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BEST OF GHANA – Yellow-headed Picathartes, Egyptian Plover and much more

Sunday 7th March – Sunday 21st March 2021

Leaders: Nik Borrow and a local bird guide

15 Days Group Size Limit 7
Monday 7th March – Monday 21st March 2022

Leader: Birdquest leader to be announced and a local bird guide

15 Days Group Size Limit 7

Tour Highlights

  • A fantastic selection of Upper Guinea Forest endemics, including Yellow-bearded Greenbul, Green-tailed Bristlebill and Rufous-winged Illadopsis.
  • The famous canopy walkway in Kakum National Park with its numerous forest birds and Rosy Bee-eatrers overhead.
  • The chance to see the incredible Pel’s Anomalure or even a Long-tailed Pangolin at Kakum.
  • One of Africa’s best kept secrets; the glorious Buff-throated Sunbird.
  • Watching amazing Yellow-headed Picathartes (or White-necked Rockfowl) as they come in to preen and socialise before heading to roost at a colony.
  • Watching the sublime Egyptian Plover searching for food along the banks of the White Volta River.
  • Ghana is one of the best places in Africa to see mouth-watering raptors such as Long-tailed Hawk and Congo Serpent Eagle.
  • Nightbirding for Fraser’s, Akun and Greyish Eagle-Owls and Brown and Standard-winged Nightjars.
  • Spotting the bizarre Nkulengu Rail roosting in the steamy darkness of Ankasa Forest.
  • The delightful and jewel-like White-bellied Kingfisher on a forest pool alongside Shining-blue Kingfisher.
  • The striking Forbes’s Plover on the dry open plains of Mole National Park.
  • The possibility of finding the rare Rufous-rumped Lark at Mole.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Evening tour start at Accra.
  • Day 2: Shai Hills, Winneba Plains and continue to Kakum.
  • Days 3-4: Kakum National Park and region.
  • Day 5: Kakum area, then drive to Ankasa.
  • Days 6-7: Ankasa Conservation Area.
  • Day 8: Ankasa, then return to Kakum.
  • Day 9: Kakum NP, Yellow-necked Picathartes, then drive to Kumasi.
  • Day 10: Opro Forest, then drive to Mole.
  • Days 11-13: Mole National Park and Volta River (Egyptian Plovers).
  • Day 14: Mole, then drive to Kumasi.
  • Day 15: Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary (for birding), then drive to Accra. Evening tour end.


Birdquest’s Best of Ghana birding tours offer exactly that: the best localities and experiences in this bird-rich country. Our Best of Ghana birding tour produces many specialities, most notably the Yellow-headed Picathartes or White-necked Rockfowl and the superb Egyptian Plover (now in its own family), amongst a fantastic array of West African birds ranging from many rainforest species to the dry-country specialists of the far north.

Situated in the heart of West Africa, Ghana was the first sub-Saharan colonial country to gain its independence in 1957 and is now recognized as a friendly, safe and stable African destination. Once known as the Gold Coast, its growing tourist industry has much to offer in the way of a colourful and vibrant culture and a turbulent history, including a coast lined with beautiful beaches and numerous slave forts still standing to remind visitors of a grim episode in the country’s past. A European power struggle over the Gold Coast raged between the 15th and 19th centuries. The Portuguese built a castle at Elmina on the coast in 1482 and their presence was swiftly followed by the Dutch, Swedes, Danes, Prussians and British: all motivated by the lure of gold, ivory and of course slaves.

Ghana is now also firmly on the map for the birding tours, with over 750 species of birds (all covered by a dedicated field guide) and a surprising number of large mammals. Indeed, with some countries in West Africa having suffered periods of instability, peaceful Ghana has become a key destination for seeing West African forest birds. With the recent rediscovery of the Yellow-headed Picathartes (or White-necked Rockfowl) in Ghana, birders now have the chance to see this unique bird with rather more ease and comfort than in other destinations. During this enjoyable birding tour, which is designed to visit the best combination of habitats that Ghana has on offer and run up a large bird list in only two weeks in the field, we shall make a concerted effort to see the Picathartes at one of its nesting colonies. Under dry overhangs, these bizarre birds attach their swallow-like, mud-cup nests to the bare faces of the granitic boulders and inselbergs that are such a feature of the landscape.

