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Kakum National Park (by Ben)

sunny 30 °C

Kakum National Park, before we went on the walk

The Canopy in the rainforest. It is between 18-60m above the ground, between some very tall trees.
We were told that there were 7 bridges and 6 canopies. I was quite concerned that the last bridge would not lead to a canopy, and spent most of the time worrying how that worked... while Emilie wobbled the walkway from side to side laughing at me.

The rainforest
I would probably been able to get a picture without the net in the way if Emilie had not been shaking the canopy. She loves wobbling from side to side trying to scare me. And it works. It is really hard to take photos when you are hanging on to the netting for your life.

Emilie, in a very brief moment of not wobbling.

On the canopy walkway

The rainforest, as seen from the canopy.
Kakum National Park is huge! 350 square kilometres. When I took this I was wondering how close the nearest elephants were. Apparently there are small elephants in the park.
Most of the animals are nocturnal though, so you don't see much during the day, but you can stay overnight and go for a night walk. Considering that I spent most of the time looking behind, looking out for lions "just in case", I don't think that the night walk would be for me.

on the walk back.

This is the beach at Green Turtle Lodge.
Getting there took quite a while. It is in quite a remote area, quite far west in Ghana. There is not a paved road for the last 10 or so kilometres, and although we had been on unpaved roads a lot, this one was the most exciting, because there are many very small but steep hills, and the old tro-tro needed quite a run up before managing to get to the top. It was also the most painful road, because our backpack was shoved in the boot of the tro-tro, which never properly closes, so I was trying to hang onto that while going over some quite impressive potholes.

Being at Green Turtle Lodge was paradise though.
The beach was beautiful, and there were some shaded places to lie down so that you do not burn (which we both did).
The bar was just off the beach and food was served on one of these benches. Just sitting there was so nice that I could have done it all day along.

I win!
We were also told that there were many packs of cards, and games to play. But none of them were complete so we had to improvise. Emilie wins here with a 2, 4/5 (a very rare card) AND 2 strawberries. You cannot beat that hand.

Back in Glasgow now :(
This is now our most prized possession. The 3 people are separate and wrap around each other, but there is no join mark. I could not understand how they did this, and they explained that it is because it is all made from 1 piece of wood. Even making a very small sculpture is more than a full days work.

And this is our other sculpture, that we bought a Wli Falls, which you can see at:
Something weird happened when I scanned it.

And those are all of my pictures from Ghana. Now we are back home we have found a shop just round the corner from us that does all of the Ghanaian food that we could ever want, including Plantain chips!

Posted by Fat Face 16:22 Archived in Ghana Tagged volunteer

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