The Wechiau Neighborhood Hippo Sanctuary (WCHS) is a singular community-based undertaking, defending and preserving the wildlife and the atmosphere of a 40km stretch of the Black Volta River in Ghana’s Upper West Region. The river is dwelling to one of many two remaining hippopotamus populations in Ghana, and was created right into a Sanctuary by native chiefs in 1999. Since then, the undertaking has had marked success in offering Ghanian and Worldwide vacationers with a singular and strange eco-travel expertise.
The world has a lot to supply, each because of the large range of wildlife and the alternatives to turn out to be immersed within the native tradition and actions.
Wechiau’s hippos are, in fact, the first attraction – however, there’s a large range of wildlife within the Sanctuary. And the enjoyment is that the Sanctuary is a spot the place you’ll be able to expertise wildlife in a very peaceable, unspoiled atmosphere…with educated native guides, with a schedule and pace tailor-made to every customer. Need to rise up early to see the greater than 250 species of birds come to life at dawn? Nice! An early morning journey up the river in a canoe to see hippos wallowing at your eye stage? Our specialty! Or spend the evening at a hippo conceal to see in case you are one of many fortunate ones who see hippos feeding? How about Baboons? Bats? Hedgehogs? Chameleons? Pythons? They’re all right here…
Most guests will definitely wish to expertise a visit on the river to see the hippos – most of the lodging packages will embody such a visit. Whereas a hippo sighting is rarely assured on only one outing (true wild-animal watching all the time has a component of luck), the numerous majority of our guests will see hippos in their pure, protected atmosphere. And if you’ll be able to spend 2 or 3 days with us (that is straightforward as a result of there’s a lot to do between the wildlife and local people immersion), you’ll get the chance for a number of journeys down completely different sectors of the Black Volta River. Seeing a wallowing or sleeping hippo when you find yourself at the eye stage (albeit at a protected distance!) is expertise to not be missed!
Wechiau is dwelling on over 250 species of birds, making it one of the various and spectacular birdwatching locations on the African continent. Rise earlier than dawn and depart into the bush with considered one of our skilled guides, and be ready to see (and listen to) a tremendous array of chicken life. In reality, the birdlife is so various that yearly, often one or two beforehand unrecorded species are sighted – are you able to assist us to uncover extra? A few of the favorites sighted by earlier guests: