Kakum National Park is one of the famous national parks in Ghana and it is made up of mostly undisturbed virgin rainforest.
The park which is cover by moist evergreen rainforest with tall hardwood trees up 65m in height, is a haven for the casual visitor, birdwatcher, amateur botanist and ecotourist alike.
Situated about 33km north of Cape Coast, Central Regional capital and about 170km from Accra – Ghana’s capital city, Kakum National Park covers an area of 350km2 which include Assin Attandanso Resource Reserve.
Kakum National Park is situated approximately three hours from Accra airport. Visitors can arrange with a local tour operator or rent their own vehicle to get to the park.
Fauna & Floral
Kakum National Park is enriched with different species of wildlife including 40 species of mammals and a large number of reptiles and amphibians.
Visitors to Kakum will also find rare plant species where some trees reach heights of over fifty meters.
You will be able to learn about traditional forest product uses for medicine and daily village life.
Birdwatching and Wildlife Viewing
Kakum National Park has more than 250 bird species as well as more than 500 species of butterflies that can be observed by visitors.
Tourists may also catch a glimpse of the rare Diana monkey, forest elephant, bongo, yellow-backed duiker, and many more large mammals.
The award-winning Kakum Canopy Walkway leads visitors through the treetops of Ghana’s Kakum National Park, offering a spectacular, unmatched view of the rainforest.
The suspended walkway comprises 1,000 feet of swinging bridge and six tree trunk–perched platforms that do not rely on nails or bolts for support. Instead, steel cables are carefully wrapped around the trunks to provide the necessary stabilization.
Visitor’s Centre and “Hidden Connections” Exhibit
The innovative stone and timber design of the centre – which has been based on local materials, crafts, and labour – has made it a model for other protected-area facilities and has become one of the park’s main attractions.
The campsite can accommodate 12 adults or 16 children, and visitors must bring their own tents, mosquito nets, and sleeping bags.
The Kukyekukyeku Bamboo Orchestra from Mesomagor, a nearby village, uses bamboo instruments to produce a melody of sounds accompanied by traditional dances.
Visitors to the village can experience typical, rural Ghanaian life, eat local Ghanaian dishes, see the distillery of local gin, visit cocoa farms, listen to “spider” stories at night, dance to the songs of the Bamboo Orchestra, and sleep in a wildlife-viewing platform in the park. Overnight stays can be organised with park management or local tour operators.
With an experienced guide, visitors to the trail can learn the secrets of the forest, including the uses of various medicinal plants and beautiful hidden areas of the rainforest.
Kakum Rainforest Café
The site restaurant provides international and local dishes such as fufu and banku, which are prepared to the highest standards with fresh local produce. There is also a picnic area for self-catering.