Ghana

West Africa's gregarious Ghana is home to historic slave forts, wildlife to rival East Africa and some of the world's biggest (and brightest) markets. From the lively city bars and clubs to lush national parks abounding with elephants and golden beaches just waiting to be enjoyed, Ghana is a dynamic destination to meet with enthusiasm and energy.

Ghana Tours & Travel

All our Ghana trips

The rare Pygmy Hippopotamus, Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Accra to Freetown

28 days from
USD $3,130.00*
CAD $3,230.15*
AUD $3,067.29*
EUR €2,389.87*
GBP £1,981.75*
NZD $3,927.19*
ZAR R30,893.36*
CHF FR2,909.47*

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Clay homes of the Ditamari people, Boukoumbe, Benin

West African Kingdoms

21 days from
USD $5,980.00
CAD $6,060.00
AUD $6,295.00
EUR €4,380.00
GBP £3,765.00
NZD $7,465.00
ZAR R57,300.00
CHF FR5,395.00

Head off the beaten track and uncover the fascinating customs of West Africa. Explore Burkina Faso's famous Bobo-...

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Clay homes of the Ditamari people, Boukoumbe, Benin

Ghana, Togo & Benin

21 days from
USD $2,025.00*
CAD $2,087.01*
AUD $2,019.31*
EUR €1,548.01*
GBP £1,278.25*
NZD $2,535.41*
ZAR R19,436.04*
CHF FR1,833.18*

Explore an unspoilt region of West Africa on a tour departing from Ghana that travels west on an exciting journey...

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Friendly children of the Ashanti region, Ghana

Senegal to Ghana

50 days from
USD $7,565.00*
CAD $8,052.45*
AUD $7,678.48*
EUR €5,815.94*
GBP £5,006.00*
NZD $9,912.28*
ZAR R76,124.32*
CHF FR7,174.33*

Travel from Dakar to Ghana on a road trip across this unspoilt and fascinating region of Africa, discovering the...

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Palm trees under blue skies, Benin

West Africa Overland

70 days from
USD $7,305.00*
CAD $7,439.60*
AUD $7,166.23*
EUR €5,575.47*
GBP £4,627.25*
NZD $9,167.53*
ZAR R70,355.32*
CHF FR6,628.35*

Travel from Dakar to Ghana on a road trip across this unspoilt and fascinating region of Africa, discovering the...

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Rope bridge in the Kakum National Park

Freetown to Accra

28 days from
USD $3,130.00*
CAD $3,230.15*
AUD $3,067.29*
EUR €2,389.87*
GBP £1,981.75*
NZD $3,927.19*
ZAR R30,133.36*
CHF FR2,839.47*

Journey from Sierra Leone’s remarkable capital to the coast of Ghana. Relax on beautiful Bureh Beach, explore Tiwai...

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Articles on Ghana

8 African snacks you must try

8 African snacks you must try

Posted on Tue, 11 Mar 2014 by Jacqueline Donaldson

In Africa, most action takes place on the streets and roadsides – people hawking their wares, kids running to and from school, friends hanging out just chatting. There’s always movement [...]

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Ghana in living colour

Ghana in living colour

Posted on Thu, 27 Feb 2014 by Suyin Lim

“Akwaaba!” (welcome) is what we heard most in Ghana, exemplifying the warmth and hospitality of the Ghanaian people. My partner and I spent six months living, working and travelling in [...]

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west africa’s gift

west africa’s gift

Posted on Wed, 4 Nov 2009 by Sue Elliot

Since Jacquie Burnside joined Intrepid as a group leader many moons ago, she’s seen the company grow to be one of the world’s most respected adventure travel operators. You can [...]

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it’s a goal in ghana

it’s a goal in ghana

Posted on Fri, 18 Sep 2009 by Sue Elliot

World Cup Fever is sweeping Ghana this week! Ghana has become the first African country to qualify for the 2010 Football World Cup, joining England and Australia in qualification. Ghanaian [...]

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About Ghana

At a glance

Trips Available: 6
Capital city: Accra (population 2 million)
Population: 24.3 million
Language: English
Currency: GHS
Time zone: (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
Electricity: Type D (Old British 3-pin) Type G (Irish/British 3-pin)
Dialing code: +233

Best time to visit Ghana

Ghana is hot and humid all-year round, with the temperature usually around 30 degrees Celsius - the perfect, tropical climate to hit the beach. The most comfortable time for travelling is during the dry season from November to March, when less rain is present. April to October is the wet season with the amount of rainfall varying throughout the country.

