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Birding Safari Tour in Ghana - 16 Days

Birding Safari Tour in Ghana
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Birdwatching Safari Tour in Ghana

This 16-day Birding Safari Tour in Ghana takes in 12 of the 15 West African Upper Guinea endemic species, making it a must-visit for any birding and nature enthusiast.

Having the most developed infrastructure of any West African country, Ghana offers a birding environment that is safe, friendly and hassle-free. Our experienced international standard wildlife guides boast a 100% record of showing visitors the White-necked Rockfowl, aka Yellow-headed Picathartes, and Egyptian Plover, and their expertise ensures an abundance of other species that guarantees that a spectacular trip awaits our tour participants.

The birding safari travels from coastal lagoons, grassland savannah and upper Guinea rainforest, moves northwards through the broad-leaved Guinea woodland and finally touches the Sahel savannah plains in the far north. A trip through Ghana offers thorough coverage of all the core west African birding habitats.

This friendly English-speaking country has over 760 bird species and Ashanti’s local tour guides are experts in finding them. Not only birds, they can also introduce you to mammals, butterflies (Ghana has over 1000 species) flora and the culture and history of this welcoming former British colony.

Alternative Tour Name: Ghana Birding Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival in Ghana

You will be met upon your arrival at the Kotoka International airport in Accra Ghana which is situated on the beautiful “Gold Coast” (Ghana’s former name during its time under British colonial rule) of Western Africa. After clearing immigration, collecting your bags and passing through customs you will enter the main arrival hall where your tour leader/local guide will be waiting to meet you. Our team will take care of you from here and offer you “Akwaaba” (welcome) once you have boarded your air-conditioned vehicle which will be your mode of transport for the duration of your time with us. We make the journey (approximately an hour’s drive depending on traffic) to your hotel which is located near Tema close to Shai Hills Black Bee-eater always a favourite during our photographic tours Reserve. After checking you in your guide will brief you on the following days' activities and answer any questions you may have. Depending on your arrival time, you can enjoy your early evening meal whilst acclimatising yourself to West Africa. Accommodation- Alexis Hotel (Tema)

Day 2
Day 2 - Birding Shai Hills, Sakamona Lagoon and Winneba Plains

Our first morning with you here in Ghana as we head for the open grassland savannah of Shai Hills hoping to see Northern Crombec, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Snowy-crowned Robin Chat, African Pigmy Kingfisher, Cardinal Woodpecker, Vielliots and Double-toothed Barbets, White-crowned Cliff Chat, Rock Martin, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Violet Turaco, Senegal Parrot, Senegal Batis, Blue-bellied Roller, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Oriole Warbler, Black-cap and Brown Babblers, Copper and Splendid Sunbirds, White-crested Helmet-shrike, Croaking and Short-winged Cisticolas, African Thrush, Red-necked and Lizzard Buzzards, Lanner Falcon, Green Wood-hoopoe and Stone Partridge to mention a few species on offer here. After a wonderful morning we head for more familiar birding at the Sakamona Lagoon. There are usually an abundance of birds to see here depending on the level of water, we hope to see Black-winged Stilt, Senegal Thick-knee, Common Ringed, Grey and Spur-winged Plovers, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Common Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Wood and Common Sandpipers, Collard Pratincole, Marsh and Curlew Sandpipers, Ruddy Turnstone, Little Stint, Long-tailed Cormorant, Squacco, Grey, Purple, Striated and Black Herons, Little, Cattle and Intermediate Egrets. We set off towards Kakum National Park through the busy city of Accra stopping for lunch on route before heading to a grassland reserve where, we hope to find siffling and short-winged cisticolas, splendid and copper sunbirds, flappet lark, red-winged warbler, Yellow-mantled widowbird, black- necked weaver, black-crowned tchagra, plain-backed pipit, black-shouldered and yellow-billed kites, western grey plantain-eater, grey kestrel, lizard buzzard, blue-spotted wood-dove and black-bellied bustard to mention just a few. After a wonderful day birding we continue to Jukwa and our hotel to relax, reflect and add the many new species to our bird list. Accommodation- Rainforest Lodge (Jukwa)

Day 3
Day 3 - Birding Kakum National Park morning and evening visits to the canopy walkway

An early breakfast as we head for the world famous canopy walkway at Kakum National Park which is approximately 15 minutes’ drive from our lodge. We aim to get to Kakum for first light enabling us to spend the most critical bird viewing hours 40 meters above the forest floor on the canopy walkway, which 7 platforms are large enough to support Telescopes. The 360 km² Kakum National Park protects secondary upper guinea semi deciduous tropical rainforest and it is a wonderful feeling being so close to the canopy of this beautiful forest.

