Wechiau Hippo's

Wechiau Hippo sanctuary

Wechiau's hippos are, of course, the primary attraction - but there is a huge diversity of wildlife in the Sanctuary.  And the joy is that the Sanctuary is a place where you can experience wildlife in a totally peaceful, unspoiled environment...with knowledgeable local guides, with a schedule and speed tailored to each visitor.  Want to get up early to see the more than 250 species of birds come to life at sunrise?  Great!  An early morning trip up the river in a canoe to see hippos wallowing at your eye level?  Our specialty!  Or spend the night at a hippo hide to see if you are one of the lucky ones who sees hippos feeding?  How about Baboons?  Bats? Hedgehogs? Chameleons? Pythons?  They're all here.

Most visitors will certainly want to experience a trip on the river to see the hippos - any many of the lodging packages will include such a trip.  While a hippo sighting is never guaranteed on just one outing (true wild-animal watching always has an element of luck), the significant majority of our visitors will see hippos in their natural, protected environment.  And if you are able to spend 2 or 3 days with us (this is easy because there is so much to do between the wildlife and local community immersion), you will get the opportunity for multiple trips down different sectors of the Black Volta River.  Seeing a wallowing or sleeping hippo when you are at eye level (albeit at a safe distance!) is an experience not to be missed!



Wechiau is home to over 250 species of birds, making it one of the most diverse and spectacular birdwatching destinations on the African continent.  Rise before sunrise and depart into the bush with one of our experienced guides, and be prepared to see (and hear) an amazing array of bird life.  In fact, the birdlife is so diverse that every year, usually one or two previously unrecorded species are sighted - can you help us discover more?  Some of the favourites sighted by previous visitors:

  • Violet Turacos
  • Kingfishers
  • Hornbillsh
  • Owls (many different species)
  • Cattle Egrets
  • Venecious Doves
  • Grey Herons

The Wechiau wildlife experience is a truly memorable one.