Ecotourism in Ghana
The country of Ghana is a wonderful tourist destination for travellers hoping to explore Africa’s vast biodiversity in a sustainable manner. The country itself is a pioneer in the field of ecotourism thanks to the admirable efforts of Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism as well as a number of responsible tour operators, conservationists and local people. Before visiting Ghana’s many beautiful nature reserves, you will want to carefully consider your accommodation options which may include camping and even local apartment for rent in the surrounding areas. With this in mind, here is my quick guide to ecotourism in Ghana.
Ghana is home to an extraordinary number of wildlife-based ecotouring destinations including the fabulous Boabeng-Fiem Monkey Sanctuary. This delightful natural reserve is the first ecotourism destination to be officially established in Ghana and attracts an impressive number of international tourists and local visitors each year. Another popular option is the Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary where the country’s remaining hippo populations roam freely under guarded protection.
Ghana is also an excellent destination for those partial to a little birdwatching. Ornithologists estimate that there are more than seven-hundred and twenty-five avian species living in an area no larger than the United Kingdom. Ghana’s Ankasa, Bui and Kakum jungles are some of the best places to spot rarer species including the Great Blue Turaco, the Egyptian Plover, the White-Necked Picarthartes and the African Piculet. The awe-inspiring Songor and Keta coastal lagoons are also great for catching a glimpse of some spectacular African bird species as well as Ghana’s Xafi Bird Sanctuary.
Additional must-see Ghanaian ecotourism destinations include the breathtaking Tagbo Falls, the fragrant Aburi Botanical Gardens and the splendid Bunso Arboretum, where over one-hundred different species of birds, butterflies and indigenous trees can be admired. Ghana’s national parks simply teem with natural wonders and are managed in a sustainable manner with a great deal of attention being paid to the conservation of the county’s rich biodiversity.
All of this makes Ghana one of the best places in the world for ecotourism. If you are interested in visiting this unforgettable country, you should contact either the Ghana Rural Ecotourism and Travel Office or the Nature Conservation Research Centre in order to locate a responsible tour operator. The number of tourists travelling to Ghana on ecotourism expeditions is set to increase in the years to come as more and more people discover the captivating landscape and phenomenal wildlife of this small, yet magnificent African country.
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