At the entrance of Kakum you already have to pay a small "conservation fee" fo 15.000 cedis ($ 1,50) per person. After you paid this you can go on to the information centre where you can pay for the rest of the activities you want to do.
In the Centre you can also find a lot of information about the park and the jungle in general. Learn more about the different layers of the forest, about the animals that in it and about the consequences of pollution for the park.
Because the jungle of Kakum N.P. is too rough to enter, it is hardly impossible to get a good look of the forest from down below. By going on a guided hike starting from the information centre, this IS possible.
For this hike you normally pay 50.000 cedis per hour per person ($ 5,-) but for students and volunteers it is 20.000 cedis, and it is completely up to you where you, how long you go and what you see. I went on a one and a half hour's hike and we were introduced to the fascinating world of natural medicines. While walking through the jungle you see that almost every tree has its own use and its own story. If you are lukcy you might also be able to spot some animals, but I wasn't. Litterly the highlight of the hike was a 150 years old Kapok tree that was incredibly big.
Because the park of Kakum is very hard to enter, it is difficult to discover its beauty. That is why they built a Canopy Walk that goes over the treetops of the jungle: a perfect way to have a great view of the area.
The Canopy Walk is a walk over seven drawbridges that are made between some of the highest trees in the park. In between the bridges there are small platforms that connect them. The highest of the seven is a bridge that reaches a maximum height of 43 metres above the ground! A tour over the bridges provide you with both shaking knees because of the height and a great view over the treetops of the area. The platforms around the trees give you a chance to rest and enjoy on a more solid underground.
You have to buy your entrance ticket at the information centre. The price for foreigners is 90.000 cedis ($ 9,-) but students and volunteers only have to pay 60.000 cedis. You go to the Canopy Walk with a guide who will also guide you back to the entrance whe you are finished.
The best connecting place to get to Kakum National Park is Cape Coast. From the city it is only 20 kilometres to the entrance of the park. It is possible to get there by tro-tro, but to get back can be a bigger problem.
It is easier, but more expensive to charter a taxi. For about 120.000 cedis ($ 12,-) the driver will take you there, wait for you for 1,5 to 2 hours, and take you back to Cape Coast again. It is take some bargaining to get there, but it surely works!
The road to the entrance is beautiful but bumpy and takes about 40 minutes from Cape Coast.
Favorite thing: When you are planning a trip to Kakum National Park, try NOT to plan it in the weekends. Especially on Saturdays it can be very crowded which is annoying especially on the Canopy Walk. I went there on a Saturday and there were two full busloads of Ghanaian schoolkids visiting there too. On weekdays that hardly happens so you're safe.
Favorite thing: In all the regular guidebooks on Ghana (at least the Lonely Planet and the Bradt Guide) an opening time of Kakum N.P. is written of 8:30 AM. When I came there however, they told me that the normal time was 9:00. It is useless to show up earlier: they won't even sell you a ticket. Better sleep a little bit longer...