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Ghana : When and where to go?
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Ghana: Climate & Weather
The year is divided into two main seasons, a wet season from April to September, and a dry season between October and March. During the dry season, harmattan results in temperatures rising to 40 ° C. But this climate may vary in different regions: in the south, the wet season is marked by monsoons, so the months of May and June must be avoided.
29°C - 84°F
Accra, updated 02:00 GMT
What to do in Ghana
The first African country to win its independence, Ghana has a very strong identity, and has much to offer the curious traveler. Between historical vestiges, nature reserves and stunning beaches, everyone will find something to be seduced by this endearing country.
In the capital Accra, you can discover the market of Makola, as well as the different parts of the city, and some sites of interest, such as the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial (Prime Minister at the time of independence, then President of the country of 1960 to 1966), the lighthouse of Jamestown or the Arch of Independence.
Other cities to visit: Kumasi, where the population of Ashantis predominates: you can discover their customs, their specific architecture and their handicrafts in goldsmith and weaving; Tamale, populated by the Dagombas, with its terracotta dwellings and its famous markets.
You will also see the remains of fortified counters, castles and forts, dating from the 15th and 16th century on the coast between Keta and Beyin, testimonies of the slave trade at this time.
For the fans of idleness or the surfers, the villages of Dixcove and Bosua, 200 km from the capital, offer their sunny beaches and their waves. Discover also Lake Volta, the largest artificial lake in the world, where you can take a short cruise to admire the beautiful landscapes that surround it.
Finally, Mole National Park will give you the opportunity to observe over a hundred species of animals, mammals and reptiles, among which the elephant is the unconstrained king.
Ghana : The basics
A visa is required to enter Ghana, and you must have a passport valid for another 6 months after the scheduled return date.
The current currency is cedi (GHS).
You will arrive at Kotoka airport, which is 6 km from the capital Accra. There is no direct flight from France, you will necessarily have to make a stopover, whether in Abidjan, Lisbon or Frankfurt.
For your travel in the country, you will have the choice, but no solution will be really fast: on the other hand, it will be inexpensive. Buses are recommended for long distances, they are numerous and fast, and moreover very economical. For shorter journeys, the minibus (or trotro) can be tempting given its very low price but its lack of comfort and its often dilapidated state do not plead in its favor. Taxis are easily found in cities. You can also rent a car with or without driver.
Budget question, if you choose an average level of service, you will need 20 € for a correct double room, and about 4 € per meal taken in a simple restaurant.
From the point of view of your health, it is advisable to have your universal vaccinations up to date, as well as those against typhoid, hepatitis A and B, and meningococcal meningitis A and C. The certificate of vaccination against fever Yellow is mandatory. Anti-malaria treatment must also be avoided, and strict food hygiene must be observed to prevent cholera: do not drink tap water, eat well-cooked food, take neither ice cubes nor fruit juices. Also avoid: bathing in stagnant water and contact with animals.
For your safety, it is recommended to avoid the northeast of the country where incidents between ethnic groups take place. Do not move the night especially in Accra.
Shopping: you can bring back handicrafts such as leather goods, woven tunics, fabrics.