Our main target species during our time on the canopy walkway are Violet-backed Hyliota, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, the upper guinea endemics Sharpes Apalis, Browncheeked Hornbill and copper-tailed Glossy Starling, Bioko Batis, Blue Cuckooshrike,

Little Green Woodpecker and the White-crested Hornbill. Other species we hope to see include Blue-throated Brown, Green, Collard, Johanna’s and the beautiful Buff-throated Sunbirds, Red-headed and Crested Malimbes, Rosy Bee-eater, White-breasted and Grey- Kakum National Park canopy walkways 7 platforms help get us close to those hard to see canopy species crowned Negrofinch, Red-fronted and African Grey Parrots, Yellowbill, Western Blackheaded and Black Winged Orioles, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Splendid Glossy and Forest Chestnut-winged Starlings, Preuss’s Golden-backed and Yellow-mantled Weavers, Green Hylia, Golden, Slender-billed and Little Grey Greenbuls, African Green Pigeon, Yellow-billed Turaco, Emerald Cuckoo, Blue-throated Roller, Yellow-throated, Red-rumped and Speckled Tinkerbirds, Hairy-breasted and Naked-faced Barbets, Usshers and Little Grey Flycatchers, Cassins Honeybird and African Pied Hornbill to mention a few. The raptors we have a chance to see include, Congo Serpent Eagle, African Harrier Hawk, Palm Nut Vulture, Cassins Hawk Eagle, European Honey and Red-necked Buzzards. Some of the more difficult but still possible species from the canopy include Long-tailed Hawk, Black Dwarf Hornbill, Yellow-footed Honeyguide and Black-collard Lovebird.

After a wonderful morning we return to our lodge to freshen up and enjoy our lunch. During the heat of mid-afternoon, you will have the option of birding around our lodges grounds, resting in your air-conditioned rooms, around the pool and bar or you could choose to go on a cultural excursion to Cape Coast castle, compliments of Ashanti African Tours. We re-visit the canopy walkway in the evening when our main targets will be the Brown-cheeked, Black and Yellow-casqued Hornbills, Great Blue Turaco, Brown Nightjar and Fraser’s eagle owl amongst other specials. Our evening will be spent at the lodges restaurant and bar discussing the day’s sightings, adding to our checklist and enjoying the atmosphere of our surroundings.

Accommodation- Rainforest Lodge (Jukwa)

Day 4
Day 4 - Birding Antwikwaa and Kakum National Park

Another early start as we visit the Antwikwaa section of Kakum National Park, hoping to add some amazing birds to our growing list – Little, White-throated, Rosy and Black Bee-eaters, Blue-throated Roller, Piping Hornbill, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, White-spotted Flufftail, Cassin’s Spinetail, Sabine’s Spinetail, Didric Cuckoo, Melancholy and Buff-spotted Woodpeckers, Vieillot’s Black and Black-necked Weavers, Kemps and Grey Longbills, Western Nicator, Western Bluebill, Olive-bellied, Superb and Johanna’s Sunbirds, Coppertailed Glossy and Violet-backed Starlings, Yellow White-eye, Bronze Mannikin, Orangecheeked

Waxbill and the more difficult species include Yellow-billed Barbet, Forest Penduline Tit, Ayre’s Hawk Eagle and Ahanta Francolin to mention a few.

We then go to a river site for the beautiful White-bibbed (White-throated Blue) Swallow, Preuss’s Cliff Swallow, Rock Pratincole, White-headed Lapwing, and if we are lucky which we sometimes are African Finfoot may make an appearance. In the afternoon we will concentrate our attention on the many trails within and surrounding the park, which should prove to be very productive. We hope to find White-tailed Alethe, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Greyheaded Bristlebill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Forest Robin, Yellow-billed Turaco, Fire-bellied Woodpecker, Melancholy Woodpecker, and so many others. Once again we will remain until dark trying for owls and nightjars that we may still need before returning to our accommodation for our meal and checklist.

