For a taste of the African rainforest while in Ghana, plan a trip to the Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary outside of Kumasi. The five-square-mile (13-square-kilometer) swath of secondary forest surrounds a sizable reservoir and attracts a variety of wildlife, most notably some 160 species of birds. Many of the mammal species, like antelope that life in the sanctuary, are shy and difficult to spot, but monkey sightings are quite common.
From a historical perspective, the sanctuary is of interest because its reservoir, formed by the construction of the Barekese Dam in 1971, is the source of Kumasi’s water.
Whether you come for the wildlife, the scenic appeal or to see the source of Kumasi’s water, the sanctuary makes for a pleasant escape from the often overwhelming clamor of Kumasi.
Take the Kumasi-Sunyani road from kumasi to the Akropong junction to get to the sacntuary. The rainforest within the wildlife sanctuary can be quite dense, so it’s a good idea to use the services of a park guide to lead you on your excursion.