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With more than 755 species of birds, Ghana is an exciting birding destination, featuring excellent opportunities for a number of West African endemics and other highly prized avian species. Perhaps foremost among those endemics is the legendary White-necked Rockfowl, Picathartes gymnocephalus, a sensational prize. The site in Ghana is one of the best in West Africa, with a colony of the birds constructing their bulky mud-cup nests on an overhanging rock face deep in the forest. Enjoying this "charisma bird," one of just two members of the family, will doubtless be one of the highlights of the tour, which makes for an excellent introduction to West African birding in a bustling, safe, and fast-developing country.
We will also visit several of the country's national parks, including Kakum Forest with its spectacular canopy walkway, ideal for providing access to a range of canopy dwellers. In addition to many world-class species, Kakum Forest hosts a remarkable array of hornbills: the rare Black-casqued, Yellow-casqued, and Brown-cheeked, both Red-billed and Black Dwarf, and White-crested! We'll also visit Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary, critical in conserving another fragment of the sorely endangered West African primary lowland forest; nearby Atewa reserve, conserving forest that holds additional species including Blue-moustached Bee-eater, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, and Red-cheeked Wattle-eye; the drier savannas at Shai Hills; and Mole National Park, where White-throated Francolin, Forbes's Plover, Long-tailed and Standard-winged nightjars, Stone Partridge, and Lavender Waxbill are possible as well as some big game including African Elephant.
This year we are avoiding the two-day return drive to the far north, as we have another good site for Egyptian Plover on the White Volta near Mole, saving us much travel time. We have instead added a day to Mole, and now again we include Kalakpa in the east of Ghana near the Togo border, which has some seldom-seen woodland species.
Our tour this year again visits the large forest block at Ankasa in the far west, on the border with Ivory Coast, with a new forest site at Nsuta en route promising additional exciting species including perhaps White-crested Tiger-Heron, Spot-breasted Ibis, and African Piculet. Camping is no longer required, and we will use simple hotels at both sites. Targets there include Hartlaub's Duck, Congo Serpent Eagle, Shining-blue and White-bellied kingfishers, Cassin's and Black spinetails, Rufous-sided Broadbill, as well as Forest Robin, Yellow-bearded Greenbul, and three species of bristlebill. En route out we can expect both Mouse-colored and Reichenbach's sunbirds and maybe Orange Weaver.
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2022 sample (PDF)
- 2023 (PDF expected Jun 2022)
DEPARTURES • We have 2 departures currently scheduled through 2024, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Mar 18 - Apr 6, 2023
Guided by: Phil Gregory & local guide
Tour Manager: Sharon Mackie
Tour Limit: 8
Status: Provisionally full; waitlist available - The itinerary has not been finalized for this tour. The trip has provisionally filled but, if you are interested, we can waitlist you for the trip. As we do not require deposits until the itinerary and price are finalized, we often have folks drop off a tour when the deposit is required, and so space opens up! Click below to be waitlisted for this tour with no obligation; if you are waitlisted, we will also notify you in case of an added departure of this tour.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2022=$7250
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Mar 16 - Apr 4, 2024
Tour Manager: TBA
Tour Limit: 8
Status: Open - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2022=$7250
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Enjoy looking through the 8 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!