Accommodation- Rainforest Lodge (Jukwa)

Day 5
Day 5 - Birding Kakum Forest and Nsuta Forest

This morning we will be concentrating our time on the farmland scrub, forest edge and forest trails at Abrafo a section of forest habitat near to Kakum National Park. Our guides are always focused on getting our clients good views of all species and this morning is no different as we search for Pale Flycatcher, Black and White Mannikin, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Sooty Boubou, Puvel’s Illadopsis, Olive-green Camaroptera, Red-faced and Whistling Cisticolas, Lesser Striped Swallow, Fanti Saw-wing, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Naked-faced and Hairybreasted Barbets, Frasers and Little-green Sunbirds, Yellowbill, Red-cheeked Wattle-eye, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Common Fiscal, Spotted Greenbul, Finsch’s Flycatcher Thrush, Yellowwhiskered and Red-tailed Greenbuls, White-crested Hornbill, African Harrier Hawk and the more sought after difficult species include Long-tailed Hawk, Red-billed Helmetshrike, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Congo Serpent Eagle, Red-billed and Black Dwarf Hornbills. We check out of our hotel and head for a secondary forest location further West of Cape Coast for evening birding. Our targets here will be more difficult and include Brown Nightjar, Akun and Fraser Eagle Owl, Spot-breasted Ibis and White-crested Tiger Heron amongst other species. Our evening will be spent at a small guesthouse as we head further West.

Accommodation- D and A Guesthouse (Sekondi)

Day 6
Day 6 - Birding Nsuta Forest and Ankasa Reserve

An excellent forest about an hour’s drive from our guesthouse, this secondary semi deciduous forest protects a plethora of quality species that will enhance our list and overall experience. White-spotted Flufftail This skulking and shy species is seen well on the majority of our tours Species we hope to see today include Olive, Blue-throated Brown and Little Green Sunbirds, Yellow-spotted, Bristle-nosed, Hairy-breasted and Naked-faced Barbets, Blue-throated Roller, Western Black-headed and Black-winged Orioles, Buff-spotted and Little Green Woodpeckers, Usshers and the much sought after Tessmann’s Flycatchers, Square-tailed Sawwing, Grays and Crested Malimbes, Green Crombec, Green and Tit Hylia, African Piculet, Emerald and Yellow-throated Cuckoo’s, Red-billed Helmetshrike, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Black Dwarf Hornbill and Great-blue Turaco. We check out of our guesthouse after enjoying our lunch and set off westwards for what should prove to be a major highlight of your time with us here in Ghana. Our destination is Ankasa Reserve, Ghana’s only wet evergreen rainforest that is in near pristine condition. An exceptional forest in a remote location Ankasa protects many rare and sought after bird and mammal species.

Due to the remote location and near 2 hour travelling distance to any reasonably good standard accommodation Ashanti African Tours have established our own camp inside the forest. Our camp leader and his assistants will be waiting to greet us on arrival and we have large tents with comfortable mattresses, pillows and bed sheets for comfort whilst we sleep. In addition, there are flushing toilets and cold private shower facilities here and our cook will keep us well fed three times a day with cold beers and non-alcoholic beverages available in addition. We also have electricity and a backup generator if needed. The majority of our tour participants Oriole Warbler Often seen on palm fronds in savannah woodland entertaining us with its beautiful song

inform us camping here is a major highlight of their tour. If you are not happy to camp please inform us and we will discuss alternative arrangements available.

As we arrive in the late afternoon we settle into our camp before heading out for early evening birding where we hope to see Frasers and Akun Eagle Owls. Your guide will also be looking for the legendary Nkulengu Rail, one of our previous tour participants was the first person ever to get a picture of this species during one of our tours in 2011. Our evening will be spent at our camp enjoying the atmosphere of being at one with nature.

