Photographic birding tour in Ghana
Available on request, our 25-day Ghana Bird Photography Tour is moderately paced to give you the opportunity to get perfect pictures of the region's more than 700 bird species. We dedicate quality time to the birds you want to photograph, plus our guides can offer tips to get the best results.
Our highly experienced team can design tailored tours around the guest's target Ghana bird list or, alternatively, visitors can join one of our scheduled small group photographic tours. Our expert local tour leaders are of international standard, know all the birds by song/call and, most importantly, where to find them. They have a 100% success rate of finding the White-necked Rockfowl, also known as the Yellow-headed Picathartes, and Egyptian Plover. They also offer the chance on thsi Ghana bird trip to photograph some of the 12 West African Upper Guinea endemic species that are found in the country. There will also be the opportunity on this Ghana bird holiday to photograph other wildlife, including butterflies, elephants, hippos and monkeys.
With its developed infrastructure and vibrant culture, Ghana offers a safe, friendly and hassle-free environment for any birding, nature and wildlife photography enthusiast.
Ghana Bird Photography Tour highlights include:
- Shai Hills: this coastal savannah is ideal for photographing the Violet Turaco, Double-toothed Barbet, White-crowned Cliff Chat, Blue-bellied Roller and many more
- Kakum. We spend time in and around this National Park to observe both forest and forest edge species
- Ankasa: the forest pools are home to Hartlaub's Duck and White-bellied, Shining-blue and Blue-breasted Kingfishers. We will also look for the elusive Nkulengu Rail and Akun Eagle-owl
- Bonkro: we spend time photographing the prehistoric Yellow-headed Picathartes
- Mole: an open habitat for bird photography and we tour the park on foot as well as driving deeper inside. The waterholes can be active with elephants during the heat of the day
Would you enjoy a specialist trip to see Butterflies in Ghana? Check out the Butterfly Tour in Ghana offered by Ashanti.
Alternative Tour Name: Ghana Photographic Birding Tour
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 - your mode of transport for the duration of your time with us - we make the hour's journey (depending on traffic) to your hotel, which is located near Tema, close to Shai Hills 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 - Standard Tema Hotel
Over the next three full days we will be birding in the open grassland savannah of Shai Hills in the mornings and evenings, hoping to photograph the following target species: Violet and Guinea (Green) Turacos, Blue-bellied Roller, Senegal Parrot, Senegal Batis, Stone Partridge, Red-headed Lovebird, Rosy Bee-eater and Double-toothed Barbet.
There are several other species we might also be able to photograph here including: Northern Crombec, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Snowy-crowned Robin Chat, African Pigmy Kingfisher, Cardinal Woodpecker, Vielliot's Barbet, White-crowned Cliff Chat, Rock Martin, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, 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 Lizard Buzzards, Lanner Falcon and Green Wood-hoopoe.
If you decide to stay after dark to photograph by spot light, we can look for Long-tailed, Black-shouldered, Plain, Freckled and Swamp Nightjars in addition to African Scops Owl and African Barred Owlet.
Our evenings will be spent at the hotel charging our equipment and going through our images, in addition to enjoying our evening meal.
Accommodation - Standard Tema Hotel
After an early breakfast, we set off towards Kakum National Park through the busy city of Accra, stopping for lunch on the way.
We will stop at a grassland habitat where we hope to find one of our main target species: the Yellow-mantled Widowbird. This area also offers opportunities to photograph: Splendid and Copper Sunbirds, Red-winged Warbler, Black-necked Weaver, Black-crowned Tchagra, Black-shouldered and Yellow-billed Kites, Western Grey Plantain-eater, Grey Kestrel, Lizard Buzzard and Blue-spotted Wood-dove.
On our arrival in Jukwa, which is approximately a 15 minute drive from Kakum National Park, we check into our hotel to relax, reflect and discuss the day’s activities with the group.
Accommodation - Standard Jukwa Lodge
We shall make early starts over the next three days as we visit different sections of Kakum National Park and the surrounding habitat. We focus on finding and photographing target species including: Rosy and Black Bee-eaters, Orange Weaver, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Yellow-billed Turaco, Red-cheeked Wattle-eye, Blue-throated Roller, Black-bellied Seedcracker, Yellow-casqued Hornbill, Grey Parrot, Fraser's Eagle-owl, Tit Hylia, Tiny Sunbird, African Piculet and Rufous-sided Broadbill.
