Category: Travel & Tours

Kakum National Park -a home for nature lover

Kakum National Park, located in the coastal environs of the Central Region of Ghana, about 20 kilometres north of Cape Coast, covers an area of 375 square kilometres (145 sq mi).

Established in 1931 as a reserve, it was gazetted as a national park only in 1992 after an initial survey of avifauna was conducted. The area is covered with tropical rainforest. The uniqueness of this park lies in the fact that it was established at the initiative of the local people and not by the State Department of wildlife who are responsible for wildlife preservation in Ghana. It is one of only 2 locations in Africa with a canopy walkway, which is 350 metres (1,150 ft) long and connects seven tree tops which provide access to the forest.

Counted in the park are seven primate species including the Diana monkey, more than 500 species of butterflies and about 250 species of birds including five horn bill species, the Frazer-eagle owl, and the African grey and Senegal parrots. The most notable endangered species of fauna in the park are Diana monkey, giant bongo antelope, yellow-backed duiker and African elephant.

It is also an Important Bird Area recognized by the Bird Life International with the bird area fully overlapping the park area. The bird inventory confirmed 266 species in the park, including eight species of global conservation concern.
One of these species of concern is the white-breasted guinea fowl. Nine species of hornbill and the African grey parrot have been recorded. It is very rich in butterflies as well, and a new species was discovered in 1993. As of 2012, the densest population of forest elephants in Ghana is located in Kakum.

It is also an Important Bird Area recognized by the Bird Life International with the bird area fully overlapping the park area. The bird inventory confirmed 266 species in the park, including eight species of global conservation concern.
The Kakum forest turns more to a kind of a jungle experience. The canopy walkway is up to 30 m above the forest floor and within sight of the tallest tree of the forest where elephants can sometimes be seen scrounging for fallen fruit.

There are six Tree Top platforms that reach the height of 30 meters above the forest floor. From the tree tops, visitors experience a unique and spectacular view of the rainforest ecosystem and have the opportunity to see flora and fauna, which could never be viewed from the ground.
Kakum is Ghana's first protected area which has received major support for visitor facilities. The visitor centre opened on Earth Day 1997 and the park received the Global Tourism for Tomorrow Award the following year.

Kakum National Park's onsite café offers a range of local and international dishes. While the park can be easily visited in a day from Cape Coast and the surrounding area, there is accommodation in the park itself.



 

 
 
 
 
 
 





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