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    17 Days / 16 Nights
    Availability : All Year Round
    Kotoka International Airport
    Ghana
    Tour Details

    Ghana is highly productive and outstanding Birding Tours destination, to visit in “African” for its special Birds, rich Wildlife, incredible Nature, vibrant Culture and exceptional natural History. Our small group budget tours operate year round, alternatively we can design private tours for individuals, couples, small groups or large groups who want to explore Ghana.

    Our Birdwatching Tours, are professionally design to give keen birders the opportunity to enjoy the most remarkable birds as well as exploring the Wildlife of Africa and Ghana. The fruitful morning hours, will be used for active birding, break in the hot afternoon for lunch. Evening and Night birding looking for Owls, Nightjars and Night hiking for Mammals are always guaranteed.

    Beyond managing every aspect of your travel experience, whether with a group or on an independent journey, we are committed to responsible travel and eco-tourism. We work tirelessly, to ensure that our trips benefit the local communities in which we travel, and our funds assist local conservation efforts.

    Departure & Return Location

    Accra (Google Map)

    Operated By

    Adventure Birding Tours
    What to Expect
    • Highlights:Professionally organized, Expertly guided tours of Ghana to the Upper Guinea Rain-Forest and Savannah Grassland of Kakum National Park, Mole National Park, Picathartes Site, Atewa Forest Reserve, Ankasa Rain Forest, Bobiri Forest & Butterfly Sanctuary and other incredible sites around.
    • Activities: Birding, Wildlife, Nature Photography, Culture and History, Adventure.
    • Difficulty:Low
    • Holiday Type: Tailor-made - Set Departure
    • You will visit:Tropical Rain Forest - National Parks - Savannah Grasslands - Coastal Lagoons.
    • Trip style:Couples - Small Groups - Large Groups - Independent Travelers
    • Comfort level: Standard
    • Transportation: Air-conditioned SUV - Minibus - Bigger Busses
    • Physical demand: Walking and Hiking
    • Group size: 1 to 10 or more participants per trip
    • Price:Our rates are flexible, depend on the number of people on the trip and the number of days involve on the trip.
    Itinerary

    Day 1Arrival in Accra Ghana

    Akwaaba (Welcome to Ghana)

    Upon arrival, you will be met by Adventure Birding Tours guide who will welcome you and transport you to a bird friend hotel for a good night rest and prepare for your 14 days long Bird, Wildlife and photography Excursion in Ghana.

    Overnight at Erata Hotel. (Accra).

    Day 2Shai Hills Reserve – Sakumono Lagoon – Winniba Plains

    Your Birding, Wildlife, Culture, Nature or Photography excursion in Ghana will kick start today morning after breakfast with a visit to open grassland savannah of Shai Hills hoping to see and photograph some good Savannah birds as well as birds that are associated to this site like White Crowned Cliff Chat, Stone Partridge, Blue Bellied Roller, Purple Roller, Violet Turaco just to mention few of the incredible birds around.

    After a great morning, you will have your lunch and then proceed to Muni Lagoon and Winneba Plains to add residential and migratory shore birds to our list before you will proceed to Cape Coast for a good rest and prepare for the Adventure at Kakum National Park.

    Overnight at Hans Cottage Botel. (Cape Coast).

    Days 3 - 5Kakum National Park (Canopy walkway) – Abrafo Forest – Antwikwaa Forest – Twifo Praso and Surroundings

    After an early breakfast you will set off for the world famous canopy walkway at Kakum National Park which is the leading destination for bird watching in Ghana. A wonderful World of amazing canopy species awaits you out there. Kakum National Park has many entrances that contribute an amazingly to the bird list in Ghana. We hope to get there early hours to see the first light and record the first species that will fry out.

    Your day will bring out Black dwarf hornbill, Violet backed hyliota, White crested hornbill, Congo serpent eagle, Cassin`s hawk eagle, Long tailed hawk, Brown cheeked hornbill, Red cheeked wattle eye, Tit hylia, African piculet, Red headed, Red vented, Crested and Blue billed malimbe, Preuss`s and Yellow mantled weaverTambourine, Blue headed wood and Blue spotted wood dove, Ethiopian swallow, Green headed sunbird, Lesser striped swallow, Green crombec, Kemp`s and Grey longbill, Swamp greenbul, Western bluebill, Copper tailed glossy and Chestnut winged starling just to mention few of the incredible birds around.

    You will always break in the afternoon for lunch and go back to the forest in the evening to see birds return from feeding grounds to roost as well as looking for Owls and Nightjars.

    Overnight at Hans Cottage Botel. (Cape Coast).

    Days 6 - 7Nsuta Forest

    An excellent forest about an hour drive from our guesthouse, this secondary semi deciduous forest protects a plethora of quality species that will enhance our list and overall experience.

    Species we hope to see and photograph here includes Red billed helmetshrike, Dwarf bittern, Bristle nosed barbet, White crested bittern, Spot breasted ibis, Western bronze napped pigeon, Afep pigeon, Purple throated cuckooshrike, Spotted honeyguide, Black collared lovebird, Brown necked parrot, Red tailed greenbul, Black dwarf hornbill, African piculet, Forest wood hoopoe, Piping hornbill, Akun eagle owl, Western bearded greenbul, Yellow billed barbet, Black spinetail, Long tailed hawk, Black throated cuocal among others will be encountered here.

    You will always break in the afternoon for lunch and go back to the forest in the evening to see birds return from feeding grounds to roost as well as looking for Owls and Nightjars.

    Overnight at D & A Lodge. (Shama).

    Days 8 - 9Ankasa Rain Forest

    The key target for the day is Nkulengu Rail and we will be going all out to locate this rare species in the early morning hours.