We begin our Ghana birding tour in the capital city of Accra, but soon leave for the nearby Shai Hills, where we may well find Blue-bellied Roller and White-crowned Cliff Chat.

Afterwards, we shall make a stop at the Winneba Plains on the way to our base for exploring the world-famous Kakum National Park with its canopy walkway where rare butterflies can prove a colourful distraction from the wealth of birds (including many sought-after Upper Guinea Forest endemics). The prime attraction here is the little-known Brown Nightjar, while other great birds include Congo Serpent Eagle, Long-tailed Hawk, Fraser’s Eagle-Owl, Rosy Bee-eater, Brown-cheeked, Yellow-casqued and Black-casqued Hornbills, Little Green, Melancholy and Fire-bellied Woodpeckers, Grey-headed Bristlebill, White-tailed Alethe, Finsch’s Rufous Thrush, Sharpe’s Apalis, Kemp’s Longbill and the gorgeous Buff-throated Sunbird.

We shall then head towards the border with Ivory Coast where we will explore the superb forest reserve at Ankasa, which should give us our best chances of finding scarce regional endemics such as Yellow-bearded Greenbul, Green-tailed Bristlebill and Rufous-winged Illadopsis. African Finfoot can be found here and there is a good chance of Hartlaub’s Duck and Akun Eagle-Owl. As well as these major specialities, there are a host of other West African forest birds here, making Ankasa an unmissable location on any serious Ghana bird tour.

At an area of forest to the north of Kakum National Park, we shall get our chance to visit a colony of Yellow-headed Picathartes, an experience that should prove to be an amazing highlight of the tour.

Heading further north our next stop will be in the superb Mole National Park where African Savanna Elephants can be watched from our hotel. Avian attractions include the possibility of White-throated Francolin, Forbes’s Plover, Standard-winged Nightjar and Sun Lark. We will also enjoy an encounter with the sublime Egyptian Plover, the latter now placed in its own monotypic family.

Returning south, a visit to Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary near Kumasi for Black and Red-billed Dwarf Hornbills is conveniently en route as we head back to Accra. By the time we return to the capital, we will have explored all of Ghana’s major habitats and seen a superb selection of West African birds.

Birdquest has operated Ghana birding tours since 2008.

What makes the Birdquest Best of Ghana tour special? In addition to high itinerary and leader quality, the Birdquest group size limit is lower than for most other Ghana birding tours (significantly so in most instances). There is a lot of forest birding in Ghana and so a smaller group size limit is a major benefit to participants.

In addition, from 2021 we will stay in the new lodge rooms with private bathrooms at Ankasa, instead of using the safari tents and shared bathrooms. This is a more comfortable option, but is of course more expensive.

Accommodation and Road Transport: The hotels and lodges used in Ghana are of good or medium standard throughout. Road transport is mostly by small coach (but by 4×4 vehicles at Ankasa), and roads are mostly good or reasonable.

Walking: The walking effort during our Best of Ghana birding tours is mostly easy, but occasionally moderate.

Climate: The weather in Ghana will be hot and often humid. There is likely to be a mixture of sunny and overcast conditions. Rain is unlikely but possible in the southwest (and can be heavy if it occurs).

Bird Photography: Opportunities during our Best of Ghana birding tours are quite good.


Birdquest Inclusions: Our tour prices include surface transportation, accommodations, meals and entrance fees.

We also include all tipping for local guides, drivers and accommodation/restaurant staff.

Deposit: 10% of the total tour price. Our office will let you know what deposit amount is due, in order to confirm your booking, following receipt of your online booking form.

