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We’ve put together a mouth-watering birding expedition traversing the very best bird-watching sites in Ghana. It is now an open secret that Ghana is the must go to country in Africa for both keen and casual birders. Ghana has more than an elephant’s share of the world’s population of birds comprising both endemic and migratory.
TOUR FAST FACTS
|Dates||14 Mar 2019 – 31 Mar 2019|
|Top Birds||White-necked Rock-fowl (Picathartes), Egyptian Plover, Standard-winged Nightjar|
|Cost (per person)||US$ 4,895|
|Single Supplement||US$ 1,315|
|Spaces available||Spaces available|
This is first day of the tour: International flights into Accra usually arrive in the evenings. However there will be birding excursions in the vicinity of hotel if your flight arrives earlier in the day.
Today, we shall conquer two birding sites: The Shai Hills Resource Reserve and Sakumo lagoon. At Shai Hills, we would encounter species like Blue-bellied Roller, Croaking Cisticolas, Great Blue Turaco, Senegal Parrot, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Red-shouldered Cuckoo Shrike and many members of the hornbill family. Sakumo Lagoon boasts birds like the Marsh Sandpiper, Collared Pratincole, Malachite Kingfisher, Black-tailed Godwits, Blackwinged Stilt, Western Yellow Wagtail and an array of herons. Overnight in Accra.
After an early breakfast, we head westwards. Our first stop is at the Winneba Plains. Here we’d see birds like the Black-rumped Waxbill, Copper Sunbird, Lanner Falcon, Moustached Grass Warbler, Village weaver, Woodland Kingfisher and Yellow-crowned Gonolek. After having our collective fill of birding at Winneba we shall visit the slave castle at Cape Coast before unpacking for a well-deserved night’s rest at the Han’s Botel (a ‘botanical’ hotel). Birding opportunities within the grounds of the hotel.
Days 4, 5 and 6
A treasure-trove of exciting birds and heavenly bird-music are in store for us on Days 4, 5 and 6. We’d conquer most of the birding sites in the Kakum Park area i.e. Jukwa, Nsuta, Antwikwaa, Aboabo and within the park itself. Our trophies should outnumber 100 species by the time are done. We ‘d encounter birds such as: African Emerald Cuckoo, Black-throated Coucal, Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, African Pied Hornbill, African Pied Wagtail, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Lemon-bellied Crombecs, Black-casqued Hornbill, Puvel Illadopsis, Red-crested Malimbe, Barn Swallow, Speckled Tinkerbird, Black-collared Lovebird, Fraser’s Eagle Owl, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Black-collared Lovebird, White-spotted Flufftail, White-throated Swallow, Purple Glossy Starling, Rock Pratincole and a generous dose of sunbirds, orioles, weavers, bulbuls, warblers, flycatchers, broadbills and hornbills.
White-necked Rockfowl (Picathartes)
In the afternoon of Day 6, we journey to a remote village to see perhaps the main highlight of the tour: the White-necked Rockfowl (also known as Yellow-headed Picathartes. This bird is high on the hit-list of listers worldwide. Our rendezvous is the best place in Ghana to see this rare unforgettable bird, found only in West Africa. Overnight in Kumasi.
Full-day tour of Kumasi and environs. We shall sample some of the culture, history and crafts of the Ashanti kingdom and people.
Set off for the famous Mole National Park, Ghana’s most popular safari park, with several birding spots en route: we’ll conquer the Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary and Opro Forest where we are likely to encounter birds like the Broad-billed Roller, Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Double-toothed Barbet, Grey-chinned Sunbird, Olive-green Camaroptera, Marsh Tchagra, Red-fronted Parrot and Whistling Cisticola. Overnight at Mole Park
Day 9 and 10
The Mole National Park and its environs is a birder’s dream come true, boasting over 120 species of birds; among which are the Malachite Kingfisher, Red Chested Sallow, Speckled Pigeon, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Grey-headed Bushshrike, Yellow-billed Shrike, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Bateleur, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Forbe’s Plover, Red-headed Lovebirds, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Standard-winged Nightjar, Violet Turaco, White-faced Whistling Duck. We’d also see the Egyptian Plover here; certainly one of the top birds on the tour route.
Days 11 and 12
This morning we shall foray further northwards to the formidable Gbele Game Reserve in the Upper West Region. The rich avifauna of this park boasts 194 species; among which are Senegal Coucal, Red-shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Grey-backed Camaroptera, White-headed Lapwing, Balck-billed Wood doves, Northern Red Bishop, Purple-glossy Starling and many more.
Gbele also has many mammals including bushbuck, waterbuck, duikers, warthogs, baboon, green monkey, hartebeest etc. We would also visit the slave-defence wall at Gwollu if time permits. Overnight at the Reserve’s tent camp.
We’d set off at first light for the Tono dam where we would be sighting the Egyptian Plover among other rare migratory birds like the Abyssinian Roller, African Silverbill, Black-bellied Firefinch, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, White-billed Buffalo Weaver and many more. Overnight in Bolgatanga.
The Tongo Hills near Bolgatanga is in avifauna. We shall go there; almost certain to sight species like the White-crowned Cliff Chat, Cinnamon Bunting and Rockloving Cisticola among other. After Tongo, we’ll head south to pitch camp at Tamale. Birding on the way.
Today we shall vary the menu slightly as we explore Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary near Kintampo and Kogyae Strict Nature Reserve. However, there will be plenty of birding opportunities at Kogyae Reserve; which has a healthy population of hornbills and Francolins. Overnight at Mampong or Kumasi.
Welcome to yet another day which promises to be jam-packed with beautiful birds and sounds. We’ll go birding at the Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary and the Bunso Arboretum We should encounter birds such as the Golden Greenbul, Forest Wood Hoopoe, Dusky Crested Flycatcher, Blue Malkoha, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Red-billed Helmet Shrike, Red-headed Quelea, White-crested Hornbill among many other varieties. Overnight at nearby hotel.
Today is a full day of birding at the Atewa Forest range. Atewa should deliver mouth-watering species like the Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Black-rumped Waxbill, Blue-moustached Bee-eater, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Double-spurred Francolin. Great Spotted Cuckoo, Grey Kestrel, Marsh Tchagra, Red-chested Owlet, Thick-billed Weaver, Woodland Kingfisher, an enviable collection of Illadopses etc. Overnight at nearby hotel.
Return to Accra and last minute shopping.
End of Tour
SUMMARY OF THE TOUR
|Top Birds||White-necked Picathartes, Egyptian Plover, Standard-winged Nightjar, Long tailed hawk, Black-casqued Hornbill, Lanner Falcon, African Emerald Cuckoo, Purple-glossy Starling, Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Blue-headed bee-eater|
|Expecting to see||Over 400 bird species|
|Group size||4 – 12, plus one LTA birding expert as leader|
|Expected weather||Warm to hot. Humid in the south, dry in the north|
|Accommodation||Comfortable hotel accommodations|
TOUR FEE COVERS
- All accommodations
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Bottled water
- All land transportation
- All site entrance fees
- All tour guides’ fees
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