Accommodation- Camping (Ankasa Reserve)

Day 7
Day 7 - Birding Ankasa Reserve

Your guide will be up before first light listening for the unmistakeable call of the Nkulengu Rail, if he locates this species he will alert the group before breakfast. It’s wonderful actually staying at a birding location and not having to waste time travelling. We set off venturing deeper into this lush forest with our main targets being the upper guinea endemics Yellowbearded Greenbul, Rufous-winged Illadopsis and Green-tailed Bristlebill in addition to Ansorge’s, Icterine, Red-tailed and Western-bearded Greenbul’s, Pale-breasted and Blackcap Illadopsis, Forest Robin, White-tailed Ant Thrush, White-tailed Alethe, Shinning Drongo, Cassin’s Flycatcher, Yellow-spotted Barbet, White-throated Bee-eater, Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch, Blue-headed Wood Dove, Western Bronze-naped Pigeon, Yellow-billed and Great Blue Turaco’s, Black-capped Apalis, Grey-headed Bristlebill, Tiny Sunbird and Red-fronted Antpecker. As we walk towards the watering holes located deeper inside the forest we hope to see Crested Guineafowl on the road. Our target birds will include Hartlaubs Duck, Dwarf Bittern, African Finfoot, Shining Blue, White-bellied, Blue-breasted and Dwarf Kingfishers. Forest raptors are always welcome and we hope to see Long-tailed Hawk and Congo Serpent Eagle. We will scan the sky for Crown Eagle, Square-tailed and Fanti Saw-wings, Black and Yellow Casqued Hornbills in addition to Black Dwarf and Piping Hornbills. There are some very rare species here and if we are very lucky which we sometimes are we may see White-breasted Guineafowl, White-crested Tiger Heron, Grey-throated Rail, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Forest Scrub Robin, Red-chested Owlet and Akun Eagle Owl. Our evening is spent at our camp enjoying good food and discussing the days birding over a cold refreshing drink. Accommodation- Camping (Ankasa Reserve)

Day 8
Day 8 - Birding Ankasa Reserve and Brenu Akyinim

A final mornings birding at this wonderful location, we will be targeting species we may have missed or would like to get better views of. After a full mornings birding we return to our camp to arrange our bags and enjoy our lunch before we head back towards Kakum National Park. During our journey we will be targeting several species not seen in other parts of Ghana, these include Reichenbach’s and Brown Sunbird, Orange Weaver, African Pygmy Goose and Little Grebe to mention a few. A visit to Brenu Akyinim and the coastal savannah plains should give us some different species.

There are some special species found in this area and new birds we hope to see include Marsh Tchagra, Compact Weaver, Double-spurred Francolin, Oriole Warbler, Red-headed Quelea, Black-rumped Waxbill and if we are lucky Yellow-winged Pytillia, Wilsons Indigobird and African Wattled Lapwing. We continue back towards Jukwa and return to our hotel of a few nights earlier to relax and reflect on another great day's birding.

Accommodation- Rainforest Lodge (Jukwa)

Day 9
Day 9 - Birding Abrafo Forest and Picathartes Nesting Site

Today is special and it is difficult to focus our minds on anything other than the afternoon visit to the Yellow-headed Picathartes nesting site, however we will have to as we have a full mornings birding to enjoy. We check out of our hotel after an early breakfast and set off for Abrafo forest where we will be targeting species we may still require from this habitat. After an excellent morning we set off northwards stopping for lunch en-route before arriving at a remote village close to a small upper guinea rainforest in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. All of the known nesting sites for the Yellow-headed Picathartes are in forest reserves and not protected areas. This location has more nesting sites than any other in Ghana and we are proud to be actively involved in protecting this habitat from illegal hunting and logging activities.

