Shai Hills Resource Reserve

Shai Hills Resource Reserve, Greater Accra: Hours, Address, Shai Hills Resource Reserve Reviews: 3.5/5

Shai Hills Resource Reserve

Shai Hills Resource Reserve
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7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Lagos, Nigeria78 contributions
Feb 2021
Offering a moderate hike through the plains to the top of Mogu caves, Shai hills is a must-visit landscape that gives you the flavor of nature within the city the perimeter. You will find the staff very friendly, informative & cooperative throughout your stay there. My guide there made my entire hike easier than i thought. Baboons, Antelopes are seen in abundance apart from some zebras & ostriches. The best time to hike the trail is in the early hours of the day that can last not more than 4 hours up and down and escape the scorching sun.
Carry adequate sun lotion/hat during the trip.
There are different charges for camping and other activities over there at the top of the hill. You can carry your own food as many may not like the food available there. Dispose of waste responsibly
Written April 29, 2021
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Adenta, Ghana25 contributions
Feb 2022
The reserve is 60 to 90 mn away from Accra, depending on the traffic. We went during the week and most likely it goes faster during a weekend. Right at the entrance, we were welcomed by several guards and Abraham took care of us and became our guide. We used our car for the tour and he made us stop at every interesting site, explaining the history and current state and helping with taking pictures. First stop the ostrich, followed by the zebras. Baboons and antelopes were to be seen and admired all the way to the climbing rocks, from where magnificent pictures could be taken. I was pleasantly surprised by the good organization. Abraham was great, very friendly and patient. We did only one tour because of time ( took us 2hours) but we will definitely come back with more time and may be even try out their luxury tent. Thank you for a very nice excursion.
Written March 1, 2022
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Accra, Ghana22 contributions
May 2021
We got the opportunity to see some animal skins/hides and also some live animals like the Ostrich.
After we went on a short hike and some climbing and that view from the top was worth very time spent climbing.
This was also on a trip i organized.
Written March 7, 2022
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Zoutleeuw, Belgium245 contributions
Nov 2020
One of the very last protected patches of coastal savannah in Ghana and it's an awesome place to look for birds. The landscape is nice. Make sure you visit very early in the morning or late in the afternoon as it can get pretty hot during the day.
When you visit, you'll get a guide assigned to you. Not sure why this is needed as I came with my own birding guide. But he was nice and very interested in birds. He surely knew a lot about the history of the country.
Written November 23, 2020
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Accra, Ghana34 contributions
Jul 2020
I visited shai hills with a group of friends, The early morning Baboons are a sight to behold. There are some ostriches and zebras too. My favorite part of the reserve is the luxury tent. The staff were super helpful especially uncle George our tour guide.
Written July 14, 2020
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Accra, Ghana1 contribution
Jun 2019 • Friends
A couple of female friends and I visited Shaii Hills on June 15, 2019. We were driving from Accra and followed Google Maps to get to the Park. The directions in Google Maps tell travelers to turn right into the park, not the head office where entrance is supposed to be paid. We didn't know that there was a separate entrance and in fact, were looking for the ticket office so we could pay our fees. We proceeded to drive into the park at around 8:30 am, with not a soul in sight and with the gates wide open. We followed the map and it took us to the middle of the park, where there is no signage or clear path to follow.

We proceeded, lost for about an hour. My car got stuck in the mud so we had to push it out several times. All this time, we were looking for someone to help out, and there was no one in sight. Finally, after much work, we got my car unstuck and proceeded to make our way back to where we entered the park, when a pick up truck approached us. We stopped our car and my friend got out to ask for directions. At that moment, a group of around 6 men came down from the truck and started screaming at her. There were a couple of guys with guns standing threateningly as they surrounded my vehicle.

I tried to calmly explain several times to these men that we were lost and that the map had given us wrong directions to no avail. These men were screaming at us, not listening to any reason. We were told that we had bypassed the guard at the gate and that we were trespassing. This is not true, as there was not a single person at the gate when we drove in and the gate was wide open. Otherwise, we would have of course stopped since we were looking for the park office.

At one point, one of the men told me they were going to detain us and that he was calling National Security and that "we would see what would happen to us." At this point, we were terrified. The men had guns and they kept screaming and screaming. One of them forcefully entered my vehicle (I have diplomatic plates and he had no right to enter my car, but he did anyway and sat in the passenger's seat. I complied since they had guns) The man was told to ride with us so that we wouldn't escape. I honestly thought these men were going to hurt us. I asked the man in the vehicle for the name of the man who had been most abusive to us all and he said his name is Moses and he is the Park Manager. I asked if there was anyone above him I could speak to and he said no. He told us "just don't yell and you will be fine. Be calm and just be quiet. In his position, I would have done the same"

I told him on several occasions that I was going to call my embassy to report this, and they would not let us use our phones, but they did stop threatening to detain us, which they have no authority to do by the way. We finally were directed to go to the park office to pay for the fees. So basically, we had to pay to be screamed at and intimidated with guns by a group of men. We ended up paying 180GHC in park fees and they finally let us go.

I cannot even begin to describe my anger and frustration at these situation, especially because I kept trying to reasonably explain what had happened and was treated not only disrespectfully but also was intimidated by a group of men who were clearly power tripping, trying to show us who was boss. I told one of the men that I hoped he doesn't have a daughter and if he does, I hope she is never in the same position of powerlessness, fear and intimidation that they had put us through.

I have been living in Ghana for 2 years cumulatively, and have traveled extensively through the country, and I can assure you, I have never felt so unsafe or afraid in my entire time here. These men do not know how to deal with women, and abuse their power as they see fit.

