Ghana is a nature lover’s delight. It’s equatorial climate and fertile well-watered soils sustain an enchanting selection of wildlife, ranging from elephants to monkeys and marine turtles to crocodiles, as well as hundreds of colorful bird and butterfly species. More than 5% of the country’s surface area has been accorded official protection across 16 national parks or lower-profile conservation areas, of which the most popular tourist destinations are the vast Mole National Park in the northern savannah and the forested Kakum National Park near the coast. Ghana has nearly 250 species of mammals … almost a quarter of all the mammals found on the continent of Africa. In this group there are 13 different primate species, 2 kinds of elephants, 15 types of antelope, 14 different bats and even manatee. And the variety doesn’t end there. There are also snakes, lizards, tropical fish, turtles, frogs and other bizarre creatures such as the pangolin.

In recent years, Ghana has emerged as a pioneer in the field of community-based ecotourism, which aims to create a mutually beneficial three-way relationship between conservationists, tourists and communities. The Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Santuary, home to sacred troops of mona and black-and-white colobus monkeys, led the way in 1995, and it remains the flagship for more than two dozen other community-based tourism projects countrywide. These range from the award winning Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary in the Upper West and Amansuri Wetland Sanctuary in the Western Region to cultural sites such as the Domana Rock Shrine, set in the forests near Kakum National Park, and the painted houses and pottery of Sirigu in the Upper East.

The Volta Region, the most topographically varied part of Ghana, also hosts the country’s largest concentration of community-based ecotourism sites, and offers outdoor enthusiasts some superb opportunities for hiking, rambling and mountain biking. Popular attractions include the sacred monkeys of Tafi Atome, an abundance of magnificent forests and waterfalls around Amedzofe, the country’s highest peak at Mount Afadjato, and the impressive forest-fringed Wli Falls, the tallest in West Africa.

Not least among Ghana’s natural attractions are the palm-fringed beaches that line its 500km Atlantic coastline. One of the most beautiful is Ada Foah, on the Volta Estuary, an important nesting site for endangered marine turtles. The beaches flanking Elmina and Cape Coast are ideal for those who wish to combine their sunbathing with some historical sightseeing, while their less developed counterparts further west around Busua, Axim and Beyin offer the opportunity to truly get away from it all.

Sunseekers offers many tours that include opportunities to view wildlife and experience the many habitats of Ghana that range from tropical rain forest to dry savannah. Our “Northern Adventure” and “Southern Expedition” tours include the best nature has to offer. And our special eco-tour packages include many community-based initiatives.

 

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