Other species that are possible to photograph in this area include: Little and White-throated Bee-eaters, 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, Kemp's and Grey Longbills, Western Nicator, Western Bluebill, Sunbirds (Olive-bellied, Buff-throated, Superb and Johanna’s), Copper-tailed Glossy and Violet-backed Starlings, Yellow White-eye, Bronze Mannikin and Orange-cheeked Waxbill.
More difficult species include Yellow-billed Barbet, Forest Penduline Tit, Ayre’s Hawk Eagle and Ahanta Francolin.
On one of the days we can choose to visit a river site to photograph the beautiful White-bibbed (White-throated Blue) Swallow, Preuss’s Cliff Swallow, Rock Pratincole and White-headed Lapwing. If we are lucky, African Finfoot may also make an appearance.
Other species found in this habitat on forest trails not ideal for photography include: White-tailed Alethe, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Grey-headed Bristlebill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Forest Robin, Fire-bellied and Melancholy Woodpecker.
Once again there will be options to stay after dark and photograph using spot lights. If we choose to do this we will look for Fraser's and Akun Eagle-owls and Brown and Long-tailed Nightjars.
Accommodation - Standard Jukwa Lodge
This morning we will be concentrating our time on photographing any target species we need better images of before we set off to Ankasa Reserve after lunch. Ankasa is the only place we can find several of our main target species here in Ghana. During our journey to Ankasa we stop to photograph one of your targets, the Orange Weaver.
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 nearly two hours of travelling required to reach any reasonably good standard accommodation, we will stay at a local guesthouse about a five minutes’ drive from the park entrance. The guesthouse has electricity, bedrooms with ceiling fans and private bathrooms so is adequate during our time here.
As we arrive in the late afternoon, we settle into our guesthouse before heading out for early evening birding. Here we hope to photograph Fraser 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 photo of this species during one of our tours in 2011.
Our evening will be spent at our guesthouse enjoying the atmosphere of being at one with nature.
Accommodation - Standard Ankasa Guesthouse
Over the next few days, we will focus on photographing some target species in this virgin forest. These include: Yellow-casqued Hornbill, Black Bee-eater, Yellow-billed Turaco, Tiny Sunbird, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Crowned Eagle and if we are very lucky White-breasted Guineafowl. Quality time will be dedicated to the three forest pools where we find Hartlaub’s Duck, African Finfoot, White-bellied and Shining Blue Kingfisher, Dwarf Bittern and Red-chested Owlet.
Ankasa is Ghana’s only wet evergreen forest and it has many forest trails. Some of the more difficult to photograph quality species found on these trails include some Upper Guinea endemics: Yellow-bearded Greenbul, Rufous-winged Illadopsis and Green-tailed Bristlebill.
We might also see: other Greenbuls (Ansorge’s, Icterine, Red-tailed and Western-bearded), Pale-breasted and Blackcap Illadopsis, Forest Robin, White-tailed Ant Thrush, White-tailed Alethe, Shining Drongo, Cassin’s Flycatcher, Yellow-spotted Barbet, White-throated Bee-eater, Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch, Blue-headed Wood Dove, Western Bronze-naped Pigeon, Great Blue Turaco, Black-capped Apalis, Grey-headed Bristlebill, and Red-fronted Antpecker.
As we walk towards the watering holes located deeper inside the forest, we hope to photograph Crested Guineafowl on the road. Forest raptors are always welcome and we hope to have the opportunity to photograph Long-tailed Hawk and Congo Serpent Eagle. We will scan the sky for Crowned 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 with a bit of luck we may be able to photograph White-crested Tiger Heron, Grey-throated Rail, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Forest Scrub Robin and Akun Eagle Owl.
Our evenings will be spent at our basic guesthouse enjoying good food, charging our equipment and discussing our photos over a cold refreshing drink.
Accommodation - Standard Ankasa Guesthouse
We spend one final morning photographing species we still wish to see at this wonderful location. Then we return to our guesthouse to pack and have lunch before heading back towards Kakum National Park. During the journey, we will be photographing several species not seen in other parts of Ghana, including Reichenbach’s and Brown Sunbird, Orange Weaver, African Pygmy Goose and Little Grebe.
A visit to Brenu Akyinim to photograph Yellow-mantled Widowbird is a must as we pass this coastal savannah location during our journey. Other species found here that we may have the opportunity to photograph include: Marsh Tchagra, Compact Weaver, Double-spurred Francolin, Oriole Warbler, Red-headed Quelea and Black-rumped Waxbill.