TO BOOK THIS TOUR: Click here (you will need the tour dates)

2021: £3800, $4850, €4410, AUD7420. Accra/Accra.
2022: provisional £3880, $4950, €4500, AUD7570. Accra/Accra.

Single Supplement: 2021: £330, $430, €390, AUD650.
Single Supplement: 2022: £340, $440, €400, AUD670.

The single supplement will not apply if you indicate on booking that you prefer to share a room and there is a room-mate of the same sex available.

There are only a fairly limited number of good lodge rooms at Ankasa. If anyone needing single accommodation has to use one of the large, walk-in style safari tents (with shared bathroom facilities) they will receive a refund reflecting the difference in cost.

This tour is priced in US Dollars. Amounts shown in other currencies are indicative.

Air Travel To & From The Tour: Our in-house IATA ticket agency will be pleased to arrange your air travel on request, or you may arrange this yourself if you prefer.


Best of Ghana: Day 1  Our tour begins this evening in Accra, where we will stay overnight.

Best of Ghana: Day 2  This morning we will first drive a short distance northeast of Accra to the Shai Hills Resource Reserve. This is an area dominated by a chain of impressive inselbergs amongst dry thickets and sparsely wooded grassland. The invasive exotic Neem tree is being slowly cleared in order to return the habitat to its natural state.

This interesting forest/savanna transition zone holds a rather different avifauna to the forests that we will be experiencing elsewhere in the south. Stone Partridge and White-crowned Cliff Chat occur amongst the rocky outcrops, and Etchécopar’s Owlet (sometimes split from African Barred) can sometimes be found during the daytime. Puvel’s Illadopsis also occurs here and this will be our first chance to find one. The fascinating Oriole Warbler or Moho, the stunning Yellow-crowned Gonolek and both Guinea and Violet Turacos should be found, whilst Senegal Parrot and the striking Blue-bellied Roller provide further splashes of colour. Small bird parties include species such as Red-shouldered Cuckooshrike, Senegal Eremomela, Northern Crombec, White-shouldered Black Tit and Senegal Batis.

We shall also be on the lookout for Yellow-billed Kite, Hooded Vulture, African Cuckoo-Hawk, Shikra, Lizard Buzzard, Grey Kestrel, Ahanta and Double-spurred Francolins, Helmeted Guineafowl, Black-billed Wood Dove, Laughing, Red-eyed and Vinaceous Doves, Western Grey Plantain-eater, Senegal Coucal, African Palm and Little Swifts, Mottled Spinetail, Woodland and African Pygmy Kingfishers, Little Bee-eater, Broad-billed Roller, African Grey Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Vieillot’s and Double-toothed Barbets, Greater and Lesser Honeyguides, Rock Martin, Common Bulbul, Snowy-crowned Robin Chat, African Thrush, Singing, Short-winged and Zitting Cisticolas, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Northern Black, Pale Flycatcher, Grey Tit-Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Brown and Blackcap Babblers, Green-headed, Scarlet-chested, Copper and Splendid Sunbirds, Brown-crowned and Black-crowned Tchagras, Northern Puffback, Brubru, White-crested Helmetshrike, Fork-tailed Drongo, Pied Crow, Piapiac, Purple Starling, Northern Grey-headed Sparrow and Yellow-fronted Canary. Good numbers of Buffon’s Kob occur in the park and other regularly seen mammals include Olive Baboon and Callithrix Monkey.

Later we shall retrace our steps to Accra, pausing briefly at the Sakumono Lagoon where we shall hope to see a selection of lingering Palearctic waders and terns, as well as some widespread African waterbird species such as Long-tailed Cormorant, Striated (or Green-backed) Heron, Western Cattle, Black, Western Reef, Little, Intermediate and Great Egrets, White-faced Whistling Duck, African Jacana, Black-winged Stilt, Spur-winged Lapwing, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers, and African Pied Wagtail.

