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15 Days Mega Birdwatching and Photography Safari in Ghana

Alexis Hotel, Tema - Jasikan Road, Afienya, Greater Accra Region, Ghana

Incredible Bird and Photo Safari Ghana

Adventure Birding Tours Ghana invites you to come to this incredible safari and see the magnificent bird life of Ghana. In this safari, you will be moving inland and find excellent Upper Guinean rainforest protected areas as well as the broad-leaved guinea woodland and savannah plains in Northern Ghana - and it's not only that. You will also have the chance to visit the world-famous Kakum National Park and the prehistoric picathartes site for good quality shots. Join this safari and enjoy birdwatching safari like you never had before!

Meet the guides

Kwame
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Highlights

  • 15 days' birdwatching safari
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off service
  • Assistance of a professional tour guide
  • Transport and fuel for the birding trips
  • Complimentary water on the safari
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners
  • 14 nights' accommodation

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14 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Kotoka International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
19:00
Check-out Time:
06:00

You will be staying at various accommodations provided by Adventure Birding Tours Ghana. You will stay at Alexis Hotel on the first night of this safari. From the second to fourth night and on the eighth night, you will stay at Hans Cottage Botel. Later, on the fifth and sixth night, you will be staying at D&A Lodge. You will overnight at Frenchman Lodge on the seventh night and at Excelsa Lodge on the ninth and thirteenth night. Furthermore, you will stay at Mole Motel from the tenth to twelveth night. Lastly, on the fourteenth night, you will overnight at Royal Bluemich Hotel.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be met by Adventure Birding Tours Ghana's guide who will welcome you and transfer you to a bird friend hotel for a good night rest and prepare for your 14 days long marathon bird and photography tour.

Day 2: Shai Hills - Sakumono Lagoon - Winniba plains

Your birding tour in Ghana will kick start today in the morning with a visit to the open grassland savannah of Shai Hills, hoping to see and photograph some good savannah birds and birds that are associated with this site like white-crowned cliff chat, stone partridge, blue-bellied roller, purple roller, violet turaco, Senegal parrot, swallow-tailed bee-eater, red-necked buzzard, oriole warbler, long-crested eagle, black-bellied bustard, Temminck's courser, chestnut owlet, and red-shouldered cuckoo-shrike.

You will also see whinchat, flappet lark, African crake, Ahanta francolin, European reed warbler, spotted flycatcher, rufous cisticola, vinaceous dove, West African wattle eye, Senegal batis, lanner falcon, Eurasian hobby, double-toothed barbet, yellow-fronted tinkerbird, blackcap babbler, snowy-crowned robin chat, splendid sunbird, yellow-throated leaflove, bearded barbet, African grey hornbill, mosque swallow, copper sunbird, Jacobin cuckoo, cardinal woodpecker, grey tit-flycatcher, African paradise flycatcher, shikra, and brown babbler.

Moreover, there will also be sights of white-throated bee-eater, grey-backed camaroptera, yellow-billed kite, black-winged kite, yellow-billed shrike, grey woodpecker, Vieillot's barbet, Senegal coucal, pied wagtail, northern grey-headed sparrow, as well as other birds just to mention few. Later, after an incredible morning at Shai Hills, you will shift attention to Sakumono Lagoon which contains residential and migratory shore birds including black heron, Kittlitz's plover, collared pratincole, grey and western reef heron, northern pintail, glossy ibis, great, intermediate, and little egret, squacco heron, little bittern, purple swamphen, common ringed plover, African wattled lapwing, Senegal thick-knee, winding cisticola, zitting cisticola, spur-winged lapwing, greater swamp warbler, and white-faced whistling duck.

At the lagoon, you will also see common greenshank, common redshank, ruddy turnstone, reed cormorant, yellow wagtail, common sandpiper, yellow-throated longclaw, black and little tern, African spoonbill, common tern, western marsh harrier, royal tern, marsh and wood sandpiper, African jacana, little grebe, black-crowned night heron, black-winged stilt, cattle egret, pied and malachite kingfisher, village weaver, common bulbul, yellow-billed kite, pied crow, red knot, and grey plover.

Furtheremore, sightings of curlew sandpiper, sanderling, black-tailed and bar-tailed godwit, pied avocet, green-backed and purple heron, black crake, common moorhen, Kentish plover, and more will be seen here as well. After the tour, you will then proceed to Muni Lagoon and Winniba plains to add some more species to your list before making your way to Cape Coast.

