West Africa’s Ghana has a name that simply inspires people to visit; translated it means Warrior King, from the days of rich glory and heritage.
People are often surprised by how friendly people are in Ghana. That along with colourful and varied traditions, a long and interesting history, political stability, exciting foods, and interesting things to do and see, makes Ghana a top African destination.
When thinking about travelling to Ghana, there are several common questions that people often ask:
When is the Best Time to Visit Ghana?
Ghana has two main seasons; wet and dry. Temperatures are high throughout the year. The dry season is usually considered the best time to visit. Transportation and sightseeing are so much easier, and nobody wants to spend their holiday soaking wet! The capital of Accra and southern areas are typically dry between mid-November and late March. In the northern parts of the country, the dry season is slightly different, being between early December and late February.
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Ghana?
Most foreign visitors to Ghana need a visa before they arrive. These can be obtained from Ghanaian Embassies. The norm is either 30 or 60 day visas. Some nationals do not require a visa, namely those from the 16 member countries of the Economic Community Of West African States, Singapore, and some other African countries.
What Language is Spoken in Ghana?
Whilst there are many different languages and dialects used within different community groups in the various areas and regions, the official language in Ghana is English. Most people can speak English, albeit there may be a few small differences.
Are There any Health Issues in Ghana?
Malaria avoidance medication and measures are a must in Ghana. Several vaccinations are strongly advised, including Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid Fever, and Cholera. A Yellow Fever Vaccination is a requirement to enter the country. Speak to a healthcare professional before you travel to make sure all vaccinations are up to date.
What is Public Transport Like in Ghana?
Flights operate on a daily basis between the major cities. There are limited rail services, and these are generally used by mainly commuters; tourists do not tend to travel around Ghana by train. There are good bus links, although road conditions can vary dramatically so the ride can be fairly bumpy! As well as private and shared taxis, Ghana also has a type of transport known as a tro-tro. A tro-tro is a vehicle that has been modified so as to cram as many people, animals, and things in as possible. They can be very convenient, and very cheap, but can also be very uncomfortable! They run on fixed routes, setting off when filled to capacity.
What is the Food Like in Ghana?
Whilst you will be able to find international dishes in major cities, especially the capital of Accra, and other main tourist hot spots, in most places you will be restricted to Ghanaian food. You will certainly not go hungry though! A huge part of travelling is sampling different foods, and the food across Ghana is rather delicious! Soups and fish dishes are common, with rice also sometimes eaten. Bean dishes are plentiful, and fried plantain chips are often served. The most common national dish is fufu, which is balls of plantain, yam, or cassava root, served with a side of meat or fish and a soup. Fresh and juicy fruit is widely available, and prices for food are very cheap.
Where Should I Visit in Ghana?
This is a tricky question! With so many great places to choose between, you will really be spoilt for choice. Attractions include historical sites, places of natural beauty, cultural sites, and modern, urban areas. Visitors to Ghana should try and combine as many different elements as possible for a truly remarkable and memorable trip. Perhaps visit some of the moving slave trade sites for a glimpse into the previous hardships endured by locals, go to a national park and watch animals big and small roaming in the wild, relax on one of the beautiful beaches, and soak up the pulsating atmosphere in one of the larger cities.
Ghana provides a great blend of attractions and experiences and is simply begging to be explored!