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HIKING IN KAKUM

Just as we entered 2015, I wanted to take my staff on an experience that would excite them, require them to confront their fears and also experience something different. We headed to Kakum national park the magnificent undisturbed rain forest tucked away just a few minutes from the very busy center of Cape Coast.  Kakum national park has thick green forestry, the tallest trees I have ever seen in my life and is home to real wild life such as leopards, elephants, snakes and other undocumented animals.

the famous canopy walkway at kakum park
the famous canopy walkway at kakum park
The canopy is attached to gigantic trees in the forest, raised about 40 meters from the forest floor

Kakum forest was previously a source for timber felling before 1994 when it was thankfully taken over by the government and other stakeholders to be conserved and protected. It has since become one of Ghana’s biggest tourist attractions for eco tourism.

When you visit Kakum forest, it is poorly run and not maximized for its income prospects but nonetheless, there is several basic enjoyable opportunities. You can pay to go on the nature walk, we had an amazing foot guide with a lot of knowledge of the ecosystem, plantation, hunting and traditional practices native to that part of the country. He shared interesting stories of how he could see and communicate with spirits. He was eccentric enough to convince me. He also said that his late father a spiritualist opened his eyes and ears spiritually so I half believed him.

He pointed out trees such as the frankincense tree and many others on the walk to us. There is also the option to stay in the tree house with a guide over night to watch the animals at night or early in the morning as that the best time to get a good view of the animals as they shy away from close to the camp because of human disruptions. The tree house is secure(see picture below) and sits on top a very big tree which gives a good view of the forest.

our guide showing us various plants on our botanical tour in kakum
Ghana plant fiber tooth brush tree
this is plant that is beaten into plant fiber tooth brush in Ghana

 

kakum over night stay tree house
kakum tree house
balcony of kakum tree house
kakum forest tree house sits 40 feet above the ground giving a good view of the forest and its inhabitants

The park has wildlife species such as forest elephants, buffalo, leopard, bongo, yellow backed duiker, red river hog and primates as well reportedly over 200 species of birds, reptiles and amphibians.