Ghana birding (Mini) – Jan 2019

Ghana Birding Tours Affordable - Woodland Kingfisher
 

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 5 Jan 2019 – 12 Jan 2019
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 3 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 Kingfisherbesides 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 

BOOK THIS TOUR

NAME*

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Ghana birding (MAXI) – Jan 2019

Ghana Birding Tours (Affordable) - Image of Great Blue Turaco
 

TOUR OVERVIEW

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 Jan 2019 – 31 Jan 2019
Duration 18 Days
Top Birds White-necked Rock-fowl (Picathartes), Egyptian Plover, Standard-winged Nightjar
Start Point Accra
End Point Accra
Cost (per person) US$ 4,895
Single Supplement US$ 1,315
Spaces available 4 spaces available
 

ITINERARY

Day 1
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.

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 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.

Day 7
Full-day tour of Kumasi and environs. We shall sample some of the culture, history and crafts of the Ashanti kingdom and people.

Day 8
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.

Day 13
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.

Day 14
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.

Day 15
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.

Day 16
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.

Day 17
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.

Day 18
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 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  

BOOK THIS TOUR

NAME*

EMAIL*

PHONE NUMBER

NATIONALITY*

HOW MANY IN YOUR GROUP?*

REMARKS (OPTIONAL)

 

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Ghana birding (Mini) – Dec 2018

Ghana affordable birding tours - Image of Blue-bellied Roller
 

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 

BOOK THIS TOUR

NAME*

EMAIL*

PHONE NUMBER

NATIONALITY*

HOW MANY IN YOUR GROUP?*

REMARKS (OPTIONAL)

 

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Ghana birding (MAXI) – Dec 2018

Affordable Ghana birding tours - Picture of Egyptian Plover
 

TOUR OVERVIEW

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 1 Dec 2018 – 18 Dec 2018
Duration 18 Days
Top Birds White-necked Rock-fowl (Picathartes), Egyptian Plover, Standard-winged Nightjar
Start Point Accra
End Point Accra
Cost (per person) US$ 4,895
Single Supplement US$ 1,315
Spaces available Spaces available
 

ITINERARY

Day 1
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.

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 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.

Day 7
Full-day tour of Kumasi and environs. We shall sample some of the culture, history and crafts of the Ashanti kingdom and people.

Day 8
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.

Day 13
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.

Day 14
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.

Day 15
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.

Day 16
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.

Day 17
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.

Day 18
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 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 

BOOK THIS TOUR

NAME*

EMAIL*

PHONE NUMBER

NATIONALITY*

HOW MANY IN YOUR GROUP?*

REMARKS (OPTIONAL)

 

This site accepts PayPal, debit cards and credit cards

Ghana birding (MAXI) – Nov 2018

Maxi birding tours in Ghana with Let's Tour Africa
  

TOUR OVERVIEW

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 1 Nov 2018 – 18 Nov 2018
Duration 18 Days
Top Birds White-necked Rock-fowl (Picathartes), Egyptian Plover, Standard-winged Nightjar
Start Point Accra
End Point Accra
Cost (per person) US$ 4,895
Single Supplement US$ 1,315
Spaces available 3 spaces available
 

ITINERARY

Day 1
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.

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 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.

Day 7
Full-day tour of Kumasi and environs. We shall sample some of the culture, history and crafts of the Ashanti kingdom and people.

Day 8
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.

Day 13
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.

Day 14
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.

Day 15
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.

Day 16
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.

Day 17
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.

Day 18
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 pace Relaxed
Photography opportunities Good
 

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

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  • Other personal expenses  

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Ghana birding (Mini) – Nov 2018

Affordable Birding Tours Ghana - Image of Yellow-headed Rockfowl Picathartes
 

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 Nov 2018 – 10 Nov 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$ 495
Spaces available 2 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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