Day 3 to 4: Kakum National Park (canopy walkway) and surroundings

After an early breakfast, you will set off for the world-famous canopy walkway at Kakum National Park which is the leading destination for birdwatching in Ghana. A wonderful world of amazing canopy species will wait you out there. You can hope to get their early hours to see the first light and record the first species that will fry out. Your day will bring out black dwarf hornbill, violet backed hyliota, white-crested hornbill, Congo serpent eagle, Cassin's hawk-eagle, long-tailed hawk, brown-cheeked hornbill, and red-cheeked wattle-eye.

You can also expect to see tit hylia, African piculet, forest wood hoopoe, black-casqued hornbill, red-tailed bristlebill, green-tailed bristlebill, western bearded greenbul, brown illadopsis, Puvel's illadopsis, buff-throated sunbird, Johanna's and tiny sunbird, olive-bellied sunbird, Ussher's flycatcher, blue cuckoo-shrike, black and rosy bee-eater, Cassin's and Willcocks's honeyguide, Sharpe's apalis, rufous-crowned eremomela, Bioko Batis, hairy-breasted barbet, western nicator, black-bellied seed cracker, and orange weaver.

There will also be sightings of Vieillot's weaver, Maxwell's black weaver, icterine greenbul, Fraser's eagle-owl, Akun eagle-owl, red-chested goshawk, African cuckoo, red-thighed sparrowhawk, black and white flycatcher, blue-throated roller, yellow-billed turaco, little and little grey greenbul, Cassin's and Sabine's spinetail, white-spotted flufftail, African pygmy ,chocolate-backed, African dwarf, and giant kingfisher, red-rumped tinkerbird, blue-breasted kingfisher, yellow-throated tinkerbird, little green, as well as fire bellied and buff-spotted woodpecker.

Also, not to forget other beautiful species such as pin-tailed whydah, red-headed, red-vented, crested, and blue-billed malimbe, Preuss's and yellow-mantled weaver, red-tailed greenbul, white-breasted, grey-headed, and chestnut-breasted nigrita, peregrine falcon, piping hornbill, whistling cisticola, great spotted, black, Levaillant's, and African emerald cuckoo, common swift, Diederik and Klaas's cuckoo, malachite kingfisher, rock pratincole, white-bibbed swallow, white-headed lapwing, and tambourine, blue-headed wood, as well as blue-spotted wood dove.

Moreover, there will be Ethiopian swallow, green-headed sunbird, lesser striped swallow, green crombec, Kemp's and grey longbill, swamp greenbul, western bluebill, copper-tailed glossy and chestnut -winged starling, black-winged and western black-headed oriole, blue-throated brown sunbird, green sunbird, chesnut-capped flycatcher, blue-headed crested flycatcher, honeyguide, golden and yellow-whiskered greenbul, fanti and square-tailed sawwing, melancoly and brown-eared woodpecker, naked faced, yellow-billed, and yellow-spotted barbet, red-billed helmetshrike, brown nightjah, black-throated coucal, blue malkoha, red-fronted parrot, Latham's forest francolin, Ayres's hawk-eagle, European honey buzzard, and others as well.

Day 5 to 6: Nsuta Forest

You will be driven to an excellent forest for about an hour drive from your guesthouse. This secondary semi-deciduous forest protects a plethora of quality species that will enhance your list and overall experience. Species that you may hope to see and photograph here includes red-billed helmetshrike, dwarf bittern, bristle-nosed barbet, white-crested bittern, spot-breasted ibis, western bronze-napped pigeon, Afep pigeon, Bates's swift, blue-headed coucal, pale-breasted illadopsis, white-tailed rufous thrush, white-headed wood hoopoe, African wood owl, yellow-bearded greenbul, bat hawk, narrow-tailed starling, Bates's sunbird, and blackcap illadopsis.

You can also expect to see Tessmann's flycatcher, green hylia, lemon-bellied crombec, fire-crested alethe, spotted greenbul, purple-throated cuckooshrike, spotted honeyguide, black-collared lovebird, brown-necked parrot, red-tailed greenbul, black dwarf hornbill, African piculet, naked-faced barbet, Kemp's longbill, black bee-eater, forest wood hoopoe, piping hornbill, Akun eagle-owl, western bearded greenbul, yellow-billed barbet, black spinetail, blue-headed crested-flycatcher, pale-breasted illadopsis, common swift, Congo serpent eagle, western nicator, icterine greenbul, white-spotted flufftail, western bluebill, long-tailed hawk, as well as black-throated cuocal among others that will be encountered here.

