Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary Ghana: A Place where Apes are Considered Sacred

The Boabeng Fiema Monkey sanctuary Ghana has been one of the patronized tourist sites in recent times. The West African country with sociable persons has been blessed with memorable and fascinating chairs of visit.

As the gateway to Africa, the country boasts of quite a lot of other historic areas but the monkey asylum has been on the lips of loads of people around the continent and beyond.

The retreat is a savannah wood environment with dry, semi-deciduous forest. Before embarking on the Senya Bereku trip (where the Boabeng Fiema Monkey sanctuary is located), you must grasp a hint about the place of visit.

This is identical eminent especially if you’re a first time visitor. My current blog will assist you in knowing the region better.

Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary: An Overview for Travelers

Location Ghana, Africa
Best time to visit January to July                         
Official language Senya
Population Over 60,017
Currency Ghana Cedis
Dress Code None
Level of safety Very safe
Visa Permit is given on arrival in Boabeng (Simple process involved)
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An ant nest on one of the trees of Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary. Photography by Neil Reid

How to Reach Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary ?

Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary welcomes everyone from all walks of life for a an amazing and a breathtaking experience. You do not need any extraordinary permit to be there.

The process is not ambiguous to get to the Boabeng Monkey Sanctuary from any international airport worldwide.

Kotoka International Airport is the capital’s main destination point. It is situated in Accra near the 37 military hospital (One of Ghana’s big hospitals).

Flight to Ghana       

Book a flight from your country to Ghana and follow the standard procedure at the airport.

On arrival, the best way to reach Boabeng Monkey haven is to board a public transport (taxi or a bus readily recognized as ‘trotro‘) from the airport to Kintampo–then to–Senya Bereku which is 38km from the country’s capital city (Accra).

Otherwise at the Kotoka international Airport, you can preferably board a direct flight which is close to the Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary (less than an hour journey).

If you want, you can book your flight from any one of the following portals. They offer budget deals. Try booking early to avail discounts.

Own a Sim Card and an ID

Every first time visitor would aspire to make some amount of calls for numerous reasons. Therefore owning a SIM card will be exceptionally supportive in this regard.

Walk to any telecommunications network whose offices are scattered around city and get a yourself a registered SIM.

When embarking on such a fascinating trip, is very vital to make available your identity proof. This is very fundamental as a new visitor.

Recommended Days For A Visit to Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

Mondays and Thursdays (from morning to evening) are the most excellent days for visiting. Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary Ghana is a super exciting place to visit. So make the most of it.

Meals in and around Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

Usually all meals are enclosed in the trip fees but if it doesn’t go that way, don’t bother yourself-there are numerous good foods you would love to have the benefit of enjoying them including local and continental ones in Ghana.

The variety of the cuisine comes with their prices depending on your preference. Advisedly,it is better to cut down expenses for other stuffs.

Prices of some of these foods ranges between (Gh¢ 10-15) which is equivalent  to $3.00. Nearby are countless number of fine eatery joints who will approve of you with a super-service.

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The Black and White Colobus monkeys of Boabeng Fiema Monkey sanctuary. Photography by Neil Reid

A Brief History of Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

In 1827,the chief of Sesedom (a little village) which was a commune of Boabeng (another twin village) was commissioned by the chief of Boabeng Nana Damoah Kwaku.

The chief who was assumed to be exceedingly influential gave a portion of the homeland to the folks of Fiema who were migrants from Kokofu, an Ashanti settlement in Ghana.

An order was given to Nana Damoah Kwaku the Chief of Boabeng by his royal father to offer a conducive place to the people of Fiema to settle down.

A portion of the land which was additionally a farm land was allotted to them but enormously within walking distance to Boabeng for security reasons.

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There is a sense of mysticism about this region and its monkeys. Photography by Neil Reid

The Sacred Monkeys of Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

In an interview with the tour guide who also happens to be an immediate source from Boabeng, it was discovered that several years ago, a huntsman (Nana Kwame Boabeng) went hunting. He saw a Fetish Daworo (fortune teller for the gods of the village) surrounded by two monkeys – The Mona Monkeys (locally called ‘Kwakuo’)  and the Black and White Colobus monkeys (‘Efoo’) at an obscure place. 