Ashanti African Tours are currently sponsoring 24 community forest committee members from Our tour leaders are West Africa's finest and highly experienced in leading photographic tours the surrounding villages to patrol and stop illegal hunting and logging activities. It is imperative we show the local surrounding communities of the benefits of protecting this species and endangered habitat, as such we are currently building an 11 classroom school facility, reception centre and future plans include accommodation for nature lovers with all proceeds going directly to a community fund. There has been a dramatic reduction in tree felling and our groups seem to be enjoying better views than ever of more birds when visiting the Yellowheaded Picathartes nesting site. There are around 20 nesting sites in this small forest and we will visit one of the largest colony’s that has approximately 30 nests. As we set off on the walk through this beautiful forest you can see why it is one of the most sought after species in the world, the total experience adds to this mythical bird’s reputation. As we arrive at the nesting site we need to be very quiet as we take our seats on bamboo benches we have purposely made for your comfort. The overhanging rock face and small cave with mud nests sets the atmosphere as we wait for the birds to come back from foraging for snails, frogs and insects during the day. It is hard to contain your excitement as these legendary prehistoric looking birds hop and jump on the rocks whilst preening themselves just meters from our eyes (no telescope needed). Once we have enjoyed good views we leave the birds in peace as we set off back through the forest to our vehicle. On our arrival in Kumasi we check into our hotel, enjoy our evening meal and reflect on one of the best birding days of our life.

Accommodation- Royal Basin Hotel (Kumasi)

Day 10
Day 10 - Egyptian Plover site and Mole National Park

After an early breakfast, we set off towards Mole National Park. We can expect to see different species of birds as we head northwards as the habitat changes to the drier broad-leaved guinea woodland and savannah. Your guides will be keeping an eye open for the many raptors we hope to see during our journey which include Beaudouins Snake and Long-crested Eagles, Grasshopper Buzzard, Yellow-billed Kite and Shikra amongst others. After a lunch stop, we continue our journey and make a detour to see the beautiful Egyptian Plover found along the White Volta River. Due to the importance of this species which has recently been placed in family of its own we dedicate quality time enjoying and photographing it in flight and walking along the sandy banks of the river. During our time here, we will be looking for any other species that occur before setting off on our final leg to Mole Ghana’s premier game viewing park found in the Northern Region. It is approximately a 2 hours’ drive from the Egyptian Plover site to Mole National Park. Mole is Ghana’s largest National Park protecting an area of 4847 square kilometres of habitat, almost 100 species of mammal and 330+ species of birds. Situated on a 250 meter high escarpment overlooking this 4840km² park, it offers

breathtaking views. It is an amazing feeling to be sitting around the pool on the hotel terrace watching African savannah elephants bathing in the two nearby watering holes which are inhabited by crocodiles. After our evening meal, we shall set off for an evening of birding around the Mole Airstrip where we hope to see displaying Standard-winged Nightjars. The airstrip is also productive for owls and we will be looking for Grayish Eagle and northern White-faced Scops owls before we retire for the evening.

Accommodation- Mole Motel (Mole National Park)

Day 11
Day 11 - Birding Mole National Park

Mole is a real nature lover’s paradise and we are in for a real treat over the next 2 full days as we immerse ourselves into the exceptional West African birds and mammals found here at Mole National Park. We will be setting off after breakfast walking and driving deeper into this national park, your expert guides know all locations for species we hope to see which will include Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Scarlet-chested, Beautiful, Pigmy and Western Violetbacked Sunbirds, Lavender and Orange-cheeked Waxbills, Familiar Chat, White-fronted Black Chat, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Red-headed Quelea, Red-billed, Bar-breasted and Black-bellied Firefinch, Fine-spotted, Grey, Golden-tailed and Brown-backed Woodpeckers, Violet-backed, Long-tailed Glossy, Bronze-tailed Glossy, Lesser Blue-eared and Greater-Blueeared Starlings, Abyssinian Ground, African Grey and Northern Red-billed Hornbills, Stone Partridge, Double-spurred, White-throated and Ahanta Francolins, Senegal Eremomela, Pin-Egyptian Plover.

We have a 100% record of seeing this species which has recently been made a family of its own tailed, Exclamatory Paradise and Togo Paradise Whyda’s, Bush Petronia, Little, Heuglins Masked, Village and Red-headed Weavers, Melodious and Willow Warblers, Brubru, Thickbilled, Jakobins, African, Black and Great Spotted Cuckoos, Fork-tailed and Square-tailed Drongos, Northern Puffback, White-shouldered Black Tit, Red-faces, Rufous and the difficult

Dort’s Cisticolas, Hadada Ibis and Wilsons Indigobird.

Day 12
Day 12 - Birding Mole National Park (cont.)

