. This hotel is in a very secretive location. You have to really know the area to find the place which adds a little spice to it. I believe it was built for (nature) lovers, writers, photographers, models and those who just want to run away from everything for a while.
The hotel is made up of very luxurious villas, a tennis court, a swimming pool and an eating area which gives you perfect scenery of the Mountains. Behind the villas is a pathway which leads to a sitting area just overlooking a river. I do not want to say much about this place. I believe each one of us have to experience the place to understand my sentiments.
As someone once told me “Have you drank your coffee yet? Because you look like a zombie or some variation of that”. Don’t ask me who said it or if those were the exact words; I hadn’t had my coffee yet so I don’t know. So needless to say my daily cup’o java is kind of a big deal to me but whether I’m drinking from necessity or just for the love of coffee, it’s always nice to savor a truly good cup of brew. A favorite pass time of mine is to sample various coffee shops whenever I come across them; a hobby that is severely limited due to…well let’s just say reasons and leave it at that.
Despite my ‘reasons’ I have visited some establishments, a few of which come to mind right now:
The Cupcake Cafe: Located in Tema, Community 5, this is relatively new discovery. Cupcake Cafe specializes in but is not limited to, as the name implies, cupcakes. However what we have to note is that they make coffee upon request. While offering only type of coffee, it is nevertheless worth it. They provide a brew that is the definition of smooth.
Nominom: More commonly known for it’s frozen yogurt and pastries, Nominom also offers a small selection of coffee brews to choose from. I recently sampled their Americano. The coffee was very good but I had a few complaints. First off, the price per cup was within the standard for such places so no complaints there, however the quantity of coffee given was a bit of a let down. My second issue was the condiments, the Americano does not by definition come with milk so I requested that milk be added but was refused on the grounds that if it’s not mentioned in the recipe, they can’t add it. Understandable but I feel they should be more flexible with customer requests. Still the coffee was good, you can find a Nominom at Tema, Comm.6 or at the Accra Mall.
Enda: I have not been here in a LONG time, so my info may be a bit out dated but I have some very good memories of their coffee. So why not head out to the Accra Mall and see if my memories hold true?
Second Cup: This maybe the last on my list but it’s definitely not the least. If anything it’s the most. This place hit me like a punch to the face and it hasn’t stopped yet. The selection is marvelous, the coffee is divine, and I should stop before write a novella in praise of this place. Don’t believe me? Find them at Palace Shopping Centre(Spintex Road), Achimota Mall, and West Hills Mall.
So have you visited any of these places and if yes what did you think? Where do you want me to try out next? Leave me a comment below or hit me up on twitter.