The forest of Boabeng and Fiema is not only famous for its sacred monkeys. In this area there are also a lot of great butterflies you can easily see everywhere in the forest.
In the Information Centre of the Monkey Sanctuary you can get all the information about these butterflies. There are at least 20 species here, and some are beautifully coloured and very big.
Inside the forest I saw at least 10 different species and managed to take pictures of two of the most beautiful ones.
Besides the monkeys in the forest at Boabeng and Fiema, there is much more to see inside the jungle here. In a large part of the forest there are footpaths around some amazing trees and other plants. When you have a guided tour to the monkeys, the guide will take you through some of these paths to some of the highlights of the local forest.
One of these highlights is a great strengling ficus that is completely open inside so you can get inside the tree. There are a lot more of these so-called parasites here and some trees are completely covered by them.
And inside the forest here you can see some great flowers. In some parts you can see complete parts of the area covered with big, red flowers.
After the guide has completed his tour you are free to return to the forest and have a walk yourself. That is a great thing to do, because there are enough paths to walk around for hours there, in a really great environment. Make sure that you can always hear to sound of the village when you are walking around, so you can't get lost.
The villagers of Boabeng and Fiema believe that the monkeys in the forest are their ancestors. This is why they treat the animals like their own family. When a monkey dies, it will be buried like they also bury the villagers.
The monkeys get a real, little coffin and are buried at a special cemetary in the forest. Here the monkeys are buried as well as the preachers of the villages. "Normal" people are buried somewhere else, this cemetary is for the "higher class": the monkeys and the preachers.
At the cemetary you can see the graves of about 30 Colobus- and Mona-monkeys and a few preachers. Only a very small part of the monkeys are buried here, because a lot of the monkeys die deep inside the forest and their remains are never found. The few monkeys that are found dead, all are buried here, with crosses saying "Adult Female Mona" and "Juvenile Black and White Colobus".
The shortest and therefore cheapest way to get to Boabeng-Fiema, is by chartering a taxi in Nkoranza at the central Tro-Tro station. As soon as the taxidrivers see an "Obruni" (white person) get out there, they will attack you with "Are you going to Boabeng?". And they will offer to take you there.
When you ask them for the price they will say "Just get in...": VERY BAD IDEA! Or they will say "Just make it 250(.000)": BAD IDEA TOO! Before you get in, you really have to bargain hard! Never accept someone's first offer, and never accept a second or third offer either. Walk away, come back and stick to your price. After 10 minutes there will always be one taxidriver that will accept your low bid. That will not make him popular with his colleagues, but it will give you a much better price.
When I went to Boabeng-Fiema, I chartered a taxi for 90.000 cedis ($ 9,-) for a return trip and including him waiting for 2 hours at the Monkey Sanctuary. I think that is a good price.
There are travel guides that also advise you to take a Tro-Tro to Fiema, but that is a very bad idea! There are hardly any Tro-Tro's going that way, and even less going back to Nkoranza. You might end up in Fiema without a way to get back. So just spend a few more cedis and charter a taxi: that's a much safer way to get there.
When you arrive at Boabeng, you are first dropped at the tourist office of the village. Here they have opened an information centre on the Monkey Sanctuary, where you can read a lot of information about the monkeys and about the way the villagers treat them. But also about the other animals you can find inside the park like a lot of different -and all beautiful- butterflies.
It is here that you have to pay for the entry of the park. The fee per person is 40.000 cedis (about $ 4,-) and that includes a guided tour. When you are by taxi, the taxi will bring you to the village of Fiema that is about 3 kilometres further. Here your guide is waiting for you.
At the Information Centre you can also buy some "small small" souvenirs like bracelets and little books about the monkeys.