Ghana weather chart

Geography and environment

Village life
Located in West Africa and bordered by Burkina Faso, Togo, Cote d'Ivoire and the Atlantic Ocean, Ghana has a vast array of different terrain. From savanna and woodlands in the far north to steamy rainforests, palm-studded beaches and lagoons, modern cities and tiny villages, travelling through Ghana reveals a cavalcade of topographic change. Lake Volta and Lake Bosumtwi act as important sources of water for farmers, with many rivers, tributaries and channels carrying the water throughout the country. Furthermore, Lake Volta's Akosombo Dam generates large amounts of hydroelectricity for Ghana and neighbouring countries.

Top Picks

Top 5 Street Food Favourites of Ghana

1. Fufu

This Ghanaian staple can be found all over the country and isn't only a food but also an eating utensil too. Consisting of pounded cassava or yam, mixed with mashed plantain, fufu is rolled up into a ball and used to scoop up soup or stew, then eaten - a tasty multi-tasker!

2. Jollof Rice

Thought to have been created in Gambia, this big pot of seasoned rice is one of Ghana's most flavoursome dishes. White rice is cooked in coconut oil and stock with tomato paste, sale, spices and chilli to create a spicy, hearty, dish perfect for backpackers on a budget.

3. Kelewele

This dish of fried plantains spiced with cayenne pepper, chilli powder, nutmeg, cloves and salt is a popular snack food sold by street vendors and market stalls. Choose to eat alone as a snack or served with stews or rice.

4. Kenkey

This staple dish popular throughout West Africa is made by fermenting ground maize, then cooking in banana leaves or foil. Kenkey can be served alongside hot sauce, gravy and/or fish.

5. Kyinkyinga

With beef representing a luxury to many in Ghana, this West Africa version of the kebab is a true street food delicacy. Featuring seasoned meat (usually beef), onions, peanuts, capsicum, tomatoes, garlic and chilli served with rice, salad or bread, this is a tasty meal full of flavour.

FAQs on Ghana

Tipping isn't mandatory or customary in Ghana, however tipping restaurant and bar staff to show your appreciation for good service is considered polite.
Travellers will be able to access the internet at cyber cafes in Ghana's large cities and towns frequented by tourists. Expect little to no internet access in remote and rural areas.
Mobile phone coverage is generally available in Ghana's large cities and tourist towns. Rural and remote areas may have less network coverage. Remember to activate global roaming with your service provider before leaving home.
Ghana has a mix of squat toilets and flushable toilets. As a developing nation, expect to adjust to different levels of sanitation. Always carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitiser as these are rarely provided.
One hour in an internet café = 1-2 GHS
Street food/market snack = 2-2.50 GHS
Bottle of beer = 2-3 GHS
Meal in a cafe = 4-8 GHS
Tap water isn't considered safe for tourists to drink. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Ask your leader and accommodation provider for local advice on where drinking water can be accessed. Also, avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit before eating.
Credit cards are used in Ghana, but not all establishments will accept credit. Large hotels, restaurants and tourist service providers usually accept credit cards, but expect smaller operators and shops to accept cash only. Credit card fraud is quite common in Ghana, so take necessary precautions when paying with plastic.
ATMs are relatively easy to find in Ghana's cities and areas frequented by tourists. If travelling through rural and remote areas, be aware that there will be limited access to ATMs. Visa cards are generally the best choice, since other international cards may not be accepted by ATMs in Ghana.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Mar 6 Independence Day
Apr 6 Good Friday
Apr 9 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 25 Africa Day
Jul 1 Republic Day
Aug 19 Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Oct 26 Eid al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Dec 3 National Farmers' Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2012. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/ghana/public-holidays
GHANA:
Australia: Yes - in advance
Belgium: Yes - in advance
Canada: Yes - in advance
Germany: Yes - in advance
Ireland: Yes - in advance
Netherlands: Yes - in advance
New Zealand: Yes - in advance
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: Yes - in advance
United Kingdom: Yes - in advance
USA: Yes - in advance

Visas need to be obtained before arriving, these allow for a stay of up to 60 days and can be a single or multiple entry. A Yellow Fever certificate may be required for the application. Visas must be used within three months of the date of issue. There is a Ghana consulate in Australia, and visas can be purchased through Visalink. For Australians it will take 10 business days and cost AUD 140.00. 4 copies and 4 passport photos needed. If you are entering Ghana on an overland trip please contact your local embassy to do this as it's no longer possible to obtain these visas en route.

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Ghana Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Ghana

1. Be considerate of Ghana’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.

3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!

6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Changes: A Love StoryAma Ata Aidoo
Wife of the GodsKwei Quartey
Children of the StreetKwei Quartey
Search Sweet CountryKojo Laing
The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and SonghayP. and F. McKissack