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Exploring the Canopy Walkway at Kakum National Park, Ghana

Nestled within the lush landscapes Cape Coast, Ghana lies an extraordinary gem: the Canopy Walkway at Kakum National Park. This thrilling adventure offers a unique perspective, allowing you to traverse the treetops and immerse yourself in the vibrant biodiversity of West Africa.

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How to Get There

Reaching Kakum National Park is an adventure in itself. From Accra, Ghana's capital, a scenic drive of three to four hours takes you to this natural wonder. Alternatively, organized tours and transportation services are available, making the journey comfortable and convenient.

For the adventurous and budget seeking traveller, you can take a tro-tro (small public bus) from Kaneshi Station. Keep in mind that while you will save drastically with this option, the tro-tro will not leave until it has reached maximum capacity which will add more time to your journey. This would not be the best option if you're looking to maximium on seeing Cape Coast in one day.

What to Expect While There

As you step into the park, anticipation builds for the highlight—the Canopy Walkway. Suspended nearly 100 feet above the forest floor, the walkway comprises seven narrow bridges, offering an adrenaline-pumping experience as you navigate through the canopy. Each step unveils breathtaking vistas, giving you a bird's-eye view of the diverse flora and fauna thriving below.

The canopy walkway is certainly not for the faint of heart, not only due to the height but as you walk, the bridge will sway from side to side which can be nerve wrecking for even the braviest of adventurers.

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Tip: While the walk is not one at a time, opt to go last and wait until the person ahead of you almost reaches the end before you start your walk. This limits the swaying drastically! Alternatively, you can also opt for the shorter path which still consists of 4 swinging bridges.

While traversing the walkway, keep an eye out for the region's rich biodiversity. The canopy shelters a variety of plant species, including towering trees and colorful orchids, while monkeys, birds, and butterflies gracefully inhabit the upper reaches of this vibrant ecosystem.

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For nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike, this experience is a blend of thrill and education. Knowledgeable guides accompany visitors, sharing insights into the park's ecological importance and its role in conserving Ghana's natural heritage.

Expect to pay 60 Ghana Cedis (approximately 5 USD) if you are a non-Ghanaian keeping in mind that these are the prices from my last visit in 2019.

Other Things to Do While There

Beyond the Canopy Walkway, Kakum National Park offers an array of activities. Embark on a guided nature walk through the forest, uncovering hidden trails and encountering diverse wildlife. The park also boasts picnic areas, providing the perfect setting to relax and soak in the serene ambiance.

Tip: The walkway aside, a guided hike is a good way to learn about the rainforest flora and its traditional uses. Your best shot to see any wildlife is to get here when the park opens or take a night hike.

The Canopy Walkway at Kakum National Park is more than an adventure—it's a gateway to discovering the natural beauty and cultural richness of Ghana. Whether you're seeking an adrenaline rush, a nature retreat, or cultural exploration, this breathtaking destination promises an unforgettable experience, leaving you with cherished memories and a newfound appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.


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