Ghana Unique 17 Days Birding and Wildlife Photography Tour.

TOUR ITINERARY

Days       Destination       Summary
Day 1 Arrival in Accra Ghana. We will meet you at Kotoka International Airport and proceed to the hotel.

Overnight Erata Hotel.

Day 2 Shai Hills Reserve – Sakumono Lagoon –  Muni Lagoon. Birding on these route.

Overnight Hans Cottage Botel.

Day 3 & 5 Kakum NP Canopy Walk, Abrafo Forest, Antwikwaa Forest and Surroundings. Birding Kakum area.

Overnight Hans Cottage Botel.

Day 6 & 7 Nsuta Reserve Forest. Birding on route.                               

Overnight Hotel D & A Lodge.

Day 8 & 9 Ankasa Rain Forest. Birding the area.

Overnight Hotel Frenchman’s Lodge.

Day 10 Ankasa Forest – Picathartes Site. Birding on route.

Overnight Hans Cottage Botel.

Day 11 Opuro Forest – Egyptian Plover Site. Birding the area.                               

Overnight Excelsa Lodge.

Day 12- 14 Mole National Park. Birding the area.                               

Overnight Mole Motel.

Day 15 Mole National Park – Kumasi. Birding on route.

Overnight Excelsa Lodge.

Day 16 Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary – Tafo. Birding on route.                                 

Overnight Hotel Royal Bluemich.

Day 17 Atewa Range Forest Reserve. Birding the area.

Overnight Royal Bluemich Hotel. To Accra To The Airport.

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

 

Day 1…  Arrival in Accra Ghana

Akwaaba (Welcome to Ghana).

Arrival Point in Ghana.
Arrival Point in 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 Hotel Erata. (Accra).

Friendly Hotel.
Home Away from Home.

 

Day 2…  Shai Hills Reserve – Sakumono Lagoon – Muni Lagoon.
Great Among the Rest.
Red Necked Buzzard.

 

Your birding excursion in Ghana will kick start today in the morning with a visit to the open grassland savannah of Shai Hills, hoping to see and photograph some good savannah birds and birds that are associated with this site like White Crowned Cliff Chat, Stone Partridge, Blue Bellied Roller, Purple Roller, Violet Turaco, Senegal Parrot, Swallow Tailed Beeeater, Red Necked Buzzard, Oriole Warbler, Longcrested Eagle, Black Bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, Chestnut Owlet, Red Shouldered Cuckooshrike, Whinchat, Flappet Lark, African Crake, Ahanta Francolin just to mention few.

After an incredible morning at Shai Hills, we will scan Sakumono Lagoon to add Residential and Migratory Shore Birds to our list before we make our way to Cape Coast.

Overnight at Hans Cottage Botel. (Cape Coast).

Best Hotel Around Cape Coast.
Hans Cottage Botel.

 

Day 3 & 5…  Kakum National Park (Canopy Walkway), Abrafo Forest, Antwikwaa Forest and Surroundings.
Outstanding Bird to Come Across in Ghana.
African Emerald Cuckoo

After an early breakfast we 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. We hope to get there early hours to see the first light and record the first species that will fry out. Our 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, Blue Breasted Kingfisher, Yellow Throated Tinkerbird, Little Green, Fire Bellied And Buff Spotted Woodpecker, Pin Tailed Whydah, Red Headed, Red Vented, Crested and Blue Billed Malimbe, Preuss`s and Yellow Mantled Weaver Tambourine, 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.

Overnight at Hans Cottage Botel. (Cape Coast).

Hans Cottage Botel.
Hans Cottage Botel.

 

Day 6 & 7…  Nsuta Reserve Forest.
Amazing Bird.
Black Dwarf Hornbill.

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, Naked Faced Barbet, Kemp`S Longbill, Black Bee-Eater, 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.

Overnight at D & A Lodge. (Shama).

Beautiful Place to Stay Around Shama.
Amazing Place To Stay Around Shama.

