This is how the ‘songor’ lagoon looks like in the dry season

by | Jan 18, 2016 | Africa

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This is how the songor lagoon looks like in the dry season in Ghana. I took this shot at Pute one of the Villages at Ada Foah in the Dangbe East district.

The Songor Lagoon is located at 05°45’N 000°30’E on the eastern coast of Ghana, West Africa. The site covers an area of 28,740 hectares, and it is located just outside the major town of Ada and to the west of the Volta River estuary. It was designated as Ramsar wetland site of international importance number 566 on June 22, 1988. In 2011, UNESCO approved the Songor Biosphere Reserve as part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.[1] Among several other important functions, it acts as habitat and/or breeding ground for several notable species

Songor Lagoon’s complement of rare and diverse species makes it a popular tourist attraction. Birders are probably the lagoon’s most avid ecotourists, attracted to the thousands of birds that migrate to the site in the European winter. The area’s two bird watching platforms, one in Pute and one in Lolanya, host the birders while they observe and photograph varieties such as sandwich, black, royal, roseate, and little terns,black-winged stiltsringed ploverscurlew sandpipersspotted redshanks, and greenshanks. The lagoon’s second most popular Eco tourist attraction is its guided sea turtle walk program. The walks are managed by the Ghana Wildlife Division, with the best months to see turtles being August through March. The walks are conducted at night, between 23:00 and 2:00, when sea turtles are likely to be seen nesting on the beach.

However, as all sea turtle species are threatened, the Wildlife Division officers often remind tourists that a turtle sighting is a rare event and cannot be guaranteed to occur during the walk Other visitors prefer to tour the site by boat, readily booking trips privately or through the Manet Paradise Hotel. These excursions often afford birders a more diverse viewing at Crocodile Island, where little egretswestern reef herons, and cormorants are known to breed; the island is also acclaimed for its basket-weaving industry. Another attraction that can only be reached by boat is Sugar Cane Island, which offers tours of its rum distillery. Additionally, boats can be commissioned through the Manet paradise hotel for deep-sea fishing trips, which generally last all day.