TAMALE TOOT AND TRICKERY

Posted on December 14, 2009

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First I want to toot the horn of Gariba Lodge in Tamale which incidentally is another Ghanaian-Canadian venture. On August 3rd, 2009, a report appeared on the Bradt Update site (see blog roll-philipbriggs) that tourists were being mugged as they walked from their hotels to the bus station to catch the bus to Mole Game Reserve. Click on the TOURISM ISSUES category on this blog and go to the August 10th post for more in depth coverage.

Anyways, in response to this situation, Gariba Lodge, a lovely upmarket facility, started offering a free shuttle service for their guests who were proceeding to Mole Park. AYIKOO/BRAVO.

Yesterday, I wrote a brief item for the Bradt Guide celebrating Gariba Lodge:

“Hats off to Gariba Lodge, Tamale, who offer a free shuttle very early in the morning to guests who are traveling by Metro bus to Damongo and Mole Game Reserve. The contact details for Gariba Lodge are 071-23041-43 and garibalodge@hotmail.com

Chris Scott

AND NOW THE TRICKERY:

I also sent a second report to the Bradt Guide regarding getting from Tamale to Mole Game Reserve.

Here it is:

METRO BUS FROM TAMALE TO DAMONGO/ MOLE GAME RESERVE: As indicated in the Bradt Guide, you cannot buy advance tickets for the Metro Bus. So, if you arrive early in the morning at the bus station, don’t believe anyone who tells you the Metro bus is fully booked and you will have to take a trotro. I’m told the ticket seller is hiding and it’s a way to fill up the trotro for the hot dusty 146 km drive to the Mole Game Reserve.

Chris Scott

cueing for a metro bus

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