Round pin plug with grounding pin or rectangular three blade plug (as in the UK).
Several airlines offer low-priced domestic flights from Kotoka Airport, 10 km (6miles) north-east of central Accra, operating to Kumasi and Tamale.
CTK Network Aviation operate domestic flights throughout Ghana with their main base in Accra.
The climate of Ghana is tropical, but temperatures vary with season and elevation. Except in the north two rainy seasons occur, from April to July and from September to November. In the north the rainy season begins in April and lasts until September. Annual rainfall ranges from about 1,100 mm (about 43 in) in the north to about 2,100 mm (about 83 in) in the southeast.
The harmattan, a dry desert wind, blows from the northeast from December to March, lowering the humidity and creating hot days and cool nights in the north. In the south the effects of the harmattan are felt in January. In most areas the highest temperatures occur in March, the lowest in August.
To get the most out of your next adventure it makes sense to consider some of the very local factors that combine to make up what you feel is the best time to travel to a destination. Many of these factors are very personal – some people prefer to travel when the weather is not too hot, or sites too crowded – others prefer to travel when a traditional local event is taking place. Taking into account the dates of public holidays can also make sense as these may have an impact on opening times of attractions, shops and restaurants, or might affect public transport or other services. Conversely public holidays can be a time of great local festivities and celebrations providing a feast of local expressionism and culture.
Ghana’s currency has been re-denominated, and the new Ghanaian currency is the Ghana cedi (GHS). From 01 January 2008 only the new banknotes and coins will be in circulation.
Banks and forex bureaux are available at the airport, and in all main towns. Banking hours Monday – Friday 08:30 – 14:00.
Other than in major cities and towns, ATMs are not widely available in Ghana and should not be relied upon. For more information check the Visa ATM locator, theMasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world.
Credit card fraud in Ghana is on the increase and is now a considerable problem. Although a relatively small number of establishments in Ghana accept credit cards, their use should be very limited and avoided whenever possible.
The import of cedis is prohibited. There are no restrictions on the import and export of foreign currencies provided that they are declared upon arrival and exchanged for local currency only through banks and foreign exchange bureaus. An Exchange Control Form T-5 may be given to visitors on arrival; if not, you may request it. Foreign currency and all transactions made while in the country must be recorded on this form. Store this form safely; its loss can result in problems.
Unused cedis can be reconverted into foreign currency by local banks or the Bank of Ghana, but the T-5 declaration form must show that the monies were obtained while in Ghana from an authorized dealer in foreign exchange. Currency transactions with private citizens are illegal.
The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.
All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.
Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.
|Australia||A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.|
|Canada||A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.|
|Denmark||A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.|
|Ireland||A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.|
|Netherlands||A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.|
|New Zealand||A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.|
|South Africa||A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.|
|United States||A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.|
|United Kingdom||A visa is required. It is recommended to obtain your visa before travel.|
Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.
For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com
Government-run buses connect most major towns and some smaller ones, but service is often unreliable. Private bus companies offer a greater degree of reliability.
Other than buses most Ghanaians get around in taxis, tro-tros (minibuses) and mammy wagons (generally some sort of converted pickup truck).
Car rental is expensive but available in Accra.
Ghana’s road network is in decent shape, though there are some badly potholed stretches between Kumasi and Tamale, and almost all secondary roads are unsealed. You’re bound to run into an occasional police checkpoint, though they’re usually just angling for a ‘dash’ (a kickback). You should have plenty of previous experience of driving overseas before tackling Ghana’s roads.
Trains connect Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi in a single-track triangle. No need to book in advance unless you require a sleeper train. Carriages are comfortable though the service is slow.
The Yapei Queen makes a fantastic way to travel in Ghana. The ferry makes weekly scheduled 24-hour journeys the entire length of Lake Volta from Akosombo, 104 km north-east of Accra, to Yeji, more than 200 km away on the lake’s north-western shore. The steamer stops at many villages on the way.
Smaller ferries also operate to other lakeside destinations.