West Africa’s Butterfly Eden

Southern Ghana

Many countries in Africa boast impressive lists of butterflies but it is certain that nowhere are they more visible than in Ghana. This is especially true of magnificent Bobiri, a tiny forest reserve that is already known to harbour in excess of five hundred species of butterfly.

Royal Sapphire © Karen Nichols

A walk along Bobiri’s track is a bewildering experience as clouds of mud-puddling Whites and Yellows take flight while abundant Swallowtails and pure gold or red Gliders show off their stunning colours every step one walks. There are the lovely ‘Mother-of-Pearls’, huge fragile-looking butterflies with pearly wings imbued with pinks or purples, as well as elegantly tailed Swordtails and the gorgeous Electric Green Swallowtail. Charaxes blaze past us, they are such fast flyers, but presented with mongoose or genet dung (often on the tracks!) these Ferrari’s of the butterfly world become tame and photographable. Even these large and colourful butterflies can’t hold a candle to that signature group of Ghana’s butterflies, the Euphaedras or Foresters.

Expect over twenty species adorned in all manner of brilliant colours, from the red, black and white Edward’s Forester to the blue-green Magnificent Forester, and from the Western Striped Forester, shot through with pinks and greens, to the intricately-patterned Crocker’s Forester.

Mocker Butterfly by Fiona Dunbar

The butterflies and indeed birds are hardly less diverse among the wooded hills and waterfalls of the Akwapim Togo Ranges and in magical Ankasa National Park which protects some of the continent’s finest Evergreen High Rainforest. From Ankasa’s wide tracks we can watch golden Lurid Gliders and Blood Red Cymothoes sail past Lesser Spot-nosed Monkeys and Olive Colobuses. There are no less than nine species of primate found here, and the current butterfly list has passed six hundred species! Black Bee-eaters, Emerald Cuckoo and the lovely Blue Cuckoo-Shrike are among a panoply of brilliantly-coloured birds – a profusion of Hornbills, Kingfishers, Malimbes and Sunbirds. Mimicry is common among Ghana’s butterflies, from the giant Mocker Swallowtails right down to the tiny Similar Yellow, a striking grass yellow-mimic. Hanging from twigs we’ll see fragile Liptenids such as black and red Western Telipna and delicate Vane-Wright’s Glasswing whose shadowed wings have large black spots in the centre.
There are stunning beetles, shimmering damselflies, and always more butterflies; Harlequins, Fairy Hairstreaks and Playboys…

Dates and Prices

9th October - 23rd October 2024 (15 days)

London - London £4,995
Accra - Accra £4,100
Single Supplement* £255
Deposit £500

* doesn't apply if you're willing to share and a room-mate can be arranged

or ask us a question.

Tour Summary

Day 1
to Accra
Days 2-5
Ankasa National Park
Day 6
Kakum National Park & Elmina
Days 7-10
Bobiri Forest Reserve
Days 11-14
Wli, Amedzofe and the Akwapim Togo Ranges
Day 15
Return to the UK

Tour information


Butterflies. Also Birds, Mammals and Reptiles.


Paul Cardy

Group Size

The minimum is 5 and the maximum is 9.

Included in the Price

All accommodation, transport and meals in Ghana. Entrance fees to National Parks. Services of your leaders.
Please note: items of a personal nature including travel insurance, Ghana entry visa, drinks and tips are not included.


We start in Accra at the pleasant modern Airport View Hotel. Next are four nights at the lovely Ankasa Lodge, right by the entrance to Ankasa National Park. The very comfortable air-conditioned rooms are set amid lush forest that attract plenty of butterflies and birds. Next is a night at the comfortable Golden Hill Parker Hotel at Elmina. At Bobiri we have four nights in the quiet and somewhat basic Forest Guesthouse. This is followed by three nights at the welcoming Wli Water Heights Hotel in the hills at Wli close to the Togo border. The rooms at all the hotels are en suite with a shower and/or bath and WC, and all have air-conditioning or fans.


Very easy. Up to four or five miles on some days but usually much less, and always at a slow pace. All flights.


UK return direct flights are available from London Heathrow to Accra. Add-ons are available from various UK airports*. Other indirect routes from regional UK Airports* may be available. *These routes may incur a supplement.


Hot and sunny! Daily maxima are around 30°C (although temperatures under the canopy in Ankasa and Bobiri only reach 23°C) and it can be rather humid, indeed rainfall is likely most days, and is often heavy, though thankfully usually short-lived.

How to Book

Contact us to check if there is availability for the number of places you require. Click on the ‘Book this Tour’ button on this page to be taken to the online booking form or contact us and we will send one to you which you can complete and send back to us. You will receive confirmation of your place, and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. This will contain up-to-date health information.