Republic of Ghana

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Birding Ghana

Ghana (which means ‘Warrior King’ in the Soninke language), officially the Republic of Ghana, is a unitary presidential constitutional democracy, located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in the subregion of West Africa. Spanning a land mass of 238,535 km², Ghana is bordered by the Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, Togo in the east and the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in the south with a 350 mile coastline. Ghana encompasses plains, waterfalls, low hills, rivers, Lake Volta, the world’s largest artificial lake, Dodi Island and Bobowasi Island on the south Atlantic Ocean coast of Ghana. Ghana has a vast river system with an array of tributaries. The climate of Ghana is tropical and there are two main seasons: the wet season and the dry season.With over 760 species of birds, Ghana is an ideal West African birdwatching destination as you cover all of the West African core habitats that include coastal lagoons and saltpans, moving inland you find excellent Upper Guinea Rainforest protected areas and also the broad leaved guinea woodland and Savannah plains in Northern Ghana. Ghana has 12 of the 15 Upper Guinea Endemic bird species recorded is politically stable and has well developed infrastructure that is possibly the finest in West Africa. The star attraction is the Yellow Headed Picathartes, Egyptian Plover and World famous Kakum National Park rainforest canopy walkway. The Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission is the Government Agency mandated to protect and manage Ghana’s wildlife resources. Currently the Division manages, 7 National Parks, 6 Resource Reserves, 2 Wildlife Sanctuaries, 1 strict nature reserve and 5 coastal Ramsar sites. The national parks are Kyabobo, Mole, Kakum, Digya, Bia, Bui & Nini Suhien National Parks. The Resource Reserves are Shai Hills, Ankasa, Gbele, Kalakpa, Bia & Assin Attandanso. The wildlife sanctuaries are Bomfobiri and Owabi. Kogyae is the only strict nature reserve. The Remsar sites are Keta Lagoon Complex, Densu Delta, Songor, Muni Pomadzi, & Sakumo. Some of the much sought after species found here include Pel’s Fishing, Akun and Frasers Eagle Owl’s, Brown and Standard Winged Nightjars, Black, Rosy, Northern Carmine and Blue Headed Bee-eaters, Red Cheeked Wattle Eye, Forbe’s Plover, Brown, Rufous Winged and Puvel’s Illadopsis, Long Tailed Hawk, Congo Serpent Eagle, Violet Backed Hyliota, Black Dwarf, Red Billed Dwarf, Yellow Casqued, Brown Cheeked and White Crested Hornbills and over 20 species of Greenbul just to mention a few of the gems in store for visitors to this exceptional birding destination.

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Top Sites
  • Ankasa Reserve

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    One of the Ghana’s most exciting birdwatching destinations, the Ankasa protected area comprises the continuous Nini-sahien National Park and Ankasa Resource Reserve, which together form a highly accessible and well preserved 509km2 chunk of wet evergreen Upper Guinea Rainforest. Ankasa is one of the most biologically rich habitats in Africa and believed to protect Ghana’s only remaining population of Chimpanzee. Forest Elephant, Bongo and many other mammal species can be found here. Star birds are definitely the Upper Guinea Endemic’s White Breasted Guineafowl, Yellow Bearded Greenbul, Green Tailed Bristlebil and Rufous Winged Illadopsis in addition to more gem’s like Africa’s rarest Kingfisher the White Bellied and Shining Blue, Yellow Casqued Hornbill, Great Blue Turaco, Hartlaubs Duck, African Finfoot, White Crested Tiger Heron and Dwarf Bittern are there to wet the appetite. Ankasa Reserve can be found 21km east of the border town with the Ivory Coast along the main Takoradi-Elubo road.
  • Bia National Park