If we are lucky, Yellow-winged Pytillia, Wilson's Indigobird and African Wattled Lapwing might also make an appearance. Greyish Eagle-owls are also present if we wish to stay after dark. After a few hours here, we arrive back at the Rainforest Lodge Hotel for our evening meal.
Accommodation - Standard Jukwa Lodge
Today is a special day as we will visit the Yellow-headed Picathartes nesting site this afternoon. We want to get to the forest early for the best images possible so we'll leave early after breakfast. We head northwards, stopping to check into our hotel and enjoy our lunch en route. We continue driving north for another 45 minutes before arriving in 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 is currently sponsoring 24 community forest committee members from the surrounding villages to patrol and stop illegal hunting and logging activities.
It is imperative we show the local surrounding communities the benefits of protecting this species and endangered habitat. To do this we are currently building an 8 classroom school facility and reception centre. 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 when visiting the Yellow-headed Picathartes nesting site.
There are around 20 nesting sites in this small forest and we will visit one of the largest colonies, which has approximately 30 nests. As we 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.
When we arrive at the nesting site we need to be very quiet as we take our seats on bamboo benches purposely made for your comfort. The overhanging rock face and small cave with mud nests set the scene 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 metres from our eyes - no telescope required!
Once we've taken some good photos we leave the birds in peace and head back through the forest to our vehicle. We return to our guesthouse for the evening to recharge our equipment and go through our images over dinner.
The following day we focus on the surrounding forest habitat of the Picathartes in the morning, looking to photograph some of our target species.
After lunch we return to the Picathartes nesting site for another opportunity to photograph this mythical species before setting off to Kumasi in the evening of day 15.
Accommodation - Standard Assin Manso Guesthouse
After an early breakfast, we set off for Ghana’s premier game viewing park, found in the Northern Region. The drive from Kumasi to Mole National Park takes around seven hours so we will be stopping for lunch and several leg stretches along the way.
We can expect to photograph different species of birds as we head northwards, as the habitat changes to drier broad-leaved Guinea woodland and savannah. Your guides will be keeping an eye out for raptors during our journey including: Beaudouin's Snake and Long-crested Eagles, Grasshopper Buzzard, Yellow-billed Kite and Shikra amongst others.
Mole is Ghana’s largest National Park, protecting an area of 1,871 square miles (4847 square kilometres) of habitat, almost 100 species of mammal and 345+ species of birds. Situated on a 250m (820ft) high escarpment overlooking the park, it offers breath-taking views. It is an amazing feeling to sit around the pool on the hotel terrace watching African savannah elephants bathing in the two nearby watering holes, which are also inhabited by crocodiles.
After our evening meal, we set off for an evening of photography around the Mole Airstrip, where we hope to photograph displaying Standard-winged Nightjars. The airstrip is also a good spot for owls and we will be looking for Grayish Eagle and northern White-faced Scops owls before we retire for the evening.
Accommodation - Standard Motel
Mole is a nature lover’s paradise and we are in for a treat over the next three full days as we drive deeper into Mole National Park, immersing ourselves in the exceptional variety of West African birds and mammals found here.
Your expert guides know all the locations for species we hope to see from your target list which will include: Blue-bellied Roller, Northern Carmine and Red-throated Bee-eater, Violet Turaco, Senegal Parrot, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, African Spotted Creeper, Four-banded Sandgrouse, Stone Partridge and Red-headed Lovebird. Our guides will also be searching for the Pel’s Fishing Owl but this species can be difficult.
Other species we might be able to photograph here include: Woodchat Shrike, Northern Red Bishop, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Black-billed Wood and Vinaceous Doves, Woolly-necked, Saddle-billed and Black Storks, Yellow-throated Leaflove and Red-headed Lovebird, Forbes’s Plover, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Sunbirds (Scarlet-chested, Beautiful, Pigmy and Western Violet-backed), 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 Firefinches and Woodpeckers (Fine-spotted, Grey, Golden-tailed and Brown-backed).