Once west of the traffic-clogged capital, the roads should be clearer and we will pay a late afternoon visit to the Winneba Plains. The remaining seasonally inundated grasslands here are home to species such as Black-winged Kite, African Hobby, Black-bellied Bustard, African Wattled Lapwing, Levaillant’s and African Cuckoos, Mosque Swallow, Flappet Lark, Yellow-throated Longclaw, African Moustached Warbler, Red-faced and Croaking Cisticolas, Red-winged Warbler, Northern Fiscal, Yellow-billed Shrike, Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike, Marsh Tchagra, Black-necked and Village Weavers, Vieillot’s Black Weaver (here of the distinctive form castaneofuscus, sometimes split as Chestnut-and-Black Weaver), Red-headed Quelea, African and Bar-breasted Firefinches, Black-rumped Waxbill, Quailfinch, Bronze Mannikin, Yellow-mantled Widowbird and Pin-tailed Whydah.

After a very full and productive day we should arrive in the early evening at our lodge near Kakum National Park where we will stay for three nights.

Best of Ghana: Days 3-4  Kakum National Park is just a short distance north of our hotel. The park was created in 1932, but was not officially opened to the public until 1994. It covers an area of 347 square kilometres and protects a mixture of semi-deciduous and semi-evergreen rainforest, although this has been selectively logged in the recent past. The park is perhaps most famous as the site of Africa’s first and only rainforest canopy walkway, built in 1995, that is comprised of about 350 metres of bridge suspended between six tree platforms that reach the grand height of 40 metres above the forest floor! We will be allowed special access to the walkway before and after the official opening and closing times, so that we shall have the platforms peacefully to ourselves.

As the dawn breaks a pair of Red-chested Goshawks can sometimes be seen circling overhead, our attentions drawn by the repeated “chip” display call. Velvet-mantled Drongos use the wires of the walkway as convenient perches and the tree snags provide good lookouts for the Upper Guinea endemic Ussher’s Flycatcher, as well as Yellow-mantled Weaver and Red-headed Malimbe. Red-fronted (and rarely also Grey) Parrots screech overhead as they leave their roosts, Blue-throated Rollers and White-throated Bee-eaters adorn the treetops and Naked-faced and Bristle-nosed Barbets gather to feed in the fruiting trees. Forest and White-headed Wood-hoopoes inspect the epiphyte-bedecked boughs and Upper Guinea endemic Melancholy and Fire-bellied Woodpeckers drum on the bare trunks and branches. We shall be on the lookout for roving canopy bird parties that may include diminutive species such as the Upper Guinea endemic Sharpe’s Apalis, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, the pretty Violet-backed Hyliota, Lemon-bellied Crombec, the Upper Guinea endemic Kemp’s Longbill, Forest Penduline Tit and the tiny Tit-hylia. The much sought-after Congo Serpent Eagle and Long-tailed Hawk are regularly observed here, and it is fantastic to be on a level with canopy species that would normally be causing cricked necks as we stared upwards from terra firma! We can expect to find mouth-watering species such as Yellow-billed Turaco, Blue Cuckooshrike, Sabine’s Puffback and the gorgeous Upper Guinea endemic Buff-throated Sunbird. At this season Rosy Bee-eaters are non-breeding visitors and we will have our eyes to the skies in the hope of seeing them.

Other species to look out for include Palm-nut Vulture, African Harrier-Hawk, Black Sparrowhawk, Red-necked Buzzard, African Green Pigeon, African Emerald and Klaas’s Cuckoos (and with luck Thick-billed Cuckoo), Yellowbill (or Blue Malkoha), Sabine’s, Black and Cassin’s Spinetails, Bates’s Swift, White-crested, African Pied, Brown-cheeked, Black-casqued and Yellow-casqued Hornbills, Cassin’s Honeybird, Lesser Striped Swallow, the pretty Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Blue-throated Brown, Little Green, Green, Collared and Superb Sunbirds, Yellow White-eye, Black-winged Oriole, Forest Chestnut-winged and Splendid Starlings, and Grey-headed, Chestnut-breasted and White-breasted Nigritas (or Negrofinches).