He did not shoot any of them even though his instincts hard pressed him . This depicted the spiritual safeguard by the gods.  It was as if he was hypnotized by them. After that he brought the fetish to the village but to the shock of the hunter, four of the monkeys watched and followed him to his hut.

The fortune teller quickly consulted an Oracle to obtain out the association between the fetish and the monkeys. It was confirmed that the monkeys were the offsprings of the fetish Daworo. The Oracle affirmed that the monkeys must not be killed or laid up for the reason that they were sacred.

They’re untouchable! The inhabitants of Boabeng and Fiema have a ceaseless belief that these monkeys are the instrument of contacting resident gods. Therefore they measured them sacred. The belief is intensely embedded in folklore about the origins of nearby villages.

As the days went by, the figure of the monkeys kept  increasing. Surprisingly,the fortunes of the huntsman also grew. Every one of these were attributed to the capable spirits of the fetish and the monkeys.

There was an emotional get along between both parties – the monkeys and the inhabitants of the villages. The connection has been out of the ordinary and has remained until today.

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The Mona Monkeys of Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary . Photography by Neil Reid

Protection For The Monkeys

In 1971, a native – called D.K Akowuah contemplated on having the Boabeng Fiema Monkey sanctuary protected. He met with the leaders of Boabeng and Fiema and a consensus was reached on the protection. Mr. Akowuah wrote letters to inform the Game and Wildlife sector for inspection.

In 1975 after inspecting the astonishing sanctuary, they appointed Mr. Akowuah the bureaucrat in expense of the Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary. He worked for sixteen (16) years and honourably resigned.

The Monkeys of Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary have Psychic Abilities 

The graveyard for burials are in cooperation for the monkeys and the people of the native land. An interesting revelation about the monkeys of Boabeng Fiema Monkey sanctuary is that when they give rise to unusual noise around 12.00 am midnight, it’s a signal that an important person from the twin-village is prone to die soon.

A purification ceremony is suddenly performed to calm the souls of their ancestors and the gods for common spiritual security for the people and the monkeys.

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The monkeys of the region are held sacred at all times. Photography by Meley. A

The Ceremony of Monkey Funeral at Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

One attention grabbing event about these monkeys is while they die (naturally or through accident), a befitting funeral is prearranged them by the folks of Daworo led by a festish priest.

The Friendly Monkeys of Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary

I was thrilled to know that the Boabeng Fiema Monkey sanctuary holds more than 800 monkeys as of now.

The monkeys of Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary are enormously sociable with visitors and inhabitants actively living around. It’s lovely to watch these monkeys bond around as they eat and have a go to form motion when they spot not only known faces but friendly visitors.

When it comes to food, the monkeys of Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary have nutritional preferences. The Mona monkeys and the Western black-and-white Colobus enjoys dissimilar appetite.

The Mona monkeys feed predominately on fruit, leaves and are frequently spotted on the outskirts. They are the ‘stubborn’ thieves who all the time sneak out to the nearest villages to steal.

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The Mona monkeys steal food from the nearby villages. Photography by Neil Reid

But for the reason that of the affection and belief of the inhabitants, the monkey wouldn’t have been spared. But they leave the monkeys harmless and allow them to simply get away with it.

On the other hand, the Mona monkeys feed on rubbish heaps, left-over foods, cassava husks and yam. The Colobus monkeys do not habitually come down to the ground.  They are more timid and tend to stick to the trees,while the Monas fix every single one the time. They eat everything including their pet bread and nuts.

The monkeys rely more often than not on the forest. Therefore, stringent laws have been made by the department of Game and Wildlife to protect the monkeys. Planners are additionally burdened to a great extent to restrain the undeveloped behavior of people from destroying the tree-plant periphery down.

From delicate experience, for you to take part in a fussy time with the monkeys and the beauty of the woodlands, it is expected of each visitor to have a kind of mind-reading with the monkeys for a wonderful relationship. Visit this place with respect and learn about the fascinating region.

Happy wayfaring.

About The Author

Osei Agyemang Richard

Osei Agyemang Richard

Osei Agyemang Richard is a calm, passionate and creative writer. He is an expert in composing innovative contents. He is an addicted travel enthusiast who likes to visit fantastic and interesting places around the world. Additionally,Osei is an award winning national artist and the founder of Rab Investment Ltd.-An auto pre-finance firm.