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!
In 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.
West 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
The 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
One of central Ghana’s most famous attractions is Kintampo Falls (formerly known as Sanders Falls during the colonial era). Located on the Pumpum River and less than a mile off the main highway, the waterfalls are the highest in Ghana with it’s largest and final stage dropping over 80 feet. One of the coolest features is that at the first stage of falls, the water disappears underground only to reappear farther down at the second stage of falls. Read More