Kakum national park was founded in 1931 at an initiative by the local population and later received status as a national park in 1992 when a survey of avifauna (I had to look this on up so figured I would provide a link) was conducted. There are two things that make this park unique in Ghana; first it was founded at an initiative by the locals and not the national parks service, and second it is the only rain forest park in Ghana that has a canopy walk (the subject of my photos). The park covers 375 square kilometers and is composed mostly of rain forest and is home to many species of wildlife including Diana monkey, giant bongo antelope, yellow-backed duiker and African elephant. Sadly I did not see much wildlife other than mosquitoes and ants.
The canopy walk built by 2 Canadian engineers and covers 350 meters and connects 7 tree tops giving visitors an excellent view of the forest below. There are two paths you can take; a 7 bridge path for the more adventurous and a shortened 3 bridge path for those who just want a view but don’t like the height which can reach more than 50 meters above the forest floor.
Each of the below photos is linked to a photo sphere on Google Map Views, please click on them to see a full 360 degree view of the forest.
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Last, but not least, here are some tiny planet views of the above spheres.