Mammals are in abundance here in Mole and we hope to see Kob, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Hartebeest and the beautiful Roan Antelope in addition to getting within a few meters on foot to Africa’s largest land mammal the African Elephant. Green Vervet and Patas Monkeys will greet us in the bush as we enjoy our morning walks. During the heat of the midday sun we can enjoy a siesta or relax around the pool after our lunch. We set off for afternoon birding around 3pm and stay after dark for nocturnal species. Birds we hope to see include Yellow-breasted Apalis, Bearded Barbet, Swamp, African Blue, Lead Coloured, Pied and difficult to see Gambaga Flycatchers, Giant, Shinning Blue and Grey-headed Kingfishers, Red-throated Beeeater, Bruces Green Pigeon, Senegal Batis, Snowy-crowned and White-crowned Robin Chats, Flappet and Sun Larks, Sulpher-breasted and Grey-headed Bush-shrikes, African Golden Oriole, Oriole Warbler, Cinnamon-breasted Rock-bunting, Abyssinian, Blue-bellied, Rufouscrowned and Broad-billed Rollers, Black Scimiterbill, Violet Turaco and raptors are common here in Mole and we hope to see Martial, Booted, Long-crested and Tawny Eagles, Whitebacked, White-headed Vultures, Lizzard Buzzard, Gabar and Dant Chanting Goshawks, Western Marsh Harrier, African Fish and Wahlbergs Eagles, Brown and Short-toed Snake Forbes Plover A species we rarely miss and always one of the priority birds to see for our tour participants Eagles, Osprey and Lanner Falcon to mention a few. During our time here we obviously have our main target species of difficult birds not easily seen in other parts of the world and these include Forbes Plover, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Spotted Creeper and Rufous-rumped Lark. The species above are only some that can be seen during out time here. Our evenings will be spent at our hotel enjoying the atmosphere of being so close to nature. Accommodation- Mole Motel (Mole National Park) Day 13 Birding Mole National Park and Offinso or Bobiri A final mornings birding at Mole where we aim to pick up species still needed and to also get better views of birds we only had glimpses of previously. Birds we could add before leaving Mole include Woodchat Shrike, Northern Red Bishop, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Senegal Parrot, Black-billed Wood and Vinaceous Doves, Woolly-necked, Saddle-billed and Black Storks, Yellow-throated Leaflove and Red-headed Lovebird to mention a few before we set off retracing our journey back southwards towards Kumasi. Depending on which species we may still require it is possible to revisit the Offinso Forest or alternatively Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary for evening birding when arriving in Kumasi. Accommodation- Royal Basin Resort (Kumasi)

Day 13
Day 13 - Birding Mole National Park and Offinso or Bobiri

A final mornings birding at Mole where we aim to pick up species still needed and to also get better views of birds we only had glimpses of previously. Birds we could add before leaving Mole include Woodchat Shrike, Northern Red Bishop, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Senegal Parrot, Black-billed Wood and Vinaceous Doves, Woolly-necked, Saddle-billed and Black Storks, Yellow-throated Leaflove and Red-headed Lovebird to mention a few before we set off retracing our journey back southwards towards Kumasi. Depending on which species we may still require it is possible to revisit the Offinso Forest or alternatively Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary for evening birding when arriving in Kumasi. Accommodation- Royal Basin Resort (Kumasi)

Day 14
Day 14 - Birding Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary and Atewa Range

An early start as we head back into the Upper Guinea Rainforest habitat where so many of Ghana’s sought after special species are found. This morning we hope to see Tit and Green Hylias, Magpie Mannakin, Narina’s Trogon, Red-billed Dwarf and Black Dwarf Hornbills, African Grey and Brown-necked Parrots, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Black-throated Coucal, Golden-backed Weaver, African Piculet, Red-chested Owlet, Dusky Tit, Blue-headed Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Barbet, Grey-headed and Red-tailed Bristlebills and the much sought after Yellow-footed Honeyguide amongst other species. We set off after a productive morning heading further south towards Atewa stopping for lunch en-route. After some rest and relaxation, we set off for the lower farmland bush at Atewa where we hope to see Black-necked, Maxwells Black, Compact and Grosbeak Weavers, Whistling Cisticola, Black-crowned and Marsh Tchagras, Emerald, Klaas’s, Levaillants and Yellowthroated Cuckoos, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Western Bluebill, Tessmann’s Flycatcher and if we are lucky Baumann’s Greenbul and Bat Hawk before we check into our nearby guesthouse for the evening to relax, reflect and enjoy our evening meal. Accommodation- Nelsban Palace Hotel (New Tafo)

