Bia National Park
Bia national Park is part of the Bia conservancy Area which is a designated biosphere reserve covering nearly 306sq km. the park is only a third of the entire conservancy area 77.7 sq km. The remaining chuck of the land in the south is under the Bia resource reserve.
The reserves are situated in the transition between the moist evergreen and semi-deciduous tropical forest and cover much of the drainage for the Bia river. Bia became a protected area in 1935 and an official national park in 1974.
There are 62 species of mammals known to exist in the park including 10 primate species. Some of the animals in the park include colobus, buffalo, the forest elephant, bongo, bushbuck, mangabey, chimpanzees, and others.
Over 160 species of birds including hawks, eagles, bulbuls, flycatchers, the black-collared lovebird and the threatened white-breasted guinea fowl live in this habitat. The park is the only known home of Agama sylvanus, a newly discovered species of lizard
This Ghana National park is located in west near Takoradi in the Bia district. Access to the park is by road from Kumasi via Bibiani and from Tarkwa-Sefwi via Wiawso road.
Although the park can be visited all through the year, the best time for game viewing is during the long dry season November to April. The rainy season May to June and September to October is associated with slippery roads and cold weather.
Camping is allowed in the park in designated camping sites although other accommodation options are available at Bia Guest House and Essem Debiso .
Tourists are encouraged to carry comfortable walking boots, long sleeved clothing, a hat and also get a tour guide in case of private Ghana Safari adventures.
The Elluoloue festival is celebrated during March to the end of June and is a miss see for all Ghana tourists visiting the region. A trip to the nearby village on the banks of Adjoafua River is a good time to interact with the local people and also have a ride on the village fishing boats.
The Apaso Cultural site is located within the park near two small pools and is a sacred place to many people visit for sacrifices and giving gifts to the gods. Other adventures in Bia National Park include bird watching, nature walks, game viewing and fishing.