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Shai Hills Resource Reserve

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Shai Hills Resource Reserve

49 Reviews
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Accra To Cape Coast Tour [ Beyond The Return]

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This is a day trip to Cape Coast Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site built by the British in 1665 and serves as a commemorating sad history inflicted on Africa and Ghana in particular.
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Ama_Ot wrote a review Jul 2020
Accra, Ghana31 contributions5 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2020
Niel M wrote a review Feb 2020
Pretoria, South Africa233 contributions43 helpful votes
Shai Hills Reserve, although lacking in toursit facilities, is a must-visit destination for any serious birder that goes to Ghana. Situated close to the capital city, it is a pleasant place for a walk to get yourself accustomed to the weather conditions in west Africa. The birding is excellent, with several special species occuring here that are much more difficult to see in other parts of the country.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Morning Water Tours wrote a review Aug 2019
Greater Accra, Ghana35 contributions10 helpful votes
What an awesome trip. We started early from Tang Palace Hotel, Drove down through the Tema Port, visited Shai Hills Resource Reserve. The baboons snatched the bananas fast 😊, try to get bananas or biscuits or bread for them and enjoy their friendship 😃😃😄. We continued to Cedi Beads , amazing glass beads workshop not far from the Akosombo Dam. So educating and great experience. Stopped at the first cocoa farm ever in Ghana. Tetteh Quashie Farm. Established in 1879. So great 😀, we also do some shopping at the Aburi Art Market. Mmmm. So great experience and so much passion and love. Contact @MorningWaterTours for your unforgettable experience.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Asarin wrote a review Jun 2019
Accra, Ghana1 contribution9 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: June 2019
5 Helpful votes
LouP wrote a review Apr 2019
Sherbrooke, Canada60 contributions6 helpful votes
Apparently because it was the middle of the day, there was no animal to be seen. They are active in the morning and the evening. This should be taken under consideration when planning your day. The ride accross the park was nice. We saw some antilopes from far and some baboons along te road. Guide was ok. The two short walks were appreciated. Don't go there with high expectations.
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Date of experience: March 2019