Needless to say, I will never come back to the park and I am telling all my acquaintances and friends to never go either. If you are a tourist and thinking of visiting Shaii Hills, I would STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DON'T! It is really not worth it. There are many other places around Ghana to see wildlife without having to deal with these misogynists and without having to put yourself or your family/friends in danger. I will be looking at how to file a formal complaint against all the staff that was present at the park on June 15.
Written June 17, 2019
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London, UK9 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
I attended the park on the 18th April 2019 with my girlfriend and her family a big group, we travelled in two cars and had 3 young children on board. It was around a 2 hour journey and we were all excited. We eventually got to the park and entered, no one was around near the gates so we entered further expecting to find some sort of office whereby we can pay for the tour.

After around 20 minutes we decided that it's best to turn around as my girlfriend's sister called her friend who said we should have seen people at the gate(we definitely did not). We tried making our way back but soon realised that we were lost. Our driver called the office and luckily they picked up(as we tried calling earlier in the day several times but no answer). The park staff said that they will find us as the driver told them where we was. Two guys on bikes came and directed us to a different gate, we parked up.


Immediately they told us we were in the park for 2 hours so had to pay a 2 hour park fee, the fee for Non Ghanaians were more which is fine, however it is not right when the park staff were pointing fingers at Ghanaians saying that they wasn't Ghanaians..pure madness and we wasn't even there for 2hours.

There was then a lot of back and forth arguing however once things calmed down an agreement was made whereby we pay 280 cedis and they provide us with a tour. Payment was made and they said that the jeeps were coming to take us around.. we waited a while and was told by our driver that no jeeps were coming. Again there was a bit of back and forth arguing between our driver and the park staff, at this stage several members of the group decided it was enough and that we should leave. Our driver was still arguing as he wanted them to give our money back. The driver eventually got in the car, as we were leaving the park, the driver was still arguing through his window, the park staff picked up ROCKS and were making threats that they were going to throw it at the car, bearing in mind we had young children in the car.

We left the park, no tour & out of pocket. It was such a shame. I have travelled to many different countries and not once has anything like this happened. We met COLD HEARTED THIEVES who were probably proud of gaining several cedis, not much really in the grand scheme of things, but it was just a terrible experience. I do not recommend this place at all!!!!!
Written April 20, 2019
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Boston, MA106 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
If you've been to the game reserves in southern Africa or on safari, you won't be impressed. But for a wildlife reserve an easy day trip from the country's largest city it's quite nice.

We saw loads of antelope, some baboons and a better than expected variety of birds given that we were there midday. The rocks are quite interesting and fun to climb, with some history to boot. I was pleased to see much less litter than I have at similar places around the world.

Admission is only by guided tour with a ranger, and rather expensive for non-Ghanians for what you get, as the charge is by the hour and wildlife spotting takes time. Our guide had zero knowledge of birds, but you can specially request a birding tour for an extra charge.

A good day trip for nature lovers, rock-climbers hikers or anyone looking to get out of the city. Good for children as well as adults, though of course some trails not suited for young kids or people with mobility issues.

Written January 2, 2015
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Joshua C
Accra, Ghana13 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
The Shai Hills Reserve is a comparatively small fenced area, about 48km2 and made up largely of savanna covered plains, A mosaic of forest covers the 5 separate hills in the reserve, while grassland and low dry forests are found in intervening canyons. To date 31 mammals, 13 reptiles and 175 bird species have been identified in the reserve.

The baboon troop at the front gate can be very amusing, but be warned these are dangerous animals and they love to snatch your unattended personal belongings!
Road in the Shai Hills wildlife preserve, Ghana

The best time for wildlife viewing is early in the morning. Besides the aforementioned baboons and birds, a morning visit may include sightings of Kob antelope, bushbuck or monkeys, although the monkeys here are not habituated like at Tafi Atome or Boabeng-Fiema.

You can travel the park in a 4X4 vehicle or on foot with an armed escort from the hours of 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Nearby accommodations are available that are comfortable and convenient for an early morning arrival to the reserve.
Caves at Shai Hills in Ghana

In addition to the natural beauty and game viewing potential of the reserve, one could also enjoy the pleasure of visiting Obonu tem and Se yo caves on the Hioweyo and Sayu hills.

The Shai people's ancestral caves, these were used by the Shai king until the end of the 19th century. The primary cave was defendable in times of war due to the abundance of great stone rocks, a tunnel-like openings, and overhangs.

A memorable day can be spent walking through the cool dry evergreen forest to the caves to see relics of old Shai settlements in the reserve. The loud bat colony that resides at the cave is an amazing site as well.
Tsenku Falls in Ghana

Nearby is the village of Dodowa, where a refreshing forest hike to a fetish shrine and the 250 ft. Tsenku waterfalls is possible. The Dodowa Forest is where the Ashanti warriors were defeated by the British on the 7th of August 1826, marking the end of Ashanti domination of the then Gold Coast, now Ghana.

The Dipo fertility festival is normally performed between March and May and it is an added attraction for visitors to Shai Hills.
Dodowa forest entrance

About 100 U.S. Soldiers were welcomed to Shai Hills and the Dodowa Forest in July of 2011. The Ghana Armed Forces sponsored this cultural day for U.S. service members who worked with their GAF counterparts in the joint humanitarian assistance exercise known as MEDFLAG 11.

The chief of the Shai people, Nene Teye Kwesi Agyeman, along with tribal elders and traditional healers, greeted the U.S. Soldiers at the historic Dodowa Forest.
Written May 28, 2014
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Tarek H
1 contribution
Sep 2018 • Solo
Very bad experience. they collected my money, knowing that we can not go into the tour because of the rain. when i asked for refund they refused to pay me back, the staff is not helpful and they lack the adequate manners to deal with tourists. all they care for is the money. the worst experience ever.
Written September 8, 2018
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