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    Bia National Park is a Park in the Western Region of Ghana. It’s also a biosphere reserve with a 563 square kilometer resource reserve. It has some of the Ghana’s last remnants of relatively untouched forest with its full diversity of wildlife some of the tallest trees left in the West Africa are found in this National Park. There are 62 species of mammals, including 10 primate species known to live in the Park, and over 189 species of birds have been recorded, including the endangered White breasted Guinea fowl, Black Collared love bird, cassin’s hawk Eagle, Honey Guide Greenbul, Black headed Oriole, Brown and Puvel’s illadopsis finch’s flycatcher thrush. Grey Crown Negrofinch, Western-Nicator, spotted Greenbul, Grey headed bristled Bill, Fire bellied wood pecker, melancholy wood pecker and many others can be found here
  • Bobiri Forest Reserve

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    This small forest sanctuary protects almost 500 species of butterfly but is also a treasure trove of birds and one of the best locations to see the awesome Long Tailed Hawk much sought after by world birders. Additional species include Lathams Francolin, Black Throated Coucal, Tit Hylia, Brown Illadopsis, Red-billed Helmet-shrike, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Black and Red-chested Cuckoos, Western Nicator, Swamp Palm Greenbul, Black-and-White Flycatcher, Grey and Red-fronted Parrots, Finch's Flycatcher-thrush Blue-throated Roller. Olive-bellied and Green-headed Sunbirds, white crested and red billed dwarf hornbills in addition to Africa’s rarest the Black Dwarf Hornbill. Bobiri is one of the only remaining Upper Guinea Rainforest’s close to the bustling city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. There is basic accommodation here with no electricity and Bobiri is found 30km South of Kumasi on the main Accra-Kumasi road.
  • Bui National Park

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    The park stretches an area of 1821 square kilometers and protects Ghana’s largest population of hippopotamus. A hydro electric dam is currently being built at Bui and will eventually cover more than 50% of this exceptional wildlife habitat of guinea woodland and savannah. An abundance of mammal and bird species have been recorded that are now under threat due to the dam project.
  • Kakum National Park

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    Located 30km north of the seaside town of Cape Coast in Ghana's Central Region, Kakum National Park and the adjacent Assin Attandaso Resource Reserve cover approximately 365 square kilometres of semi deciduous secondary Upper Guinea Rainforest with its main attraction being the world famous Canopy Walkway. The canopy walkway offers birders an excellent opportunity to see the more difficult canopy dwelling species at close quarters. Upper Guinea Endemics like Brown Cheeked Hornbill, Sharpe’s Apalis and Copper Tailed Glossy Starlings are common here in addition to Black and Yellow Casqued Hornbills, Yellow Billed Turaco, Yellow Throated Cuckoo, tiny sunbird, White-breasted Negrofinch, little green woodpecker, red headed malimbe’s, yellow mantled weaver, blue cuckoo-shrike and the legendary Congo Serpent Eagle. Kakums forest trails offer more difficult to see understory species like White Throated, Western Bearded and Red Tailed Greenbuls, Fire-crested Alethe, Finch's Flycatcher-thrush, West African Forest Robin, Rufous Sided Broadbill, Red Billed Helmit-shrike, Red Tailed Bristlebill, Chocolate Backed Kingfisher and the Upper Guinea Endemic Green Tailed Bristlebil. Owl’s and Nightjars are also common with Frasers Eagle and African Wood Owl’s in good numbers and much sought after Brown Nightjar. Kakum also protects over 60 mammal, reptile and amphibian species that include Forest Elephants, Long Tailed Pangolin and the legendary Bongo.
  • Mole National Park

