Mole National Park with Pinecrest Team

When the first team from Cordele came out it was rainy season. That time of year isn’t very good for animal spotting at Mole National Park. So they went south to see the slave castle at Cape Coast and climb the canopy at Kakum.

This group had the benefit of coming during dry season – the best time for safari in Mole. We just stayed one night but had a VERY close encounter with an elephant (too close) as well as spotting lots of other wildlife. I also noticed that the baboon population was down and they were less aggressive than they’ve been in the past. That is a welcome change!

Hiking Along the Gambaga Escarpment

I took my friend Mattis to the Scarp and we hiked over to a new point. It allowed for a nice walk along the edge of the cliffs.

Mole National Park

20150930-whaun-7178The last tourist destination on our trip north with my in-laws was Ghana’s famous Mole National Park (pronounced MOH-LAY, like that delicious Mexican brown sauce). The park is Ghana’s largest wildlife reserve and is famous for its over 400 elephants. Read More

Kakum National Park & Canopy Walk

20150927-whaun-0377In the Central Region of Ghana one finds wonderful lush rainforests. Kakum National Park is 145sq mile preserve that was initiated not by the government but by the locals. The park protects some endangered species such as the Diana monkey, giant bongo antelope, yellow-backed duiker and African elephant.

The park’s most unique feature is that it has one of Africa’s only two canopy walkways. The canopy walk is 350 meters long and hangs up to 40 meters above the forest floor. Read More

Cape Coast Castle

20150926-whaun-2-11West of Accra in the city of Cape Coast there is an old slave castle. This fort was the starting point for many Africans’ long and brutal trip across the Atlantic to work in plantations in the Americas. It was originally built in the 1650s by the Swedes but as with many of the other slave castles it changed hands a number of times. In 1660, it was taken over by the British and rebuilt and enlarged by them in 1662. In 1663, it was captured by the Dutch, 1664 recaptured by the British, improved and enlarged by the British in 1673, attacked by the native Africans of the land in 1681, and again by the French in 1757. Read More

Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

20150919-whaun-2-3The Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is named after the two villages that make the monkey’s safe haven possible. Legend has it that 150 years ago a spirit told a hunter from the village not to kill the monkeys in their forest. Locals now believe that if someone harms a monkey they could suffer from a calamity. Read More