Ghana birding (Mini) – Dec 2018

 

TOUR OVERVIEW

Ghana is without a shadow of doubt the best country in West Africa for birding, with over 720 of Africa’s total bird collection of 1,400. That means with just about 1% of Africa’s land area, she has more than 50% of its bird population. Curious, but true.

 

TOUR FAST FACTS

Dates 3 Dec 2018 – 10 Dec 2018
Duration 8 Days
Top Birds White-necked Picathartes, Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Western Yellow Wagtail, African Pygmy Kingfisher
Start Point Accra
End Point Accra
Cost (per person) US$ 1,495
Single Supplement US$ 465
Spaces available Spaces available
 

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1
Depending on the time your flight lands in Accra we will do some birding in portions of the Accra metropolis.

Day 2
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.

Day 3
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 the White-necked Rock fowl (also known as Yellow-headed Picathartes). We’ll pitch camp at a hotel in Kumasi for the night.

Days 7
Today we’ll go birding at the Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary – but not before sampling the culture, history, art and crafts of the Ashantis; with visits to the Prempeh II Museum and other tourist sites in and around Kumasi. At Bobiri, we’d encounter birds 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.

Day 8
Before we return to our starting point in Accra, we shall embark on one last foray. This time we’ll tackle 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 besides many more.

After lunch we’ll return to base in Accra for last minute shopping and transfers to catch your flights back home – culminating in a successful LTA mini-birding-tour of Ghana.

End of Tour

 

SUMMARY OF THE TOUR

Top Birds Yellow-headed Rockfowl (Picathartes), Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Western Yellow Wagtail,  Velvet-mantled Drongo, Blue-bellied Roller, Red-crested Malimbe, Red-billed Helmet Shrike, Black-collared Lovebird, Blue-moustached Bee-eater, Woodland Kingfisher
Expecting to see Over 300 bird species
Group size 4 – 16, plus one LTA birding expert as leader
Expected weather Warm to hot. Humid.
Accommodation Comfortable hotel accommodations
Tour pace Relaxed
Photography opportunities Good
 

TOUR FEE COVERS

  • All accommodations
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Bottled water
  • All land transportation
  • All site entrance fees
  • All tour guides’ fees 

NOT COVERED

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Other personal expenses 

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