 

Day 8 & 9…  Ankasa Rain Forest.
Black Bee - Eater.
Black Bee – Eater.

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, Red Headed Quelea, Carmelite Sunbird, Reichenbach`s Sunbird, White Browed Forest Flycatcher, Red Chested Owlet, Common Cuckoo, Grey Throated Rail, Red Thighed Sparrowhawk, Olive Sunbird, Fraser`S Sunbird, Black Cuckoo, 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.  

Overnight Hotel Frenchman’s Lodge.

Frenchmans Lodge.

 

Day 10…  Ankasa Forest – Picathartes Site.
Yellow Headed Picathartes.
Yellow Headed Picathartes.

The big day is today.  We will be visiting the White Necked Rock-fowl nesting site, 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 amongst 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).

Excelsa Lodge.
Excelsa Lodge.

 

Day 11…  Opuro Forest – Egyptian Plover Site.
Egyptian Plover.
Egyptian Plover.

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 Bushshrike, Black Sparrowhawk, Northern Puffback, Hamerkop just to mention few. We will then find our way to Egyptian Plover site after an incredible morning for this extraordinal bird. Species expected to see here includes Wire Tailed Swallow, Red Chested Swallow, African Moustached Warbler, Rufous Cisticola, Grey Rumped Swallow, Chestnut Backed Sparrow Lark, Red Billed Firefinch, White Headed Lapwing, White Helmetshrike, 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).

Mole Motel.
Mole Motel.

 

Day 12 & 14…  Mole National Park.
Mole National Park.
Mole 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 specialties within close ranges. Species possible to see and photograph here include Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Denham`s Bustard, Forbes`s Plover, Four Banded Sandgrouse, Banded and Brown Snake Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Martial Eagle, Swamp Flycatcher, Standard Winged and Freckled Nightjah, Grey Headed Bushshrike, Chestnut Crowned Sparrow Weaver, Brown Backed Woodpecker, Black Headed Heron, African Darter, Grasshopper Buzzard, Bateleur, Cabanis`s Bunting, Red Cheeked Cordon Blue, Red Winged and Yellow Winged Pytilia, Red Headed Weaver, Red Headed Quelea, Tropical Boubou, White Helmetshrike, 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, Antelopes, Elephant, Kob as well as Warthogs and Baboons will entertain you at the Motel. 

Overnight at Mole Motel. (Mole National Park).

Mole Motel.
Mole Motel.

 

Day 15…  Mole 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).

Excelsa Lodge.
Excelsa Lodge.

 

Day 16…  Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary – Tafo.
Didric Cuckoo.
Didric Cuckoo.

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 Wood hoopoe, Black Sparrowhawk, Peregrine Falcon, Preuss`s Cliff Swallow, Compact Weaver, Simple, Plain and Ansorge`s Greenbul, Palmnut and Hooded Vulture, African Harrier Hawk, Velvet Mantled Drongo, 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, Black Winged Oriole just to mention few.  

Overnight at Royal Bluemich Hotel. (Tafo).

Royal Bluemich Hotel.
Royal Bluemich Hotel.

 

Day 17…  Atewa Range Forest Reserve – To Accra – To the Airport.  

An early start as we 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, Yellow Billed Barbet, Grey Headed And Red Tailed Bristlebills and The Much Sought After Yellow Footed Honeyguide , Black Necked, Maxwell`s Black, Compact and Grosbeak Weavers, Whistling Cisticola, Black Crowned and Brown Crowned Tchagra, African Emerald Cuckoo, Klaas’s, Levaillant`s , Yellow Throated and Didric Cuckoo, Red Bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Western Bluebill, Tessmann’s Flycatcher and if we are lucky Baumann’s Greenbul among others will be seen. After an incredible scan this day at Atewa we will then go to our hotel to shower, enjoy some meal before we find our way to the Airport to say goodbye to Ghana.  

 

TOUR CONCLUDES