Day 15
Day 15 - Birding Atewa Range

Atewa is critically endangered highland upper guinea rainforest and as it protects so many quality and rare species we will dedicate a full day birding here. It is quite a consistent hill walk to get to the top of the range and with this, in mind, we will take a packed lunch with us to minimise the walking and also maximise our time here. Target birds here will include Redcheeked Wattle-eye, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Blue-moustached (Headed) Bee-eater, Bioko Batis, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, African Hobby, Long-tailed Hawk, Congo Serpent Eagle, Red-rumped, Yellow-rumped and Speckled Tinkerbirds, Little Green, Buff-throated, Blue-throated Brown, Olive-bellied and Collard Sunbirds, African Goshawk, Red-tailed and Green-tailed Bristlebills, Red-headed and Crested Malimbes, Forest Robin, Little, Little Grey, White-throated, Icterine, Red-tailed, Western-bearded and the upper guinea endemic Yellowbearded Greenbul, Many-coloured Bushshrike, Western Nicator, Brown Illadopsis and Western Bronze-naped Pigeon. There are some really special rare species here that are very difficult to see and if we are lucky as we sometimes are we may get a glimpse of Red-fronted Antpecker, Nimba Flycatcher, Crowned Eagle, Brown-chested Alethe, Forest Scrub Robin and Lowland Akalat amongst others. After wonderful days birding we return to our guesthouse for our evening meal and reflect on more quality productive days over a cold drink at the guesthouse restaurant during our checklist. Accommodation- Nelsban Palace Hotel (New Tafo)

Day 16
Day 16 - Birding Atewa Range and Departure

Another early start as we set off back to the Atewa Range aiming to find species we still need or would like better views of. A full morning will be dedicated to enjoying this forest habitat that protects so many rare and sought-after species. We return to our hotel for lunch and to shower, freshen up and pack our bags before setting off for Accra. An amazing end to a wonderful tour as we enjoy an early evening meal and final checklist on our arrival in Accra. After our meal and final checklist we transfer you to the airport for your departure after a wonderful Ghana birding and wildlife tour.

What is included?

  • Accommodation-This will be pre-determined prior to your booking and will depend on your budget. We offer the choice from High-standard to mid-range and budget options for all our tours. Our standard small group set departure scheduled tours will use mid-range accommodation. Our day tours do not include accommodation, we will collect and drop you at a pre-arranged location.
  • Food- Our high-standard and mid-range tours all include breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition we have fruit when available on all our vehicles. Our budget tours are on a bed and breakfast basis and do not include lunch and dinner within the tour price and our day tours include lunch only.
  • Mineral water- Unlimited mineral water is available to every participant for the duration of your time with us on all our tours.
  • Transportation- In a fully air-conditioned vehicle for the duration of your tour, vehicle type will depend on the group size and all our vehicles are comprehensively insured. Our budget tours use well maintained and comprehensively insured non-air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Driver- All our drivers are highly experienced and employed on a full-time basis by our company, their focus is on your safety and comfort. On the occasions we may need to rent vehicles and drivers from outside our company, these are well known to us and are of the highest quality with your safety and comfort as their priority.
  • Fuel- All fuel is included in the tour price.
  • Entrance fees- All entrance and excursion fees are included in the tour price for our high standards and mid-range tours. Our budget tours do not include entrance and excursion fees as such you would need to pay these at the various sites directly if you book onto one of our budget tours.
  • Guide fees- All guide fees are included in the price for all our tours. In addition, we tip site guides and hotel staff at all the locations and accommodations we use and visit.
  • Additional services- Our company offers 24/7 professional, care, attention and office support to all our clients.

What is not included?

