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Birding Tour Ghana: Upper Guinea Forest and Pre-Sahel 2018



(Please ask us about “Owls of Ghana”, a ‘Birding Tour Ghana’ trip we do by special request.)

Ghana is arguably the best and easiest country in which to start one’s West African birding career, as its huge range of habitats is easily accessible and all the special birds (including the charismatic White-necked Rockfowl (Yellow-headed Picathartes) are amazingly well staked-out. While a lot of birders start their West African birding with a visit to the tiny Gambia, the larger and more varied Ghana has a great deal more to offer, including 180 of the “Guinea-Congo Rainforest” birds (which will basically all be life-birds for anyone who has not yet been to West Africa) and 12 of the 15 Upper Guinea Forest endemics (which are restricted to a much smaller part of West Africa, i.e. part of the Bulge of Africa). These Upper Guinea endemics can be found in neighboring countries, but birding gen is lacking compared with Ghana, and travel for English-speakers is more difficult in the other countries.

Ghana certainly does have a wide range of different habitats, and we look not only for forest birds at sites including one of Africa’s most impressive canopy walkways, but we also look for some charismatic arid-area birds. Standard-winged Nightjar is almost guaranteed, as is the incomparable Egyptian Plover.

This tour can be combined with our Birding Tour São Tomé and Príncipe: 10-day Birding Adventure 2018 (18 – 27 February 2018) and, preceding that, our Birding Tour Gabon: 14-day Birding Adventure 2018 (3 – 16 February 2018).

Duration: 22 days

Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8

Date Start: March 01, 2018

Date End: March 22, 2018

Tour Start: Accra

Tour End: Accra

Please note that we have lots of ground to cover on this tour, and sometimes driving distances are quite long.


Price: £5205 per person sharing

Single Supplement: £558

Price includes:
Accommodation (Please be aware that there are three nights of fully-equipped camping in Ankasa National Park, since the only accommodation in the area is a two-hours drive away. Accommodation on this tour can be more basic than on most of our tours, but we generally use the best places available and stay as close to where the birds are as possible.)
Airport transfers
All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
Mineral water
International tour leader and local guide
Park entrance fees
All guide fees
Excursion costs
Professional care and attention
Transportation in and around Ghana
Fuel

Price excludes:
Flights
Travel insurance
Ghana entry visas
Soft and alcoholic drinks
Gratuities
Gifts and other items of a purely personal nature

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My brother John and I joined Chris on a tour of KwaZulu-Natal. As scientists, we were difficult customers, constantly being distracted by plants and rocks instead of birds. Chris tolerated these diversions with unflappable grace. And when our attentions were finally engaged fully in the bird watching we could not have asked for a better guide who knew the calls, where to look for tricky sightings, and had all the necessary local contacts to help us find the truly strange and wonderful. My favorite example of the “strange and wonderful” category was the African Broadbill which was displaying, but in the midst of impenetrable vegetation. Despite this, Chris and the guide managed to get us amazing views in the spotting scope. It was my most memorable bird of the trip. He accompanied us just across the border into Swaziland, past guards with guns (because we wanted to say we’d been there), and to a truly dodgy neighborhood in Durban to look at a rock outcrop, and never once complained – at least not out loud. We’ve been on several other international birding trips, and Chris is still our standard of comparison to all our other guides. And he’s still number one. We will be doing a pelagic trip off South Africa in the not too distant future, and will plan it so Chris can lead us there.

Wil Taylor (University of Wisconsin), on a South African tour guided by Chris



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