One of our first stops will be Kakum National Park with its famous canopy walk known for its diversity of forest species. One bird we will be looking for in this area is the Rufous-sided Broadbill, an uncommon small passerine notorious for its circular display flights around its perch.
The absolute birding highlight of every Ghana visit will be the hike up to the nest site of the White-necked Rockfowl, a prehistoric looking, oddly-shaped endemic bird of the Upper Guinea forests. You will never forget this experience!
We will also spend several days in the savannah at and around Mole National Park where might see African Savannah Elephants, Kob, Roan Antelope, Green Vervet and Patas Monkey and among our avian targets will be Grayish Eagle, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Red-billed, Bar-breasted and Black-belleid Firefinch, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Exclamatory Paradise and Togo Whydah, Shining Blue, Giant and Gray-headed Kingfisher and Oriole Warbler, just to name a few. In the evening we will look for displaying Standard-winged Nightjars and do a little bit of owling.
En route to Mole we will look for both the striking Egyptian and cute Forbes Plover.
Near Kumasi we will visit the Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary which is fabulous for birds and butterflies alike. Our targets there include Red-billed and Black Dwarf Hornbill, African Gray and Brown-necked Parrot and maybe the much sought-after Yellow-footed Honeyguide. At Atewa we will hike up a ridge to encounter the rare Blue-moustached Bee-eater, but also Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Congo Serpent-Eagle and several species of sunbird are among the targets.
We will be visiting the villages of Bonwire and Ntunso known for their Kente and Adinkra cloth. In the town of Kumasi, we will go to Manhyia Palace, home of the Ashanti king and ruler of the Asanteman Kingdom, and check out the Okomfo Anokye sword. Finally on the outer coast, we will visit Cape Coast Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Stefan is a birding expert, and has birded in Europe and North America extensively. After living in Wisconsin, Florida, California, and Washington, Stefan has settled in Oregon where he currently is a member of the Oregon Bird Records Committee. Stefan is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and love of birds with the folks on his trips.