1. Town tour
The motorbike is the primary mode of transportation in Damongo, and in most part of the Northern region. So, we would be having a full exploration of Damongo and the neighbouring settlements on our Motorbikes. You don’t have to worry about riding; there is a rider for each tourist.
These would give you an opportunity to have an overview of the entire town yourself. We would be dropping off at the key places. We would explore the settlements of Damongo and the neighbouring settlement of Fulani, Nabori and Yipala on our foot…Yes, you heard us right. Get ready, put on your shoes…not the dancing shoes, we mean the rugged one that would keep you going as we manoeuvre the steepy curves into the settlements to say hello to the Locals. If you fancy mountain climbing as well, we would be going to the mountain top to go get an aerial view of the town.
2. Community Service
Community service is our little contribution to the Damongo community. It’s our donation…it’s an act of love. It’s our own way of saying we came, we saw and we got involved. It isn’t something really tedious because there isn’t so much we can do in a spate of 90 minutes. But we really do think it isn’t the size of work done, or the number of hours that would count invariably…Maybe, it is the act and the heart from where it flows. We would be rolling up our sleeves and would be doing something little for the people…let’s call this our own little legacy.
3. Historical stopover
Larabanga (Pronounced Larry-banga) is a small village between Damongo and the Mole National park. Larabanga is known famously for the ancient mosque and the mystic stone.
History has recorded that the Larabanga mosque is the oldest and best preserved type of a mud and stick mosque in Ghana. The only downside of our visit there is that non-Muslims would not be allowed to go into the mosque, we would also stop briefly to see the Mystic stone, a view of this two historical monument isn’t completely bad for a stopover on our way to the National park.
4. Walking Safari
The walking safari is an opportunity to get closer to wildlife. The walking Safari usually have an armed ranger assigned to each group, so relax…there is nothing to worry about. Guests may be able to approach elephants or other wildlife within a few meters, at the guide’s discretion.
The guides are also very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the park and they are always happy to share what they know with visitors. Walking Safaris are not usually strenuous, yet, it gives you an opportunity to cover a wider area of the park. If walking isn’t your cup of tea, you can simply relax at the motel’s viewing platform which overlooks a watering hole. You will generally see herds of elephants grazing and bathing in the early morning or evening just before the sun sets. The motel has a swimming pool, and an arrangement has been made for all our tourists to be able to jump into the pool whenever they want.
5. Driving Safari
The Driving Safari involves a drive through the Park. If you ride on (or in) a Jeep, you are likely to see more animals than you would if you were walking, and you would certainly cover a large distance in a shorter space of time. The roof top of the vehicles also mean tourists can get an optimal view of wildlife and even take some nice pictures.
Driving safaris cover terrain throughout certain portions of the Park, including open hardpans covered with grass, waterholes, forest, and manmade “hides” where visitors may observe wildlife from outside the vehicles.
6. Canoe safari
The Mole River is an ideal river for canoeing! Dense forest borders the waterway along most of the trail with the only mark of civilization being an occasional pasture land. A house is rarely visible from the river. The river is one of the few that flow through the park and is a lifeline to the communities and the fauna alike.
The Mole River by canoe is an excellent river for first-timers or group trips because of its meandering and gentle flow. The canoe safari on the Mole River could potentially be one of the most exciting, relaxing, healthy, and enjoyable ways to spend the next 60 minutes or so with the folks of Mognori!
7. Bamba dance
Bamba is a dance session that requires no music. Bamba uses the African drum to create a music effect. A Bamba session may also have someone playing the local flute…the whole idea of Bamba is to help you connect with the vibration of the drum in such a way that it almost feels like dancing is happening to you. Bamba moves from a very slow start, helping every participant to warm up…to an average speed until we get into the high level where we dance as if we are on steroids! This burst of energy in the early morning is the perfect way to start your day…come and let’s Bamba all the way!
8. Host Family
Individuals make up families, and many families pulled together make up a community. So, we have discovered that connecting with families is also an integral part of the community experience. Hence, we would be spending some quality time with a family during our tour. We would be connecting with them…and sometimes, we never can tell…such connections may go beyond a one-time event. And you may be Australian, but eventually be able to say you have a family somewhere in Damongo, Ghana. Did we forget to mention that we would be having lunch with them too?
9. Afrobeat Night
Yes yes yes…We are going to be getting very active tonight. Since all walk and no party may make Jack a dull boy…so we would chilling at a local bar in town and of course…we are fully kitted in our dancing shoes. And we would be dancing away into the night like we don’t care. No bullshit…its Afrobeat night!
11. Food tour
Food is a key part of every culture. How do you tell your friends and family about your experience of Africa, Ghana or Damongo without talking about the food? Well, we want to help you experience the culture here by appealing to your taste buds. We would be roaming from different local restaurant to the other exploring and savouring the different local delicacies available here.
There is usually plenty of food to go round, and we would be having our food-on-the-go.
We would do our best to ensure that only carefully vetted and healthy food items are sampled, and that we all remain healthy while exploring the different cuisines here.
Tour group and schedules
Each Ecotour group comprises of between 2 and 5 members which includes both the tourists and the tour leader. There may be cases where it is just the tourist with the tour leader that makes up a group. One thing we have done intentionally with our tour is to make it feel very personal; our tours are well spaced out to provide time to rest as well.