One of the best and largest forest reserves in West Africa is the Ankasa Conservation Area. Ankasa Conservation Area is located in the Western region, close to the town of Axim and near Ghana’s border with Cote d’Ivoire. It is 365 kilometers from the national capital, Accra, meaning tourists from the national capital who intend to visit the forest must set off in the morning as it is about a six-hour road trip. The forest reserve has been tightly preserved by Ghana since the 1950s when the decision was made to make the area a forest reserve and protect it from human activities like logging.
In terms of land size, the Ankasa forest reserve covers a land size of 500km2 and is one of the few reserves in Ghana that consist of tropical evergreen rainfall and sees a great volume of rainfall throughout the year, making it an ideal forest for wildlife. There is an exciting wildlife population which is with over 180 species of birds and 630 species of butterflies, while animals like elephant, monkeys, chimpanzees, and leopards can also be found in the park in their numbers. There are other attractions aside from the animals within the forest area.
To mention a few we have the famous Suhien river which flows through the forest and forms a wonderful waterfall and the Nini Suhien National Park which is mostly used as a picnic and camping grounds for families and groups. The park occupies over 180km2 out of the 500km2 of the entire forest reserve. Like most forest reserves such as Shai hills reserve, the Ankasa Conservation Area is opened to tourists and visitors who wish to tour the forest and experience the beauty of nature, but activities like animal hunting and wood logging in the forest are considered criminal and banned. Basic facilities such as toilets, tent shelters for tired tourists and good water are readily available in the forest.