Ghana

Ghana is home to the great tribal kingdom of Ashanti. Boasting historical hot spots, diverse wildlife, and plentiful national parks, Ghana is the ultimate West African destination. You can visit the hungry hippos, sit with crocodiles lazing in the sun, or walk through the lands of elephants and wildebeest (really). Beyond the mainstream tourism elements drawing thousands of visitors each year, on an authentic holiday booked with One World 365 you can get off the beaten track and travel like a local. You will be inspired by this country and on one of our holidays you can experience the local culture and meet the laid back locals who will be excited to see you. 


 
 

Activities, Travel Packages & Eco Holidays in Ghana

Plan your trip with our travel ideas, activity & cultural holidays in Ghana.

Ghana Travel Guide

Ghana Travel Guide

  • Capital City: Accra (population 2,300,000 approx)
  • Population: 24,500,000 (approx)
  • Currency: Cedi (GH₵)
  • Country Area: 239,000 km2
  • Language: English is the official language, and ten major local languages are widely spoken
  • International Dailing Code: +233
  • Religion: 68.8% Christian, 15.9% Muslim, 15.3% Traditional, Other & None
  • Visa: To visit Ghana you will need a valid passport, and also apply for a tourist visa prior to arrival
  • Weather & Best Time to Visit: Wet season is late April to October. Dry season is November to late March. There is no best time to plan a trip here
  • Accommodation: There are lots of hotels and hostels throughout the country with options for all budgets
  • Food & Drink: Food is different to what you might be used to but also very healthy and tasty - breakfast can involve a loaf of sugary white bread and for lunch or dinner you might be eating rice, a sticky meal of fufu (a play dough-like carbohydrate) and salty peanut soup. We recommend only drinking bottled water.
  • Interesting Fact: Ghana was the first African nation to gain independence form colonial powers

 

 

Introducation to Ghana

Present day Ghana has been inhabited since approximately 4000BC. Many tribes co-existed with none showing real dominance until the 1600’s, when the Ashanti Kingdom rose up as the most powerful in the land. Much of their wealth was derived from gold. At this time, Kumasi, the centre of the kingdom had amenities comparable to those in Europe. Portuguese, French, British, Swedish, and Danish explorers all arrived on Ghanaian shores.

Colonial powers built forts or castles, which were a transit point for commodity trading, the most notable commodity being slaves. Some of these castles are still standing today (Cape Coast and Elmina castles have been preserved, and you can visit the museum and old slave holding rooms in each). The Ashanti played a major role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and the abolition of slavery in 1821 finally ended the Ashanti dominance. Ghana later became a British colony. Then, led by a charismatic leader Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana became the first African country to gain independence in 1957.

Nkrumah’s popularity declined before long, and he was removed by a military in coup in 1966. Government struggles remained until 1992 when democracy was officially introduced. Today Ghana is a peaceful West African country making considerable inroads to development.

 

 

Ghana Holidays

Looking for an incredible authentic holiday destination where you can escape the tourist crowds? Choose Ghana. This country is an off the beaten track holiday destination and less popular than other countries in Africa but this does't make it any worse, if anything the lesser the tourists the more ideal a destination it is. If you join one of our holidays you can expect a beautiful country full of natural beauty with some of the friendliest people in the world. You might want to coincide a holiday with the Asafotufiam festival which is a full of colour and life. Become a real traveller - not a tourist in Ghana with One World 365 

There are countless places to visit including Lake Volta (the biggest man-made lake in Africa), the historical slave castles of Cape Coast and Elmina, see elephants at the Mole National Park or spot tropical birds in the rainforest canopy at Kakum National Park. The Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, The Bui National Park, the Kakum National Park, Accra’s Handicraft market, Cocoloco Beach and the UNESCO World heritage castles - Elmina castle, St Jago castle and Cape coast castle are also recommended. There is also no doubt that local people love visitors and you will find that they are some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet, their culture is a fascinating blend of traditional and modern. We would be surprised if you didn't make many friends during your time here and find it hard to say goodbye at the end of your stay! You will really enjoy the experience even though it will be totally different to probably any destination you have ever been to before.

 

 

Top Things to Do & Places to Visit in Ghana

  • Explore Accra, visiting the National Museum, Centere of national Culture, the National Theater and Independence Square
  • Kakum and Mole National Parks
  • Visit craft markets to see and buy some of the weavings, wood carvings, ceramic and metals works that are on offer
  • Spend time on one of Ghana’s beaches; maybe La Pleasure or Kokrobite which are only 25 km west of Accra
  • Visit Cocoloco Beach and observe the numerous birds and sea turtles
  • Take a safari in one of Ghana’s 16 national parks

 

 

Passport/Visa/Money

  • Is a visa required?: Yes
  • Allocation of Tourist Visa: Before Departure
  • Duration of Tourist visa: 1 to 3 months
  • Cost of Tourist Visa: Varies, but you can expect to pay 60USD
  • Tourist Visa Extension: Possible up to two years
  • Cost of Tourist Visa Extension: Variable
  • Passport validation: 6 months required before expiry
  • Return/onward flight ticket: Required
  • Confirmation of Funds: May be required
  • Money/Currency: Ghana New Cedi (GHS)
  • Inform Banks: Give the dates of travel and destinations to prevent security blocks on your bank and credit cards.
  • Cash: Always take enough cash to cover your expenses for the first week in case there is a problem with your bank cards or access to ATM’s is limited.
  • Credit Options: Good idea to have at least two different credit/debit card options i.e. MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, or Cirrus.
  • Travellers Cheques: Not recommended as they will be difficult to cash.
  • Western Union: If at any time you have any problems in accessing money you can use Western Union transfer. Money can be sent from your home country and received in Ghana the same day.

 

 

Health & Safety

Ghana has a stable government but please check latest travel advice before departing. Malaria can be an issue in this country and please check available vaccinations / medication. Walking out of the Kotoka airport in Accra, you might be accosted by several bulky men, demanding money for ‘protection’ on the walk across the eerily lit car park to our taxi. Usually these people are friendly, but nevertheless unknown faces so keep your wits about you. Also it is advised to ‘ignore anyone who asks for your cedis’ (Ghanaian currency). Even though this is a developing country Ghanaian people are very friendly in nature and you shouldn't encounter any problems, people are likely to greet you with smies and occasionally children might utter a high pitched shout – ‘Obruni!’ (Akan for ‘white man’).  You might want to check for vaccinations a few months prior to departure.

 

 

 

      

 

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