Bunso canopy walk park is a small but fast growing town in Ghana’s Eastern region’s East Akim District. The town is about a thirty-minute drive from Koforidua, the regional capital, and is located a few kilometres off the Accra-Kumasi route.
Bunso is most known for its agricultural research and afforestation programmes. The town is home to the Cocoa Research Institute, which conducts research on cocoa seedlings and how to improve cocoa production. As the name implies, the extremely popular Bunso Botanical Garden is also located in the town.
However, a canopy walkway in the Bunso Botanical Garden, also known as Bunso Arboretum, was added to the town over half a decade ago, bringing a new tourism draw to the area. The Bunso canopy walk park was just the second of its sort in Ghana when it opened in 2014, following the Kakum Canopy Walk in the central region. The Bunso Walkway was constructed by local engineers over the course of a year. It is approximately 40 feet high from the ground and 280 metres long, with five bridges and a stopping point, making it a thrilling and breathtaking experience.
Aside from the canopy walk at the garden, the forest is home to hundreds of different bird species, the majority of which can be observed perched on the tall trees when walking through the canopy walkway. The garden is also one of the few forest reserves in Ghana that can truly brag of a large number of timber trees, with over 600 trees of various types in the garden
History Of Bunso Canopy Walk Park
The Aboretum is located on a 40-acre forest reserve owned by the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council, which leased it to a mining company for surface mining in the early twentieth century, but was later given to another company known as African Products Department for rubber and cocoa plantations in 1917.
Following the company’s departure, two British bought the park and built a guest house there in 1935. The Vice Chancellor of the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies, an institution founded by the Okyehene, Amoatia Ofori Opanin II, is currently residing in the guesthouse.
The Plant Genetic Resource and Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) bought the facility in 1946 and has been managing it ever since.
Garcinia Kola, popularly known as Twepea, is one of the uncommon tree species found in the forest reserve, and it is thought to have health advantages. Garcinia kola is claimed to be utilised to fight infectious infections in many tropical regions, and it also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral qualities.
Other tropical tree species present at the centre include the Okure tree, which is mostly used for dugout boats, and the Alpha and Omega trees, which are utilised for the local sponge (sapowie).
What to See And Do At Bunso Park
1.Tree-top Canopy Walkway
Despite the fact that Kakum National Park has Ghana’s highest and scariest canopy walk, Bunso Park has one of the best canopy walks in the country. Because of their terrifying canopy walk, the park has carved a path through the hearts of the public. And if you plan on visiting Bunso, this is one of the nicest things to do.
Bunso Park is claimed to be one of Ghana’s few zipline destinations. To be honest, I had a great time on the zipline during my first visit to the park. It’s a little scary, but trust me when I say it’s one of the most enjoyable things to do in the park.
Bunso Canopy Walk Park is home to more than just ziplining and canopy walks. It is one of Ghana’s most popular tourist spots for the entire family. Bring the family to the park and let them enjoy the children’s playground. It is completely safe for the entire family, including the children.
Two horses that provide visitors the option to ride through the park are one of the most recent additions to the park. Horseback riding at Bunso Canopy Walk Park is, believe me, a lot of fun.
A walk through the park forest, which is home to a large diversity of butterflies, provides the opportunity to see numerous species of butterflies and, on occasion, birds. (Butterflies are best seen before 8 a.m.)
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Getting there (location)
Bunso Eco Park (Bunso Arboretum) is located at Bunso, Eastern Region. Just 4.1km from Bunso junction (Linda Dor) on the Accra-Kumasi.
Ghana Travel Restrictions
Ghana is open to most travelers again. I mean travelers from all over the world. However, you do need proof of your COVID-19 vaccination(s) or a negative test result before being allowed entry.
Many hotels, attractions, and private tours are open with new health & safety protocols in place, and you still have to follow certain guidelines. They are all good for our safety.
Read the ultimate travel guide to Ghana to help you plan your trip.