JONKANOO/HIDEOUT OVERNIGHT TOUR TO ANKASA FOREST RESERVE
Ankasa forest reserve is a 500 square km tract of tropical evergreen forest in the extreme south west of Ghana. Contained within its borders is an immense variety of flora and fauna, in fact the greatest bio-diversity of any reserve in Ghana. Our tour furnishes our clients with ample opportunity to explore what is as yet a tropical garden of Eden whose existence few local inhabitants, let alone tourists , have yet to discover. Nevertheless it is managed by park rangers whose mission it is to protect the whole area from any kind of depredation.
Our tour party will set of from Hideout Lodge in the early morning after breakfast. The journey takes two an a half hours but will involve a refreshment stop at Axim Beach Hotel, where lunch will be served and there will be an opportunity to swim in the pool or indeed in the sea .
Arriving at our hotel in the afternoon, guests will be able to drop their bags in their mosquito proof rooms , fully equipped with fans and shower baths, before rejoining the vehicle to pass trough the park gates.
In one sole hectare of forest 300 plant species have been counted. The total number for the park is a matter of guess work!
Among the 70 odd species It should be possible to see the following animals : elephant,, bongo antelope, Ogilby's duiker, golden cat, giant forest hog and all 10 varieties of forest primates , including chimpanzee.
There are 100 bird species in the forest ; among them spot breasted ibis, white breasted guinea fowl and blue turaco. The very rare Akun eagle owl may , if you are lucky, be seen in the evening . At waterholes, a variety of rare duck, white crested tiger heron, white bellied, blue breasted and shining kingfisher congregate in large numbers, . Myriad butterflies are also to be seen.
Those who wish to take a guided walk can do that as well.
Dinner will be taken at our hotel and the next day a longer tour of the forest can be undertaken in the morning and we return to the Hideout , stopping for refreshment on the way, arriving in the early evening.