Kakum National Park, located in the Central Region, is a protected evergreen rainforest. It’s also where you can experience the thrill of the Canopy Walkway – over 7 bridges suspended 30m above the forest floor. From this walkway, you can literally see out over the treetops and take in the spectacular views of the rainforest around you. I saw some of the tallest trees I’ve ever seen – some reach up to 65m high!
Kakum is situated 33kms from Cape Coast, and boasts over seven species of primates including the Diana monkey. Rich in birdlife and featuring over 500 species of butterfly, it’s even home to the African forest elephant! It is believed that since 2012, the area of Kakum had the densest population of forest elephants in all of Ghana. Although you probably won’t see them through the thick forest canopy below you, you can sometimes hear them scrounging around for fallen fruit.
On arrival, you’ll be appointed a guide, who will lead you across the bridges and give you information along the way. It’s definitely one of the nicer tourist attractions in Ghana, especially if you like being in nature or if you’re bit of a thrill seeker! You get to see a forest like you’ve never seen one before and you literally feel like you’re Tarzan hanging out in the tree-tops!
You can even stay over in one of the tree houses if you want to see the forest come alive at night for some nocturnal animal viewing.
Combine the Kakum park with Elmina or Cape Coast over a long weekend to get the most out of this beautiful region. And be sure to hold onto your camera and sunglasses as you traverse the bridges!!