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Kakum National Park is a section of the large Kakum Conservation Area that is mostly a dense rain forest region in central Ghana. The other section of the conservation area is under Assin Attandaso Resource reserve.
The conservation reserve covers a total area of 350 sq km with dense forest canopy and hard wood tree species measuring to a height of more than 65m. Kakum National Park is situated 33km north of Cape Coast, the Central Regional Capital, and 170km west of Accra on the banks of river Kakum.
Regular sights of game in Kakum include porcupines, squirrels, olive colobus monkey, black and white colobus, forest elephant, red river hog and tree hyrax. The riverbank is the best place to find wildlife in Kakum as well as the different species of birds that nest in the forest woodlands
There is a well maintained system of nature walks and trails in Kakum that enable easy access through the thick bush and forest. The canopy walks is the best way to discover the river and the high trees of the forest. This particular forest trail has a swinging bridge almost 500m. It may give you chills but at it worth it all. More than 120,000 visit this canopy walkway every year and ranks among the top 10 best tourist attractions in the world.
The best time of the year to visit Kakum National Park is during the months of March to August when the dry season sets in. Nevertheless, Kakum can be visited all through the year. For all hikes and nature walks, tourists are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes, light clothing, to carry a pair of binoculars, sun hat and most of all to book a tour guide for all private safaris in Ghana.
Other interesting tour in Kakum Ghana include trips to the sea coast, a visit to the t-shirt printing factory, tours to Elmina-with one of the oldest European architecture in western Africa and ofcourse dare not miss Fetu, the annual festival in May celebrated at the Cape.
There is camping at the park although alternative facilities are provided at Hans Cottage Botel- the hoem of crocodiles near the town of Kakum. Here, you’ll find an exquisite restaurant overlooking the crocodile pool and well furnished cottages for accommodation besides the well stocked bar.