Ghana Study Tour

12-28 May, 2004


  Student Projects  



Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

North Carolina State University



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Taken from the plane upon descent to Kotoka Airport, Accra.
This is an industrial city and sea port on the coast of Ghana. We visited a degraded mangrove site in the middle of an unbearably polluted area, cluttered with people, livestock, wooden shacks, factories and cars.
Mt. Afadjato
The highest peak in Ghana. The hike took approximately 45 minutes, with some challenging sections. Not recommended right after heavy rain. We learned about the different land uses and local uses of plants along the way.
Our last pictures with our Ghanaian travel companions and friends in the parking lot of Kotoka Airport, as we rush to catch our plane to Amsterdam and Raleigh.
Ankasa National Park
Pictures from our over night stay and hikes through Ankasa National Park. We hoped to get a glimpse of the elusive forest elephant. We only saw their tracks and skeleton. The forests we lush and humid (near steaming, even in early morning). Excellent food!
Bobiri Research Station
Overnight stay and hike through forest area used for research on the managament and timber extraction in natural forests. The station has comfortable accomodations with great food. It is also a hotspot for butterfly watching, because of the many flowering plants. Who knew?
Brenu Beach
We had our chance to go to the beach! Brenu Beach is beach resort located between Cape Coast and Elmina. We had a marvelous seafood dinner there. The beach was relaxing; there was practically no else there but us.
Cape Coast and Elmina castles
Visits to Cape Coast and Elmina castles. They were used by the British and Dutch to store, trade and ship West African slaves to Europe, Middle East and North America.

Community Innitiatives, Liati Wote and Gbledi-Gbogame

These are two neighbouring villages, located 20 minutes walk away from each other. Our group was divided between the two villages. Each village has a guest house that were made to accomodate travellers, where some of us stayed. The others homestayed with local families. We spent 3 days and 2 nights hiking, learning about local ecotourism, forest management and alternative income innitiatives. We did social work which included distributing schooling supplies and used clothes, and gathering information to construct a website to help their ecotourism innitiative. The village leaders and the whole community were very helpful and welcoming.
Kakum National Park
Kakum is the most popular forest reserve in Ghana. It is fairly close to the capital, and has superb tourism infrastructure. We had the opportunity to hike using a "special" route not taken by other tourists, courtesy of "Still Alive", a forest ranger and our guide in Kakum. He was peeved with us for some reason, and took us to an extended and challenging hike.
Ntonso Village
On our way to Kumasi (2nd largest city in Ghana), we stopped by at a vilage that specializes in printing Adinkra symbols on cloth using a special technique called Ntonso. The print is made from calabash. The dye comes from soaking and boiling the bark of the Badie tree.
University of Ghana
We spent our first night in the University of Ghana. The next morning, we met with a Dr. Francis Nunoo from the school of Oceanography and Fisheries.
Monkey Sanctuary
Photos from our stop at Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, mostly for Mona monkeys.
Village on stilts
We arrived at Nzulezo, the village on stilts, after nearly 1 hour of canoeing, mostly on beautiful wetlands, passing by a few fishermen who used traditional fish traps.
Portal, Ltd.
Portal, Ltd. is interested in certifying their timber products. We toured Portal, Ltd's new production plant in Takoradi, which is geared towards the overseas market. The next day, we visited their concession area in Prestea. We interviewed village elders and few other people living in villages around the concession on how they use and view the forest.
Shai Hills Resource Reserve
Shai Hills is the nearest conservation area from Accra. It is mostly savanna and dry open forest on rocky hills. Shai Hills is as rich in wildlife as it is in culture. It was the ancestral home of the Shai people. There were so many archeologically significant sites and pieces in the area that we were stumbling on pieces of artifact. Be careful where you step!
A visit to a government reforestation project that used the Taungya agroforestry system: Agricultural crops are interplanted with the reforestation tree species. When the trees are old enough, they will shade out the crops and take over. In this system, farmers were allowed to till government land that would otherwise be restricted.
On the road
We spent much of our time on our faithful Galaxy Tours bus. This section is a tribute to life on the road.