Monkey-Human Realm in Ghana's forests
Nestled between the twin communities of Boabeng and Fiema in Brong-Ahafo Region, Ghana, lies a remarkable forest reserve known as the Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary. This nature conservation forest is a haven for various species that are, sadly, threatened with extinction all over West Africa. You will see a harmonious existence between humans and monkeys. The local communities safeguard monkeys as sacred beings, thus creating a unique interaction that's both enchanting and educational for visitors. Explore the Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary where nature and tradition entwine, offering a peek into the beautiful bond between people and wildlife.
The origin of the Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary is deeply rooted in the traditional beliefs and cultural practices of the communities of Boabeng and Fiema. This sanctuary is probably Ghana's most renowned example of traditional African conservation. The local populace has held the monkeys as sacred for generations, a reverence that's intricately tied to their ancestral beliefs and spiritual practices. This profound respect has birthed a sanctuary in 1970s that not only protects the primates but also preserves a significant aspect of the community's cultural heritage. Traditional beliefs in these communities strictly prohibit physical harm to the monkeys hence they live harmoniously with the indigenous to the extent the monkeys allow the locals to pet them.
Exploring Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary
Two types of monkeys inhibit the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary. Approximately 700 Campbell’s Mona Forest Monkeys (brown in colour) and close to 300 Geoffrey’s Pied Colobus Monkey (black and white). Despite their sacred status they are currently listed as vulnerable internationally and likely to become an endangered species. Both monkeys live harmoniously in this sanctuary. Beware that these sacred and happy monkeys still may be trying to steal food as you walk by. Monkeys do enjoy interacting with the visitors. You will see them on the ground, rooftops, jumping from house to house, and in the courtyards of homes. In the mornings, monkeys are calling out loudly to one another. As you are walking along the lush pathways, you’ll be greeted by the playful sounds of monkeys swinging through the trees, the melodious chirping of birds, and colourful butterflies adding a splash of colour to the breathtaking landscape.
Boabeng-Fiema monkey sanctuary is the only place in Africa where one can easily view and pet these beautiful monkeys. Step into a vibrant ecosystem thriving in harmony.
Some other natural attractions to consider
The adventure doesn't end at the borders of Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary. Extend your exploration to the other natural attractions, and take back home memories filled with laughter, learning, and a newfound appreciation for nature’s wonders.
Mount Krobo is a pristine destination rich in archaeological value, offering panoramic views of Ghana's countryside.
Shai Hills Reserve
Shai Hills Reserve is a tranquil escape boasting expansive savannas, forested hills, and diverse wildlife.
Akaa Falls is a serene waterfall nestled in the heart of the Eastern Region, presenting nature's undiscovered magnificence.
Tanoboase Sacred Grove and Shrine
A mere hour's drive from the sanctuary will lead you to the mystical Tanoboase Sacred Grove and Shrine , a place imbued with spiritual essence and natural beauty. The sacred grove offers a quiet retreat from the bustling city life, allowing visitors a moment of reflection amidst nature.
Bui National Park
Bui National Park is a remarkable natural reserve established in 1971. Spanning an area of 1,820 square kilometres, the park is situated in a typical woodland savanna zone. The park is bisected by the Black Volta River, housing its large Hippopotamus population. The park is also home to the endangered black and white colobus monkey, a variety of antelopes, and a diverse array of bird species. Unfortunately, part of the park was inundated by the reservoir of the Bui Dam, which was constructed from 2007 to 2013.
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Practical travel tips for a smooth trip
- The sanctuary is accessible all year-round, however, the dry season, from November to April, is often considered the best time to visit as the trails are less muddy and the weather is more pleasant.
- Make sure you have enough water supplies with you to stay hydrated!
- On arrival, visitors can opt for guided tours to learn more about the monkeys, the local traditions, and the conservation efforts in place. The sanctuary's knowledgeable guides will share insightful stories and facts about the sanctuary’s inhabitants and its history.