    We will be searching for many upper guinea endemics such as Hartlaub`s duck, White breasted guineafowl, Yellow casqued hornbill, African finfoot, Shining blue kingfisher, White bellied kingfisher, Cassin`s flycatcher, Red billed dwarf hornbill, Olive long tailed and Dusky long tailed cuckoo, Great blue turaco, White throated greenbul, Rufous winged illadopsis, Rufous sided broadbill, Shining drongo, Forest robin, Red fronted antpecker, Reichenbach`s sunbird, White browed forest flycatcher, Red chested owlet, Common cuckoo, Grey throated rail, Orage weaver, Narina`s trogon, Yellow billed turaco, White tailed alethe, Western black headed and Black winged oriole Swamp greenbul, Green headed sunbird, Golden greenbul, Yellow spotted barbet, Yellow throated tinkerbird, Red fronted parrot including more incredible species will be scanned here.

    You will always break in the afternoon for lunch and go back to the forest in the evening to see birds return from feeding grounds to roost as well as looking for Owls and Nightjars.

    Overnight Hotel Frenchman’s Lodge.

    Day 10Ankasa Forest – Picathartes Site

    The big day is today. You will be visiting the White Necked Rockfowl (Yellow Headed Picathartes) nesting site for the most sought after bird on the Planet, please make sure that you have enough memory card.

    We will check out of our hotel after an early breakfast and make our way to Bonlro village where we will be targeting some key species we missed during our days at other sites and get better views of species we just had brief views of, and the famous species and pre-historic bird (Yellow Headed Picathartes) will follow with much excitement. It is hard to contain your excitement as these legendary prehistoric looking birds hop and jump on the rocks whilst preening themselves just meters from your eyes giving photographers among you a busy time of the day.

    We will then continue our journey to Kumasi after we have enjoyed our target bird for the day.

    Overnight at Excesa Lodge. (Kumasi).

    Day 11Opuro Forest – Egyptian Plover Site

    Another important day for us to see our second target species of the trip, a well-known habitat for much sought after Egyptian plover, which is a family by itself.

    We will be scanning Opuro forest for many species that we have missed out in other areas including Superb sunbird, Lesser morehen, Grey headed bristlebill, Fiery breasted bush-shrike, Black sparrowhawk, African golden oriole, Purple and Blue bellied roller, Lesser blue eared starling, Gabar and Dark chanting goshawk, Purple starling, Abyssinian roller, Black faced quailfinch, Mosque swallow, Yellow billed kite and more will be captured today.

    Overnight at Mole Motel. (Mole National Park).

    Days 12 - 13Mole National Park

    After an early breakfast we will set off for an interesting forest in a transitional zone between the southern wetter forests and northern drier woodland habitats where we will find some quality species. It will be one of the difficult birding sorties you may take in this tour, but you will be happy with the walk when you get to see many regional specialities within close ranges.

    Species possible to see and photograph here include Abyssinian ground hornbill, Denham`s bustard, Forbes`s plover, Four banded sandgrouse, Western violet backed sunbird, Gambaga flycatcher, Yellow breasted apalis, Willow and Melodious warbler, Whinchat, Sun lark, Grey woodpecker, Cardinal woodpecker, Greater honeyguide, Lesser hneyguide, Swallow tailed bee-eater, Thick billed cuckoo, Helmeted guineafowl and many more including different kinds of Monkeys, Atelopes, Elephant, Kob as well as Warthogs and Baboons will entertain you at the Motel.

    You will always break in the afternoon for lunch and go back to the forest in the evening to see birds return from feeding grounds to roost as well as looking for Owls and Nightjars.

    Overnight at Mole Motel. (Mole National Park).

    Day 14Mole National Park – Kumasi

    We shall depart from Mole to Kumasi today. Along the way we will stop a couple to add some special to our list before we get to Kumasi. Depending on the time we will get to Kumasi we shall visit Bobiri forest if we still have time.

    Overnight at Excelsa Lodge. (Kumasi).

    Day 15Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary – Tafo

    Bobiri forest is one of the popular sites in Ghana where a number of Birds can be seen including a huge number of Butterflies which will add more taste to the tour.

    After early breakfast we will set off to Bobiri for some significant forest species like Narina`s trogon, African grey parrot, Long tailed hawk, Narrow tailed starling, Tit hylia, Forest woodhoopoe, Black sparrowhawk, Peregrine falcon, Preuss`s cliff swallow, Compact weaver, Grey throated, Dusky blue, Fraser`s forest and Red bellied paradise flycatcher, Barn and Ethiopian swallow, Green headed sunbird, African cuckoo hawk, Black throated coucal, Little grey flycatcher, Velvet mantled drongo, Blue cuckooshrike, Black winged oriole just to mention few.

    After a great morning you will go for lunch and proceed to Atewa Forest for the evening.

    Overnight at Royal Bluemich Hotel. (Tafo).

    Days 16 - 17Atewa Range Forest Reserve – To Accra – To the Airport

    An early start as you head back into the Upper Guinea Rainforest habitat where so many of Ghana’s sought after special species are found.

    This morning we hope to see Tit Hylia, Green Hylias, Chestnut Winged Starling, Black Winged Oriole, Western Black Headed Oriole, Sooty Boubou, Blue Headed Crested Flycatcher, Klaas’s, Levaillants , Yellow Throated and Didric Cuckoo, Red Bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Western Bluebill, Tessmann’s Flycatcher just to mention few of the birds to be seen. You will search thoroughly for the day to see most outstanding west African Endemics and most incredible species here at Atewa.

    After an incredible scan on the second day at Atewa, we will then go back to our hotel to shower, enjoy some meal before we find our way to the Airport to say goodbye to Ghana.

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