Bui National Park in Ghana is a renowned home of large schools of hippopotamus. The park occupies an estimated area of 1,821 square kilometres of mostly woodland savannah with dispersed and riverine gallery forests. This wild habitat stretches as far as Brong Ahafo and into northern Ghana and part of Ivory Coast in the west.
The nearest major towns to Bui National Park may be accessed are Nsawkaw, Wenchi and Techiman in the Brong Ahafo region.
Some of the animals in the park include hippos, monitor lizards, fruit bats, elephants, waterbuck, baboons, green monkeys, patas, bushbuck and other species of wildlife such as butterflies, amphibians and others. More than 250 birds are found in the bird.
Other interesting attractions in Bui are stalactites caves, lush mountains and water cascades. The caves harbour bat colonies and it’s worth waiting to see the sun set over the mountains of Bui.
The local people celebrate their annual ancestral yam festival in September – October when there is a general home-coming by indigenes domiciled elsewhere to join the festive season. Visitors may also go out in traditional dugouts with local fishermen.
A new hydro-electric dam is being built in Bui which will significantly alter the geography of the park and create more riverine areas and islands. Tourist activities awaiting you at Bui National Park include game viewing, bird watching, and adventure hiking. Nearby villages may also be visited for true African insights and Ghanaian hospitality.
Ideally you should plan your visit to occur during the dry season, from December through February. This is because the hippos are more visible when the water level is lower. Another consideration is that access to the park can be limited during the rain season.