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Ghana Ashanti lead birding trip 18th February to 6th March

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Old Friday 16th November 2018, 14:15   #26
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Sorry, I was confused, on 22nd Feb you wrote 'Twenty Violet Backed Swallows flew passed' (sic).

Does sound amazing but I'd want to negotiate independently if possible and cut out the middle man e.g Ashanti and deal directly with a guide if possible.

Much cheaper doing it this way wherever possible and we mostly self drive and pick up guides locally. A great part of the cost on fully guided trips is the cost of food and accommodation for the driver and guide.

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Never thought too hard about West Africa before, but your excellent report has certainly raised my interest. Of especial interest is the range of amazing-looking bee-earers, the strange concept of melodious and Wood Warblers together with sunbirds, and those challenging birds of the forest floor.

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Sorry, I was confused, on 22nd Feb you wrote 'Twenty Violet Backed Swallows flew passed' (sic).

Does sound amazing but I'd want to negotiate independently if possible and cut out the middle man e.g Ashanti and deal directly with a guide if possible.

Much cheaper doing it this way wherever possible and we mostly self drive and pick up guides locally. A great part of the cost on fully guided trips is the cost of food and accommodation for the driver and guide.


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We used Robert Ntakor and he is now guiding tours independently (previously working for Ashanti). I believe some of his brothers also work for him / assist / guide tours for his company. I think Ashanti is still very good value (I believe it was James Ntakor we met in the field, and he seemed as good a guide as anyone, but surpassing Robert's skills would be very hard for any guide, anywhere on the planet.
For money and Ghana is one of those destinations where a guide + driver is not a very big cost compared to other countries, especially if you are with a group of 4-6.
Our report is on cloud birders, this is the direct link: http://users.ugent.be/~hmatheve/hm/GHANA16.html
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We used Robert Ntakor and he is now guiding tours independently (previously working for Ashanti). I believe some of his brothers also work for him / assist / guide tours for his company. I think Ashanti is still very good value (I believe it was James Ntakor we met in the field, and he seemed as good a guide as anyone, but surpassing Robert's skills would be very hard for any guide, anywhere on the planet.
For money and Ghana is one of those destinations where a guide + driver is not a very big cost compared to other countries, especially if you are with a group of 4-6.
Our report is on cloud birders, this is the direct link: http://users.ugent.be/~hmatheve/hm/GHANA16.html

Yes, there's a bit of a story there. ��

I think you've nailed. The standard of guiding in Ghana is very high and the Nkator brothers are excellent. Ashanti also work with the local community at the Picathartes site.

Yup, a tailor made budget tour of 4-6 should be ideal in my opinion.

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Excellent report, thanks for writing it up! I've just returned from my own trip to Ghana, so it's been fun to read about your experiences at some of the same sites.
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