As the day warms up and more walkway visitors arrive, we shall move into the cooler interior of the forest and explore some of the trails that run through the park. In particular, we shall be looking for skulkers such as Upper Guinea endemic Grey-headed Bristlebill, White-tailed Alethe, Finsch’s Rufous Thrush and Western Forest Robin (the latter of the form inexpectatus, sometimes split as Ghana Forest Robin). We shall try hard to find a displaying Rufous-sided Broadbill, while a confusing array of greenbuls occurring here includes Little, Little Grey, Ansorge’s, Plain, Slender-billed, Yellow-whiskered, Golden, Honeyguide, Spotted, Icterine, White-throated, Western Bearded and Red-tailed Greenbuls, and Red-tailed Bristlebill. Other species here include Black Cuckoo, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Grey Longbill, Green Crombec, Green Hylia, White-tailed Ant Thrush, Olivaceous Flycatcher, Blue-headed Crested Flycatcher, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatchers, West African Wattle-eye, Brown and Blackcap Illadopsises, Fraser’s, Olive and Olive-bellied Sunbirds, Shining Drongo, Blue-billed and Crested Malimbes, and Western Bluebill. Primates, which can be elusive, include Lesser Spot-nosed Monkey, Lowe’s Monkey and the rare Olive Colobus.

We shall take a mid-day break at our comfortable lodge and in the late afternoon, we shall return to the walkway and stay out until dark. We stand a reasonable chance of seeing the little-known Brown Nightjar and there is also a real possibility of Fraser’s Eagle-Owl. We may also hear other nocturnal species such as the strange-looking Nkulengu Rail and Latham’s Forest Francolin. Night mammals can be a hit-and-miss affair, but we shall look for Demidoff’s Galago, West African Potto and the stunning Pel’s Anomalure.

During our stay in the Kakum area we will also visit an area of farmbush at the northern edge of the park. The area has been cleared for cultivation and cocoa and is extremely degraded but nonetheless holds some interesting birds, including the beautiful Black Bee-eater. Piping Hornbills and the Upper Guinea endemic Copper-tailed Starling and Red-billed Helmetshrike are usually easy to see here. If we haven’t already done so, it is also a great place to see Speckled, Red-rumped and Yellow-throated Tinkerbirds. Other species we may well see include Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Lanner Falcon, White-spotted Flufftail, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Tambourine Dove, Didric (or Diederik) Cuckoo, Blue-headed Coucal, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Barbet, Thick-billed Honeyguide, Purple-throated Cuckooshrike, Simple Leaflove, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Whistling Cisticola, Yellow-browed and Olive-green Camaropteras, Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Narrow-tailed Starling, Western Bluebill, Orange-cheeked Waxbill and Black-and-white Mannikin. Not too far away we will check out some rivers and streams where we should find a colony of Preuss’s Cliff Swallow, the glittering White-bibbed (or White-throated Blue) Swallow, Ethiopian Swallow, Rock Pratincole and White-headed Lapwing.

There are also reasonable chances here for the striking Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Black-billed Dwarf Hornbill, the diminutive African Piculet, the Upper Guinea endemic Little Green Woodpecker, Little Grey Flycatcher, Black-and-white Shrike-Flycatcher, West African Batis, Kemp’s Longbill, Red-vented Malimbe and Maxwell’s Black and Preuss’s Golden-backed Weavers. We shall also be on the lookout for the inexplicably localized Tessmann’s Flycatcher.

Best of Ghana: Day 5  After a final early morning session in Kakum, at a site where we stand a good chance of seeing Red-cheeked Wattle-eye, Puvel’s Illadopsis and Lowland Sooty Boubou, we shall drive further west, towards the border with Ivory Coast, to Ankasa Conservation Area for a three nights stay. We will stop en route to look for Mangrove and Reichenbach’s Sunbirds, and Orange Weaver.

