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“A Missed Opportunity”

Kakum National Park
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Owner description: This forested parkland makes for a great day hike with fantastic views, especially from the wooden suspension bridges that soar a hundred feet overhead.
Miami, Florida
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“A Missed Opportunity”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Kakum National Park is a bit ramshackle by international standards but it does show some efforts at maintenance. There are recycle trash bins but no one complains if guests don't use them and there needs to be a greater effort to keep the place clean. The gift shop is small though the real disappointment is how bored and unfriendly the shop staff is toward the few visitors they attract. There is a small cafe that takes only Ghanaian Cedi and depends on the gift shop to exchange other currencies, but the gift shop staff is quite vocal about not wanting to do this. I found the guides well-intentioned but not very informative and lacking some basic training about making the best presentation possible. A few soft spoken comments get easily lost in a group of six or eight guests heading to the canopy walk, and my guide was had little to say once we were in the tree tops. The canopy walk is still worth it though - it's a great experience that would be even better if the guides were equipped to provide a better overview of what we are actually seeing rather than a few comments about medicinal uses for a few plants (this was interesting, but more information and less of a sense of the guide rushing us through would have been better). The canopy walk traverses six different stretches of rope bridge at heights of 30-40 meters; the bridge is well constructed and while it does sway (so those with a fear of heights may have some issues) it is quite sturdy. It's wobbly enough that photographers will want to keep their gear to a minimum and have a good strap for their camera. Bathroom facilities at the park are good. In retrospect the best part of the trip to Kakum from Takoradi was the chance to see the Ghanaian countryside and small villages.

Visited February 2013
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Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
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“Interesting place”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

The kakum national park is a very nice and interesting place to be.Infact i really enjoyed my stay there,the environment is cool and very nice.Climbing the canopy is all fun and also seeing the species of butterflies and other creatures is quite awesome.

Visited April 2012
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Cotonou, Benin
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“The Kakum National Park”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

is made up of mostly undisturbed virgin rainforest and is one of the famous national parks in Ghana. Kakum National Park is situated about 33km north of Cape Coast, Central Regional capital and about 170km from Accra. It covers an area of 350km2 (including Assin Attandanso Resource Reserve)The vegetation type is Moist evergreen rainforest with tall hardwood trees up 65m in height.

Visited May 2012
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“Great experience”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

The walk is amazing but as many people have pointed out it is a bit of a tourist trap and priced in such a fashion. As other people have pointed out, it's worth getting there early. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we did an hour's walk in the forest with him after the canopy walk but didn't experience any wildlife. My main criticism is that despite a high entrance fee (in Ghanaian terms) the facilities are not that well maintained and there was a lot of rubbish lying around in the forest. The shop at the premises was also utterly uninspiring.

Visited January 2013
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Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
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“Do It Once...”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

It's worth experiencing.
Crossing 7 rope bridges...going from tree to tree...suspended 40 meters above the rain forest...definitely a worthwhile experience (unless you're scared of heights).
Having said that, it's not worth repeating...but definitely worth doing...once!

Visited December 2012
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