Ghana: Oct 23—Nov 11, 2019
A West-Africa Birding Bonanza!
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Past Field Lists:
- Dec 12, 2013: West Africa: Ghana Part II: PDF (684.6 KB)
- Dec 01, 2013: West Africa: Ghana Part I: PDF (7.6 MB)
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Ghana—beautiful, exciting, and home to tropical rainforests, savannas, and lagoons replete with West African specialty birds, including Upper Guinea endemics AND the near mythical Yellow-headed Picathartes, or White-necked Rockfowl. A variety of photographic opportunities abound.
Embedded along the Gulf of Guinea on Africa’s beautiful Gold Coast, Ghana is a country whose history is rich in ancient native traditions as well as European colonialism. Today, Ghana is a happy, colorful country and one of the safest and friendliest locations in all of Africa.
Ghana boasts glorious white-sandy beaches in the south along the Atlantic Ocean and dense, lush rainforests that gradually merge in to dry open savanna of the Sahel in the north. Ghana plays host to more than 750 bird species in addition to a good number of intriguing mammals, reptiles, and butterflies. The latter are especially diverse. There is so much to offer in Ghana, and this tour is sure to produce some exciting and unexpected surprises.
The first sub-Saharan colonial country to gain its independence in 1957, Ghana is now recognized as a successful, safe, and stable African destination. Once known as the Gold Coast, it has much to offer in the way of a colorful and vibrant culture, a coast lined with beautiful beaches and wonderful rainforests. Ghana is also now firmly on the map for the eco-tourist with the recent rediscovery of the Yellow-headed Picathartes (or White-necked Rockfowl), one of only two members of its family. Birders now have the chance to see this unique bird with more ease and comfort than at any other destination. During this tour, which is largely designed to see as many of the Upper Guinea forest specialties as possible, we shall make a concerted effort to see the Picathartes at one of its nesting colonies.
The Kakum National Park canopy walkway provides some of the best birding in the region, and we will have excellent chances to find the endemic Brown-cheeked and Yellow-casqued hornbills together with the cute Sharpe’s Apalis. Entering the walkway prior to first light, we will witness the awakening of the rainforest. The broad-leave woodlands of Mole National Park in northern Ghana are spectacular and famous for their wonderful assemblage of good looking species. In particular we will search for the highly desirable Oriole Warbler, one of West Africa’s most beautiful birds. Colorful birds are the rule here rather than the exception; Violet Turaco, Shining Blue Kingfisher, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, and Senegal Batis are all great examples. Ghana is good as well for a large range of wintering Palearctic species such as Ruff and Common Greenshank; however, the most spectacular wader is not a migrant but an African resident—the incredible Egyptian Plover—one of the most desirable birds on the continent!
Good to excellent accommodations with a few nights of comfortable camping; excellent tropical cuisine; moderate pace with easy to moderate terrain; travel by plane or comfortable minibus; most birding on foot along roads and trails; hot and humid in the rainforests, hot and dry in the northern savanna.