Kakum National Park
"Located 12 miles north of
the seaside town of Cape Coast in Ghana's Central Region, Kakum
National Park and the adjacent Assin Attandaso Resource Reserve
cover approximately 135 square miles of tropical moist forest.
The Kakum Canopy Walkway, the
only one of its kind in Africa, will lead you through the
tree-tops, offering a unique and spectacular view of the
Sapo National Park
Liberia’s high forest and
rivers contain a large variety of wildlife. Common among the
wildlife in Liberia are: elephants, monkeys, buffaloes,
antelopes, duikers, crocodiles, groundhogs, honey badgers,
tortoises, mongooses and several predators of the leopard group.
There are 15 species of snake,
including water snakes, mambas, cobras, vipers and the mighty
python. The pigmy hippopotamus, found only in Liberia, and they
are still far away from extinction.
Yankari National Park
The Yankari National Park is
about the only remnant of wildlife left in Nigeria. Yankari is
located about 225km east of the Nigerian city of Jos, and about
80km from the nearest town. The park covers an area of 2,244
square kilometers, and is one of the better game parks in West
Africa. It is open to visitors from 1 November to 30 June.
Some of the wildlife found in
the park includes the elephant, bush buck, horned waterbuck,
buffalo, hippo, lion, monkey, wart hog, crocodile and baboon.
With about 550 elephants, this park has the largest elephant
population in West Africa. However, sighting the animals is not
so easy, as the vegetation in the area is quite dense. The best
time to view the animals is late February to late April.
National Parks & Game Reserves
Health Information for Travelers to West Africa
Faso, Cape Verde islands, Côte d'Ivoire,
Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia,
Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, São Tomé
and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo
you need to know before going to Africa
yourself from mosquito bites is the best
protection against malaria and yellow fever.
are most active in twilight periods at dawn
and dusk or in the evening. Avoidance of
outdoor activity during these periods may
reduce risk of exposure. Wearing long-sleeved
shirts, long pants, and hats will minimize
areas of exposed skin. Shirts should be
tucked in. Repellents applied to clothing,
shoes, tents, mosquito nets, and other gear
will enhance protection.
are not adequately screened or air-conditioned,
bed nets are essential to provide protection
and comfort. Bed nets should be tucked under
mattresses and can be sprayed with repellent.
Aerosol insecticides and mosquito coils
may help to clear rooms of mosquitoes; however,
some coils contain DDT and should be used
How to avoid
malaria in Africa
Malaria is a potentially fatal illness for visitors
to tropical and subtropical Africa, where it is
transmitted by the bite of the female Anopheles
of the world's cases of malaria occur in
sub-Saharan Africa, where over one million
people die from the disease each year.
your Health Care Provider at least 4-6
weeks before leaving for Africa.
that you'll be visiting Africa and
will require anti-malarial medication.
you've bought the anti-malarial
medication, you'll need to begin using
it - as directed by your Health Care
Provider - at least a week before
leaving for Africa.
clothing to conceal as much of your
body as practical, to prevent mosquito
- Use a
spray-on or roll-on insect repellent
containing di-ethyl toluamide, also
known as DEET.
under the mosquito net which will have
been provided for you.
retiring for the night, spray the room
with a suitable pyrethroid-containing
burning a mosquito coil during the
night. Mosquito coils are
insecticide-laden and burn slowly for
up to 8 hours, releasing smoke which
will kill all mosquitos in the room.
going outside after dark: mosquitos
are active from dusk to dawn.
possible, allow a fan to blow over you
as you sleep. This will prevent
mosquitos from finding you, which they
do by detecting the carbon dioxide you
mosquitos are attracted to lights,
avoid leaving lights on at night.
all doors and windows at night.
forget to continue taking the
anti-malarial tablets for four weeks
after you leave the malarious area.
visiting a malarious area, monitor
yourself and your children for
malarial symptoms, which include body
aches, tiredness, headaches, a sore
throat, diarrhoea, and fever.
symptoms are rarely dramatic, and are
often mistaken for influenza.
antimalarial medication exactly on
schedule without missing doses.
May to October (rainy season.
Heavy downpours for hours and many times days.... Bring plenty of
Passport and Visa:
Required, but NOT by the
- (1) Holders of an official
travel order issued to members of the United States Armed
- (2) Holders of United Nations
- (3) Holders of a valid Seaman
Book traveling on duty.
Passport validity :
Passport must be valid 6 months
from date of entry.
Required, but NOT by the
(1) Nationals of Liberia
(2) Nationals of:
- Burkina Faso,
- Cape Verde,
- Cote d,Ivoire,
- Korea (South),
- Sierra Leone &
(3) Holders of diplomatic or
official passport accredited to Liberia.
(4) Holders of a re-entry permit.
Notes: (1) Visitors wishing to
stay for more than 15 days must report to the immigration
Office, Broad Street, Monrovia within 48 hours of arrival. Two
passport-size photographs are required.
Diphtheria, hepatitis A,
hepatitis B, malaria, meningitis, polio, TB, tetanus, typhoid.
Recommended in some circumstances, seek further advice.
Yellow fever certificate required
by all. Exempt infants under 1 year.
National Parks and Reserves
Descriptions of parks and game
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