ABOUT GHANA WEATHER LOCAL TIME FACTS MAP AIRFARE HOTELS BOOKING
Plant Medicine At The Mampong Centre, 1 Day
Historical Sightseeing Tour Of Accra, 1 Day
Historic Castles, 1 Day
Central Region, 2 Days
Dodi Island, 2 Days
Drum & Dance In Mankessim, 2 Days
Ashanti Culture And Crafts Tour, 2 Days
Ghana Arts & Culture Tour, 7 Days
Ghana Historical Tour, 7 Days
Ghana Natural Wonders Tour, 7 Days
Panafest 2011 Tour Of Ghana, 8 Days
Explore Ghana & Cote D'ivoire 9-days
Ghana Highlights, 9 Days
Ecological And Historical Tour Of Ghana, 10 Days
Panafest 2011 Tour Of Ghana, 10 Days
The Best Of Ghana, 11 Days
Ring In The New Year In Ghana, 11 Days
Experience Ghana, 11 Days
Discover Ghana, Togo & Benin 12-days
Explore Senegal & Ghana 12-days
Historic Egypt & Ghana, 12-days
Explore Ghana, Togo & Benin 14-days
Backroads Of Ghana, 14-days
Morocco, Senegal & Ghana, 15 Days
Explore Ethiopia & Ghana 16-days
Educational Tour Of Ghana 19-days
The West Africa Explorer 33-days
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About Your Tour of Ghana
is well known for its friendly people. You will receive a warm greeting of "Akwaaba"
(welcome) from locals when you arrive and throughout your visit.
vacation in Ghana has much to offer, from relaxing on the beach, to visiting a
traditional fishing village, to shopping for handmade crafts or attending an elaborate
festival. You may also choose to have your hair braided in a beautiful style,
or have intricately embroidered clothing custom made.
the heart of Ghana, Accra
offers an exciting nightlife, museums, historic monuments, busy markets, splendid
beaches, and restaurants that reflect the many cultures of Ghana. Accra is the
modern gateway to one of Africa's ancient lands, and the hub for a perfect vacation.
vacation in Ghana is not complete without a tour of the Ashanti
region, including the ancient capital, Kumasi.
Kumasi was founded in 1695 by the Asantehene (King) Osei Tutu. Palaces, forts,
museums, and churches provide a distinct backdrop for important festivals and
ceremonies which are still of high importance to the people of Ashanti. Kumasi
is also home to one of the largest markets in West Africa, where you can buy textiles,
food, herbs, or beauty products.
Ashanti, home to Ghanas most important
gold mines, cloth making including the ancient weaving methods of the kente cloth,
and the celebratory
Saturday funerals make for historical and international significance.
World Heritage Sites
Discover the historic links between West Africa,
Europe, and the Americas through tours of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Cape
Coast Castle and Elmina Castle.
in Ghana range from small, modest hotels, to five star beach side hotels, including
restaurants, swimming pools, health clubs, beauty salons, conference rooms and
equipment and more.
In Ghana, a land of numerous cultures, ethnic groups
and languages you will always feel welcome.
Photo: Jeff Maurone
Passport & Visa Requirements
Entry requirements for Americans:
US citizens must have a valid passport and visa.
Entry requirements for UK nationals:
UK nationals must have a valid passport and visa.
Entry requirements for Canadians:
Canadians must have a valid passport and visa.
Entry requirements for Australians:
Australians must have a valid passport and visa.
Entry requirements for South Africans:
South Africans must have a valid passport and visa.
Entry requirements for New Zealanders:
New Zealand nationals must have a valid passport and visa.
Entry requirements for Irish nationals:
Irish citizens must have a valid passport and visa.
All visitors require a valid passport and a visa.
Visitors must also hold a return or onward ticket as well as all documents
needed for their next destination. On arrival, all non-Ghanaian passengers must
obtain a registration card. Two passport photos are required.
The official currency of Ghana is the cedi (GHC), which is divided into 100
pesewas. Foreign currency can be exchanged at any forex bureaux as well as at
some commercial banks; banks and foreign exchange facilities are available at
the airport and in all major towns. It is advisable to keep all currency exchange
receipts in order to be able to re-exchange when departing.
