Top 5 Parks in Ghana

Jetsanza.com in this post highlights the top parks in Ghana, their location and other relevant information that may be of interest to tourists visiting parks in Ghana.

Below are the Top 5 Parks in Ghana ( in no particular order)

Kakum National Park

Kakum National Park is located at the Central Region of Ghana and it is one of the most popular parks in Ghana.  A lot of local and foreign tourists visit this park each year.

The park has a tropical rainforest serving as a habitat for many species of fauna, flora and animal.

The endangered Diana monkey, the yellow-backed duiker and the African elephant can be found at this beautiful park.

The most popular activity at the park is the Kakum canopy walkway; a 350m high walkway.  The park now has a Children’s Park.

Mole National Park

Located in Wa, Mole National Park is one of the most sought-after parks in Ghana. It covers an area of 4500 square kilometers and houses diverse species of animals including hippos, buffalo, leopards, lions, elephants and several plant species.

The Mole and Lovi rivers pass through the park charmingly. The area receives around 1000 millimeters of rainfall a year, and this helps to sustain all living creatures.

Bia National Park

Bia National Park is located in the Western Region of Ghana, close to Sekondi-Takoradi. This park serves as a habitat for varieties of animals and plants. The tallest tree is West Africa is located right in this park.

It has a land size of 563 square kilometer with lodges and modern guest houses surrounding it to provide accommodation needs.

Bui National Park

The Bui National Park the third largest National Park in Ghana and its located in Tain in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. The park bisects the Black Volta and houses a large population of hippopotamus. Aside the hippos, you will see animals like antelopes, monkeys and different species of birds.

Digya National Park

Digya National Park is located on the beautiful shores of the Lake Volta. It serves as a home to elephants as well as varieties of plants.

Situated in Brong Ahafo, the park covers an expansive 3500 square kilometers. You get the opportunity to see over 200 species of birds in this park. Crocodiles and other aquatic animals also make the site worth visiting.

The forests of Digya are also breathtaking.

Top tourist sites in Brong Ahafo

There are a couple of beautiful tourist sites in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana which you can visit for recreational activities or just to relax.

In this post, Jetsanza.com lists the top tourist sites in Brong Ahafo Region and their respective locations.

Top tourist attractions in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana

Kintampo Waterfalls

It is one of the highest waterfalls in Ghana located on the Pumpum river in Kintampo, a tributary of the Black Volta.

Also known as Sanders Falls during the colonial days, it is one of the most visited waterfalls in Ghana and has a huge number of visitors visiting each year.

Being the main natural attraction in the area, it is hidden deep in the forest and formed by three main drops where the longest drop measures 82 ft in height. Different species of birds and butterfly can be found in the forest.

Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

This is one of the widely known tourist sites in the Brong Ahafo Region. It is located on a 35 hectare patch of woodland including the villages of Boabeng and Fiema, which are a mile apart. Locals and tourist from different parts of Ghana and the world do visit there to have a good time with the monkeys.

The monkey sanctuary has no fences and houses over 700 monkeys of different species.

There are two types of Monkeys, the Black and white Colobus and the smaller Campbell’s Mona. The latter lives high up in the trees feeding on leaves while the Mona are found at lower parts of the trees feeding on variety of foods.

Also found in the sanctuary is a graveyard where monkeys are buried. There are locals designated to protect the monkeys and there is also a belief that whoever kills a monkey in this sanctuary faces doom.

Digya National Park

It is located on the beautiful shores of the Lake Volta. It serves as a home elephant as well as several varieties of other plants. Digya National Park is the second largest national protected park in Ghana.

Situated in Brong Ahafo, the park covers an expansive 3500 square kilometers. You get the opportunity to see over 200 species of birds in this park. Crocodiles and other aquatic animals also make the site worth visiting.

Fuller Falls

Fuller Falls is situated at Yabraso, 7km west of Kintampo. It takes its source from the Oyoko river which is a tributary of the Black Volta.

The river flows into the Black Volta at the border between Brong Ahafo and the Northern Region at Dwire Kumboe.

The waterfall was discovered by a Filipino missionary, Rev. FR. Joseph Panabang, in 1988 and was developed with the help of Adamu Amidu who was then a farmer along the river.

The place was kept as a prayer grounds and named “Our Lady of Kintampo Prayer Park ” where Father Panabang and people used to come for prayer sessions until he left Kintampo in 1998.

Bui National Park

This park covers part of the Black Volta and a 1,821 kilometer square area. The Bui National Park houses several species of antelopes and birds. It is widely known for housing a large number of hippopotamus.  Tourists who visit can take a cruise on the Black Volta through the National Park.

Lake Volta

Being the largest artificial reservoir in the world based on surface area, the Lake Volta flows along the eastern edge of Brong Ahafo. It has beautiful scenery which visitors love to see. Local fishermen land their catch here and  boat from Akosombo stops off here.

Digya National Park: Ghana’s oldest wildlife park

The Digya National Park is the oldest national park in Ghana, created in the early 1900s by the British colonial administrators of the then Gold Coast. Also the park is the second largest protected wildlife park in the country with area coverage of some 3,750 km.

The park which is located in the Brong Ahafo region was officially gazetted as a national wildlife park in 1971, even though it had been existence for over six decades. Prior to this, there were human settlements on the park, engaged in livelihood activities like farming. Governments over the decades made attempts to relocate the park settlers. This was finally achieved in 2006 under the presidency of John Agyekum Kufour when all the settlers were relocated, making Digya National park an animal-only inhabited park.

In terms of wildlife population, the park is home to several animals, especially rare primate species, antelopes and Elephants. The park is also home to over 200 species of birds as well as butterflies.

Digya National Park
Digya National Park

Digya National Park uniquely is the only wildlife park in Ghana that is bordered by the Volta Lake on three fronts; south, north and east, making it one of the most safest and rich animal parks in Ghana.

The Park is also known to have the second highest elephant population in Ghana, making it a prime destination for everyone hoping to catch a glimpse of the tall humble beast.

Digya National Park
Digya National Park

In recent years, government has had to institute measures to fight illegal activities like elephant poaching in the forest. This resulted in the establishment of a patrol team to guard the park and ensure the arrest of people who engage in the practice while also protecting the animals in the forest.