GHANA: BIRDS and WILDLIFE
6 - 23 March, 2024
second trip likely in 2025
Situated in the heart of West Africa, Ghana is a must-visit destination for any birding and wildlife enthusiast. This 18-day trip will provide a comprehensive overview of the country’s most iconic birding locations, including Mole National Park, Shai Hills and the world-famous canopy walkway at Kakum National Park. With 750+ bird species, many from families not represented in the Americas, the incredible bird fauna of Ghana will not disappoint.
Key birds will include the unique-looking White-necked Rockfowl Picathartes gymnocephalus (IUCN Vulnerable), and the Egyptian Plover Pluvianus aegyptius (IUCN Least Concern) recently placed in its own family. In addition, we will encounter representatives from the Hornbill, Sunbird, Bee-eater and Turaco families. As well as fantastic birds, there are good opportunities to see other iconic wildlife including elephants, primates, pangolins, antelope, and much more.
Our Ghanaian travel partner leads the way in ethical, sustainable, and socially conscious tourism in Africa with projects that build ecotourism infrastructure, support schools and protect rainforest habitat. During this trip we will visit one of their partner villages that thrives from bird-based ecotourism, and learn how their community owned conservation area protects a colony of nesting Rockfowl.
This former British colony is politically stable, safe, English-speaking, and known as the friendliest country in Africa. With the most developed infrastructure of any West African country, this colorful nation is a fantastic introduction to African birding for the newcomer, and an essential destination for the Africa aficionado.
Swallow-tailed Bee-eater © Derek Keats
Merops hirundineus ~ Least Concern