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    Ghana’s premier wildlife viewing protected area covering 4847 square kilometres and protecting over 90 mammal and 330 bird species. The accommodation here is situated on an idyllic escarpment overlooking 2 watering holes where African Elephants, Kob, Waterbuck and Bushbuck regularly come to drink. Mole’s habitat consists of broad leaved guinea woodland and savannah plains, excellent birdwatching can be enjoyed around the hotel with species such as Red-throated Bee-eater, Grey Woodpecker, Beautiful and Pygmy Sunbirds, Orange-cheeked, Lavender and Black-rumped Waxbills, Pin-tailed Whydah, Northern Puffback, Northern Crombec, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Bush Petronia and Senegal Batis. Walking Safari’s offer the chance of seeing quality species like Pel’s Fishing Owl, Sandard Winged Nightjar, Spotted Creeper, White Fronted Black Chat, Forbes Plover, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Blue Bellied Roller, Helmeted Guineafowl, Hadada Ibis, Woolly-necked AND Saddled Billed Storks, Grey and Black-headed Herons, Senegal Thick-knee and Greater-painted Snipe. Passing to an area of riverine forest, one should locate Red-winged Pytilia, Rufous Cisticola, Giant Kingfisher, African Blue Flycatcher, Common Gonolek, Snowy-crowned Robin Chat, African Paradise Flycatcher, Pale, Swamp and Lead-coloured Flycatchers, Oriole Warbler & African Dwarf Kingfisher. Mole is approximately a 6 hour drive from Kumasi without stops with the final 86km being rough dirt road.
  • Shai Hills Reserve

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    Shai Hills reserve is the closest wildlife protected area to Accra with a savannah grassland habitat, large rock formations and caves. The rock formations harbour good numbers of White Crowned Cliff Chat and Rock Martins in addition to Rock Loving Cisticolas. Green and Violet Turaco’s are common as are Puvels Illadopsis, Blue Bellied, Broad billed and Rufous Crowned Rollers, Senegal Parrot, Red Headed Lovebirds, Black Cap and Brown Babblers, Stone Partridge, Grey Hornbill, Fork-tailed Drongo, White-crowned Robin Chat, Croaking Cisticola, Grey Kestrel, Rosy and Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters and Rose-ringed Parakeets. African Hobby is regularly seen and large numbers of Olive Baboons greet you on your entrance to the main gates.
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Number of Species
  • Number of bird species: 772

    Authorties vary on the exact number and 725 may be a more realistic total, of which 494 are known or thought to be resident and 176 are regular seasonal migrants, including 100 from the Palearctic.
  • There are no endemics or even near endemics.
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Useful Reading

  • Birds of Ghana

    | By Nik Borrow & Ron Demey | Christopher Helm | 2010 | Paperback | 352 pages, 145 col plates | ISBN: 9781408122792 Buy this book from
  • Birds of Western Africa

    | By Nik Borrow & Ron Demey | Christopher Helm | 2014 | Edition 2 | Paperback | 592 pages, 266 plates with colour illustrations; colour distribution maps | ISBN: 9781472905680 Buy this book from
  • The Birds of Ghana: An Atlas and Handbook

    | By Françoise Dowsett-Lemaire & Robert J Dowsett | Tauraco Press | 2014 | Paperback | 713 pages, 21 plates with colour photos; b/w photos, b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps | ISBN: 9782872250073 Buy this book from
  • African Bird Club

    Ghana deserves to be a popular birding destination now that tourism is being actively encouraged, even though most of the more eastern species can be seen in Cameroon or Gabon. While all the Upper Guinea endemics can be seen in neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire, that country is currently in some turmoil, and Ghana is a sensible alternative. Ghanaians are among the most friendly people in West Africa and the national language is English…
  • Ghana Wildlife Society (BirdLife Partner)

    GWS was first formed in the early 1970s but functioned for few years and became dormant. Not until 1991, when it was revived by the 'Save the Seashore Birds Project - Ghana (SSBP-G), a project that aimed at protecting the sea, shore birds and their coastal wetland habitats in Ghana. When the SSBP-G ended in June 1994, the Society took over and continued the conservation activities initiated by the project. For further enquiry on how to support our conservation activities and programs, send us en email to: or call the office line on (+233) 0302 665197 and we will get in touch with you shortly.
  • West African Ornithological Society

