Misahöhe Forest Reserve

Country/territory: Togo

IBA Criteria met: A1, A3 (2001)
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Area: 5,000 ha

Protection status:

Site description
Situated in the Togo mountains, north-west of the town of Kpalimé, adjoining the border with Ghana, the reserve consists of steep hillsides supporting semi-deciduous forest dominated by Antiaris africana and Chlorophora excelsa. Also included is the Forêt Classée de Damétui, just to the north-east of Misahöhe. Other tree species include Albizia adianthifolia, A. zygia, Alstonia congensis, Bosqueia angolensis, Cola cordifolia, Dialium guineense, Harungana paniculata, Khaya grandiflora, Macaranga spinosa, Malacantha alnifolia, Pycnanthus angolensis, Terminalia superba, Trichilia africana, Triplochiton scleroxylon and Uapaca heudelotii. There are a number of settlements within the site which is also bisected by a road linking Kpalimé with Dafo in Ghana. The area is of historical interest as the site of a field station of the early German colonists, and a German cemetery remains.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 2 for key species. In addition, Circus macrourus has been recorded, as have two species of the Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome; see Table 2. Misahöhe is the type-locality of Phyllastrephus baumanni and of Camaroptera chloronota. It is the only site in Togo from which many forest species have been recorded.

Non-bird biodiversity: The site is the type-locality of the tree-frog Hyperolius baumanni.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Misahöhe Forest Reserve. Downloaded from on 27/01/2021.