Best of Ghana: Days 6-7  Ankasa Conservation Area is an area of superb wet evergreen forest that only suffered relatively light logging between 1960 and 1974. The visit will certainly be worth our while for the high forest offers our best chance for some of the more elusive Upper Guinea Forest endemics and we will be making a special effort to find Yellow-bearded Greenbul, Green-tailed Bristlebill, Rufous-winged Illadopsis and Red-fronted Antpecker. African Finfoot is sometimes seen here and the little forest pools hold White-bellied and Shining-blue Kingfishers, Hartlaub’s Duck and occasionally White-crested Tiger Heron and Spot-breasted Ibis. At night, there is a fair chance of encountering Fraser’s and Akun Eagle-Owls, and African Wood Owl, and a slim chance for Sandy Scops Owl.

We shall bird inside the forest on narrow trails beneath the tall trees and cathedral-like stands of giant bamboo, as well as along the main track. Other species we can expect here include Black Crake, Blue-headed Wood Dove, Great Blue Turaco, Black-throated Coucal, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Yellow-spotted and Hairy-breasted Barbets, Square-tailed Saw-wing, Western Nicator, Black-capped Apalis, Fraser’s Forest Flycatcher, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Tiny and Johanna’s Sunbirds, and Western (Black-headed) Oriole.

Ankasa is a truly splendid forest tract and here, as well as looking for the species highlighted above, we also have catch up chances for just about every West African forest bird species mentioned for other Ghana locations!

Best of Ghana: Day 8  After a final morning at Ankasa we shall return to Kakum for an overnight stay. In the late afternoon, we shall visit an area of coastal scrub where we should find Carmelite Sunbird and where we also have a chance to catch up on anything we may have missed earlier at Winneba Plains. There could also be Compact Weavers and Yellow-crowned, Northern Red and Black-winged Red Bishops present but at this season they will all be in their non-breeding dress and hence difficult to identify.

Best of Ghana: Day 9  We will spend the morning further exploring Kakum National Park. In the afternoon we will visit a site where Yellow-headed Picathartes (or White-necked Rockfowl) has been relatively recently rediscovered in Ghana. By contributing to a community-based project, we shall have special permission to visit the breeding site of this rarity, thus allowing us a marvellous and intimate opportunity to see this endangered species. Unlike many rockfowl sites, this one is easy to access. The rocks where the birds nest are about an hour’s uphill walk, initially through cultivation but then mainly along a narrow forest trail. Apart from a steep five minutes climb to the rocks themselves, this is a relatively easy walk by humid tropical forest standards. The birds are usually very obliging, being furtive rather than shy, and good views are sometimes quickly obtained however visitors should be prepared to have to sit and wait quietly for a long time, and the walk back may then be in darkness. The experience of seeing one of just two members of this extraordinary family will certainly be the trip highlight. Afterwards, hopefully with everybody highly elated, we shall continue to Kumasi for an overnight stay and a celebration!

Best of Ghana: Day 10  We will explore Opro (also called Ofinso) Forest early this morning. Some good birds have been seen here, including Fiery-breasted Bushshrike, Baumann’s Greenbul and Capuchin Babbler, but we would be very fortunate to see one of these during a short visit.

Afterwards we will leave the Kumasi region behind and undertake the long drive north to Mole National Park for a four nights stay.

During the journey we will watch the habitat change to broad-leaved Guinea Savanna woodland and the open plains that are typical of this region. We will arrive in the late afternoon and after dinner we will search for the Standard-winged Nightjars that frequent the airstrip. Long-tailed Nightjar also occurs here and we will also be on the lookout for both Greyish Eagle-Owl and the delightful Northern White-faced Owl.

Best of Ghana: Days 11-13  At 4840 square kilometres (1869 square miles), Mole National Park is Ghana’s largest reserve and mainly consists of open Guinea Savanna woodland dissected by lushly vegetated riparian watercourses. There are also areas of open grassland and swamps in the floodplains and around waterholes. At least 314 species of birds have been recorded from the park as well as some 90 species of mammal that include African Savanna Elephant, Western Hartebeest, Roan Antelope, Red-flanked Duiker and even Lion.

