SHAI HILLS THE BEAUTIFUL YET UNPATRONIZED GAME RESERVE IN GHANA: YAW PARE OBSERVES
By Serwaa Ampaafo
A visit to Shai Hills Game Reserve was a bit disheartening for me especially when you have visited other countries and seen what the potential of game reserves can do for a nation!
Let me just say Ghana is blessed beyond measure like the many other countries we yearn to visit with, we have everything without the snow and extreme harsh weathers others do!!
Its just sad that we don’t see it !! As religious as most are in this country they are the first to say a great idea wont work or themselves will stifle a progressive agenda!
Based on a personal observation I have made, more than the need for money or relief from any current woes or whatever it may be that we are facing as a country we need urgently a mental re-calibration /flossing, attitudinal change, discipline and an end to lackadaisical behavior!
The beautiful places we love to visit abroad don’t get up and places clean themselves,
the inhabitants of the country does! And the law enforcement that are put in place to curtail wayward behavior is not bias!
I say all of that to say that a small Island called Mauritius with a similar game reserve the only 2.5 sq km makes 10 million USD per anum and its packed day in and day out!!
Its due to proper management, well trained staff, a maintenance attitude and most importantly a marketing strategy that’s likely 5 to 10% the annual revenue this coupled with innovation and voila!! Casela receives over 500k visitors a year. Can you for a second imagine the jobs that this will create for the ppl here?
Its time for you and I the citizens for change with the Ghana first agenda to come together from all professional backgrounds and passion to come together and help or demand accountability to make sure things are done as they ought to be and we the people support it by change of attitude for ourselves and respect for our environment!!
Shai Hills Resource Reserve is located in Doryumu in the Shai Osudoku District all in the Greater Accra Region. It was established in 1962 with area of 47 square kilometres which was later extended to 51 square kilometres in 1973
It currently boast of 9 survived zebra’s out of 12 that was recently acquired from South Africa. 1 Ostrich, herd of Antelopes and a congress of baboons.
A great opportunity to expand and stock it with more wild life for tourism and conservation purposes. — at Greater Accra Region.