Birding and Nature Tours in Ghana
Ashanti African Tours offers year-round scheduled small group departures, including a range of birding and wildlife tours in Ghana ranging from nine days up to 25 days. We also offer tailored private tours that can be designed around target species and include other areas of interest for individuals, couples and small groups. The duration of the private tours is flexible.
Our award-winning, locally-led nature and birdwatching tours in Ghana are designed to connect the communities we visit to the conservation of their environment through ethical tourism. Our company has built two schools to date, giving more than 600 children access to education in the locations we visit on our tours. Several international companies that use our service in Ghana have described our team of 15 full-time local guides as the best they have encountered.
We strive to continue improving wildlife tour itineraries and venturing into areas no other operators visit. Our expert guides are constantly researching new locations in search of quality species to enhance our guests’ birding and nature tour experience.
Our local leaders are employed full time by our company and are specialists in the birds, mammals, butterflies, culture and history of Ghana and will focus on your areas of interest during your tour. Our 100% record of seeing the White-necked Rockfowl (Yellow-headed Picathartes) and Egyptian Plover (recently placed in a family of its own) ensures a spectacular trip awaits our potential tour participants.
Ghana: a prime birding and wildlife destination
Ghana has more than 750 bird species, including 12 of the 15 Upper Guinea endemics, as well as almost 1,000 species of butterfly, 225 different mammals and 221 types of amphibian and reptile. This makes it a must-visit destination in West Africa for a natural history-focused holiday.
Ghana offers thorough coverage of all the core West African habitats: coastal lagoons, grassland savannah, upper guinea rainforest, broad-leaved guinea woodland and the Sahel savannah plains in the far north.
In addition, this former British colony has a fascinating history and vibrant culture, with artisans working in a number of unique and distinctive crafts.
Ghana’s safe, friendly and hassle-free environment and the most developed infrastructure of any West African country adds to its appeal for travellers.
Paul Mensah – Senior Tour Guide
Birding and wildlife tour leader Paul Mensah has led numerous tours for international companies and private groups. Paul has a remarkable ability to spot species in even the most difficult habitats and is able to identify all birds by song/call. An extremely popular leader with our clients, his professional attitude, logistical excellence and personable character are complemented by his calm leading style, enthusiasm and love of his work. His desire to always offer his best to out guests ensures that all his tours are highly productive and enjoyable. Paul lives near Kakum National Park and is always in the field researching species and new locations to find them. He is also one of our cultural tour guides as he loves sharing his extensive knowledge of Ghana’s culture and history.
William Apraku – Senior Tour Guide
As well as being a tour guide, William is Head of Training and Research for the birding and wildlife section of our company. He was born in Hwidiem, a town in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana, and previously worked for 10 years with the Ghana Wildlife Division prior to joining Ashanti African Tours full-time as a birding and wildlife leader/guide. William is what we would call a 24/7 birder: he loves his work, is an outstanding bird and wildlife tour leader and has conducted more ornithological research in Ghana than anyone else, spending many months with renowned researchers Bob Dowsett and François Lamire. William was introduced to and trained in bird guiding by renowned South African birder Andrew Hester, and he was the first person to discover a nesting site for the rare Black-headed Bee-eater. Like all Ashanti African Tours guides and leaders, Williams can identify all birds by song/call and is also an expert in general natural history and the culture of West Africa. He is blessed with a wife, four sons and a daughter, and his infectious love of his work is reflected in the feedback we get from our guests.
James Ntakor – Senior Tour Guide
James is Head of Birding for Ashanti African Tours. He has worked full time with us for the past 12 years and is an exceptional bird and wildlife tour leader. He was born and raised in a village close to Kakum National Park, an area of approximately 360 square kilometres of Upper Guinea rainforest. Kakum was James’s playground as a child – he has a passion and love for wildlife and is often heard having a private chuckle while looking through the scope. As he grew up surrounded by Upper Guinea rainforest, James had no problem learning the birds and their calls and he has a natural ability to find the target species of any group he leads. He is undoubtedly one of Africa’s finest nature tour leaders. His logistical ability, personable nature and expertise in birds, wildlife and culture make his tours highly productive and enjoyable for tour participants.
Victor Owusu – Senior Tour Guide
Victor is always a favourite with our clients and simply loves his job and wildlife. An experienced guide who has led more than 200 tours, his calm and professional style ensures a smooth and enjoyable trip for out guests. Now in his late-thirties, Victor was born in Eziama in the Western Region of Ghana, close to Ankasa Reserve and surrounded by Upper Guinea rainforest. His childhood was spent exploring the forests around his community and is the main reason for his exceptional ability to identify and find the most elusive species, identifying all West African species by song/call. He has a love of all nature and is also deeply knowledgeable on the culture and history of Ghana, which he enjoys sharing with clients. The only negative we can find with Victor is his second love of Manchester United FC!
Ashanti African Tours is focused and committed to ethical and responsible travel here in West Africa. A percentage of our profits goes into our NGO Rainforest Rescue Ghana, where we connect communities to the conservation of their environment through ethical tourism. So far we have built two schools which provide more than 600 children with access to education. Our company also protects Upper Guinea Rainforest, endangered birds, mammal and butterfly species through an eco-tourism project. We have donated accommodation, a reception centre, a restaurant and a school to a community. The project shows the immediate benefits of protecting rainforest that supports the Yellow-headed Picathartes and mammals like the Long-tailed and Tree Pangolins.
Our groups pay an entrance fee, local guide fees, purchase food and drinks and rent accommodation, with 1005 of the funds generated going into the community. There are three local communities surrounding the forest that benefit from this funding. Before starting the project we would hear chainsaws continuously cutting trees and local hunters killing wildlife. We are happy to report these have now stopped since we started our project. Booking with Ashanti African Tours helps conservation.
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