The West bank of Africa is home to Ghana, a beautiful country filled with exotic cultures and friendly people. As part of the ‘Gold Coast,’ many westerners journeyed to Ghana in search of treasures. Now, it’s a golden tourist destination for people who want a vacation like no other.
Ghana has two seasons: the summertime and the monsoon time. The best time to visit the country is from December to February. Expect rains during March to November. While it’s possible to visit Ghana during the rainy season, the roads leading to tourist sites and the trek paths in the mountains can be a bit slippery.
You need to apply for a visa before you enter Ghana. You also need to be vaccinated for Yellow Fever as this is mandated for all tourists.
The main airport of the country is the Kotoka International Airport at Accra. Airlines that fly directly to Ghana include United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Astraeus, KLM, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Egypt Air, South African Airways, Turkish Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Emirates, and Ethiopian Airlines. Here you can hire taxis or shuttles to get to the different parts of the city.
If you want to roam around Ghana, you can hop on the CityLink Airlines to visit Accra or Kumasi. Train lines also stop at Nsawam and Tema. You can also ride the STC bus line which stops in major cities. To experience Ghanaian culture, ride a Tro-Tro, which is a 12-passenger van.
The great thing about Ghana is that most people speak English. Most documents are in English, so you won’t have any problem communicating – either by speaking or by writing.
There are many hotels in Accra.
5-star accommodations include the Labadi Beach Hotel and the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra. There are also other good hotels which provide excellent services, such as the Novotel Accra City Center Hotel, Holiday Inn, Best Western Premier Accra Hotel, and the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, to name a few.
Ghana boasts of a number of delicious delicacies. One of the most famous is the Fufu, which is a soup of goat or fish with cassava, plantain or yam balls. Another is Jollof, which is made of rice, tomato sauce, meat, and vegetables.
The official denomination of the country is the Ghana Cedi. You can change your currency with the Ghana Cedi at the many money exchange counters in the city. You can also use your Visa or MasterCard credit card to make withdrawals at the ATMs.
At Ghana, bargaining at markets is a common sight. As long as you know how to ask for a discount, you will be given one.