The 280-metre long walkway is suspended 40 feet off the ground with five bridges. It is within one of the country’s lesser known tourism sites in the Eastern Region – The Bunso Arboretum.
It has six platforms where tourists can make stopovers to explore and soak in the breath-taking fauna and flora.
Arboretum lies just 120 kilometres from the national capital Accra, 150 km from Ghana’s second capital, Kumasi, and 3 km from the Bunso-Junction on the Accra-Kumasi highway.
It is the second forest reserve in Ghana to host a canopy walkway after the Kakum National Park, which was built by Conservation International in 1995, to provide tourism income for forest conservation.
The Kakum National Park is the only park in Africa which has a canopy walkway that stretches 350 metres (1,150 ft) long and connects seven treetops, providing access to the forest’s vast fauna and flora species.
Started almost a century ago as a plant research reserve by two British agriculturists, the Bunso Arboretum, covering a total forest area of 16.5 hectares, has since 2002 become an eco-tourism spot but often overlooked because it hasn’t been properly promoted.
Yet, it boasts of 110 bird species and not less than 300 species each of butterflies and timber, some of which are difficult to find in most of the country’s forest reserves that are threatened by illegal logging and illegal small scale mining activities (galamsey) by the locals.
Currently, Arboretum falls under the auspices of Ghana’s Ecotourism Department of the Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
The commissioning of the latest canopy walkway forms part of a larger plan to position Arboretum as a leader in ecotourism in Ghana by providing a one-stop-shop tourism facility. This walkway is expected to attract unprecedented number of tourists – local and foreign.
Aside the cutting-edge experience, the Bunso Arboretum offers great price packages compared to the Kakum National Park in the Central Region. With as low as GHC50 ($17), one can have a whole 24-hours for camping, holding retreats and wedding receptions or organising other recreational activities at Arboretum which has serene receptive facilities.
It will cost GHC 30 ($10) and GHC 8 ($3) for non-Ghanaians and Ghanaians respectively (adults), to enjoy the canopy walkway experience. A mouth-watering package awaits film producers and music video directors who wish to shoot scenes from the green environment for a paltry GHC50 ($17) a day!
The next time you’re planning a vacation trip to Africa, you may want to consider the Bunso Arboretum in Ghana and you’ll be glad you did.
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