Day 7: Ankasa Forest

The key target for the day is the Nkulengu rail and you will be going all out to locate this rare species in the early morning hours. You will be searching for many Upper Guinea endemics such as Hartlaub's duck, white-breasted guineafowl, yellow-casqued hornbill, African finfoot, shining blue and white-bellied kingfisher, Cassin's flycatcher, red-billed dwarf hornbill, olive long-tailed and dusky long-tailed cuckoo, great blue turaco, white-throated greenbul, rufous-winged illadopsis, rufous-sided broadbill, shining drongo, forest robin, red-fronted antpecker, red-headed quelea, as well as armelite and Reichenbach's sunbird.

You will also see white-browed forest flycatcher, red-chested owlet, common cuckoo, grey-throated rail, crested guineafowl, yellow-bearded greenbul, western bearded greenbul, African pygmy goose, blackcap illadopsis, Congo serpent eagle, European honey buzzard, red-billed helmetshrike, buff-spotted and fire-bellied woodpecker, African emerald cuckoo, Cassin's spinetail, square-tailed saw-wing, white-tailed ant thrush, Finsch's flycatcher thrush, western bronze-naped pigeon, tambourine and blue-headed wood dove, chocolate-backed kingfisher, dusky blue flycatcher, yellow-whiskered greenbul, Akun eagle-owl, and Fraser's eagle-owl.

Furthermore, red-vented, blue-billed, and crested malimbe, orange weaver, Narina's trogon, black bee-eater, red-bellied paradise flycatcher, Ayres's hawk-eagle, red-thighed sparrowhawk, olive sunbird, Fraser's sunbird, black cuckoo, yellow-billed turaco, white-tailed alethe, western black-headed and black-winged oriole, swamp greenbul, green-headed sunbird, golden greenbul, yellow-spotted barbet, yellow-throated tinkerbird, red-fronted parrot, including more incredible species will be scanned here as well.

Day 8: Ankasa Forest - Brenu Beach Road

You will enjoy a final morning of birding at this wonderful location. You will be targeting species you may have missed or would like to get better quality images. After a full morning of birding, you will return to the lodge or camping site to arrange your bags and enjoy lunch before heading back towards Cape Coast. Other species to see today will include red-tailed bristlebill, white-bellied and shining blue kingfisher, African finfoot, Cassin's flycatcher, red-billed dwarf hornbill, black bee-eater, Latham's forest francolin, red-fronted parrot, Cassin's hawk-eagle, black dwarf hornbill, and much more.

Day 9: Aboabo - Picathartes site - Kumasi

Today will be the big day. You will be visiting the white-necked rock-fowl nesting site, so please make sure that you have enough memory cards. You will check out of the hotel after an early breakfast and set off for Aboabo Road where you will be searching for some key species you missed at Kakum National park and get better views of them. After Aboabo, you will make your way to Bonkro Village. It could be hard to contain your excitement as these legendary prehistoric looking birds will hop and jump on the rocks while preening themselves just meters from your eyes, giving photographers among you a busy time for the day. Later, you will continue your journey to Kumasi after you enjoy your target bird.

Day 10: Opuro Forest - Egyptian plover site

Today will be another important day for you as you will see your second target species in the trip. You will go to a well-known habitat for much sought after Egyptian plover which is a family by itself. You will be scanning the Opuro Forest for many species that you missed out in other areas including superb sunbird, lesser morehen, grey-headed bristlebill, fiery-breasted bush-shrike, black sparrowhawk, northern puffback, hamerkop, blue-headed coucal, northern red bishop, little grey flycatcher, wood warbler, common chiffchaff, broad-billed roller, long-tailed hawk, lesser honeyguide, scarlet-chested sunbird, pied flycatcher, yellow-rumped tinkerbird, village indigobird, common house martin, Cassin's spinetail, northern crombec, lizard buzzard, as well as black and white flycatcher.

