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.

Our Ghana trips

Ghana travel highlights

Ghana holiday information

At a glance

Best time to visit Ghana

Geography and environment

Street Food Favourites of Ghana

Health and Safety

Further reading

Ghana travel FAQs

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.

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

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 2 Jan New Year Holiday
  • 6 Mar Independence Day
  • 14 Apr Good Friday
  • 17 Apr Easter Monday
  • 1 May May Day
  • 25 May Africa Unity Day
  • 25 Jun Eid al-Fitr / End of Ramadan
  • 1 Jul Republic Day
  • 2 Jul Republic Day Holiday
  • 1 Sep Eid al-Adha / Feast of Sacrifice
  • 21 Sep Founders' Day
  • 1 Dec Farmers' Day
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec Boxing Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Ghana go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/ghana/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

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

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.