Ghana & Cote d’Ivoire – Nov 2018

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Ghana is a birdwatcher’s paradise (home to 725 species); as is Cote d’Ivoire (over 730 species). This combination of birding in these two countries presents a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see some of the finest and rarest birds in the world – sight-wise and sound-wise.

 

TOUR FAST FACTS

Dates 15 Nov 2018 – 30 Nov 2018
Duration 16 Days
Top Birds Yellow-headed Rockfowl (Picathartes), Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Demidoff’s Dwarf Galago, Red-billed Helmet Shrike
Start Point Accra
End Point Accra
Cost (per person) US$ 4,850
Single Supplement US$ 915
Spaces available Spaces available
 

TOUR 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
We start our day with a trip to Sakumo lagoon. 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. From Sakumo we head west to conquer 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 Plains 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 3, 4 and 5
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 to remote village for Picathartes. We’ll pitch camp at a hotel in Kumasi for the night.

Days 6 & 7
We’ll spend these two days birding at the Bobiri and Owabi Forest Reserves. We shall take the opportunity to sample the culture, history, art and crafts of the Ashantis; with visits to the Prempeh II Museum and other tourist sites in and around Kumasi. We’d encounter birds like 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 in Kumasi.

Day 8
Set off for Sekondi, birding on the way and at our hotel grounds and vicinity.

Day 9
Today we foray further west to pitch camp at Elubo. Depending on our arrival time at Elubo we may start birding at the Ankasa Game Reserve immediately or wait to be early birds the next morning.

Day 10
Full day of birding at Ankasa, which has birds such as the African Pygmy Goose, African Wood Owl, Reichenbach’s Sunbird, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Great Blue Turaco, Hartlaub’s Duck, Red-chested Owlet, White-faced Whistling Duck, Demidoff’s Dwarf Galago and many variants of hornbills among lots of other species.

Day 11
Today we cross the Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire border and onwards to our hotel in Abidjan. Led by our English-speaking local guide, we proceed to the Banco National Park, near Abidjan. This park comprises both primary and secondary forests. Here, we expect to encounter rare birds like the Copper-tailed Starling, Least Honeyguide and Bate’s Sunbird.

Days 12 & 13
After an hearty early breakfast, we shall set off for the Parc National de Taï where we are expecting to see majority of the over 100 species of birds sighted here like the White-breasted Guinea fowl, Red-chested owl, Yellow-bearded Greenbul, Black-headed Rufous Warbler, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Western Wattled Cuckoo Shrike and the Yellow-headed Picathartes among hundred of species, 12 of which are endemic. Amazing sights and sounds assured.

Day 14
This morning we’ll return to Abidjan with birding opportunities along the route.

Day 15
Return to our starting-point, with a lunch and brief birding stop before we get our hotel in Accra.

Day 16
We shall add to our Ghana birding trophies at the Shai Hills reserve (just a hour’s drive out of Accra) before proceeding to downtown Accra for last minute shopping. 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.

End of tour and transfer to Airport for all participants

End of Tour

 

SUMMARY OF THE TOUR

Top Birds Yellow-headed Rockfowl (Picathartes), Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Demidoff’s Dwarf Galago,  Red-billed Helmet Shrike, Red-chested Owlet, Yellow-bearded Greenbul, Lanner Falcon,  Blue-bellied Roller, Purple Glossy Starling,  Great Blue Turaco
Expecting to see Over 450 bird species
Group size 4 – 12, 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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Ghana & Cote d’Ivoire – Oct 2018

Ghana Cote d'Ivoire Affordable Birding Tours - Image of African Pied Wagtail
 

TOUR OVERVIEW

Ghana is a birdwatcher’s paradise (home to 725 species); as is Cote d’Ivoire (over 730 species). This combination of birding in these two countries presents a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see some of the finest and rarest birds in the world – sight-wise and sound-wise.

 

TOUR FAST FACTS

Dates 28 Oct 2018 – 12 Nov 2018
Duration 16 Days
Top Birds Yellow-headed Rockfowl (Picathartes), Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Demidoff’s Dwarf Galago, Red-billed Helmet Shrike
Start Point Accra
End Point Accra
Cost (per person) US$ 4,850
Single Supplement US$ 915
Spaces available 4 spaces available
 

TOUR 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
We start our day with a trip to Sakumo lagoon. 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. From Sakumo we head west to conquer 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 Plains 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 3, 4 and 5
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 to remote village for Picathartes. We’ll pitch camp at a hotel in Kumasi for the night.

Days 6 & 7
We’ll spend these two days birding at the Bobiri and Owabi Forest Reserves. We shall take the opportunity to sample the culture, history, art and crafts of the Ashantis; with visits to the Prempeh II Museum and other tourist sites in and around Kumasi. We’d encounter birds like 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 in Kumasi.

Day 8
Set off for Sekondi, birding on the way and at our hotel grounds and vicinity.

Day 9
Today we foray further west to pitch camp at Elubo. Depending on our arrival time at Elubo we may start birding at the Ankasa Game Reserve immediately or wait to be early birds the next morning.

Day 10
Full day of birding at Ankasa, which has birds such as the African Pygmy Goose, African Wood Owl, Reichenbach’s Sunbird, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Great Blue Turaco, Hartlaub’s Duck, Red-chested Owlet, White-faced Whistling Duck, Demidoff’s Dwarf Galago and many variants of hornbills among lots of other species.

Day 11
Today we cross the Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire border and onwards to our hotel in Abidjan. Led by our English-speaking local guide, we proceed to the Banco National Park, near Abidjan. This park comprises both primary and secondary forests. Here, we expect to encounter rare birds like the Copper-tailed Starling, Least Honeyguide and Bate’s Sunbird.

Days 12 & 13
After an hearty early breakfast, we shall set off for the Parc National de Taï where we are expecting to see majority of the over 100 species of birds sighted here like the White-breasted Guinea fowl, Red-chested owl, Yellow-bearded Greenbul, Black-headed Rufous Warbler, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Western Wattled Cuckoo Shrike and the Yellow-headed Picathartes among hundred of species, 12 of which are endemic. Amazing sights and sounds assured.

Day 14
This morning we’ll return to Abidjan with birding opportunities along the route.

Day 15
Return to our starting-point, with a lunch and brief birding stop before we get our hotel in Accra.

Day 16
We shall add to our Ghana birding trophies at the Shai Hills reserve (just a hour’s drive out of Accra) before proceeding to downtown Accra for last minute shopping. 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.

End of tour and transfer to Airport for all participants

End of Tour

 

SUMMARY OF THE TOUR

Top Birds Yellow-headed Rockfowl (Picathartes), Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Demidoff’s Dwarf Galago,  Red-billed Helmet Shrike, Red-chested Owlet, Yellow-bearded Greenbul, Lanner Falcon,  Blue-bellied Roller, Purple Glossy Starling,  Great Blue Turaco
Expecting to see Over 450 bird species
Group size 4 – 12, 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)

 

This site accepts PayPal, debit cards and credit cards