Mole National Park
One hundred seventy kilometres west of Tamale in the West Gonja District, is the Mole National Park. The scenic ride to Mole, though rough, is ideal for adventurous visitor.
Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary
This natural habitat for many speicies of the wildlife, as well as for number of migratory birds.Located on the Akropong road, some 16km west of Kumasi, the sanctuary is closed to car traffic but accessed by footpaths, and may be visited in the company of a guide.
Boumfoum is located just before Juaben. Although the tarred road continues to the entrance to the Boumfoum Reserve and practically to Banfabiri Falls, cars must be left at the reserve entrance, after which visitors proceed on foot.
Shai Hills Game Reserve
Created in 1974, the Shai Hills Game Reserve is a small wildlife sanctuary occupying over 5,180 hectares north of Tema in the Greater Accra Region.
To get here from Accra, take the Tema Expressway straight to the end, followed by the highway to Ho. On the right, just beyond the Shai Training Centre, the main entrance of the reserve leads to the building where visitors' passes are issued and the mandatory guides assigned.
Guides are not only obligatory, but also indispensable. As in Ghana's other wildlife parks and reserves, visits on foot are both recommended and encouraged. But only a trained guide, perfectly familiar with the habits of the animal population and the nature of the territory can ensure that visitors will profit from their excursion to the maximum.
During the rainy season, even experienced guides can hesitate over which path to take amid the tall tropical grasses of the reserve. As visitors will soon discover, these grasses are anything but gentle to the touch, and after a single thorny encounter, one is only too happy to let an experienced companion reconnoiter the area in search of wildlife or simply the right direction to the next stopping-off place.
The guides also know how to find the elusive vestiges of a series of villages inhabited from the thirteenth to the 19th centuries by huntsmen and their families. Occasional fragments of ruined walls indicate the former presence of dwellings, while elsewhere, innumerable pottery shards or intact earthenware receptacles offer much testimony of the lives that were led here.
In more remote historical periods, the Shai dwelt in the careens of the surrounding hills. Ulteriorly, these same caves were used as temporary refuges and strategic strongholds during the episodic wars between the Shai and the Ga.
As wildlife rarified during the early years of the 20th century, the Shai huntsmen progressively abandoned the hillsides for the surrounding villages which their descendants inhabit today.
At present, there reserve's animal population includes monkeys (baboons and cercopithecus), water bucks, royal antelope, cephalophes, oribus and wildcats, while the lovely surrounding hills offer the possibility of hiking, camping and excursions on horseback.
Digya National Park
Occupying 3.478 square kilometres of undulating terrain on the western shore of the Volta Lake. Made up of predominately Guinea Savannah Woodland and gallery forest along the major rivers, complete with sandstone insulters. Has at least six primate species black and white colobus monkeys and baboons, elephants and a variety of antelope species, crocodiles, buffalos, water bucks, hartebeests, warthogs, Manatee and clawless otters and also reported to be present.
Kogyae District Nature Reserve
Created in 1971 the Reserve comprises 32,400 hectares essentially destined for agricultural and botanical research. It is located in the Volta Region.
Bui National Park
Located near Wenchi, between the Northern provinces and the Brong-Ahafo Region, the 207,360 hectares park run parallel to the Cote d' Ivoire. Bui offers visitors the opportunity of viewing the largest hippo population in Ghana.
Bia National Park
The Park is accessible from Kumasi. It was enlarged to 7,780 hectares in 1977. Largely comprised of secondary-growth forest after intensive farming destroyed much of the original vegetation. Bia is a haven for elephants, monkeys, leopards and birds. The only way of exploring the park is by foot.
Gbele Game Reserve
Located near Tumu in the savanna of northwestern Ghana, the park occupies 54,690 hectares and contains a limited wildlife population.
Ankasa Game Reserve and Nini Suhien National Park
With a comparable range of wildlife as Bia, Ankasa Game Reserve (30,740 hectares) and Nini-Suhien National Park (10,630 hectares) were created in 1976. Located in the tropical forests of western Ghana,both reserves can be accessed by Mpabata.
Kalakpa Game Reserve
Occupying 32,440 hectares, located in the Volta Region and a few kilometres from the Accra-Ho highway, the Reserve offers a dense forest population as Mole Park, with the exception of elephants and lions.
Bomfobiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Covering 5,180 hectares the Sanctuary is located in Ashanti territory, in a transitional, lightly wooded region lying between the savannas and the tropical forest. The sanctuary offer a wide variety of bird life, monkeys and small antelope.
Situated to the east of the Kintampo-Nkoranza axis in the Brong-Ahafo Region, the Sanctuary is celebrated for its black and white-furred Colobus monkeys, considered by the local inhabitants as being protective spirits and allowed free run of their homes during the day.
Kakum And Assin-Attandanso Reserves
Located between Cape Coast and Elmina in central Ghana, these Reserves offer 420 square kilometres of semi-deforested tropical heartland.
Along the site of logging operations, a recent study revealed the presence of innumerable animal species, certain of which were on the verge of extinction. These include the forest elephant and buffalo, the bongo (a rare variety of antelope), panters, Colobus monkeys, a wide variety of birds and reptiles, including Nile crocodiles and a wide range of tropical flora. Both reserves have been given a highly-protected status with hunting and logging completely prohibited.