Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
An NCRC & Partners Community Based Ecotourism Project
Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, the most famous sacred grove in Ghana, is home to 700 internationally vulnerable Geoffroy’s Pied Colobus and Campbell’s Mona monkeys. The monkeys are considered the children of the local gods – Daworoh and Abodwo – and no one is allowed to harm them. Community tradition and initiative have protected the monkeys and their forest for over 150 years.
Monkeys can be easily seen throughout the year in the forest and the villages. The primates are frequently spotted on roof-tops and trees near the village and raiding peoples’ food supplies, however, early mornings and late afternoons are the best times to see them. This is the only place in Africa where you can see Geoffroy’s Pied Colobus in such numbers.
- Amble along lush forest trails, keeping watch for monkeys on the ground and in the canopy, and enjoying the birds (including Paradise Flycatchers), butterflies, and beautiful trees of the region.
- Tour the village, and see the monkeys jump house to house and interact with villagers. Continue to explore the village and learn about village life after the tour ends, if you wish.
Visit the monkey cemetery, and go to the local shrine.
- Enjoy the peaceful 6-room guesthouse with flush toilet, bathing facilities and borehole with potable water.
- Bring a tent and camp on the lawn of the guesthouse. Awake to the calls of Colobus, watch the sunrise over the forest, and observe the monkeys feeding and jumping from tree to tree.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be prepared at your request. Soft drinks can be purchased at the guest house. Beer and snacks are available in the villages.
Directions are clearly marked along the way with signs.
The Monkey Sanctuary makes a wonderful day trip from Kumasi, a relaxing short getaway from Accra, and a restful stop on the way to Mole National Park. It is also near both Kintampo Waterfalls and Tanoboase Sacred Grove.
- By Public Transport:
Board a taxi or tro-tro from Nkoranza lorry station. Drop at the Visitor Information Center and Guest House of the Monkey Sanctuary.
- By Private Car
From Nkoranza: Go north on the Jema Road 17 km. Turn right at Tankor. After 5 km, reach the Visitor Information Center and Guest House.
- By Private Car From Kintampo: Go south on Techiman Road 20 km. Turn left at Beposo. Follow the road about 30 km and turn left at Tankor. After 5 km, reach the Visitor Information Center and Guest House.
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