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
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  1. Ashanti African Tours is the Best
    Jeff Marks01 Jan 1970
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    I've done three two-week birding tours with Ashanti from 2016 to 2018. I've also led birding tours for my nonprofit using other local guides in The Gambia and Senegal. I cannot say enough good things about Ashanti. The guides and drivers are first-rate. Always helpful, always polite and happy, always hard working and skillful, always well-organized. They anticipate our needs and attend to them promptly. They help clients who need a bit of extra attention when hiking, getting on or off the bus, finding birds, etc. They are extremely knowledgable about the local flora and fauna, and various cultural aspects of Ghana. And they are genuinely happy with their job and the staff back in the home office. I give them my absolute highest recommendation and could not imagine birding in Ghana without having an Ashanti guide along with me.
  2. Ashanti's fab Ghana birding tour
    zoe brocklehurst14 Dec 2019
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    We had a arranged a 23-day birding tour to Ghana with Ashanti. We are a group of 4 experienced birders who wanted the most of our West African experience, and Ashanti certainly delivered; from fantastic value to outstanding guides to superlative service! From the first email the office staff were efficient, quick to reply, and did their utmost to meet our requests. This customer focus continued from our arrival where our guide, James Ntakor, and driver, Prince, met us at the airport, the whole way through our stay where nothing was too much trouble for these 2 gentlemen. We wanted a SIM card, no hassle; an ATM, 10mins later we had one; a shirt made from local fabric, a stop at a material shop & a tailor at our hotel; a taste of some of the roadside food, done; a change of hotel to better suit our trip, arranged. And the birding - just wow. James is simply the best guide to locate a skulker - he astounded us on numerous occasions when we could hear the bird but not find it in the dense forest, & he would patiently explain and point out just where it was so we all got it. None of us has ever had a guide so incredibly good at this - its a magical talent! Although birding was the main focus, we didn't want to miss out on the cultural aspects and James found out info for us on the slave forts, the Larabanga mosque, we went to see kente cloth weaving and bought shea butter, as well as a super stop for handmade glass beads & the colourful cloth that brightens the people of Ghana. And mammals - we were lucky enough to see a black-belled pangolin which was a highlight. James' knowledge of butterflies also kept Steve the ento guy happy, and his knowledge of plants was great for us other ecologists. All in all, Ashanti run a fantastic operation that one would expect to pay double for. These guys make travel easy!
  3. Birds and the odd bug or two - an amazing wildlife holiday
    Julian Branscombe01 Jul 2017
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    Michael and I had a fantastic time on this bespoke AAT tour from 25th July to 11th August 2017. It excelled in all respects. We got a huge bird list, learnt so much about the country, saw a good range of mammals and came up with a few stunning bugs and a boa. Our full trip report is at https://www.cloudbirders.com/be/download?filename=BRANSCOMBE_Ghana_0708_2017.pdf It was the best wildlife holiday I've had by far. It was even more satisfying to see the conservation work that is being done by the company, in most of the areas they visit regularly, with the work around Bonkro, home to the Yellow-headed Picathartes, perhaps being the most impressive. The quality of the logistics, the driver and tour leader was exceptional. James Ntakor was such an incredible guide and excellent company, and Kojo Frimpong, our driver, was also excellent. I can't recommend the country or the tour provider enough.

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Why should we book with Ashanti African Tours?

There are always other options when travelling, however we are currently the only expert birding and wildlife tour company operating legally here in Ghana. Ashanti African Tours are registered with the Ghana Tourism Authority (a legal requirement) our operating licence number is T-04/CR/16, our company and vehicles are comprehensively insured, our guides are registered in addition to our services and tour leaders being of the highest standard. In addition to the above we practice ethical and responsible travel which can be seen through our conservation and community development projects. We were also proudly awarded “Tour Operator of the Year 2014 and 2016” by the Ghana Tourism Authority to go alongside our current “West African Tour Operator of the Year Award”.

Tour leaders and guides

This will be subject to availability when booking your tour, all of our bird guides are the finest in the country with years of experience in leading highly productive, enjoyable quality birding and nature tours of Ghana. When booking a tour with Ashanti you get more than just a local guide, all are of an international standard, know the birds by song and call and where to find them. Our birding team is constantly in the field leading tours and conducting research here with our main aim being to give our guests the ultimate West African bird watching experience. No one knows Ghana’s birds and where to find them better than us, that’s why over 90% of the largest birding tour companies in the world use our services.

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