Ghana

Ghana

Welcome to Ghana

More than 100 ethnic groups live harmoniously in Ghana, making for a rich cultural destination. With its stable democracy, modern developments and ease of transport, Africa is an excellent first country to visit if you haven’t been to the continent before.

Between its borders, you’ll find a depth of religion, geography and culture that will leave you wanting for more. Feel the emerging surf culture of the Ivory Coast, maybe even taking a lesson at one of the beautiful beaches. Walk through seaside Jamestown, admiring the ubiquitous street art complemented by colonial architecture and welcoming cafes.

Visit the Cape Coast Castle and get a peek into Ghana’s slave trade past. In the central region, take a canopy walk in Kakum National Park’s tropical rain forest, where you might glimpse some of the 650 butterfly species that live there (some as big as eight inches across!). There’s an addictive energy to Ghana, whether you’re catching a wave or attending one of its many colorful festivals.

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Need To Know

Unique Facts

  • Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to gain independence in the post-colonial era (in March 1957).
  • Ghana is the site of the world’s largest man-made lake, Lake Volta. It is 250 miles long and covered 3,283 square miles.
  • You can shop the largest market in West Africa in Ghana. The Kejetia Market is in Kumasi and you can find everything from beads and sandals to meat and produce.
  • The cobra, puff adder and pythons are all poisonous snakes that are native to Ghana.
  • The name “Ghana” means warrior king. It dates back to the Ghana Empire, between the 9th and 13th

Language

Ghana’s official language is English.

When To Go

The best time to go to Ghana is from October to March. The climate is generally cooler and less humid at this time and less rainy than spring or summer. In December, expect the Saharan wind – Harmattan – to be blowing, causing a significant of amount of haze and dust.

Airports

Kotoka International Airport, Accra

Passport Validity

Passport must be valid at time of entry for six months beyond arrival date.

Visa Required By US Citizen?

Yes

Vaccinations

The CDC recommends the following vaccines for all travelers when visiting Ethiopia: Measles, route vaccinations, Polio and Yellow Fever. Most travelers should also receive Hepatitis A, Malaria and Typhoid vaccines. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B, Cholera, Rabies and Meningitis vaccines.

Electrical Outlets

Power plugs and sockets: types D and G. Standard voltage: 230V. Frequency: 50Hz.

Currency

Official local currency: Ghanian Cedi

Getting Around

Road conditions in major cities are generally good. Secondary roads are in poor condition. Do not travel after dark.

Ghanaian Bus Rapid Transit operates in the bigger cities. Avoid shared taxis or communal mini-buses (locally called “tro-tro”).

Driver’s License

An international driving permit is required.

US Embassy Info

U.S. Embassy Accra
No. 24 Fourth Circular Road,
Cantonments, Accra
Ghana
Telephone: +233-(0)30-274-1000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +233-(0)30-274-1000
ACSaccra@state.gov

Local Visitor Info

Accra Tourist Information Centre
Liberation Rd.
Accra
Tel: 030-2682601

Local Emergency Phone Numbers

Ambulance: 193
Police: 191
Fire: 192/999

Safety and Security

Street crime if a continuing problem in Accra and other large cities in Ghana. Crimes of opportunity include “snatch-and-grab” theft, pickpocketing and theft from vehicles while idling in traffic.

Travel in groups. Do not leave personal belongings unattended. Do not use highways after dark.

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