We could also see these birds: Starlings (Violet-backed, Long-tailed Glossy, Bronze-tailed Glossy, Lesser Blue-eared and Greater-Blue-eared), African Grey and Northern Red-billed Hornbills, Francolins (Double-spurred, White-throated and Ahanta), Senegal Eremomela, Whydahs (Pin-tailed, Exclamatory Paradise and Togo Paradise), Bush Petronia, Weavers (Little, Heuglin's Masked, Village and Red-headed), Melodious and Willow Warblers, Brubru, Cuckoos (Thick-billed, Jakobin's, African, Black and Great Spotted), Fork-tailed and Square-tailed Drongos, Northern Puffback, White-shouldered Black Tit, Cisticolas (Red-faced, Rufous and the difficult Dort’s), Hadada Ibis and Wilson's Indigobird.
Mammals are also in abundance here in Mole and we hope to photograph Kob, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Hartebeest and the beautiful Roan Antelope, in addition to getting within a few metres on foot to Africa’s largest land mammal: the African Elephant. Green Vervet and Patas Monkeys will greet us in the bush.
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 photography around 3pm and stay after dark for nocturnal species.
Birds possible to photograph here include: Yellow-breasted Apalis, Bearded Barbet, Flycatchers (Swamp, African Blue, Lead-coloured, Pied and difficult to see Gambaga), Giant, Shining Blue and Grey-headed Kingfishers, Bruce's Green Pigeon, Senegal Batis, Snowy-crowned and White-crowned Robin Chats, Flappet and Sun Larks, Sulphur-breasted and Grey-headed Bushshrikes, African Golden Oriole, Oriole Warbler, Cinnamon-breasted Rock-bunting, Rollers (Abyssinian, Blue-bellied, Rufous-crowned and Broad-billed) and Black Scimitarbill.
We hope to see raptors too such as: Martial, Booted, Long-crested and Tawny Eagles, Vultures (Bateleur, White-backed and White-headed), Lizard Buzzard, Gabar and Dark Chanting Goshawks, Western Marsh Harrier, African Fish and Wahlberg's Eagles, Brown and Short-toed Snake Eagles, Osprey and Lanner Falcon.
Our evenings will be spent at our hotel enjoying the atmosphere of being so close to nature.
Accommodation - Standard Motel
We spend one final morning in Mole National Park, photographing species we have missed or would like better images of, before setting off towards Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region of Ghana.
As we continue northwards on our journey the landscape changes from the broad-leaved Guinea woodland of the Northern Region to more open savannah. After lunch at a hotel in Tamale capital of the Northern Region of Ghana, we continue to the beautiful Tongo Hills, where we will be targeting species only found in this unique habitat of natural boulders and inselbergs.
Birds we hope to photograph here include: Rock-loving Cisticola, Brown-rumped Bunting, White-crowned Cliff Chat and Fox Kestrel. After an excellent evening of photography we make the short journey into Bolgatanga and check into our guesthouse for the evening, where we will reflect after our evening meal on another productive day.
Accommodation - Standard Bolgatanga Hotel
Today is another major highlight of your time with us here in Ghana as we set off early in the morning for a river location to photograph the beautiful Egyptian Plover, which has recently been assigned to a family of its own.
We pay locals in the area to protect and monitor this species to ensure its continued breeding success, as locals will destroy the nests and take the eggs. This has also ensured our tour participants have a 100% success rate of seeing this species during all our tours to this beautiful part of Ghana. As you look across the White Volta River you can see Togo and Burkina Faso in the distance.
Other species possible to photograph during our time here include: Black-headed Lapwing, Chestnut-bellied and Purple Glossy Starlings, African Mourning Dove, Buffalo Weaver, Zebra Waxbill and, if we are lucky, Yellow-winged Pytillia. Afterwards, we shall head back to our hotel for lunch and a short siesta.
We will spend the afternoon at the Tono Dam, close to the border of Burkina Faso, where we hope to photograph the following target species: Four-banded Sandgrouse, Cut-throat Finch and Northern-carmine Bee-eater.
Other species possible to photograph include: Black-rumped Waxbill, Little Bee-eater, Senegal, Spotted and Water Thick-knee, White-faced Whistling Duck, Spur-winged Goose, African Wattled and Spur-winged Lapwings, Namaqua Dove, Black-bellied and Arabian Bustards and African Silverbill. With a bit of luck, Bronze-winged Courser, Yellow Penduline Tit, Common Whitethroat and European Turtle Dove might also make an appearance.
Then we shall return to our hotel to relax for the evening.
Accommodation - Standard Bolgatanga Hotel
We set off from our hotel early after breakfast, making the three-hour journey to Tamale to catch our early morning flight back to Accra. This will save us a couple of days' driving time and enable us to spend a few days at Atewa Range.