    The West African Ornithological Society grew out of the Nigerian Ornithologists

Abbreviations Key

  • CA Ankasa Resource Reserve

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    The Ankasa Conversation Area is an area in southwestern Ghana, in Ghana's Western Region, about 365 kilometers west of Accra near the border with Côte d'Ivoire. It incorporates the Nini Suhien National Park in the North, and the Ankasa Forest Reserve in the South. The park is approximately 500 square kilometers, and consists largely of tropical evergreen rainforest. The Ankasa Conservation Area is the only wildlife protected area in Ghana that is located in the wet evergreen tropical high rainforest belt.
  • CFCP Afadjato

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    The biodiversity importance of the area is considered exceptional, especially in terms of butterfly and bird species…
  • FR Asubima

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    The Asubima Forest Reserve is a 7,870-hectare (19,400-acre) protected area near Akumadan, Ghana and was established in 1945. FORM Ghana, a plantation development company, manages 1,729.9 hectares (4,275 acres) of the southern part of the reserve to reforest land in the reserve that has been highly degraded due to logging, wildfires, and illegal farming.
  • FR Boin Tano

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    The Boin Tano Forest Reserve is a nature reserve located in the Western Region of Ghana. It was established in 1968. This site, which is 129 square kilometres (12,900 ha; 50 sq mi), is rich both in faunal and floral species.[
  • NP Bia

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    Bia National Park is unique in Ghana because it crosses a 305-square-kilometre (117-square-mile) zone of humid evergreen and semi-deciduous forest types. 62 different species of mammals have been spotted in the park including several types of rare colobus monkey, chimpanzee, forest elephant and threatened bongo.
  • NP Bui

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    Bui National Park is Ghana's 3rd largest national park and is located in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana, about 3 hours northwest of Kumasi. Bui is well know for its hippos, but it is also an excellent birding location. Hoofed species include Roan antelope, bushbuck, waterbuck, Kob and warthog. Baboons, monkeys and crocodiles may also be seen.
  • NP Digya

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    Digya National Park is the second largest national park and the oldest protected area in Ghana. It is located in the Brong-Ahafo Region. It was created in 1900 and given national park status in 1971. The park is the only wildlife territory in Ghana to have Lake Volta at its borders.
  • NP Kakum

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    The long-tailed Verreaux's Touraco floats down from the sky. From your vantage point on the canopy walkway, you see a brilliant flash of red on the wings of this magnificent bird as it lands a few feet away to settle on a Kuntan tree, one of the tallest trees in the forest canopy. This is something you'd never see from the forest floor…
  • NP Kakum (Canopy Walkway)

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    Have you ever seen the rainforests from a hundred feet off the ground? The Kakum Canopy Walkway, the only one of its kind in Africa, will lead you through the tree-tops of Ghana's Kakum National Park, offering a unique and spectacular view of the rainforest ecosystem.
  • NP Kyabobo

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    Kyabobo National Park (pronounced CHAY-a-bobo) is a 360-square-kilometre (140 sq mi) national park in Ghana. The reserve was established in 1997. Ghana's second highest mountain, Mount Dzebobo is contained within the park and offers visitors an impressive view of the Lake Volta.
  • NP Mole

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    Mole National Park is Ghana's largest wildlife refuge. The park is located in northwest Ghana on grassland savanna and riparian ecosystems at an elevation of 150 m, with sharp escarpment forming the southern boundary of the park. The park's entrance is reached through the nearby town of Larabanga. The Lovi and Mole Rivers are ephemeral rivers flowing through the park, leaving behind only drinking holes during the long dry season.
  • NP Nini Suhien

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    The Nini-Suhien National Park is found in Ghana. It was established in 1976. This site is 160 square kilometres (62 sq mi) in size.
  • WR Shai Hills

