The Kakum National Park has been told in historical setups in many history stories, lessons, and above all when narrating the tourism options available in Ghana to the world at large.
Here in this article, we take a close look at the park, its location, size, and most of all the impact it has made in the tourism space of Ghana and how often it is visited.
If you are yet to have an experience of the park in your life as a tourist or just an ordinary citizen wanting adventure, this should guide you in making that decision today and never live to regret it.
Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park is located in the coastal environment of the Central Region of Ghana. The site covers an area of 375 square kilometers.
The park which was established in 1931 as a reserve, was gazetted as a national park only in 1992 after an initial survey of avifauna was conducted. The area is covered with typical undisturbed tropical rain forests.
It is a home for nature lovers and a must-visit site. On the grounds, there are trained tour guides to explain the economic, cultural, and medicinal values of plants available in the park.
Kakum National Park is situated about 33km north of Cape Coast, Central Regional capital, and about 170km from Accra
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Records show that in 2017 there were at least a hundred thousand visitors both from Ghana and abroad at the park for tourism purposes.
Features of The Park
The Kakum River flows within the park, a reason the park is named after the river. Its tributaries that flow through the park are Obuo, Kakum, Afia, Sukuma, Nemimi, Aboabo, and Ajuesu. It is located 33 kilometers north of Cape Coast, and Elmina near a small village called Abrafo.
It is easily accessible by taxis from the town center, and through organized tour buses. The park's welcome center contains a restaurant, lodge, picnic area, camping area, and wildlife education center. The park is surrounded by 33 villages and also agricultural lands where food crops and cocoa are grown.
The park has hanging bridges known as the Kakum Canopy Walkway at the forest canopy level to provide access to the forest from above, which is a unique feature in the entire African continent as of today.
At a 40 meters height, tourists can approach the limits and view plants and animals from a vantage point that would otherwise be inaccessible to people. The canopy walkway passes over 7 bridges and runs over a length of 330 meters equivalent to 1,080 ft.
The Park can also boast of a Tree House which sits about 20metres from the forest floor in the trees in the Secondary Forest. This facility which houses close to 25 people provides an adventurous opportunity for campers to especially at night away from wild forest predators.
Kakum National Park Visiting Times
We are open from Monday through to Saturday. Time is from 6:00 a.m to dusk; you should note admission fees may change, due to exchange rates. Notice of the park is clearly posted along Jukwa Road roughly 20 miles north of Cape Coast and Elmina. It is best to arrive at 7:00 a.m. to see as much wildlife as possible.
Kakum National Park Entrance and Admissions Fees
Every year, the rates for entry into the confines of the park change based on economic values and the rate of international currency exchanges. Because of this, visitors are encouraged to view the most current rates before they journey to the site for a smooth relationship while arriving.
Here is a typical rate structure of the park and should serve as a guiding principle as you plan to make that journey to the land of wildlife and nature reserve.
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