Our Ghana Mega Birding tour itinerary affords even more time in Ghana's spectacular, ancient forests. We spend a full day birding in the gallery forest of Kalakpa which offers such star species as Puvel’s Illadopsis, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Red-cheeked Wattle-eye, Capuchin Babbler and many more. In addition we spend time exploring the wonders of Kakum National Park, as well as remote forests in the Brong-Ahafo region where the much sought-after White-necked Rockfowl has recently been rediscovered. We have obtained special permission to visit these colonies located in community-managed forests and our stay will aid in the conservation of these endangered birds. Other forests near Kumasi and Atewa will also be explored. We also visit the remote forests of Ankasa in search of some very seldom seen birds including Akun Eagle-Owl, White-breasted Guineafowl, White-bellied Kingfisher and Brown Nightjar. On previous tours we have even found the near mythical Nkulengu Rail. Other forests will be visited in search of Rufous Fishing Owl and White-crested Tiger Heron. In a broad belt across the centre of Ghana lies an extensive tract of pristine, broad-leaved Guinea woodland and in this zone is our next base, the vast Mole National Park. The beautiful Oriole Warbler, Violet Turaco, several species of kingfishers, bee-eaters, rollers (including Blue-bellied), barbets (including the huge Bearded), sunbirds, starlings and seedeaters will certainly create a riot of colour! We will not ignore the typical savanna mammals that occur here and Mole boasts a healthy population of particularly well-habituated and good-natured elephants. As we travel into the seldom visited far north of Ghana, these woodlands give way to dry Sahelian savanna, home to some very special birds including the sought-after Standard-winged Nightjar, one of the world’s most uniquely adorned and spectacular birds! Here also we will search for the splendid Egyptian Plover. We will spend time exploring this remote region with its fascinating cultures, as well as other sites ranging from coastal lagoons, extensive coastal grasslands, moist savannas and higher-altitude forests. This Ghana Mega Birding tour is designed for the ardent birder intent on trying to see some of the rarest birds in Africa!

Top Birds

White-necked Rockfowl; Egyptian Plover; White-crested Tiger Heron; Hartlaub's Duck; White-breasted Guineafowl; Congo Serpent Eagle; Long-tailed Hawk; Rufous Fishing Owl; Fraser's & Akun Eagle-Owls; Forest & Ahanta Francolins; White-spotted Flufftail; Black-collared & Red-headed Lovebirds; Violet & Guinea Turacos; Blue-headed Wood Dove; Yellow-throated Cuckoo; Black-throated Coucal; Standard-winged & Brown Nightjars; Black Spinetail; Blue-bellied Roller; White-bellied & Chocolate-backed Kingfishers; Blue-moustached; Black & Rosy Bee-eaters; Black Dwarf, Red-billed Dwarf, Brown-cheeked, Black-casqued & Yellow-casqued Hornbills; African Piculet; Yellow-spotted, Yellow-billed & Bearded Barbets; White-headed & Forest Wood Hoopoes; Yellow-footed & Willcocks’s Honeyguides; Cassin’s Honeybird; Little Green Woodpecker; Red-fronted Antpecker; Rufous-sided Broadbill; Fernando Po Batis; Red-cheeked Wattle-eye; Emin's Shrike; Red-billed Helmetshrike; Many-colored Bushshrike; Marsh Tchagra; Sabine’s Puffback; Blue Cuckooshrike; Forest & Yellow Penduline Tits; Green-tailed & Grey-headed Bristlebills; Western Bearded Greenbul; Preuss’s Cliff & White-bibbed Swallows; Gambaga, Tessmann’s, Chestnut-capped, Ussher’s, Nimba & Little Grey Flycatchers; Sharpe’s & Black-capped Apalis; Tit Hylia; Rufous-crowned Eremomela; Kemp’s Longbill; Lemon-bellied Crombec; Puvel's, Blackcap & Rufous-winged Illadopsis; Capuchin & Blackcap Babblers; Violet-backed Hyliota; Copper-tailed Starling; Finsch’s Rufous Thrush; White-tailed Alethe; White-crowned Robin-Chat; Forest Scrub Robin; White-crowned Cliff & White-fronted Black Chats; Pygmy, Mangrove & Buff-throated Sunbirds; Oriole Warbler; Maxwell’s Black, Yellow-mantled & Preuss’s Weavers; Black-bellied Seedcracker; Western Bluebill; Exclamatory Paradise Whydah.

Top Mammals

West African Potto; Pel’s Anomalure; Patas Monkey; Olive & King Colobus; African Elephant; Kob; African Buffalo; various forest duikers

Habitats Covered

lowland rainforest, broad-leaved woodlands, rivers & wetlands, Sahelian savanna

Expected Climate

hot conditions; dry in the north and humid in the south

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leaders

Tour Pace & Walking

Our Mega tours are very fast-paced birding adventures designed for the dedicated lister and serious birder. The focus of the tour is to see as many of the endemics and area specials as possible in our given time. In order to cover the necessary route to maximise the species list we tend to spend a single night at most sites and travel large distances. There is very little down time aside from that spent driving from one site to the next. These tours are not suitable for dedicated or avid photographers; inexperienced or new birders; as well as anyone with serious mobility or health challenges.

Accommodation

mostly comfortable hotels & lodges

Ease of Birding

moderate with some challenging species

Number of Species Expected

450-500

Other Attractions

Kakum canopy walkway, remote forests seldom visited by birders, Farafara tribesmen, Mole National Park, Sahelian savanna

Photographic Opportunities

worthwhile to good

What our clients say about us

André Bernon
CL & RL - Ghana 2019

Andre proved to be an excellent lead guide and was very well supported by Mark. They had a very good knowledge of the birds of Ghana and knew where to look for them and how to locate them. They got on well and provided us with excellent company. We were very pleased with our bird list, with many rare and highly desirable species. The Picathartes was the major reason we went to Ghana and was, for us, the highlight of the trip and the views were superb.

Gregory de Klerk
MG, Ghana 2023

The Ghana tour was difficult is some ways due to the heat, humidity, dense forest birding, and limited facilities. That said, the birds were and the trip was well organized and brilliantly led by Greg and our local guide!

André Bernon
PJ, Ghana 2019

Andre was excellent ....laid back , loved sharing his knowledge of the country ,encouraged us to try local foods , and his knowledge of the birds in Ghana was amazing . Because of him the trip was a huge success ...

Stephan Lorenz
MR, Ghana 2019

Stephan was great! I would not hesitate to sign up again for another tour with him as leader. He worked really hard to help us find a lot of very tough birds.

Tuomas Seimola
DK & PK, Ghana 2018

Tuomas Seimola is a great find. He’s a fantastic birder, and even though it was his first trip to W Africa, he is an obvious quick study. Tuomas is steady, personable, and funny. He wasn’t just the leader of our good group, but part of the group.  We really enjoyed and appreciated him.

Ghana - Mega Birding Tour II 2024

27 Nov 2024 - 18 Dec 2024 (22 days)

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Ghana - Mega Birding Tour I 2025

05 Jan 2025 - 26 Jan 2025 (22 days)

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Tour Leader: Quinton Paul Josop

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Ghana - Mega Birding Tour II 2025

24 Nov 2025 - 15 Dec 2025 (22 days)

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Ghana - Mega Birding Tour I 2026

06 Jan 2026 - 27 Jan 2026 (22 days)

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Tour Leader: David Hoddinott

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Ghana - Mega Birding Tour II 2026

27 Nov 2026 - 18 Dec 2026 (22 days)

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