Shai Hills Resource Reserve
Shai Hills Resource Reserve is most closest spot to Accra , feel nature and wildlife ,do some activities like rock climbing and hiking. It is perfect day trip from Accra and Tema.
The Shai Hills Resource Reserve covers a total area of 51sq km and is made up of savannah plains surrounding a range of southern outlier inselbergs that reach an attitude of 290 meters.
Ghanaians: Adult:10GHS student/volunteer1GHS
Non Ghanaians Adult:20GHS student/volunteer5GHS
〈time to visit〉
Throughout the year, but travel within the Reserve could be difficult during rainy season.
Butterflies are most abundant from May- September.
There are over 15 troops of Olive Baboons dispersed within the Reserve , each troop has its own home range.
Green and Spot nosed monkeys as well as monitor lizards and snakes. Within the reserve is also a community of antelopes , the kobs , bushbucks and duikers , in the evening time visitors can also observe colonies of tomb bad living in the Sayu Cave sa well as seraval and genet casts.
You can enjoy many species of birds , who live in three habitat types in the reserve with over 173 species of birds resorded.
Visitor is allowed to walk and explore the entire range of the outlier hills. The hilltops offer panoramic views of the Accra plains and the lower stretches of the Volta lake.
The reserve offers visitors some of the most unique mountain climbing. Apart from the baboon trail of about 4km ,the present rails lead to cave as described next object.
These trails offer visitors the opportunity to experience spectacular scenic view of the beautiful serene Accra Plains at attitude as high as 290m above sea level.
-exploring the caves
The historical caves were originally inhabited by the Shai people since the late Stone Age,from10,000BC until 1892.In 1892 the British army expelled them from the Hills and forced them to move to other parts of region. The Shais lived in clans with each clan occupying a particular cave and its surrounding area.
The hills which were inhabited were Adwuku,Sayu , Manya and Hieowayo hills.
Visitors can take a step back in time by visiting one of the numerous historic archaeological sites and remains on the hillsides or visit one of the most important traditional religious shrines of the Shai people within the Reserve.
From Accra along the Tema Moterway , take the fourth exit towards Akosombo , approximately 50km north-east of Accra.The Reserve is well sign posted.
By trotro , first , get on to Ashiaman, from there take another trotro or taxi to Doryumu and get off at the southern entrance of the Reserve.
The Reserve is mostly used by day visitors.
If you want to stay there you can camping. Visitors willing to camp should arrive with their own equipment.