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Kakum National Park is one of Ghana’s most important visitor attractions, and protects 350sq.km of the rainforest that once covered great swathes of West Africa. Among the 40 or so species of large mammals that inhabit the park is a population of rare Africa forest elephants – a species only discovered to be distinct from the much more common savannah elephant in 2000. There are also numerous monkeys, red riverhogs, bongos, parrots and around 400 species of butterfly.

For most visitors, the highlight of the park is the canopy walkway (pictured above), with its seven rope bridge spans taking you right up into the treetops 40m above the forest floor. There is also an excellent visitor centre and a limited network of jungle trails. The problem is that the Wildlife Division, who have responsibility for managing the park, have limited resources to support their conservation and eco-tourism efforts – which is why they have asked us to run a series of projects to support their work.

Our initial projects will focus on rehabilitating and further developing several jungle trails that will give visitors greater access to the park. As well as the physical work of clearing the pathways, we will provide signs, information boards and brochures that will allow visitors to make self-guided tours and learn far more about the flora and fauna of the rainforest. Once work on the trials has been completed, further projects will include building an observation tower for elephant viewing.

In addition to the physical clearing and building work, we need artists to make signs, scientists to do research and plenty of willing hands just to get stuck in. Our project leaders work with the group day-to-day under guidance from the experienced rangers of the Wildlife Division.

We’ll be spending some nights sleeping in the park itself – an unforgettable experience falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle as its nocturnal inhabitants come alive, then being woken by the calls of colobus monkeys and the sun breaking through the dawn mist.

You can combine this project with our very popular HIV education project, which runs for the five weeks before the jungle project, then doing some independent travel with the new friends you’re sure to make in Ghana.

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Conservation more>>
Dates and Costs
Conservation in Ghana
Conservation in India
Conservation in China
Conservation in Mexico
Request a brochure

Ghana info
Accommodation
Weekends
Dates and Costs
Request a brochure
Meet the team