Kakum National Park

Kakum National Park is located in the southern central part of Ghana not too far from the coast.  The national park encompasses an area of 145 square miles (375 sq km).  The park is named after the Kakum River which begins inside the protected.

The prominent landscape of the park is tropical forest accounting for 90% of the park landscape.  It is one of three places in Africa that features a canopy walk through the trees.  It covers a distance of 1,150 feet (350 m) while connecting through seven different trees.

The elevation of the park varies from 443 feet (135 m) to 820 feet (250 m) with moist evergreen making up the majority of the forested area.  Although moist forest accounts for the majority of woodlands, there is also swamp forests, riverine forest, and Boval vegetation.

Wildlife includes buffalo, forest elephants, civet, Colobus monkeys, red river hog, giant forest hog, pangolin, dwarf crocodile, and the North Africa crested porcupine.

There are 266 species of birds within the park boundaries.  It has the most populous collection of forest elephants within the country.  The Diana monkey, giant bongo antelope, yellow-backed duiker, and African elephant are all endangered species protected within the park.

Kakum Highlights

  • Canopy Walk
  • Endemic species only seen here

The canopy walkway hits heights of 130 feet (40 m) as it crosses rivers and ravines.  Some of the tree canopies are 160 feet (50 m) high.

This canopy walkway is an adventure on its own, however, it is also an invitation to birdwatch and to sightsee peering into the canopies of the trees and the rainforest below watching for wildlife.  It is a chance to see animals that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.

Trails of Kakum National Park

The unique canopy trail travels 130 feet (40 m) in the air taking hikers through the canopies of the tropical forest.  The trail stretches between 7 trees, cross rivers and ravines and covers a distance of 1,150 feet (350 m).

Sources: 

Atlas Obscura, Kakum Canopy Walk, https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/kakum-canopy-walk, retrieved October 2109.

Canopy Walkway Ghana, Conquer your fears, http://ghct.org.gh/kakumpark/, retrieved October 2019.

Kakum NP, Kakum National Park, https://kakumnationalpark.info/index.html, retrieved October 2019.