About the Kyabobo
National Park (pronounced CHAY-a-bobo) is one of Ghana’s newest ecotourism sites. The 220-square –kilometre Kyabobo National Park is recognised internationally as a unique mountainous conservation area with stunning views and well-protected wilderness. Kyabobo is located in the Nkwanta district of the northern Volta region on the border with Togo. The nearest town is Nkwanta.
The reserve was established in 1997. Ghana’s second-highest mountain, Mount Dzebobo is contained within the park and offers visitors an impressive view of the Lake Volta.
Plans are underway to link Kyabobo with the contiguous Fazao-Malfacassa National Park in Togo to create Ghana’s first trans-frontier park. In the future, this cross-border cooperation may allow visitors to hike freely between both parks.
The park is located in the Dry semi-deciduous transition zone between tropical rain forest and tree savanna. The park contains both forest and savannah species of plants and animals. Its forests contain the nationally endangered endemic tree Talbotiella gendtii.
The Park’s wildlife include buffalo, kob, warthog, Aardvark, bushbuck, duikers and baboon. Threatened species include lion, elephant, bongo, reedbuck, leopards, and hartebeest. A park survey lists at least 500 species of butterflies and 235 birds. The park offers challenging multiple-day hikes through its rugged terrain, mountain biking, game viewing hides, shrines and sacred groves as well as interesting cultural experience.
The Park is about 400km from Accra and it is open to tourist. However with its rich fauna and scenic beauty it is going to add to the tourism potentials of the Volta Region.
Stop at the beautiful-landscaped park headquarters outside Nkwanta to plan your guided visit.
Things to Do
- Enjoy the stunning view from the park’s Breast Mountains. On a clear day, you may see all the way to River Volta. Time: 3 hours. Difficulty: 2
- Rent a mountain bike at the park headquarters to cycle around the Breast Mountain, stopping for refreshment at Keri village before returning. Time: 4 hours. Difficulty: 2
- Walk to Kylinga on the Togo border, one of the most remote villages in Ghana. Here the unique culture of the Akyode tribe has been preserved due to physical and cultural isolation. Time: 4-5 hour walk plus overnight stay. Difficulty: 3
- Visit the beautiful 60 m high Laboum Waterfall and dip in the pond at its foot. Watch birds and small mammals from a nearby game-viewing hide. Time: 5 ours .difficulty: 3
- Hike from Koue along the mountain ridge to see a shrine and sacred groove. Sleep on a platform overlooking the shrine and watch the bats come out of the cave. Time: 3 hours. Difficulty: 2
- Walk along the Koue River and the border with Togo, listening to the rushing water. Stay overnight on a raised platform overlooking the river and observe forest and water birds. You may see even elephants, which occasionally enter the park from Togo. Time: 8 hours. Difficulty: 2
- Game viewing hides, shrines and sacred groves.
When to Visit
The waterfall and Koue River are most dramatic after the rains, from August-December. The villages of Shiare, Koue and Kylinga and their shrines can be visited anytime with community guides, after making arrangements with the local chief.
Accommodations, Food and Refreshments
A camp site adjacent to the park headquarters has showers and flush toilets. Laboum camp has showers and pit toilets. Meals are available at chop bars and restaurants in Nkwanta or can be arranged by the community cook at the picnic site. Beverages are available in most of the villages. Hotels are available in Nkwanta.
6 am to 6 pm daily
From the main Ho-Temale Road at Nkwanta, turn at the Kyabobo National Park sign onto the road for 5 km to the park headquarters. Trotros are available from Accra, Hohoe and Tamale (change at Bimbila). Local taxis may be available for the 5 km from the main road to the visitor centre.
Don’t Miss This!
Nkwanta and communities around the park are famous for their yam festivals, which are heal every year around August- September.