You will also see African thrush, velvet-mantled drongo, white-spotted flufftail, black crake, village weaver, Vieillot's weaver, copper sunbird, pin-tailed whydah, bearded barbet, black cuckoo, red-fronted parrot, African hobby, etc. You will then find your way to Egyptian plover site after an incredible morning. Species expected to see here will include wire-tailed and red-chested swallow, African moustached warbler, rufous cisticola, grey-rumped swallow, chestnut-backed sparrow-lark, red-billed firefinch, white-headed lapwing, white helmetshrike, African golden oriole, purple and blue-bellied roller, and lesser blue-eared starling. Moreover, gabar and dark chanting goshawk, purple starling, Abyssinian roller, black-faced quailfinch, mosque swallow, yellow-billed kite, and more will also be captured today.

Day 11 to 12: Mole National Park

After an early breakfast, you will set off for an interesting forest in a transitional zone between the southern wetter forests and northern drier woodland habitats where you will find some quality species. It will be one of the difficult birding sorties you may take in this tour but you will be happy with the walk when you get to see many regional specialities within close ranges. Species possible to see and photograph here will include Abyssinian ground hornbill, Denham's bustard, Forbes's plover, four-banded sandgrouse, banded and brown snake eagle, Egyptian vulture, martial eagle, white-headed vulture, African scops owl, and white-faced owl.

There will also be sightings of white-backed vulture, Beaudouin's snake eagle, pearl-spotted owlet, violet turaco, oriole warbler, Abyssinian roller, red-necked falcon, northern carmine bee-eater, marabou stork, saddle-billed stork, Bruce's green pigeon, yellow-billed stork, rufous-rumped lark, woolly-necked stork, white-fronted black chat, white stork, African hawk-eagle, African cuckoo, common redstart, familia chat, yellow-crowned gonolek, grey-headed kingfisher, long-tailed starling, African fish, tawny, booted, and Wahlberg's eagle, broad-billed roller, African blue flycatcher, tree pipit, Pel's fishing owl, red-shouldered cuckooshrike, rose-ringed parakeet, red-headed lovebird, brubru, golden-tailed woodpecker, spotted creeper, fine-spotted woodpecker, and black-billed wood dove.

Not forget to mention stone partridge, white-throated francolin, fork-tailed drongo, fox kestrel, yellow-billed oxpecker, Eurasian hoopoe, black scimitarbill, beautiful pygmy and scarlet-chested sunbird, red-billed, black-faced, and black-bellied firefinch, lavender waxbill, sulphur-breasted bush-shrike, blackcap and brown babbler, white and snowy-crowned robin chat, white-backed night heron, red-throated bee-eater, bush petronia, yellow-fronted canary, little weaver, yellow-mantled widowbird, white-breasted cuckooshrike, Wilson's indigobird, exclamatory and togo paradise whydah, spur-winged goose, green wood hoopoe, swamp flycatcher, standard-winged and freckled nightjah, grey-headed bush shrike, chestnut-crowned sparrow-weaver, and pernant winged nightjah too.

Furthermore, brown-backed woodpecker, black-headed heron, African darter, grasshopper buzzard, bateleur, barka indigobird, Cabanis's bunting, red-cheeked cordon blue, red-winged and yellow-winged pytilia, red-headed weaver, red-headed quelea, tropical boubou, white helmetshrike, western violet-backed sunbird, Gambaga flycatcher, yellow-breasted apalis, willow and melodious warbler, whinchat, sun lark, grey and cardinal woodpecker, greater and lesser honeyguide, swallow-tailed bee-eater, thick-billed cuckoo, helmeted guineafowl, and many more including different kinds of monkeys, antelopes, elephant, kob, as well as warthogs and baboons will entertain you at the motel.

Day 13: Mole National Park - Kumasi

You will have a final morning of birding at Mole National Park where you will aim to pick up species that are still needed and to also get better views of birds which you only had glimpses previously. Birds that you could add to your list before leaving Mole National Park will include woodchat shrike, bush petronia, familia chat, bateleur, northern red bishop, pearl-spotted owlet, yellow-crowned gonolek, rose-ringed parakeet, Senegal parrot, black-billed wood dove, vinaceous dove, woolly-necked, saddle-billed, and black storks, yellow-throated leaflove, red-headed lovebird, and others to mention a few before you set off to Kumasi.