On arrival in Accra we have lunch and then drive for two hours, arriving at our guesthouse near Atewa. If time permits after we check in, we will enjoy an afternoon visit to the lower farmland bush at Atewa, where we may have the opportunity to photograph some of the following species: Black-bellied Seedcracker, Weavers (Black-necked, Maxwell's Black, Compact and Grosbeak), Whistling Cisticola, Black-crowned and Marsh Tchagras, Cuckoos (Emerald, Klaas’s, Levaillant's and Yellow-throated), Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Western Bluebill, Tessmann’s Flycatcher and, if we are lucky, Baumann’s Greenbul and Bat Hawk.
After a wonderful day's birding, we return to our guesthouse for the evening to relax, recharge our equipment, go through our photos and enjoy our evening meal.
Accommodation - Standard Tafo Hotel
Atewa is critically endangered highland Upper Guinea rainforest. It protects many quality and rare species including the Blue-moustached Bee-eater, one of our main target species.
It is a steep climb to the top of the range so we will provide assistants to carry your equipment. We will spend two full days photographing here. It is quite a consistent hill walk to get to the top of the range and with this in mind, we take a packed lunch with us both days to minimise walking and maximise our time.
Target birds to photograph here will include: Red-cheeked Wattle-eye, Blue-moustached Bee-eater, Crowned Eagle, Rosy Bee-eater, Yellow-billed and Guinea (Green) Turaco, Many-coloured Bushshrike, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Tiny Sunbird, Red-chested Owlet and Fraser's and Akun Eagle-owls.
Other species it may be possible to photograph in Atewa include: Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Bioko Batis, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, African hobby, Long-tailed Hawk, Congo Serpent Eagle, Tinkerbirds (Red-rumped, Yellow-rumped and Speckled), Sunbirds (Little Green, Buff-throated, Blue-throated Brown, Olive-bellied and Collared), African Goshawk, Red-tailed and Green-tailed Bristlebills, Red-headed and Crested Malimbes, Forest Robin, Greenbuls (Little, Little Grey, White-throated, Icterine, Red-tailed, Western-bearded and the Upper Guinea endemic Yellow-bearded), Western Nicator, Brown Illadopsis and Western Bronze-naped Pigeon.
There are also some special rare species here that can be difficult to photograph. With a bit of luck we may get photos of Red-fronted Antpecker, Nimba Flycatcher, Brown-chested Alethe, Forest Scrub Robin and Lowland Akalat.
After two wonderful days, we return to the guesthouse for your final evening with us here in Ghana. This is a good time to reflect over a cold drink at the guesthouse restaurant.
Accommodation -Standard New Tafo Hotel
On your final day here in Ghana it's another early start as we travel back towards Atewa Range. This morning we will concentrate on getting photos of species we still wish to see or would like better images of.
Then we head back to our guesthouse to pack, freshen up and have lunch before leaving for Accra. Here we enjoy an early evening meal before transferring you to the airport for your departure after a wonderful Ghana Photography Tour.
Some of the wildlife expected to see on this trip are:
Stone Partridge, Vielliot’s Barbet, Greater Honeyguide, Purple Glossy Starling, Yellow-throated Leaflove, Blackcap Babbler, Grey-headed Bristlebill, Guinea Turaco, Oriole Warbler, African Cuckoo Hawk, Cassin’s Hawk Eagle, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Sharpe’s Apalis, White-crested Hornbill, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black Bee-eater, Kemp’s Longbill, Baumann’s Greenbul, Yellow-billed Barbet, White-bellied Kingfisher, African Finfoot, Yellow-bearded Greenbul, Crowned Eagle, Red-chested Owlet, Yellow-footed Honeyguide, Red-fronted Antpecker, Green-tailed Bristlebill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, Red-billed Helmetshrike, White-crested Tiger Heron, Blackcap Illadopsis, Nimba Flycatcher, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Copper-tailed Glossy Starling, Ahanta Francolin, Afep Pigeon, White-spotted Flufftail, Capuchin Babbler, Thick-billed Cuckoo, Long-crested Eagle, Red-necked Buzzard, Gambaga Flycatcher, Egyptian Plover, Fine-spotted Woodpecker, West African Seedeater, Dorst’s Cisticola, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Fox Kestrel and Rufous-rumped Lark.
What is included?
