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As one of Africa’s greatest success stories, Ghana is a popular country for tourists looking to experience the best that this incredible continent has to offer.
With beautiful beaches, vibrant cities and unique wildlife, it’s easy to see why Ghana has such a broad appeal and is fast becoming a tourism hotspot.
October through to March is the best time to visit Ghana, when the temperatures are slightly cooler and less humid than in the summer months. Visiting during this time means you’ll also miss the spring rains, so your trip won’t be washed out. In December, be aware that the Harmattan, a dry Saharan wind comes in, bringing with it dust that can irritate and dry out the skin.
However, in general, Ghana is a great country to visit, with plenty to see and do at any time of year. The culture, that is such a big part of Ghana’s appeal, is evident all year round, with colourful cloth, dancing and drumming some of the real highlights. If you want to visit during the main festival periods, then some like Dipo have fixed dates, while others happen frequently throughout the year.
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Being flexible is the key. Use the ‘Nearby Airports’ button to expand your search options to other London and UK airports. You can also check other flight dates by clicking on the ‘Show Flexible Dates’ option. This lets you compare flight prices for the days before and after your selected option, which often throws up some better deals.
There are numerous flights to Ghana from London, with often several options for flights each week.
The two main international airports in Ghana are Kotoka International and Kumasi International Airports.
Kotoka is the main airport serving the capital city of Accra. It is located outside the city and has recently undergone a $300 million overhaul. It can now handle around eight million passengers a year.
Kumasi International is located in the capital of the Ashanti region, around four miles from the city itself. Current passenger traffic is around 500,000 a year. It has also seen recent development to bring it up to international airport standards.
Indirect and direct flights to Ghana from UK airports are available from a number of different carriers.
Roads aren’t generally in great condition, so you will need a 4x4 if you are planning on doing any long-distance driving. The current standards of driving also leave a little to be desired so it’s not recommended you get behind the wheel unless you are a very confident and competent driver.
Another option is to take the local mini-buses called tro-tros. This is a cheap and interesting way to travel, although they only leave when they get full, which can take some time. However, if you really want to experience local life then this is the way to do it – but be prepared to wait.
Accra is by far the biggest city and capital of the country. It is a vibrant hub of music and culture. In recent years it has undergone extensive modernisation but some parts of the city are still poor and have few, if any, signs of modern infrastructure.
Kumasi is the capital of the Ashanti region, and is a quieter and more relaxed alternative to hectic Accra. Once the centre of gold and trade in the region, there are some good museums which will give you a little more background. If wildlife is your thing, then the Mole Game Reserve is one of Africa’s best.
British passport holders will need a visa to enter Ghana, and the number of days you are planning to stay will be stamped into your passport on arrival. Overstaying this number can result in a fine, and you may not be allowed to leave the country until this is paid. You should also check whether you need a yellow fever certificate before you travel.