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    The lovely Shai Hills Wildlife Reserve is only 30 kilometres (18 miles) from Accra. Although it is largely savannah plains, there is lots of forest among the 48-square-kilometre (18-square-mile) reserve which protects 31 mammals and 175 bird species. It was established in 1962 with area of 47 square kilometres (4,700 ha; 18 sq mi) which was later extended to 47 square kilometres (4,700 ha; 18 sq mi) in 1973.
  • WS Agumatsa

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    The area boasts of the most spectacular geographical feature in the district. An hour's walk through cool shades of trees will lead you to Ghana's highest waterfalls. The beauty of the falls is enhanced not only by the towering face of the gorge but most impressively by the several thousands of fruit bats clinging to its sides. This waterfalls which consist of a series of four falls and two cascades descending an amazing 600m height is one of the perennial falls in Ghana open to visitors through out the year.
Guides & Tour Operators
  • Adventure Birding Tours

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    Birding and Wildlife Tour in Ghana.
  • Ashanti African Ghana Birding Tours

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    The Ghana birding and wildlife specialist with a commitment to conservation, join us for an enjoyable, professional, quality, affordable and highly productive birding tour of Ghana. We have a 100% record where all our clients have enjoyed walk away views of the prehistoric looking Yellow Headed Picathartes and beautiful Egyptian Plover
  • Birding Ecotours

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    Ghana must be the easiest West African country to travel in and thus gives relatively easy access to a very large number of West African endemics, as well as good access to some star North African birds. Ghana has 180 of the Guinea-Congo Forests biome birds, including 12 out of the 15 Upper Guinea Forest endemics, 11 of which are of global conservation concern.
  • Easy Track Ghana

    Ghana is an amazingly undiscovered destination for birding. Among the unique offerings, Ghana affords participants the opportunity to see the spectacular Yellow-headed Picathartes, one of Africa's most unusual birds. On this page we identify some choice locations for birding watching in Ghana. We have expert birding specialists at destinations throughout Ghana or available to travel with any tour.
  • Rockjumper

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    …bird waves filled with greenbuls, sunbirds, flycatchers and warblers. Ground-dwelling species that we aim to see include the elusive Nkulengu Rail, White-spotted Flufftail, no less than five Illadopses and several specialized ant-attending species…
Trip Reports
  • 2014 [02 February] - John van der Woude

    Nollie and I had a very nice, private birding trip to Ghana, where we were expertly guided by Kalu Afasi (kalu_afasi at His driver Jonathan also did an excellent job with the comfortable Hyundai H-1 van. The weather was fine throughout. We stayed in middle-class hotels and had good food (and good beer, ask for Star). This whole package has cost us far less than what we would have paid on a group tour by the international bird tour companies….
  • 2015 [02 February] - David & Sarah Blair

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    Usually when going to Africa we drive ourselves or get a driver and then just get a guide for tricky forest birding but when we were researching Ghana we really wanted to camp in Ankasa and have a safety net on seeing the Picathartes so that pointed towards Ashanti African Tours but we didn’t want an organised tour as we prefer a very small group as it is much easier to get on birds when just the two of us.
  • 2015 [03 March] - David McLachlan-Karr - Mole National Park

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    A free weekend in Accra (on holiday from Sierra Leone) and a snap decision to try some birding inGhana’s largest national park, Mole. Mole is located in the northern region of dry woodedsavannah. The trip was easily do-able from the capital in a weekend and produced some excellentbirds. All-in-all, 102 species were seen (31 of which were lifers – marked in bold). The park hassome very knowledgeable guides who can provide birding services.
  • 2015 [04 April] - Phil Gregory & James Ntakor

    This was the sixth Field Guides Ghana tour and my seventh in total, and once again it proved very successful, albeit with long drives and lots of early mornings and late evenings in quite hot conditions. Our local operator's guides were again fantastic and worked very long hours with great good humour and marvellous field skills; James was once more our guide, and it is just so helpful to have the local knowledge he provides.
  • 2015 [12 December] - Marcus Lilje

