AKWAABA!! This means “welcome” in Twi (language of the Akan people) and it is the greeting used to say hello. Today we will take another trip to Ghana West Africa and I invite you to come along. I am taking you to Kakum National Forest to walk amongst the tree tops and You will also climb a mountain with us.
The Kakum National Park is made up of mostly undisturbed virgin rainforest and is one of the most famous national parks in Ghana. Kakum National Park is situated about 20 miles north of Cape Coast, Central Regional capital and about 105 miles from Accra. It covers an area of 218 miles (including Assin Attandanso Resource Reserve). The vegetation type is Moist evergreen rainforest with tall hardwood trees up 213 feet in height. The park is enriched with different species of wildlife including 40 species of mammals (forest elephants, buffalo, leopard, bongo, yellow backed duiker, red river hog, primates), over 200 species of birds, large number of reptiles and amphibians, over 400 species of butterflies. 99 feet and 131 feet high canopy walkway suspended between trees and from which different species of birds and butterflies can be observed. Also, from the canopy walkway, the structure of the forest canopy can be appreciated. It was an amazing experience.
The mountain we climbed is located in the Brong Ahafo Region. The Brong Ahafo region is located in the center of Ghana. The area is a rich agricultural area and many of the families are farmers. It was a 3 hour hike in total, on a breezy, HOT day and my first mountain climb. I didn’t get any pictures at the top because my camera battery died. REALLY!!!!