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After an extraordinary couple of days exploring the Ashanti capital, Kumasi, I headed further into Ghana’s interior for an epic road trip to Ghana’s biggest wildlife refuge! Come with me as I go on a 7-hour Ghana street food road trip adventure on my way from Kumasi to Mole National Park!
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As we drove north, it got chillier as we passed forests and small villages. After a while, we came across a street food vendor in the town of Abofour selling my favorite Ghanaian dish, waakye!
Waakye is rice and beans with spring onions, lettuce, chicken, and more. It was topped with a delicious and pasty black pepper sauce and reminded me of arroz con frijoles or Central American rice and beans. It was really spicy and full of phenomenal flavor.
The fried chicken was crispy and juicy. It was lightly fried and perfectly cooked. The pepper sauce was so good that I asked for some more. I loved it. It was a great way to start my day for only $2 USD for me and Isaac!
Soon, we passed through Techiman, the capital of the Bono East Region, which is known for its cashew production. Then, we stopped by the side of the road to eat some cashew fruit at a cashew farm. It was both sweet and sour and full of juice!
We continued along a rural road linking lots of small villages. We were reaching the drier, savannah area of Ghana. Soon, we stopped again at a neighborhood where vendors sell spices, fish, and yams.
They had an endless supply of yams! We bought three for 10 cedis. I wanted to stay longer, but I needed to get to the national park by 3 p.m. to make it in time for the last game drive of the day. The women there were so nice and kept asking me to stay!
Then, after a quick drive, we stopped again to buy some roasted yam for 1 cedi per piece. I also saw some roasted plantains!
In the savannah, you’ll see lots of massive termite mounds. I saw some really big ones as we drove. Along the way, I tried the roasted yam as we crossed the Black Volta River and into the Savannah Region. It was super hot—95 degrees.
I noticed lots of mosques here, so this is a Muslim-mostly area. We passed by some hut villages and made it to a village where they process shea butter. They soak and roast the nuts from the shea fruit. It’s a long process, but the end result is the shea butter, which you can eat and use as a cosmetic product!
I put some shea butter on my arms and my head. I really liked it but you can’t buy any there. With 26 km left until we reached the park, we stopped for lunch at an open-air eatery.
I got some jollof rice, which contains red sauce, cabbage, and noodles, and was cooked in a stew! They also make porridge, fufu, and more there.
The jollof had tons of flavor, and the cabbage added a nice crunch. I also had some delicious fried chicken with it, which was perfect!
With 30 minutes to go, we were finally close to Mole National Park, the best place to see wildlife in Ghana. I’d be staying at Zaina Lodge, one of only two accommodation options in the park. It offers tons of game drives and is a luxury resort!
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My name is David Hoffmann. For the last 13 years, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,200 destinations in 82 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube channel, travel blog, and social media sites.
I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.
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