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.
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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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
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 [...]Read more
At a glance
|Capital city:||Accra (population 2 million)|
|Time zone:||(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London|
|Electricity:||Type D (Old British 3-pin) Type G (Irish/British 3-pin)|
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.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Street Food Favourites of Ghana
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.
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.
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.
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
Street food/market snack = 2-2.50 GHS
Bottle of beer = 2-3 GHS
Meal in a cafe = 4-8 GHS
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
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
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 New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
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.
|Changes: A Love Story||Ama Ata Aidoo|
|Wife of the Gods||Kwei Quartey|
|Children of the Street||Kwei Quartey|
|Search Sweet Country||Kojo Laing|
|The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhay||P. and F. McKissack|