An Eco Tourism site and an ideal place for adventure, picnics and relaxation located in the Abuakwa south municipality of the Eastern region of Ghana. The site has over 600 species of trees used for used for various medicinal purposes.
Bunso, just two hours from Accra, offers visitors a combination of semi-deciduous native forest and species introduced to Ghana by the Plant Genetic Resources Centre of Bunso, which uses the facility for research. The site contains over 110 species of birds, 30 species of butterflies and a herb garden with over 40 species. Tour the arboretum with a guide to learn about the native and exotic plants, including their medicinal properties for traditional healing, or go on an indigenous foods tour to learn the many ways in which local people harvest food from local plants. Guests can also experience village life and cocoa farming on a tour of the nearby village.
What to See & Do
Beyond being an eco park where you can embark on first adventure hike or visit the bamboo cathedral, the park has a;
1. Tree-top canopy walkway
Experience the walk on ropes suspending high in this forest area and get a good view of the several tree species from up high. This is the second highest canopy walkway built after Kakum.
2. Children’s playground/walkway
This child-friendly park has purpose-built canopy walkway to bring out the adventure in children. Do not leave the children out of your trip to this park.
3. Butterfly/Bird Sanctuary
With a wide variety of butterflies, a walk through the park forest offers one the opportunity to discover several species of butterflies and at times birds. (Best time to see butterflies is before. 8am)
One of the latest additions to the park is two horses that offer patrons the opportunity to ride through the park.
Pump up some adrenaline by riding down the 50-metre long newly constructed Zipline. The unique thing about the zipline is that entry to and from the Zipline is via a suspended ropes walkway.
Getting there (location)
Bunso Eco Park (Bunso Arboretum) is located at Bunso, Eastern Region. Just 4.1km from Bunso junction (Linda Dor) on the Accra-Kumasi Road.
The 40-acre forest reserve that hosts the Aboretum which belongs to the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council who leased it to a mining firm in the early twentieth century for surface mining but later given to another company known as African Products Department for rubber and cocoa plantations in 1917.
After the company left, two British bought the park on which they built a guest house in 1935. The guesthouse is currently serving as the official residence for the Vice Chancellor of the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies; an institution established by the Okyehene, Amoatia Ofori Opanin II.
The forest reserve has some of the rare tree species including Garcinia Kola, known locally as Twepea, reputed for its health benefits. Garcinia kola is said to be used in many tropical countries to fight infectious diseases and also known to possess anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiviral properties.
Other tropical tree species found at the centre include Okure, mostly used for dugout canoes as well as the Alpha and Omega trees used for the local sponge (sapowie).