Two new canopy walks have opened in Ghana and Tanzania, respectively, whose aim is to give tourists and locals more opportunities to enjoy nature and the outdoors.
The walkway in Ghana is actually a rope-and-wood bridge that sits 8m above the sea at Tema (32km from Accra), near the Meridian rock. It is 105 meters long, and is connected to the Ave Maria Resort.
It is the first canopy walkway on the sea in Africa, and was built with the aim of “promoting leisure and relaxation at the center of the world,” said Mrs. Theressa Ntim, Managing Director of Ave Maria Resort.
Construction costs totaled over $200,000. Visitors must pay a small fee to use the walkway.
The canopy in Tanzania is called the Lake Manyara Boardwalk and is located in Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania.
It comprises a 300-meter-long raised wooden trail that sits 1.5 meters above the ground and leads up to a 15-meter-long observation deck.
During the trek to the top, the trail passes through hot springs, the lakeshore around a marsh, then finally on to the lake.
Access to the Lake Manyara Boardwalk is free, and educational signage provides information about the surrounding flora and fauna.