Unknown to many people the Kakuma National Park is not just a conservation site that people visit to relax. It is, however, more than a conservation site where the world meets to experience nature and rejuvenate the mind and body. Is that, however, what the Kakum National Park is noted for? Or are there more fascinating things about the park unknown to many people? This article is for you if you want to learn more about what Kakum National Park is and what it is noted for.
Located approximately 20 kilometres north of the regional capital Cape Coast in Ghana’s Central Region, Kakum National Park gets its name from the Kakum River, which runs through the heart of the forest. The park covers about 145 square miles. Visitors to the park enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife experiences, as well as the modern camping facilities dotted across the park.
Three stunning things Kakum National Park is Noted for
The Canopy Trail
With its 350-meter canopy walk, the park is best noted for its seven suspension bridges, which suspend up to 27 meters above the forest floor from trees that are over 300 years old. The canopy trail makes Kakum National Park the first national park in the country to feature a canopy walk. The canopy trail in the park attracts people from across the globe and provides stunning views over the park.
The canopy walk is not for the fainthearted, as people may change their minds halfway through and take a shortcut out. It is best not to carry any heavy things in your hands since you will be needing your hands to hold the ropes on both sides as you walk along. It is also best to carry a backpack or a waist bag where you can keep your camera or phone on top of the walkway.
Experienced tour guides are always available to take tourists through the forest to watch wild animals. With the help of their guides, tourists are guided on the forest walk and learn about the medicinal uses of forest plants as well as go on a night hike with a park guide to experience the sights and sounds of the forest during the transition from day to night.
In case you wish to spend the night watching wildlife and birds, there is a treehouse available to you. For those who are familiar with camping, the treehouse is equipped with mattresses, bedding, and mosquito nets. Guests who wish to stay the night for the love of animals may stay in the outhouse treetop accommodations. This offers tourists the rare experience of seeing wild animals as they come to lick salt blocks in the forest at night.
These are the three factors that make Kakum National Park the number one destination for not only nature lovers but also lovers and students.