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    Our private Ghana Mega trip proved yet again to be a resounding success! We notched up a fantastictotal that included some wonderful highlights in all of the great variety of habitats that we covered inthe time we covered the length and breadth of this West African country.
  • 2016 [04 April] - Julian Thomas

    I had lived in Ghana for the first eight years of my life, before four bouts of malaria meant I was banished to the UK, and it was always a place I wanted to revisit, so we arranged a trip with Ashanti African Tours The cost for each of us was £1495 for the 12 day tour, which is definitely cheaper than booking a tour through a UK based wildlife tour company, except that as we by necessity had to travel over Easter (Jane being a teacher) there was a hike in air fares. The price was less because we were joined by Alex Anderson from Zimbabwe.
  • 2016 [04 April] - Phil Gregory

    This was the seventh Field Guides Ghana tour (my eighth overall); this time, we had quite hot, humid weather for much of the trip, with unseasonal rain at a couple of sites. Ghana seems to be undergoing a building boom, with half-finished buildings all over the country. It was truly strange, but the place is clearly thriving and makes an ideal portal to West African birding. The trip worked well, with everyone arriving on time (and bags catching up later for Bob). This year, we went to Sakumono on arrival day, which proved good for Senegal Thick-knee and assorted herons, and freed us up for the long drive to Kakum later, whilst Hans and Ann-Margret made a trip to Atewa for Blue-moustached Bee-eater -- a wise precaution as it turned out!
  • 2016 [05 May] - Steve Braine

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    All in all a very productive tour was had by all with a total of 313 species of birds being seen and a further 16 heard in the two weeks trip, a few others were seen only by the guide and thus not included...
  • 2016 [09 September] - Guillaume Péron

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    ...My top five on this trip would be something like 1) white-necked picathartes; 2) white-breasted guineafowl; 3) yellow-footed honeyguide + thick-billed honeyguide; 4) yellow-casqued hornbill and 5) African piculet. I suppose folks for which Ghana is the first taste of rainforest birding would...
  • 2016 [11 November] - Nick Bray

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    ...Our first trip birds appeared along the drive, nothing special but still nice to get the trip list started and we saw the common Pied Crow, Piapiac, Western Grey Plantain-Eater, Yellow-billed Kites, Bluebreasted Kingfisher, Black-winged Red Bishop and both Palm & Little Swifts. Upon arrival at the lagoon it was readily apparent that it was a very high tide and there were only a few small islands showing. However, a decent hour or so of scanning produced a few shorebirds such as Marsh, Common and Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stint, Whimbrel, Common Greenshank, Black-winged Stilt and Spur-winged Lapwing. Ron then spotted a small group of Collared Pratincoles flying in to land on one of the islands, and we also saw a few Western Reef Herons dotted around the area and a Striated Heron flew by...
  • 2017 [02 February] - Wise Birding

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    ...Yellow-headed Picathartes: This “must see” species did not disappoint as we were treated to at least four different birds coming in to roost near the village of Bonkro...
  • 2017 [04 April] - Phil Gregory

    Field Guides Tour Report Ghana: Window Into West African Birding 2017 Mar 30, 2017 to Apr 18, 2017Phil Gregory & James NtakorFor our tour description, itinerary, past triplists, dates, fees, and more, please VISIT OUR TOUR PAGE.See this triplist in printable PDF format with media only on page 1.White-necked Rockfowl, or Picathartes, is always the hoped-for highlight of this tour...and we had great looks again this year! Photo by guide Phil Gregory. The favorite birds among our Ghana group this year were varied as might be expected, but Picathartes (Rockfowl) and Egyptian Plover came out on top as always, with Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Standard-winged Nightjar, White-crested Hornbill, Violet Turaco, Yellow Penduline-Tit, and Cassin's Honeyguide also scoring highly -- there were some difficult choices amongst so many great birds!
  • 2017 [08 August] - Bob MeinkeRob Gordijn

