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Excursion/country tour

OVERVIEW

 Ghana is a fantastic places with so many tourist places to visit. The country is popular for its nice beaches, national parks, lakes, waterfalls, mountains, forts and castles, museums, ponds, diverse wildlife, markets, rainforest walk, and lots of cultural attractions.  There’s certainly nothing boring about Ghana and to help you experience as much as possible, we provide excursion to all our volunteers who wish to see all the wonders Ghana as a country has to offer. Below are some of the cool tourist sites you should expect when you are on this trip;

WHAT YOU WILL BE SEEING

Mole National Park

Located in northwest Ghana on grassland savannah and riparian ecosystems at an elevation of 150 m, is the Mole National Park, Ghana's largest wildlife refuge. It is home to 93 mammalian species, 33 reptiles, 9 amphibians and an estimated 300 bird’s species. The mammals include some 600 elephants, over 2,000 roam antelopes, 3,000 hartebeests, 4,000 waterbucks, 5,000 buffalos and some 6,000 warthogs.  Lions, leopards, hyenas and various primates have also been spotted in Mole National Park.

 

Kintampo Waterfalls

This famous waterfall is located on the Pumpum river; a tributary of the Black Volta. It  is hidden in the forest and it is formed by 3 main drops where the longest drop measures 25 metres (82 ft.) in height, after a number of steps and cascades, the river falls about 70 metres (230 ft.). The Pumpum River falls about seventy meters down beautiful rocky steps to continue its journey towards the Black Volta at Buipe.

Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

This is a 35 hectare patch of woodland including the villages of Boabeng and Fiema.

The woodland is home to two types of monkeys, the Black and White Geoffrey’s      Colobus, and smaller Campbell's Mona. The Mona monkeys travel in troupes of 15 – 50. This    beautiful woodland is home to over 500 Monas and 200 Colobus monkeys. There are also sightings of Green, Patas, Spot – Nosed and Diana monkeys.

 Lake Bosomtwe

Situated within an ancient meteorite impact crater, is approximately 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) across and the only natural lake in Ghana. There are about 30 villages surrounding Lake Bosomtwe, with a combined population of about 70,000. Among the fish species in the lake are the endemic cichlid Hemichromis frempongi, and the near-endemic cichlids Tilapia busumana and T. discolor The lake is a popular resort area where local people go for swimming, fishing and boat trips.

Bobiri Forest Reserve and Butterfly Sanctuary

This is an ecotourism centre in Ghana and the only butterfly sanctuary in West Africa. It has about 400 species of butterflies. It is a quiet research showcasing an arboretum, forest hiking trails and a butterfly sanctuary. The Forest is an undisturbed rainforest. You would have the opportunity of identifying different tree species. The forest canopy creates a cool and conducive environment which you will love.

Nzulezu

Nzulezu overlooks the Lake Tadane, and is entirely made up of stilts and platforms. The village was nominated to become a World Heritage Site for its importance in anthropology: in addition to being one of the few ancient settlements on stilts and platforms left in the world, there is a preserved wealth of local traditions connected with the cult of the lake. The village can be reached only by a canoe; the route, which crosses the rain forest, takes about an hour.

Cape Coast Castle

Cape Coast Castle is symbolic to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, which is one of about forty "slave castles" built on the Gold Coast of West Africa, now Ghana by European traders. The castle holds history of slave trade where thousands of slaves were transported. This is the right place to be, when one is looking to experience the history of trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Kakum National Park

Kakum National Park covers an area of 375 square kilometres. The area is covered with tropical rainforest and serves as one of the two locations in Africa with a canopy walkway, which is 350 metres (1,150 ft) long and connects seven tree tops which provides access to the tropical rainforest. The most notable species in the park are Diana monkey, giant bongo antelope, yellow-backed duiker and African elephant. It is also an important bird area recognized by the Bird Life International with the bird area fully overlapping the park area. The bird inventory confirmed 266 species in the park, including eight species of global conservation concern. One of these species of concern is the white-breasted guinea fowl. Nine species of hornbill and the African grey parrot have been recorded. It is very rich in butterflies as well.

Hans cottage

 It’s notable chiefly for the crocodiles that patrol its lake and its location makes it a haven for birdlife.    This notable tourist destination of the country spells outstanding rich tradition as well as the proverbial friendly hospitality of the Ghanaian people.

Lake Volta

The construction of the Akosombo dam flooded part of the Volta River Basin, and led to the subsequent creation of Lake Volta. Lake Volta is the largest man-made lake in the world by surface area. It covers 8,502 square kilometres (3,283 sq mi), which is 3.6% of Ghana's land area. With a volume of 148 cubic kilometres Lake Volta is the world's third largest man-made lake by volume.

Wli Waterfall

Wli Waterfalls is the highest waterfall in Ghana and West Africa. It has a lower and upper fall. Wli Waterfalls cascades from a height of 60-80 meters, and is the highest falls one could ever experience on West African soil. The hills mark the border between Ghana and neighbouring Togo. A walk through the forest of the Agumatsa wildlife sanctuary offers a chance to see a large colony of fruit bats, butterflies, birds, monkeys and baboons.

Mount Afadjato

Mount Afadjato is the highest mountain in Ghana, at an elevation of 885 metres (2,904 ft). The name of the mountain was derived from the Ewe word Avadzeto, meaning "at war with the bush. The nearby Tagbo Falls and Wli Falls, the highest in West Africa.

Ada Foah

Ada Foah is a coastal town in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Just off the Accra-Aflao motorway, this town is located along the Volta River.  Ada boasts both of outstanding beaches and exquisite riverfront scenery. This is the point where the Volta Lake joins the Atlantic Ocean.

Labadi Beach

Properly known as La Pleasure Beach is the busiest beach on Ghana's coast. On holidays and weekends there are often performances of reggae, high life, Playback, and cultural drumming and dancing.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

Volunteers are well informed weeks before departure to Ghana on their projects of interest, the flow, and expected outcome, etc. The flight information of all expected participants are required after purchase for the organization of a memorable airport pick-ups and drop off. There is always departure party and presentation of project certificates.

KEYNOTE

•Note that all projects are well organized with a very flexible delivery, volunteers are allow to join other projects during their stay for diverse experience and difference making. A group or an individual can request for special trip date. The team will make arrangements per such a request