When considering an African wildlife itinerary, Ghana seldom features at the top of anyone’s wish list, which is actually a real shame. Although you won’t find the Big Five here, this peaceful and friendly country on the west coast of the continent has a great deal to offer visitors. Ghana has a lot of history and culture to share with visitors, some excellent beaches to enjoy as well as some really beautiful scenery to hike through and some very interesting National Parks to explore. In Kakum National Park you can take a walk on the wild side, along a fantastic canopy walk, suspended 40mt above the ground, surrounded by birds, bees and butterflies. Mole National Park has over 8000 Elephants for you to meet, while the Tafi-Atome Monkey sanctuary is a great place to snap some colourful photos while you interact with the charming resident Monkeys. Then learn how to beat a drum Ghana-style or cook up a Ghanaian speciality!
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After visiting the vibrant capital city of Accra, most tourists make their way down to the Cape Coast region to enjoy the beaches and to pay a visit to one or more of the notorious “Slave Castles”, now National monuments to the many unfortunate people who were shipped off to the Americas from these centres. Cape Coast Castle and Elmira Castle are two of the best examples and will give visitors a rather unsettling glimpse into their terrible past.
An excellent way to shrug off the lingering sadness of a visit to the slave castles is to head to the green and welcomingly cool Kakum National Park, where you can walk along the unique canopy walk, suspended 40mt above the ground. From your lofty perch you can see hundreds of birds and butterflies flitting through the canopy of the huge 60mt trees.
Once you have enjoyed Kakum National Park head inland to Ghana’s largest wildlife sanctuary, the Mole National Park for a close encounter of the Elephant kind! Mole is home to at least 8,000 Elephants, some of which are so remarkably at ease with humans that they can be tracked on foot, a highlight of Mole. This Park supports a wide cross-section of animals including several unusual species.
For some of the most beautiful scenery in Ghana you cannot beat the fabulous Lake Volta region, and Digya National Park on the western shores of the Lake. Here there is a very wide range of wildlife to be found, as well as hundreds of birds. While you are in the Lake Volta region it would be a great shame to miss the Wli Falls in the Agumatsa Wildlife Sanctuary. This is superb hiking country, and your approach to the fabulous Wli Falls will take you through some pristine tropical forest. Nearby is the Tafi-Atome Monkey Sanctuary, a community-based initiative where it is perfectly ok, in fact encouraged, to feed the Monkeys…a great opportunity to get some brilliant photos.
Come and visit colourful, lively and welcoming Ghana. Get to know the locals, learn how to drum or just enjoy some fabulous hiking in the country’s lovely National Parks.