- Accommodation - This will be pre-determined prior to your booking and will depend on your budget. We offer a choice of high-standard, 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 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. 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-standard and mid-range tours. Our budget tours do not include entrance and excursion fees - 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
- Anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary and "what is included"
- Travel insurance
- Soft and alcoholic drinks
- Anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary and "what is included"
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 is 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 and our services and tour leaders are of the highest standard. In addition to the above, we practise 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”.
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 and 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. Our main aim is 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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You must ensure that you have adequate personal insurance cover for your trip. It is a compulsory requirement for all our trips in Senegal and other African destinations and it is your responsibility to take out a suitable policy. You will not officially join our tours until evidence of your insurance has been provided to our office. This must include personal accident, medical expenses, and repatriation to your country of origin. We also strongly recommend that your policy covers cancellation (especially significant since the Covid-19 pandemic), curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please note that free insurance cover offered by some credit cards does not cover repatriation expenses.
Prior to your arrival, our office will provide you with a photo of your guide and driver in addition to their personal mobile/cell phone number in case you cannot locate them at the airport. The guide and driver assigned to your tour will also be holding an Ashanti African Tours sign or a sign with your name on it at the arrival hall when leaving the main building after clearing customs and immigration. Please ensure you check your guide's or driver's company identification card when meeting them prior to joining our vehicle. Airports can be busy and some people can be disorientated when arriving in an unusual country so in the rare instance you cannot locate your driver or guide, please wait at the arrival hall and call their phone number which our office provided you. In the unlikely event you still cannot reach them, call our office 24/7 emergency number and we will ensure they locate where you are in the airport.
The amount of spending money you will need is determined by the type of tour you have booked with us. Most of our standard scheduled and customised tours are all-inclusive, so you only need to budget for the following: snacks, soft (not mineral water as this is always included) and alcoholic drinks and items of a personal nature. If you have booked a budget tour, then some aspects of the tour may not be included in the tour price. You will receive this information during your enquiry process.
Access to Automated Teller Machines varies greatly depending on the country, city, or town you are in and it is common for machines to have technical problems disbursing money. It is advisable to withdraw your spending money in the capital city of your chosen destination on your arrival. Alternatively, your guide can arrange for money to be changed at local Forex Bureaus and banks during your trip.
Our drivers and guides are available 24/7 during your time touring with us. On our student trips, they will always remain with the group, stay at the same accommodations and always be on hand in case of an emergency. On our standard tours, the guide and driver are with you for as long as you need them. Sometimes they stay at the same accommodations - when this is not possible they stay at a nearby accommodation but are always available if needed. You will be provided with your guide's and driver's personal contact number and our clients are always given a 24/7 emergency contact number.
All our company drivers, assistants and expert local guides are employed on full-time contracts with Ashanti African Tours and receive a good salary and, in addition, a daily bonus when on tour. Ashanti African Tours also has a company policy to tip all local site guides and hotel staff. Therefore, if any of our clients would like to tip any of our guides, site guides, drivers, or staff at hotels we use, it is at the client's own discretion.
It is common for our tour participants to want to bring donations for schools, hospitals, libraries and other organisations that are in need here in West Africa. This is very much appreciated; however, we do not encourage giving out pens, books and other items directly as these are often taken off their intended recipient by bigger or older people. This also breeds a begging culture in locations we visit. To ensure the donations go to their intended recipients, our office will identify schools, communities and organisations in need and we will arrange for you to hand them over to a representative or person in charge. This ensures the item and donation goes to those in most need of help. Ashanti African Tours has also registered our own NGO charity “Rainforest Rescue Ghana” which builds schools, helps local communities, youth and protects rainforest and endangered wildlife in Ghana. To date (2020) we have donated over $135,000.00 USD from our company profits to our projects. If you would like more information on our projects please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to use your phone and number registered to your home country when in West Africa, you must inform your service provider and arrange international roaming. You will then be able to connect to local networks, however please be aware this can be an expensive way to use data and make calls. It is possible for our office and your guide to arrange a local sim for your phone for you to use during your time here. For this to work, please ensure your phone is not locked to a network in your own country. The local sim would need to be registered, but this would be a cheaper way for you to call and use the internet. Alternatively, use WhatsApp when connected via WiFi.
Due to the wide variety of tours we offer, this information will be forwarded upon confirmation of your booking in your pre-trip information pack.
Birds of Ghana by Nik Borrow and Ron Demy, published by Helm Field Guides.