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Kakum National Park
Kakum National Park is located in southern Ghana and covers an area of 375 square kilometers o tropical evergreen forest. After beeing established as a reserve in 1931 it was declared a national park in 1992. It's easy to reach from Accra and Cape Coast. A canopy walkway offers good views of the middle and upper canopy.
 Notable Species
Many upper Guinean endemics can be seen in the park and nine species of hornbill occur. White-breasted Guineafowl occurs but is very difficult to see. Kakum is probably the easiest place in Ghana to see (or at least hear) Congo Serpent Eagle.
Birds you can see here include:
Cattle Egret, Palm-nut Vulture, African Harrier Hawk, Yellow-billed Kite, African Cuckoo-Hawk, European Honey Buzzard, Red-necked Buzzard, Long-tailed Hawk, Congo Serpent Eagle, Grey Kestrel, Nkulengu Rail, White-spotted Flufftail, African Jacana, Tambourine Dove, Blue-headed Wood Dove, African Green Pigeon, Red-eyed Dove, Laughing Dove, Red-fronted Parrot, Senegal Parrot, Black Cuckoo, Dideric Cuckoo, Klaas's Cuckoo, African Emerald Cuckoo, Blue Malkoha, Senegal Coucal, Blue-headed Coucal, Barn Owl, Fraser's Eagle Owl, Akun Eagle Owl, African Wood Owl, Brown Nightjar, Mottled Spinetail, Sabine's Spinetail, Black Spinetail, Cassin's Spinetail, White-rumped Swift, Little Swift, Common Swift, African Palm Swift, African Dwarf Kingfisher, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Woodland Kingfisher, Black Bee-eater, White-throated Bee-eater, Blue-throated Roller, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, African Pied Hornbill, Piping Hornbill, Brown-cheeked Hornbill, Black-casqued Hornbill, Yellow-casqued Hornbill, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Speckled Tinkerbird, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Bristle-nosed Barbet, Naked-faced Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Cassin's Honeyguide, African Piculet, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Brown-eared Woodpecker, Fire-bellied Woodpecker, Little Green Woodpecker, Melancholy Woodpecker, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Fanti Saw-wing, Lesser Striped Swallow, Barn Swallow, African Pied Wagtail, Blue Cuckooshrike, Slender-billed Greenbul, Little Greenbul, Little Grey Greenbul, Honeyguide Greenbul, Golden Greenbul, Ansorge's Greenbul, Plain Greenbul, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Common Bulbul, Forest Robin, White-tailed Alethe, Blue-shouldered Robin Chat, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Green Crombec, Green Hylia, Whistling Cisticola, Red-faced Cisticola, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Grey Longbill, Violet-backed Hyliota, Black-capped Apalis, Sharpe's Apalis, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Olive-green Camaroptera, Fraser's Forest Flycatcher, Ussher's Flycatcher, Ashy Flycatcher, Little Grey Flycatcher, Grey-throated Flycatcher, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Black-and-white Flycatcher, Tit-hylia, Forest Penduline Tit, West African Batis, Little Green Sunbird, Buff-throated Sunbird, Olive-bellied Sunbird, Collared Sunbird, Tiny Sunbird, Superb Sunbird, Johanna's Sunbird, African Yellow White-eye, Northern Fiscal, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Lowland Sooty Boubou, Sabine's Puffback, Red-billed Helmetshrike, Black-winged Oriole, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Pied Crow, Splendid Glossy Starling, Forest Chestnut-winged Starling, Copper-tailed Glossy Starling, Northern Grey-headed Sparrow, Yellow-mantled Weaver, Black-necked Weaver, Village Weaver, Vieillot's Black Weaver, Maxwell's Black Weaver, Preuss's Weaver, Red-headed Malimbe, Crested Malimbe, Blue-billed Malimbe, Red-vented Malimbe, Red-headed Quelea, Black-winged Bishop, Chestnut-breasted Nigrita, Grey-headed Nigrita, White-breasted Nigrita, Bar-breasted Firefinch, Orange-cheeked Waxbill, Black-and-white Mannikin, Magpie Mannikin, Bronze Mannikin, Pin-tailed Whydah
 Other Wildlife
Several species of primates, squirrels and forest antilopes occur but are difficult to see. There is also a healthy population of African Forest Elephant but they tend to stay in the remote parts of the park.
 Site Information
If you are travelling individually check with the park administration the need of permits for the various parts of the park. Birding in the farmbush around the park is allowed.
 History and Use
The area was declared a reserve in 1931. Logging however continued until 1989 and most of the park now consists of partially logged forest or secondary forest. In one part of the forest, the Assin Attandanso Forest Reserve, logging is still allowed for the local communities. Illegal poaching still goes on. Kakum National Park is a major tourist attraction today. The canopy walkway is also popular and a visit should be avoided at weekends.
 Areas of Interest
 Access and Facilities
Access to the park is mainly from the Cape Coast - Twifo Praso road. It's possible to reach the park by public transport, however a taxi is more convenient.
 Contact Details
Kakum National Park
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