Day 14: Bobiri Forest

Bobiri is well-known of its significant forest species of birds like grey parrot, Narina's trogon, long-tailed hawk, dusky tit, black dwarf hornbill, forest wood hoopoe, Fraser's eagle and African wood owl, black sparrowhawk, black coucal, violet-backed hyliota, little grey flycatcher, narrow-tailed starling, blue cuckooshrike, melancoly woodpecker, red-billed helmetshrike, copper-tailed starling, red-chested goshawk, bronze mannikin, black, white, and magpie mannikin, ashy flycatcher, collared sunbird, buff-throated sunbird, western bronze-naped pigeon, olive-bellied sunbird, grey longbill, yellow-browed camaroptera, Congo serpent eagle, European honey buzzard, buff-spotted and fire-bellied woodpecker, African emerald cuckoo, Cassin's spinetail, tambourine, blue-headed, and blue-spotted wood dove, African green pigeon, and more which you will discover at this site including large number of butterflies.

Day 15: Atewa Forest - Accra - Kotoka International Airport (ACC)

Today you will have an early start as you will head back into the Upper Guinea rainforest habitat where so many of Ghana’s sought-after special species are found. This morning, you can hope to see blue-moustached bee-eater, red-chested cuckoo, crowned hawk-eagle, Narina's trogon, yellow-throated cuckoo, yellow-billed turaco, shrike flycatcher, chocolate-backed kingfisher, Nimba flycatcher, western nicator, black-capped apalis, Congo serpent eagle, forest robin, blue-shouldered robin chat, shining drongo, and chestnut-capped flycatcher.

You can also expect to see African emerald cuckoo, square-tailed saw-wing, olive green camaroptera, blue-throated brown and buff-throated sunbird, yellow-billed barbet, Bates's sunbird, green twinspot, red-fronted antpecker, western bearded, yellow-bearded, and icterine greenbul, Maxwell's black weaver, Vieillot's weaver, African cuckoo hawk, long-tailed hawk, Afep pigeon, tambourine, blue-spotted, and blue-headed wood dove, blackcap illadopsis, black-bellied seedcracker, little grey greenbul, Finsch's flycatcher thrush, grey-throated flycatcher, little greenbul, as well as dusky blue flycatcher.

Furthermore, sightings of blue-billed malimbe, Baumann's greenbul, Puvel's illadopsisi, blue malkoha, grey-headed bristlebill, black-throated coucal, palm nut vulture, Ansorge's greenbul, grey kestrel, crested malimbe, plain greenbul, red-tailed bristlebill, African hobby, red-tailed greenbul, grosbeak weaver, red-vented malimbe, etc. can also be seen here. Later, after an incredible scan today at Atewa Forest, you will then go to your hotel to shower, have lunch, and find your way to Kotoka International Airport (ACC).

Guides

Kwame Brown

Location

This safari will take place in Ghana, starting from Shai Hills and Sakumono Lagoon in Greater Accra Region as well as the Winniba plains. You will feather scanning the Upper Guinea rainforest of Kakum National Park in the Central Region of Ghana. Nsuta and Ankasa Forest will not be left out in the Western Region as well as visiting Bobiri Forest in the Ashanti Region. Atewa Range in the Eastern Region of Ghana will be scanned too. Your tour will allow you to visit Mole Motel in the northern part of Ghana to see a great number of savannah birds and mammals.

Ghana, with over 760 species of birds, is an ideal West African birdwatching destination as you could cover all of the West African core habitats that include coastal lagoons and saltpans. Ghana has 12 of the 15 Upper Guinea endemic bird species recorded. The country is politically stable and has well-developed infrastructure that is possibly the finest in West Africa. The star attraction here is the yellow-headed picathartes, Egyptian plover, and the world-famous Kakum National Park rainforest's canopy walkway which will wet the appetite and make your tour enjoyable.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 14 days' birdwatching safari
  • Professional tour guide
  • Pick up and drop off at Kotoka International airport (ACC)
  • Car and fuel for the trip
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and water
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Park entry fees

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from Ghana
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra meal
  • Drinks
  • Items for personal use
  • Laundry

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kotoka International airport (ACC). Transfer from and to this airport is included. Adventure Birding Tours Ghana will pick you up from the airport.

When you arrive at Kotoka International Airport (ACC), Adventure Birding Tours Ghana's guide and driver will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel.

Airport: Kotoka International Airport Airport transfer included: Kotoka International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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