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    Canopy walkway: We started here the first morning, spending most time on the furthest platform of the canopy walk where you have a great overview of the surrounding forest. The morning was very productive with the highlight being a pair of Red-fronted Antpeckers in a flock below us. We left the walkway at 10.30 as tourists started coming and because after a few hours you have to pay an extra fee. We birded some more on the trails below the canopy (African Piculet). After lunch we returned and first birded some more of the trails (Rufous-sided Broadbill, HO White-spotted Flufftail), the last hours until dusk were spent up on the canopy walk where a Brown Nightjar started to call. We searched for owls some more around the HQ but without luck.
  • 2017 [08 August] - James & Kojo

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    ...Change of plan: rather than early breakfast and being at Shai Hills for dawn, we were out in the dark, walking towards the fields behind the hotel to follow up on a nightjar report. We were diverted for a moment by a Yellow-winged Bat hanging by an outside light, but ten minutes later we were watching a Swamp Nightjar flying past building sites and maize fields on the edge of Tema, giving its “choog choog” song. Its identity was readily confirmed by James Ntakor, our amazing guide with his incredibly sharp eyes and ears....
  • 2017 [11 November] - David Hoddinott

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    ...The following day, we enjoyed more time at Kalakpa, where we saw Spotted Honeyguide, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Grey Kestrel, African Hobby, White-crested Helmetshrike, elusive Baumann’s Olive Greenbul, Red-winged Warbler, Yellow-bellied Hyliota and Western Violet-backed Sunbird....
  • 2017 [11 November] - János Oláh

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    Ghana has a wide range of habitats and special birds as well as being a safe place to visit, where tourism is much encouraged. The combination of these factors makes it the ideal West African birding destination at the moment with a good number of available Upper Guinea specialities. T
  • 2018 [03 March] - Nik Borrow

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    Ghana, once known as the ‘Gold Coast’ is situated in the very heart of West Africa and the country’s growing tourist industry has much to offer visitors through the country’s colourful and vibrant culture, turbulent history and a coast lined with beautiful beaches and numerous slave forts that are still left standing to remind visitors of a grim past.
  • 2018 [11 November] - Wise Birding

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    Yellow-headed Picathartes: A key bird of the tour with prolonged views of at least 5 birds watched coming in to roost near the village of Bonkro.
  • 2019 [03 March] - Nik Borrow

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    Ghana, once known as the ‘Gold Coast’ is situated in the very heart of West Africa and the country’s growing tourist industry has much to offer visitors through the country’s colourful and vibrant culture, turbulent history and a coast lined with beautiful beaches and numerous slave forts that are still left standing to remind visitors of a grim past.
  • 2019 [06 June] - Jim McConnell

    As a birder from North America, I understood, and happily anticipated, that a trip to Africa would result in a trip bird list composed almost entirely of lifers (birds that I had never seen before).
  • 2020 [01 January] - Nature Travel Birding

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    The tour covered most of the southern parts of Ghana, as well as some of the central and north-central habitats. During the tour the temperature ranged from 09ºC to 37ºC. We recorded 24 mammal species, almost 400 species of birds and 9 species of reptiles. The species mentioned in the daily summaries are only some of those seen.
  • 2023 [01 January] - Marc Cronje

    During the tour the temperature ranged from 11ºC to 35ºC. We recorded 19 mammal species, over 400 species of birds and 12 species of reptiles. The species mentioned in the daily summaries are only some of those seen.
  • 2023 [02 February] - Dylan Vasapolli

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    ... Here we found such desirable birds as Rufous-sided Broadbill, Black and Blue-moustached Bee-eaters, White-bellied Kingfisher, Tit Hylia, Sharpe’s Apalis, and the mega Nkulengu Rail. We also visited the Bonkro forest, where we would stake out one of the country’s premier birds – White-necked Rockfowl...
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    With over 755 species of birds, Ghana is an ideal bird watching destination. For any birder aiming to maximize birds seen in Africa, West Africa is a top three destination. These birding trips are cost effective, productive and fun.
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