Ghana is located in West Africa and is easily accessible by road from most countries in the region. Ghana shares borders on the north with Burkina Faso, the east with Togo, the west with Ivory Coast and to the south, the Atlantic Ocean.
Ghana is increasingly becoming the hub in West Africa for lots of international flights, due to her rapid economic growth, recent oil find, the peace she enjoys and above all, the warmth and hospitality of her people. Several airlines offer flights from 2 to 7 times weekly to and from Accra, the capital.
The following Airlines fly to Accra’s Kotoka International Airport: Emirates Airlines, Delta Airlines, KLM, British Airways, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Air France, Brussels Airlines, Middle East Airlines as well as other African airlines like Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air, Royal Air Maroc, Arik Air, Air Burkina, Air Mali, Air Cote d’Ivoire, Rwandan Air, ASKY and Dana Air amongst others. Contact your preferred Travel Agent for more information.
There are couple of domestic airlines in Ghana you can travel on to number of cities within the country. These include Africa World Airlines and PassionAir.
All foreigners (except ECOWAS CITIZENS) entering Ghana and other West African countries require Entry Visas unless stated otherwise (see specific country’s government website). Entry Visas must be obtained before arrival in Ghana and this may be obtained from a Ghana Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in your home country. Where Ghana has no Consular or Diplomatic representation, an application for Entry Visa may be made to the nearest Diplomatic Mission or Consulate authorized by the Government of Ghana to act on its behalf.
African Nationals not listed above can acquire a visa on arrival at the point of entry to Ghana. Foreign Nationals can also acquire Visa on Arrival but visa receipt must be acquired from Ghana Immigration Service before the day of departure from your home country. Sunset African Tours can facilitate this process for you at a fee. Application usually takes 14 days.
Ghana like most African countries has a tropical climate and can get quite warm. This can be a little uncomfortable for the first time visitor, so we recommend that you bring along light cotton clothes, sunglasses, sun screens and hats.
We recommend that you purchase travel insurance before the trip since the cost is not included in our tour packages.
Yellow Fever inoculation is mandatory requirement for entry to Ghana and you need to show your card at the point of entry. We also recommend that you take Malaria precautions, so please consult your personal Physician or the CDC (Center for Disease Control) for advice. You should also bring along mosquito repellents, especially one that is comfortable on the skin. It is advisable to rub it on your body every time you are outdoors and also bring along wet wipes
The currency used in Ghana is known as the Ghana cedi. The equivalence of an American dollar or Euro in Forex Bureaus varies from place to place. The difference however is usually very small. We recommend that you bring along CASH however Credits/Debit Cards are accepted at some places. For credit/debit cards Visa/Mastercard is widely accepted. You can also withdraw cash (cedis) from some selected ATM machines using your VISA card. Note that the exchange rate for a dollar to cedi is also lower than exchanging cash at the forex bureau. Smaller denominations from $20 and below are exchanged for lower rates. Most people will not accept $1.00 bills.
Ghana operates on 220 volts, so if you should keep that in mind if you are bringing along any electrical appliances
It is very easy to make international telephone calls from Ghana. Please note that the cost of making international phone calls from hotels can very expensive. There are various mobile telecommunication companies operating in Ghana that have relatively cheaper rates. Most hotels in Ghana and other West African countries have WIFI services but please note that some charge for the service. Also, hotels in small towns may not have internet services; you can buy data plan for use on your mobile device.
Most Ghanaians do not like to be photographed without their consent so we will advise that you seek the consent of people they will like to take a photograph of. Also photographs are forbidden in military zones, police posts and utility installations. Ask your driver or Tour Guide for advice. Please note that you can freely take pictures at museums and historical sites however in other West African countries a small fee is charged for the use of a still camera or a video camera.
The intriguing thing about shopping in Ghana and many West African countries is that, apart from fixed prices of items on sale in shops, there is the bargain system at the open and tourists market where the buyer and seller negotiate a price. Usually, the seller starts at a high and way above the normal price, so you have to be able to beat the price down. Start negotiating from about 1/3 of the price. However before, you start bargaining you should shop around to get a fair idea of how much a particular commodity cost before buying.
We have not added gratuities to the cost of our tours. This is something we leave to groups and individuals. However, you will agree that when a good service is rendered, a tip to the one providing the service is in order. We recommend that you set aside an amount to tip porters, waiters, drivers, guides, etc.