Kakum National Park

Trip Start Apr 04, 2006
Trip End Oct 23, 2006

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Tuesday, May 9, 2006

It was an early trek this morning through the south end of the park. Our guide met us at 6:00 and the plan is to trek for 1 hour and spend another hour on the canopy walkway. This is the highlight of the park & the reason for many day trips here. It was built by Canadians in 1995 and is a series of bridges over the tree tops. My reading tells me that they are approximately 30m above ground. This was especially great if heights do not bother you. And being suspension bridges, there is more than a bit of sway to them to keep it interesting :-)

It was a priviledge to be the only ones up here since the park does not open to visitors until 8:30. We could walk each bridge one at a time. Not much wildlife was spoted as we were not deep enough into the park. Our only excitement was to see a monkey on the top of the canopy. He had a white face and white tail. The vegetation was much the same (in terms of structure) as the Amazon. As you will see from the photos, one tree trunk was so large that it serves as a location device when lost. To hit the trunk would resonate a sound throughout the area.

Around noon, we left the park and headed to a nearby hotel - Hans Cottage Botel - for the day and night. It was a step up in luxury as it had air-conditioned rooms and a pool. The budget room with a fan (Jen's & my option) was 170,000 Cedis or $20 USD. Naturally, our compadres chose the room with a/c. However, because it rained heavily in the area the night before, the air was quite cool. The fan was more than sufficient & it was a pretty restful evening.
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