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Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary

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Overall; Great Stay

4 1/2 star! Came there when it was turning black and insisted on staying at the hippo hide (a... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2013
Hrói J
Reykjavik, Iceland
Came during rainy season and still saw hippos.

I had read online that you couldn't see the hippos during rainy season, but we were in fact able to... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2018
Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

I had read online that you couldn't see the hippos during rainy season, but we were in fact able to spot them on our river safari. We saw a group of five of them, including a baby hippo! For the most part the hippos stayed...More

3  Thank shaynes129
Reviewed 1 January 2018

Although the hippos were submersed when we visited (except for ears and noses), the trip was well worth it. The guide was good and the trip in a traditional canoe very interesting. The supplemental trips to a xylophone house, traditional compound, and Shea Butter factory...More

2  Thank Charles K
Reviewed 23 November 2017

I was with a group of young people and was doing volunteer work in Wa, Ghana. On a whim, we decided to visit the hippo sanctuary. The trip took almost 2 hours on a tro tro from Wa. A tro tro is like a minivan,...More

2  Thank OliviaLuong
Reviewed 6 July 2017

The title of this post was taken from the Lonely Planet’s online description of the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary and I was SHOCKED. I was so fortunate to be able to accompany my university professor (who has established a long-term relationship with the community and...More

5  Thank sunstarved7900
Reviewed 13 April 2017

It's a nice community initiative, that should be supported, but don't bother to come there from a distance. You can see from about 50 m' some hippos in the river. It's not a good reason to go in the bad roads around. If you are...More

Thank amimehl
Reviewed 18 May 2016

I am biased as I have stayed with staff at the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary a number of times in the past and my students (Tourism majors on field school from Vancouver Island University) continually list this location as their highlight. It is a great...More

3  Thank AJWheel
Reviewed 22 April 2016

Our guide was confident that we will see hippos from afar. The local guy who paddle the boat was barefoot and stirred the boat close enough to see those leering hippos. The hippos went in and out of the water as if to tease me....More

1  Thank annminky
Reviewed 4 December 2013

4 1/2 star! Came there when it was turning black and insisted on staying at the hippo hide (a platform in the jungle where you sleep on a mattress under a mosq. net). The motorcycleride to the lodge was an adventure itself; dodging birds and...More

3  Thank Hrói J
Reviewed 4 July 2013

I'd give 3 1/2 as a mark if that were an option. Getting paddled onto the river and getting to see hippos so close was amazing and very inexpensive. The let down was the lack of information given by our guide about the hippos or...More

3  Thank Nick H
Reviewed 14 April 2013

I suggest you read the review by MallieX to get a sense of the experience, which captures its essence very well. I visited the sanctuary as a day trip from Wa. Expecting to actually see hippos, I was disappointed to only see hippo noses and...More

1  Thank Allyn L
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10 March 2018|
Response from shaynes129 | Reviewed this property |
The Sanctuary entrance fee is GH₵15, accomodation at the lodge is GH₵10 for Ghanaians and GH₵20 for Non-Ghanaians, though there is an option of doing a homestay or camping. There are guides and the most of the tours cost... More