Travel Guide: Things to Know Before Visiting Ghana

Travel Guide: Things to Know Before Visiting Ghana

Ghana is popularly known as the "Gateway to Africa" and boasts of a rich culture, history, and stunning landscapes. With its friendly locals, diverse wildlife, and delicious cuisine, Ghana has become a top destination for tourists worldwide. If you are planning a trip to this beautiful country, here are some valuable facts to help make your experience memorable.


Ghana has a tropical climate, which is hot and humid throughout the year. The rainy season runs from April to June and September to November. Be sure to take along a raincoat or umbrella if you plan to visit during this time. The best time to visit Ghana is during the dry season, from November to April. From May to October, the rainy season can make travel difficult and limit activities.


The official currency of Ghana is the Ghanaian Cedi (GHS). US dollars are widely accepted in tourist areas, but having some local currency for smaller transactions is best. You can exchange your foreign currency at banks, hotels, and foreign exchange bureaus, as street vendors may offer unfavourable rates.


The official language of Ghana is English, but there are over 80 languages spoken in the country, making it one of Africa's most linguistically diverse countries. Learning some basic phrases like "hello" (Akwaaba), "thank you" (Medaase), and "how are you?" (Eti sen?) can go a long way in making connections with locals and showing your respect for their culture.


Ghana is generally a safe and friendly country. Still, like any other destination, it pays to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions such as avoiding dark alleys at night and not flashing valuables. 


Ghana has a well-connected road network. Public transportation is available, including buses, taxis, and shared vans called "trotros," but they can be crowded and chaotic. Taxis are the most common form of transportation in Ghana. They usually don't have metres, so negotiate the fare before getting in. Also available are ride-hailing apps like Uber.

Food and water

Ghanaian cuisine is diverse, flavorful, and often spicy. The most popular dishes include Jollof rice, Waakye, Banku, Fufu, and Kenkey. These dishes are made from local ingredients and are packed with flavour. Local street food vendors are also popular and offer delicious, affordable meals. Be careful with street food if you have a sensitive stomach. Also, be mindful of your health by drinking bottled water, and avoid ice or anything that might have been washed in tap water. 


The weather in Ghana is usually hot and humid, so lightweight and breathable clothing is recommended. However, keep in mind that some places in Ghana have conservative dress codes. If you plan to visit mosques, churches, or traditional villages, pack modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Avoid revealing or provocative clothing.

Our recommedations are the Mpho Multi-Way Kaftan which is lightweight and perfect for touristy activities. Also, try out the Kina Striped African Print Shorts if you plan on visiting the beach!

Local customs


Familiarise yourself with the local customs to avoid any cultural misunderstandings.

For example, respect for elders is a significant cultural value, and greeting elders with a handshake or bow is customary. Using your left hand to greet or pass items to others is considered impolite. Ghanaians are friendly and welcoming, and it's common to greet people with a handshake or hug. Always ask for permission before taking photos of people or places. Be aware of cultural etiquette, like removing your shoes before entering someone's home.

Ghana is a shopper's paradise.

Ghana is a shopper's paradise; you can find everything from handmade crafts to designer clothes. The most popular shopping destinations include the Arts Center in Accra, the Kumasi Cultural Center, and the Kejetia Market in Kumasi.

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