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Yellow-headed Picathartes (c) Chris Farnham


Ghana Birding Tours

Guided by Michael Mills, this short Birding Africa tour to Ghana affords participants the opportunity to see the spectacular Yellow-headed Picathartes, one of Africa’s most unusual and desirable birds.

We will visit an area with about 30 nests on two consecutive days, because we know how hard it is to fully appreciate this amazing species during a single visit. The birds won’t be breeding, but we expect to see birds coming in to roost in the late afternoon.

Besides seeing the Yellow-headed Picathartes (or White-necked Rockfowl) we will also have the opportunity to sample a rich variety of forest birds, including several Upper Guinea endemics, in and around the famous Kakum National Park. One of the highlights of the trip will be birding from the canopy walkway in Kakum forest.

The tour starts and ends in Accra. Our 8-day itinerary includes the Shai Hills, the Cape Coast, the canopy walkway and Aboabo in the Kakum Forest and the Atewa Forest. Our Extension Tour adds another 3 days birding in and around Atewa Forest. Click here for one of our detailed itineraries.

See some photographs of Congo Serpent Eagle and other secretive raptors taken by Callan Cohen leading a Ghana tour.

Featured Leader: Michael Mills

Michael recommends: This tour is well suited to world listers and keen birders with a sense of adventure.

Michael Mills has a broad African birding experience. Anyone who has birded with him in forests will recognise the value of his keen ear at picking out calls of the rarer and more tricky species. He'll be visiting Ghana for two weeks prior to this tour, having goodies lined up when this trip commences...

Michael grew up in the Kalahari Gemsbok and Kruger National Parks and has travelled extensively in Africa, Asia, South America and Antarctica. He obtained a Masters degree in Conservation Biology after which he continued conducting bird research, particularly in Angola. Besides birds, he has a strong interest in mammals, particularly in small carnivores and African primates.

Michael designs and leads tours for Birding Africa to Ghana, Uganda, Gabon, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Madagascar and Angola.

Yellow-headed Picathartes (White-necked Rockfowl) on a Ghana birding tour with Birding Africa © Callan Cohen
Yellow-headed Picathartes (White-necked Rockfowl) on a Ghana birding tour by Birding Africa tour leader Callan Cohen

Long-tailed Hawk on a Ghana birding tour by tour leader Callan Cohen
Long-tailed Hawk on a Ghana birding tour by Birding Africa tour leader Callan Cohen

Blue-bellied Bee-eater on a Ghana birding tour by Birding Africa tour leader Callan Cohen
Blue-bellied Roller on a Ghana birding tour by Birding Africa tour leader Callan Cohen

Birding the Kakum Forest canopy walkway in Ghana © Callan Cohen www.birdingafrica.com
Birding the Kakum Forest canopy walkway in Ghana © Callan Cohen www.birdingafrica.com

Black Bee-eater on a Ghana birding tour by Birding Africa tour leader Callan Cohen
Black Bee-eater on a Ghana birding tour by Birding Africa tour leader Callan Cohen



What participants say...

'Thanks to the meticulously detailed efforts of Birding Africa I have great memories to keep me energized until my next trip with you. How you planned everything down to the tiniest detail was amazing. The accommodations, meals and general trip were excellent. Michael was beyond belief.' BR, USA

'Michael was first class on every aspect.' FH, UK

'Mike was amazing... he stayed cool and collected all the time [on the Angola trip]. DW, South Africa

'.... tours were excellent. The trips certainly lived up to my expectations and we saw a large number of incredible birds. Michael did a great job and is an outstanding tour guide. His skill at finding birds in all habitats and his knowledge of bird calls is nothing short of amazing.' JC, UK

'... his spotting skills and ability to pick out the faintest calls but also his continual energy and enthusiasm to maximise our birding experience.
.' ND, UK




Practical tour information: Ghana

Focus Yellow-headed Picathartes, one of Africa's most unusual birds. For keen birders.
Photography Many participants on our trips are amateur wildlife photographers. And when we get excellent views of a bird or mammal, some time is usually spent watching and photographing it. However, this is not a photographic tour and once the majority of the people have felt that they have absorbed the animal or bird to their satisfaction, then we move on in search of the next encounter. Thus, while the photographic opportunities are very good, the group will only occasionally wait for somebody who wants to spend even longer getting better photos.
Fitness A moderate level of fitness is required. Most walks will be gentle and across relatively flat terrain.
Timing This tours runs during the dry season, when access to sites is easier and birding is unlikely to be interrupted by rain.
Climate Warm and humid.
Comfort Basic but reasonably comfortable accommodation, mostly with air-conditioning.
Transport Air-conditioned vehicles.
Getting There Please enquire.
Group Size This depends on the particular trip. Please enquire.
Top birds Yellow-headed Picathartes and "Upper Guinea" endemics such as Brown-cheeked Hornbill, Sharpe's Apalis, Grey-headed Bristlebill.
Top mammals The flying squirrel Pelís Anomalure, the strange and primitive primate, Potto, Lesser Spot-nosed Monkey, Loweís Monkey and the very rare Olive Colobus.
Booking Your booking can be secured with a booking form and deposit. You will receive confirmation and our tour information pack with practical information on what to expect and how to prepare for the tour. The balance is due 150 days before the tour. Contact us to enquire about availability.

About Birding Africa

Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders. We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent. †We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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