It’s a funny place, Boabeng-Fiema. The dual villages in Central Ghana are sort of like a cross between research center, natural park, and working village. The story goes, out here, that when the village was first established a local took a fetish from the forest. When he did, the monkeys all followed. Later, someone in the village caused harm to the monkey, as a result the same harm came to the human. It was then thought that any thing you did to the monkeys would happen to you, almost like a bit of karma. As a result, today in Boabeng-Fiema you’ll find a bunch of villagers living surrounded by monkeys that seem to have free reign on town. Each day at dusk and dawn, the monkeys come into to town and pillage for food. It’s kind of entertaining to watch.
Time Needed: 1 day
Backpacker’s Budget: 40USD
Things to do in Boabeng-Fiema
Obviously the big thing to do in town is go out and see the monkeys. From the park office there are guided tours that leave twice a day. When I went, I was the only person there as a tourist. I imagine that most days there are only a couple people. The best day time of day to do a walk is in the afternoon when the monkeys are active. You’ll find both Black and White Colobus Monkeys, and Mona Monkeys here. The tours to see the monkeys and village are incredibly reasonably priced and will only cost you a dollar or two.
What to Eat in Boabeng-Fiema
At the guesthouse there is a working kitchen so you can bring your own things. Since there are always a bunch of researchers here you’ll find all the cooking gear you need. However, if you don’t feel like cooking, the guesthouse staff can make you meals as long as you give them a bit of warning. The prices are very reasonable. They also have things like water and soda for sale. I came here with no food or drink at all and I was fine.
Where to Stay in Boabeng-Fiema
There is really only one option and that’s the guesthouse. Luckily for visitors, it’s very good. The rooms are big and have fans to keep them cool. As I mentioned before, there is a kitchen as well. All the rooms come fit with mosquito nets and electric outlets. The prices are always changing, but I paid about $13 for a night in a single room which is pretty decent value.
Getting There and Away
Like most places in rural Ghana, it’s a bit tricky getting here if you don’t have your own wheels. That being said, it’s definitely not impossible.
- Bus or Tro Tro: Take a bus or tro tro to the town of Techiman. From here, you have two options the slow and cheap or the fast and more expensive. Fast option is to bite the bullet and pay for a taxi to take you the rest of the way. The cheap option is to wait around for a tro-tro to Nkoranza and then either hitch north to Boabeng or pay for a taxi or moto-taxi.
- Driving: It’s fairly easy to get here and paved most of the way. Drive to Techiman, then head towards the town of Nkoranza. From there, head north and you’ll see signs for the park as you go.
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