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Ghana - Picathartes

Tour Code: GHA01

A 9-day birding tour to the Upper Guinea rainforests of Ghana in search of the rare Yellow-headed Picathartes and a wealth of other exciting West African birds.

9 days from £2295(inc flights) Land Only Price: £1695 SRS: £225


Home to over 750 species of birds, Ghana is rapidly becoming known as West Africa’s top bird watching destination. Though we’ll visit lush tropical rainforest to extensive marshes and pristine beaches encountering a superb range of bird species on this holiday, we’ll be concentrating on an exploration of the bird-rich Upper Guinea forests of Kakum National Park and the upland ranges of the Atewa range. Beginning in the Shai Hills reserve we’ll look for such species as Grey Hornbill before heading to Kakum National Park, where we’ll be based for 4 nights. We’ll explore forest trails and savannah before transferring to the forests of the Atewa Mountains where we’ll look for species such as Kemp’s Longbill and Baumann’s Greenbul.

  • Blue-headed Bee-eater, Congo Serpent Eagle, Black Dwarf Hornbill & Brown Nightjar
  • Search for the elusive Yellow-headed Picathartes in remote forest, Kakum NP
  • Rufous-sided Broadbill & Chocolate-backed Kingfisher
  • Flycatchers, puffbacks & barbets among dazzling array of species
  • Red-necked Buzzard & African Cuckoo Hawk among raptors
  • Chance of seeing the rare Preuss’s Swallow, plus rollers, ibises, longbills & tinkerbirds
  • Look for Western Bluebill & Grosbeak Weaver in the Atewa range
  • Led by expert local naturalist guides

Food

Included in the cost of the holiday

Accommodation

Comfortable - but not luxurious - guesthouses and hotels. All rooms have private facilities.

Picathartes

Picathartes

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Depart London

Day 2/5 Rainforest Lodge, Kakum National Park

Day 6 Kumasi, Kakum National Park

Day 7 Kofuridua, Bobiri Forest & Atewa Range

Day 8 Atewa Range & depart Accra

Day 9 Arrive London

About the region

Home to over 750 species of birds, Ghana is rapidly becoming West Africa's premier bird watching destination. This small tropical country, known in the past as the 'Gold Coast', is now widely recognised as a friendly and safe destination to visit and is blessed with a diverse range of exciting habitats from lush tropical rainforest to extensive marshes and pristine sandy beaches.

Kakum National Park is situated about 170 kilometres from Accra on the palm-fringed Cape Coast. The park protects critically endangered upper Guinea primary forest.

The tour ‘in a nutshell’

This 9-day bird watching holiday will take you through a selection of Ghana’s best birding habitats, but concentrates on the bird rich Upper Guinea forests of the Kakum National Park and upland forests of the Atewa Range.

What birds might I see?

We’ll be looking for an exciting range of bird life which may include Blue-headed and Black-headed Bee-eaters, Congo Serpent Eagle, the splendid Black Dwarf Hornbill and the little-known Brown Nightjar.

One of our target species will be the bizarre and elusive Yellow-headed Picathartes. This remarkable bird has only been recently discovered breeding in Ghana and our tour offers one of the very best opportunities of seeing this endangered and much sought after bird.

In the Shai Hills Reserve we’ll be hoping to find species such as Grey Hornbill, African Hobby, Violet and Green Turacos, Senegal Parrot, Croaking Cisticola, White-crowned Robin-chat and many more.

At Kakum National Park we’ll look for a dazzling array of forest birds including: Violet-backed Hyliota, Golden-backed Weaver, Fire-crested Alethe, Grey-headed, Red and Green-tailed Bristlebills, Olive-bellied Sunbird, Blue-headed Wood Dove, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, the rare Preuss’s Swallow, and Black Dwarf and Red-billed Dwarf Hornbills, among a wealth of other species.

Anything else?

Kakum National Park is home to 40 species of mammal, many of them elusive, including forest Elephants, Bongo and Leopard, as well as over 400 species of butterfly!

Violet TuracoGreen TuracoWhite-crowned Robin-chatBlack-necked WeaverAfrican HobbySenegal ParrotGrey HornbillGrosbeak WeaverBlack-necked Weaver (Mike Watson)Yellow-headed Picathartes (Mike Watson)Kakum National Park (Mike Watson)Black Bee-eater (Dick Forsman)Brown-crowned Tchagra (Mike Watson)Butterfly (Mike Watson)West African Forest Robin (Alan Hayden)Oriole Warbler (Dick Forsman)Lesser Striped Swallow (Mike Watson)Red-billed Helmet-Shrike (Mike Nelson)Black Bee-eater (Mike Watson)Rufous-sided Broadbill  (Mike Watson)Western Black-headed Oriole (Mike Watson)White-crested Hornbill (Mike Watson)Yellow-headed Picathartes (Chris Farman)Akun Eagle Owl (Arthur Grosset)White-throated Bee-eater (Mike Watson)Pied Hornbill (Stephen Berry)Pied Kingfisher (Stephen Berry)Congo Serpant Eagle (Stephen Berry)Butterfly (Stephen Berry)Long-tailed Hawk (Arthur Grosset)Western Bearded Greenbul (Dick Forsman)
P.G.
Berkshire
William and Andrew were outstanding leaders, working very hard to find difficult birds in the forest and ensuring everyone on the trip saw the bird. This was probably the best bird-watching trip I've been on and the butterflies were the icing on the cake. This mainly reflected the efforts and care of our guides.
Mr & Mrs N.
Suffolk
...thanks to our exceptional leaders we were always well looked after. .... Ghana - a fantastic birding destination.
D.B.
East Sussex
A fabulous trip full of exciting birds. The bird finding skills of Robert Ntakor, our tour leader, are second to none. A really good value for money trip.
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Sun 12th November 2017 - Mon 20th November 2017

5

£2295

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Sun 11th February 2018 - Mon 19th February 2018

6

£2495

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Sun 4th November 2018 - Mon 12th November 2018

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£2495

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William and Andrew were outstanding leaders, working very hard to find difficult birds in the forest and ensuring everyone on the trip saw the bird. This was probably the best bird-watching trip I've been on and the butterflies were the icing on the cake. This mainly reflected the efforts and care of our guides.
P.G., Berkshire