Ghana is a country full of hidden beauty. From the white sandy beaches along the coast to the rushing river in the Volta region, the diverse landscape throughout the country offers plenty of exciting tourism opportunities.
Just two hours west of Accra (Ghana’s capital city), disappear into the breathtaking beauty and thriving forest at Kakum National Park. This 375-km national park was established in 1931 as a reserve and was upgraded to national park status in 1992. The protected forest is full of lush greenery and unique wildlife that will blow you away.
Hike through the forest or climb the canopy walkway
From the minute you step foot inside the park, you will be surrounded by beauty and life. You can easily spend a day in Kakum National Park getting lost as you hike the expansive network of trails. When you arrive, you will also have the option to hire a guide to show you the park and introduce you to the different native plants throughout the forest.
For a truly unforgettable experience, check out the Canopy Walkway. This is one of only two canopy walkways in all of Africa. The Canopy Walkway connects seven trees throughout the forest with a bridge that is 350 meters (1,150 feet) long. There’s no need to reserve a tour ahead of time; once you reach the park, you can buy a ticket for the Canopy Walkway for 30 GHS (7.88 USD).
Witness Ghana’s breathtaking beauty from above
From the top of the Canopy Walkway, you will be able to look out at Kakum National Park’s expansive property. The bright green treetops sparkle against the deep blue sky. While you walk along the single-file suspension bridge, the beauty that surrounds the Canopy Walkway will amaze you.
Keep your eyes and ears open while you walk. You may see one of the 250 species of birds that live in Kakum National Park. Or you could hear the Diana monkeys and six other primates singing their songs. Once you are back on the ground, see if you can find the great bongo antelopes, yellow-backed duikers, or the African elephants that call Kakum National Park their home.
Can’t get enough of Kakum National Park? Spend the night on a tree platform
After you have completed the Kakum National Park Canopy Walkway, you may want more. Fortunately, there is another way to experience the park from above.
There are two campsites available at Kakum National Park. Both campsites have toilet and shower facilities as well as raised and roofed platforms. Stay above the trees for cheap and have first access to the park when the sun rises. The Afafranto Campsite is 15 GHS (3.94 USD) per night and guests must bring all their own equipment. The Rainforest Top Hill Campsite is 30 GHS (7.88 USD) per night and includes a tent, sleeping pad, and a guided nature walk in the morning.
Kakum National Park is a must for anyone traveling to Ghana
Admission to Kakum National Park is only 1 GHS (0.25 USD). Between the affordable rates, the diverse ecosystem, and the incredible views, it is easy to understand why Kakum National Park is one of the top tourist destinations in this diverse country. The park is an ideal way to find peace and serenity and connect with nature during your trip to Ghana.
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