Kakum National Park is located in Ghana, about 33 kilometers north of Cape Coast, Central Regional capital. It covers an area of 145 square miles. It is one of the famous national parks in Ghana and made up of mostly undisturbed virgin rainforest. It was established as a reserve in 1932 and gazetted as a national park only in 1992.
It is home to more than 500 butterfly species, seven primate species, 253 species of birds including five hornbill species and 100 species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians etc.
Quick Facts: –
- The Kakum National Park’s main attraction is a 330 meter, 7 bridge canopy walkway, up to 43 meters above the canopy floor.
- There is a circular rock in this park located near Aboabo. It is called the Komfo Boateng’s Shrine and is roughly 330 feet in diameter.
- This National Park is being considered as an option for UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.
- There are many types of vegetation encountered in Kakum but the most dominant type is the moist evergreen forest.
- This National Park is under the Administration of the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission.
- There are only two locations in Africa with a canopy walkway and this area is one of the two.
- This 350 meters long canopy walkway was built by two engineers from Vancouver, British Columbia.
- About 60 fringe communities and many small settlements can be found in this region.