Banking hours are usually from 8.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday, and most large
commercial banks have ATMs located outside, although only limited amounts of
cedis can be drawn at a time. Travellers cheques are accepted at banks and forex
bureaux in the capital Accra, but the rate of exchange may be lower than for
The most widely accepted credit cards are American Express, Diners and Visa,
and cards can be used for payment at major hotels and shops, although this can
be risky as credit card fraud is very common. The best currencies to bring are
US dollars, British pounds or Euros as other currencies exchange at poor rates.
Visitors must be in possession of a current medical vaccination certificate
for yellow fever. Prophylactics against malaria are recommended. Visitors are
advised to buy bottled drinking water, which is widely available. Good medical
facilities are found in all the cities and major towns, but facilities outside
urban areas are poor and emergency services are limited. Medical insurance is
advised and should cover medical evacuation.
Service charge is rarely added to restaurant bills and tipping for quality
service is only expected in up-market establishments (usually about 10%). For
other services tipping is discretionary.
Most visits to Ghana are trouble-free, but it is wise to be vigilant in public
areas and to avoid travelling in taxis alone after dark if possible. Visitors
should avoid carrying large sums of cash or valuables on them and to be vigilant
when drawing money from ATMs in central Accra.
Ghanaians are a conservative people and visitors should respect local customs,
traditional courtesies and dress codes. Greeting is an important social function
and handshakes with the right hand are common. Beachwear should be confined
to the beaches and women are advised not to wear shorts or trousers. Avoid receiving
or giving things, pointing, waving and gesticulating with the left hand. Visitors
to remote villages, shrines or palaces should visit the local elder or priest
and take a small gift such as a bottle of local schnapps, gin or money. Always
seek permission before taking photographs of people.
Ghana is a very relaxed and friendly country, however in business, a formal
dress code is expected, and punctuality is essential at all meetings. The exchange
of business cards is common. It is important in all meetings to greet and shake
hands with each person and acknowledge their presence. The person is to be addressed
as Mr., Mrs., or Ms., followed by their surnames, unless otherwise specified.
Gifts are unnecessary though greatly appreciated. Business hours are generally
8am to 5pm Monday to Friday with an hour taken over lunch.
The international dialling code for Ghana is +233. The outgoing code is 00
followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa). Accra's
city code is 21. The telephone system is relatively reliable, but most people
use mobile phones. Telephone, fax and telex services are available in all main
towns, and hotels. Most major hotels also have business centres, which provide
secretarial and courier services. Internet cafes are on the increase throughout
the country. There are several GSM cell phone operations across Ghana that have
roaming agreements with most international networks, and phones can be rented
Travellers to Ghana over 16 years do not have to pay customs duty on 400 cigarettes,
or 100 cigars, or 454g of tobacco, or a proportionate mix of these items; 1
litre of wine and 1 litre of spirits; and 237ml of perfume and eau de toilette.
Gift items are dutiable.
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Local Weather in Ghana
Ghana is a tropical country lying just north of the equator. Temperatures range from about 70°F
to 90°F (21°C to 32°C) and the humidity is relatively high.
The rest of the year is hot and dry with temperatures reaching up to 100°F
(38°C). In most areas the temperatures are highest in March and lowest in
August after the rains, and variations between day and night temperatures are
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Local Time in Ghana
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Full country name: Republic of Ghana
Area: 238,540 sq km (93,030 sq mi)
Population: 19.7 million
Capital city: Accra (pop 1.3 million)
People: Akan (44%), Mole-Dagbane (16%), Ewé (13%), Ga (8%), Guan, Gurma, Gonja, Dagomba
Language: English (official language), Ewé, Ga, Twi
Religion: Christian (60%), Muslim (15%), traditional African religions (25%)
Government: Parliamentary democracy
President: John Agyekum Kufuor
Visas: All visitors are required to have a visa, except for citizens of countries belonging to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
Electricity: 220V/240V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
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Map of Ghana
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