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Quick Facts - Ghana

Travel Seasons

  • Oct-Mar - It's generally cooler and less humid at this time of year making it more pleasant to travel. 
  • Nov-Apr - This is the dry season when access along roads is good with no flooding. From Dec to Mar the harmattan, a dry desert wind, blows from the north-east. It's also a great time for game veiwing as the animals are easier to spot and congregate around waterholes.
  • Apr-Jun - During these months it's the rainy season, you need to be aware of possible flooding.


General Information 

  • Capital city Accra
  • Currency - Ghana Cedi
  • Language - Engliush is widely spoken, local dialects include Ga, Akan, Ewe and Twi
  • Size - 239,567 km²
  • Population - 28.1 million
  • National parks - 16

 
Health & Safety

  • Travel insurance is essential for all international travel. Click below to find out more:

  • The CDC recommends the following vaccinations for Ghana:  hepatitis A and typhoid. Check with your doctor which other vaccinations you might need and make sure your routine vaccinations are all up-to-date. 
  • Yellow fever vaccination is mandatory before you travelling to Ghana - a certificate is essential to enter the country.
  • Malaria is present in Ghana - get specific medical advice on which prophylaxis to take.
  • The Zika Virus is present and precautions must be taken, find out more about the risks here >>
  • Meningitis vaccination is recommended for travel to the 'meningitis belt' during the dry season, this is in the north of Ghana (near the border with Burkina Faso).
  • Stick to drinking bottled water.
  • The best medical centre is at Lister hospital in Accra.


Tourist Information 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Beautiful beaches
  • Wealth of national parks and forest
  • Birdwathcing mecca
  • Year-round destination
  • Tree top rope bridge in Kakum National Park
  • Rich cultural history; Ghana was the largest of the African medieval empires
  • Ghanians are very friendly 

Cons

  • The weather can be very hot and humid
  • Road traffic accidents are common
  • There are some diseases and health concerns to be aware of

Travel Info

Arriving in Ghana

  • Important - you will need a yellowfever vaccination certificate to travel to Ghana.
  • Ghana's international airport is Kotoka International Airport in Accra.
  • All the major European airlines fly into Accra, as well as Emirates and direct flights from the USA east coast.
  • Accra is an important regional hub with multiple options including South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia.


Getting Around

  • The domestic airline servcies are Starbow Airlines and Africa World Airlines.
  • It is possible to drive around Ghana, the best way to do this is to hire a car with a driver, which will cost from US$100 per day. If you want to drive your self (on the right hand side) you can hire a car from Ghana Car Rentals.
  • There is a bus network, it's advisable to book in advance, please be aware that you will be charged for luggage.
  • If you have booked a tour package your transport arrangements will be organised by your tour operator.


Visas

  • Visas are required by everyone except Ecowas nationals. Visas must be arranged before travel - a single entry 3 month visa is US$60, a multiple entry 6 month visa is US$100. Visas can be obtained from the Ghana High Commission >> 

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