A waterhole lies below our hotel, which is situated on a 250m (820ft) high escarpment offering breath-taking views over the park. The lure of water attracts many birds and mammals that need to quench their thirst in the dry heat and Exclamatory Paradise Whydahs are possible visitors. The pool is also home to Hamerkop, Woolly-necked and Saddle-billed Storks, Hadada Ibis, Greater Painted-snipe, Senegal Thick-knee and Grey-headed and Giant Kingfishers.

During our visit we will mainly explore the park on foot, taking guided walks with our armed park ranger. In this way we hope to find Sun Lark, White-crowned Robin Chat, White-fronted Black Chat, Rufous Cisticola and, if we are fortunate, White-throated Francolin, Forbes’s Plover and possibly even Rufous-rumped Lark.

As the day heats up so the conditions improve for raptor watching and we shall be on the look out for African White-backed and White-headed Vultures, Dark Chanting and Gabar Goshawks, Bateleur, Beaudouin’s and Brown Snake Eagles, Wahlberg’s Eagle, African Hawk-Eagle, Grasshopper Buzzard and Red-necked Falcon.

A highlight of our visit to the Mole region will be an outing to the Volta River to an area frequented by the amazingly beautiful Egyptian Plover. This special bird is the sole member of its bird family and always a major highlight of visits to Ghana.

During our time in Mole we shall also be looking for such interesting species as Four-banded Sandgrouse, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Red-headed Lovebird, Brown-necked Parrot, the gorgeous Northern Carmine and Red-throated Bee-eaters, Abyssinian Roller, Black Scimitarbill, Abyssinian Ground and Northern Red-billed Hornbills, Bearded Barbet, Red-chested and West African Swallows, the wonderful African Spotted Creeper, Pygmy Sunbird, Long-tailed Glossy Starling, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Black-faced and Black-bellied Firefinches, Lavender Waxbill, Red-winged and Yellow-winged Pytilias, and Cabanis’s Bunting.

Species of wider distribution include Black-headed Heron, Spotted Thick-knee, Namaqua Dove, African Scops Owl, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Rufous-crowned Roller, Green Wood-hoopoe, Greater and Lesser Honeyguides, Eurasian Wryneck, Fine-spotted, Golden-tailed, Grey and Brown-backed Woodpeckers, Wire-tailed Swallow,
Yellow-breasted Apalis, Melodious Warbler, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Pale, Swamp, European Pied and African Blue Flycatchers, Scarlet-chested and Beautiful Sunbirds, Woodchat Shrike, Brubru, African Golden Oriole, Square-tailed Drongo, Lesser Blue-eared Starling, Bush Petronia, Little, Heuglin’s and Red-headed Weavers, Black-bellied, Red-billed and Black-faced Firefinches, Red-billed Quelea, Red-winged Pytilia, and Brown-rumped and Cabanis’s Buntings.

Best of Ghana: Day 14  Today, after some final birding at Mole, we will retrace our steps back to Kumasi for an overnight stay. An evening visit to Bobiri may turn up an interesting nightbird. Nkulengu Rail, Fraser’s and Akun Eagle-Owls, and Brown Nightjar all occur here.

Best of Ghana: Day 15  This morning we shall visit Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary. This site offers further chances for Afep and Western Bronze-naped Pigeons and there is a good chance for other forest species we may have missed up to now, such as Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Black-throated Coucal, Red-chested Cuckoo, Forest Wood Hoopoe, Black Dwarf Hornbill, African Piculet, Willcocks’s Honeyguide and Grey-throated Flycatcher. Narina’s Trogon can often be found here and we could find a surprise or two. The spectacle of hundreds of colourful butterflies is quite something.

As the morning activity subsides we return to our hotel to pack and freshen up before heading back to Accra, where our tour ends in the evening.


by Nik Borrow

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by Nik Borrow

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by Nik Borrow

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