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.
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!