Introducing Kakum National Park
An easy day trip from Cape Coast, Kakum National Park is home to over 300 species of bird, 600 species of butterfly and 40 mammal species – on paper, that is. In practice, you'll be lucky if you see a monkey.
The park is famous for its canopy walk, a series of viewing platforms linked by a string of bouncy suspension bridges 30m above ground. The trouble is that it is being sold as an attraction rather than a national park, with steep admission fees, raucous noise on visits (which are always done in large groups, with no insistence from rangers to keep quiet) and consequently, very little wildlife. The short nature walks offered from the visitor centre are hardly more authentic.
If you would like to see wildlife, you will need to venture further into the park and make special arrangements with a guide the day before.
The cafe at the visitor centre serves basic food, snacks and homemade ginger juice.
Kakum is easily accessible by public transport. From Cape Coast, take a tro-tro from Ciodu Station (C3.50, 30 minutes).
West Africa Overland
The quintessential West Africa overland trip, this tour from Dakar to Ghana leaves no cultural, natural or historical stone unturned on its eastbound journey across the continent. Very much off-the-beaten-track, this is a fairly physically demanding tour that involves a lot of camping, hiking and trekking – though the bulk of it is undertaken in a comfortable overland truck.