Bird Tours Itinary

Day 1

Upon arrival, you will be met by our guides who will transfer you to our nearby birder friendly hotel for a good night’s rest and acclimatization.

Day 2

After an early departure towards the west we head for Kakum National Park. On our way, our first stop will be at a Ramsar scheduled site with its complex of lagoons, salt pans and marsh land. EgretHere, depending on the season, we expect to see both resident and migrant shore birds such as, Collared Pratincole, Common Redshank, Greenshank, Sanderling, Senegal Thick-knee, Wattled Lapwing, African Jacana, various species of terns, Western Reef Egret and other herons and egrets. Weavers, Cisticolas and Bishops are to be seen in the grassy areas of the site. Further along the way we will also stop at a site known as Lily-Pond. Here we may see Purple Heron, Purple Swamphen, Hornbills, Egrets, etc.

Day 3 to 5

Walk wayKakum National Park is the leading destination for bird watching in Ghana, The incredible canopy walkway which is suspended between seven huge forest trees with its platforms for telescopes is the highlight of this forest birding. Bird watching from this walkway will allow the seldom seen canopy dwelling birds to be closely observed.

Apart from the canopy walkway we shall bird all the areas around the Kakum forest as well as the coastal savannah around Cape Coast. The number of birds we shall see in these areas will certainly exceed your expectations.
FortWe shall also allow some time to visit the Cape Coast and Elmina castles which were the major route by which African slaves were shipped to the new world. These castles are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites and originally date back to 16th century.

Day 6

After a final morning birding at the Kakum area we will head for Assin Foso. This is surely the highlight of the tour. This is where we hope to be able to show you Yellow-headed Picathartes. This enigmatic species has quite recently been rediscovered in Ghana after not having been seen in the country for over 40 years. We are proud to be able to give you the opportunity of seeing this most spectacular forest bird.

Day 7

We shall go to Aboabo camp in the northern part of Kakum for further forest birding and possibly catch up with some species that we might have missed previously around Kakum’s main entrance. Aboabo is a very productive area.
Shining Blue KingfisherWe will leave Assin Foso for Kumasi. On arrival we take up our rooms in our hotel in order to have a good rest before going out for some evening birding at the Bobiri sanctuary. Bobiri is not as big as Kakum but very productive and serves as a very good stop-over en route to the Mole National Park. Here we expect to see many forest species and it will also serve as a good place to increase our number of forest species as some of those that we missed at Kakum may also be found here, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Blue-throated Roller, Shining Blue Kingfisher, Bat Hawk, Gray Parrot, and Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, amongst others, are possibilities.

Day 8

AMole national Parkfter a morning birding in the Bobiri forest we leave for Mole National Park. Mole which is situated in the north of the country is the best place in Ghana to see savannah birds. Our arrival at Mole will be in the evening and depending on our arrival time we may be able to do some night birding. Such nocturnal species as Scops Owl, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Spotted Eagle Owl, Standard-winged Nightjar, Freckled Nightjar, Plain Nightjar can often be found here.

Days 9 to 11

Red throated Bee-eaterBird watching at Mole is outstanding; the ease with which one can see the birds will amaze you. All Ghana’s savannah birds are to be found here. Amongst the most interesting species one can mention: Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Saddle-billed Stork, Bateleur, Martial Eagle, African Hawk Eagle, Hadada Ibis, Long-tailed Starling, Purple Glossy Starling, Egyptian Plover, African Golden Oriole, African Hobby, Chestnut- crowned Sparrow, Stone Partridge, Scarlet-chested sunbird, Giant Kingfisher, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Red-throated Bee-eater, Broad-billed Roller, Exclamatory Paradise Whydah, and water fowl such as African Jacana, Spur-winged Goose, White-faced Whistling Duck, Senegal Thick-knee, Common Sandpiper are found around the water holes in the park.

However the full list of birds for this exceptional site is too long to be included here, but on request we would happy to let you have a fuller list of the birds that can be seen in the Mole National Park.

Birding watching here is impossible without also coming face to face with Elephantlarge mammals, over 800 African Elephants are present in the park, and some around the village near the park entrance are extraordinarily tame. Many species of antelopes, several species of monkeys can also be seen and the remarkably tame Warthogs and troops of Baboons are always to be seen around the hotel. Crocodiles and Water Monitors are also frequently encountered around the water holes.

Day 12

We shall depart for the Atewa plains, Depending on the time of our arrival; we shall go birding in the evening. It is the only forest where Blue-headed Bee-eater can be seen, this site will also give us the opportunity to increase our list of forest birds.

Day 13

Musophaga_violaceaAfter a morning birding on the Atewa plains, we head for Accra and the same evening we continue on to the Shai Hills Resource Reserve for some evening birding. Here we will have the opportunity to see some of the savannah birds that we missed at Mole National Park as well as observing some birds that are particularly associated with this location such as, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Senegal Parrot, Red-shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, Violet Turaco, etc.

Day 14

This morning we visit the Sakumono Lagoon for our final birding in Ghana. Here we have the highest concentration of water fowl in Ghana; it is a very productive area. After birding here you will be driven to the airport for your departure in the evening.

Remember, our tours are flexible and the length of tour can be adjusted for the days you have available.