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Yellow-headed Picathartes (c) Chris Farnham

Ghana Birding Tours

Led by Michael Mills, this all-embracing 18-day tour to Ghana in January 2021 affords participants the opportunity to see the spectacular Yellow-headed Picathartes, one of Africa's most unusual and desirable birds.

We will visit two different nesting colonies, 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 lowland forest birds, including a good selection of Upper Guinea endemics, in and around the famous Kakum National Park, Ankasa Reserve and several other small forests. One of the highlights of the trip will be birding from the canopy walkway in Kakum forest, on two mornings. To add to forest bird diversity we visit open-country sites Shai Hills and Mole National Park, where we expect to see numerous West African savanna birds.

The tour starts and ends in Accra. Our 18-day itinerary includes the Shai Hills, Kalakpa Reserve, Atewa Hills, Mole National Park, Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary, Kakum National Park, Ankasa Reserve and Nsuta Forest.

Featured Leader: Michael Mills

Michael Mills grew up "in the bush" in the Kalahari and Kruger National Parks where his parents were carnivore researchers. His incredible focus, dedication and ability to locate and show people Africa's toughest birds is probably unequalled on the continent.

Michael has led dozens of tours in Southern, East, Central, West and North Africa and his experience in locating birds on just the softest of calls or briefest of views impresses those who have travelled with him.

There is seldom a tour where Michael doesn't make an interesting discovery such as finding a new species for a country or record an undescribed bird call (and he has published these in the scientific literature).

Not only is Michael one of our principal leaders, but he also helps extensively with scouting and planning our most challenging itineraries.

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

2025 Tours

Tour name Dates in country Days Details Tour report
Ghana: Comprehensive Tour (BA2503)
5 - 22 January 18 Leaflet USD click here

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
Birding the Kakum Forest canopy walkway in Ghana © Callan Cohen

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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