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.
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