KAKUM NATIONAL PARK
The Kakum National Park is made up of mostly undisturbed virgin rainforest and is one of the famous national parks in Ghana. Kakum National Park is situated about 33km north of Cape Coast, Central Regional capital and about 170km from Accra. It covers an area of 350km2 (including Assin Attandanso Resource Reserve)The vegetation type is Moist evergreen rainforest with tall hardwood trees up 65m in height.
Counted in the park are seven primate species including the Diana monkey, more than 500 species of butterflies and about 250 species of birds including five horn bill species, the Frazer-eagle owl, and the African grey and Senegal parrots.The most notable endangered species of fauna in the park are Diana monkey, giant bongo antelope, yellow-backed duiker and African elephant.
The Kakum forest turns more to a kind of of a jungle experience. The canopy walkway is up to 30 m above the forest floor and within sight of the tallest tree of the forest where elephants can sometimes be seen scrounging for fallen fruit.
There are six Tree Top platforms that reach the height of 30 meters above the forest floor. From the tree tops, visitors experience a unique and spectacular view of the rainforest ecosystem and have the opportunity to see flora and fauna, which could never be viewed from the ground.
Kakum National Park is a home for nature lovers. Trained guides are on hand to explain the economic, cultural, and medicinal values of plants and farming. Fifteen kilometers from Cape Coast is the serene, golden beach of Brenu Akyinim, a 3-kilometer stretch of sandy beachwhich provides an excellent site for swimming, sun bathing, and bird watching.
Basic camping is available at the park but many visitors choose to stay at Hans Cottage Botel, a quirky guesthouse centred around a pond full of crocodiles. The botel receives mixed reviews but is definitely an interesting place to stay, if only for a night so that you can enjoy the park the next day.