birdwatching destination! Our Ghana Mega tour is specifically designed to cover the most crucial sites in the country, offering a fully comprehensive overview of Ghana’s spectacular avifauna.
Some of the sites visited on this exceptional adventure include the wonderful Kakum NP, home to Africa’s only rainforest canopy walkway and a variety of Upper Guinea endemics and other
African specials; the fantastic Kumasi and Atewa forests, where we will carefully work through the lower-storey bird waves that are typically filled with greenbuls, flycatchers, warblers and many more; plus the remote Kalakpa forest, where the rare Capuchin Babbler and stunning Red-cheeked Wattle-eye may be found. Further north, Mole NP lies in a belt of broad-leaved Guinea woodlands where we will seek the beautiful Oriole Warbler, stunning Violet Turaco and numerous kingfishers, bee-eaters, rollers, sunbirds and starlings; while in the dry Sahelian savanna of the seldom-visited far north of the country, we will look for some really special species, including the splendid
Egyptian Plover and Standard-winged Nightjar, one of the world’s most uniquely adorned birds!
Tour Dates: 27th November to 19th December 2014/2015(23 days)
Tour Price: US$6,410 * £4,125 * €5,160 * ZAR52,400 per person sharing (See below)(Tour price fixed in Pounds, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Price to be announced for the 2015 tour. See above 2014 tour rate.
Tour Size: Limited to 8 participants with 1 M17026 Leader & 1 local leader
27th November- Arrival in Accra
28th November- Shai Hills and Volta region to Ho
29th November- Kalakpa Resources Reserve
30th November- Kalakpa to Accra
1st December- Accra to Kakum National Park
2nd & 3rd December- Kakum National Park and surrounding areas
4th December- Kakum to Sekondi
5th December- Sekondi
6th December- Sekondi to Ankasa
7th & 8th December- Ankasa Forest Reserve
9th December- Ankasa to Kakum
10th December- Kakum to Kumasi via Aboabo, with a visit to Rockfowl colony
11th December- Kumasi to Mole National Park
12th & 13th December- Mole National Park
14th December- Mole National Park to Bolgatanga
15th December- Tono Dam and surrounding areas
16th December- Bolgatanga to Kumasi
17th December- Kumasi to Atewa
18th December- Atewa Range
19th December- Atewa to Accra and departure
This tour will be limited to 8 participants with 1 M17026 leader and 1 local leader.
The fee for the Ghana Mega tour, based on per person in double occupancy, is US$6,410 * £4,125 * €5,160 * ZAR52,400, starting and ending in Accra. The single supplement for this tour is US$580. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
The tour price includes:
All meals from dinner on day 1 of the tour to lunch on day 23;
Bottled drinking water throughout;
All reserve entrance fees;
All guiding services; and
Tips for local guides and services.
The tour price excludes:
Any airfares, taxes and visa costs;
Special gratuities; and
Telephone calls, laundry and items of a personal nature.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (British Pounds), and the
actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Approximate domestic
flight (where applicable) and single supplement rates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 5 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated M17026 leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware
that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, porters and restaurants) are included on this tour.
However, this does NOT include your M17026 leader. If, therefore, you feel that he has given
you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip him.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include any international airfares. The tour will depart from Katoka International in Accra on day 1, this is an arrival day and you are free to arrive at any time on this day. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude by 5pm on day 23 at Katoka International in Accra. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard kindly contact the M17026 office.
Katoka International Airport (Accra) is the main port of entry for international flights in Ghana and is well serviced by several of the world’s major airlines. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these
flights for you. If you would like further assistance kindly contact the M17026 office, we have a full-time in-house travel consultant that will happily help you plan your route. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the M17026 office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
A good deal of our time is spent in vehicles as we do have to cover long distances in order to get to the best areas for birds. Some of the roads (especially the road to Mole) can be very
bad and the going will be slow and potentially frustrating. Traffic in certain urban areas can be very bad too. The more luggage you pack the less room there is in the vehicle, so it is
important for your comfort and that of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20 kg (44 lb) for check in luggage and 8 kg (18 lb) for hand luggage.
In some areas it may be very hot, especially in Mole. We will thus make good use of the early mornings and will have many early starts to avoid, as far as possible, birding in the middle of the day. Furthermore in the rainforest areas in the south the humidity will be high and uncomfortable.
This Ghana tour is designed to be a dedicated birding experience and we will attempt to get good views of as many bird species as possible.
This tour does require a reasonable level of fitness and participants should be in good general health as much of the forest birding will be done on foot and may require walking
for several hours (on mostly flat terrain) at a time. Should you have any physical or medical limitations, please notify us in advance of departure. Please note that for most of this tour
we will be far away from modern medical facilities.
Accommodations are generally of a good standard in Ghana. We will do our utmost to make your stay as comfortable as possible, but at times we may experience maintenance problems that are beyond our control. In the smaller towns, while we always opt for the best available accommodation, the accommodations are basic and below the standard of what you have come to expect from the developed world. We will stay either in hotels, guesthouses or park chalets.
Please be aware that the hike up Atewa on the penultimate day of the trip is not a very strenuous walk as the gradient is rather gentle. However, since the total distance up and
down the mountain is around 12 km (7.5 mi) and we will be on our feet birding for most of the day, you will need to be in reasonably good physical condition to be able to manage well
on this day.
Should you wish to have a day room on the last day of the tour at Accra, this can be arranged but it will be at an extra cost to yourself.
Tour Price US$6,410 * £4,125 * €5,160 * ZAR52,400 per person sharing (See below)(Tour price fixed in Pounds, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
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