Birding and Nature Tours in Ghana
Ashanti African Tours offers year-round scheduled small group departures, including a range of birding 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 over 600 children access to education in the birding locations we visit on our tours.
Our team of 15 full-time expert local guides has been described by several international companies that use our services here in Ghana 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 tour participants’ birding and nature tour experience.
Our local leaders are employed full time by our company and are experts 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: Birding & Wildlife Destination
Ghana has 750 bird species including 12 of the 15 Upper Guinea Endemics, almost 1,000 species of butterfly, 225 mammalian species and 221 species of amphibians and reptiles recorded to date. This makes it a must-visit for anyone looking to travel to 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.
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 many tours for international companies and private groups. Paul has a remarkable ability to spot species in the most difficult habitat and is able to identify all birds by song/call. An extremely popular leader with our clients, his professional attitude, logistical excellence and personable and social character are complemented by his calm leading style, enthusiasm and love of his work. His desire to always offer his best to clients ensures 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 knowledge of Ghana’s culture and history.
William Apraku – Senior Tour Guide
As well as a tour guide, William is also 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 with the Ghana Wildlife Division for 10 years 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 anybody, spending many months with renowned researchers Bob Dowsett and Francois Lamire. William was the first to discover a nesting site for the rare Black-headed Bee-eater and was introduced to and trained in bird guiding by renowned South African birder Andrew Hester. Like all Ashanti African Tours bird guides and leaders, Williams knows all birds by song/call and is an expert at identification, general natural history, and 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 his tours and feedback from clients.
James Ntakor – Senior Tour Guide
James is Head of Birding for our company. He was born and raised in a village close to Kakum National Park – an area of approximately 360 square kilometres of Upper Guinea rainforest habitat. James has worked full time with Ashanti African Tours for the past 12 years and is an exceptional bird and wildlife tour leader. Kakum was James’s playground as a child – he has a passion and love for wildlife and is often heard having a private chuckle whilst 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 the groups 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 over 200 tours, his calm and professional style ensures a smooth and enjoyable trip for tour participants. 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 difficult species. Victor knows all birds by song/call and can identify all West African species. He has a love of all nature and is 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 Football Club.
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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