Ghana

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Name: Ghana
Population: 28 million
Capital: Accra
Language: English
Currency: Ghana Cedi (GHS)
Time Zone: UTC+0

Country Information
Ghana could be described as the jewel in West Africa’s crown. It’s a true African success story, a happy and prosperous country, which has benefited from a long-standing, stable and democratically elected government. Ghana also boasts one of the strongest economies in Africa, which is maintaining sustained growth and the country is also rich in natural resources. Ghana’s diverse geography and ecology ranges from coastal savannahs to tropical jungles, has warm weather, welcoming locals, long beaches, rich culture and historical sites. Ghana is truly blessed with an undeniable energy and with the majority of the population speaking English as their first language it’s not hard to see why so many travellers choose Ghana as their introduction to Africa.

Climate
Being placed just north of the equator Ghana enjoys warm weather year-round, is mostly tropical and experiences two main seasons (wet season and dry season). In northern Ghana, there are two rainy seasons: April – June and September – November. While South Ghana experiences its rainy season from April to mid-November. The tropical climate of Ghana is relatively mild for its latitude. A dry dessert wind, blows in northeast Ghana from December to March, lowering the humidity and causing hot days and cool nights in northern part of Ghana. Average temperatures range from 21°C to 28°C.

Culture
English is the official national language, and it is widely spoken as a result of the country’s long links with Britain. A total of at least 46 African languages and 76 dialects are spoken in Ghana, generally divided into the Akan, Mole-Dagbani, Ewe and Ga language groups.

West Africa is well known for its vibrant music scene, and arguably Ghana has been a key innovator when it came to styles that combined traditional African sounds with foreign influences. From the 1990’s onwards a new style of Ghanaian music was established referred to as ‘Hip-Life’ which is basically hip-hop in the Ghanaian dialect and lending from traditional Ghanaian rhythms and beats.

Ghana is football crazy. It’s the country’s most participated and watched sport, if you get a chance to catch the ‘Black Stars’ (Ghana’s National football team) play don’t pass it up, the atmosphere is electric! Ghana is 2nd in the Africa Cup of Nations overall rankings after winning the competition 4 times and finishing runner-up 5 times.

Gastronomy
Ghanaian cuisine is typically simple, but flavorful. With many meals consisting of thick, well-seasoned stews usually partnered with rice or boiled yams. One of the most popular stews is okra, fish, bean leaf (or other greens), forowe (a fishy tomato stew), plava sauce (spinach stew with either fish or chicken), and groundnut (peanut), one of the country’s national dishes.

Spices feature heavily in the preparation of most Ghanaian dishes. Cayenne, allspice, curry, ginger, garlic, onions, and chili peppers are the most widely used seasonings. Onions and chili peppers (along with tomatoes, palm nuts, and broth) help to make up the basis for most stews.

Transportation
Plane
All international flights come through Ghana’s largest and busiest Kotoka International Airport based in capital (Accra). Ghana’s other airports include Takoradi, Kumasi, Tamale and Sunyani. A host of international airlines fly direct regularly also, with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly direct from London to Accra with a 6 hour 30 minute flight time, Delta serves Accra daily from the New York City (JFK), KLM flies daily from Amsterdam, Lufthansa from Frankfurt and Emirates from Dubai. Additionally Africa World Airlines cover Ghana’s internal domestic flight routes.

Bus
STC is the main coach company. They operate long distance domestic and international services. Probably the safest way to travel long distance, and are also pretty quick compared to other options, although even on these services breakdowns are reasonably frequent. STC operate between Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Tamale, Cape Coast and other main cities. ‘Express’ or ‘Air-conditioned’ services are quicker and a lot more comfortable than the ordinary services and are now available on the Accra-Kumasi, Accra-Tamale, Accra-Bolgatanga routes.

Car
Roads are variable. In Accra most are fairly good. Significant improvements are being made on the main road between Accra and Kumasi. Most of the roads outside Accra apart from the major ones are dirt tracks. The road between Techiman and Bole is particularly bad and should be avoided if possible. For travel on most roads in the North of the country a 4×4 is required, a saloon car will cope with some of them in the dry season but is not recommended. Also it should be noted that cars with foreign registration are not allowed to circulate between 6PM and 6AM. Only Ghanaian registered vehicles are allowed on the road at this time.

Train
There are rail links between Accra, Takoradi and Kumasi.

For more information on Ghana check out the Ghana Tourism Board website here.

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    Accra, Ghana

    25 people
    14 days
    Code: GHVSC1
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    Accra, Ghana

    10 people
    14 days
    Code: GHVAC1
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    Accra, Ghana

    10 people
    14 days
    Code: GHVCW1
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  • Teaching Volunteer Project in Ghana

    Accra, Ghana

    25 people
    14 days
    Code: GHVTC1
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  • West Africa Overland

    Benin, Côte D'ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-bissau, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo,

    22 people
    70 days
    Code: DDOBC
    Activity and Adventure, Camping, Discovery, Overland, Tours
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    Côte D'ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-bissau, Senegal, Sierra Leone,

    22 people
    50 days
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    Benin, Ghana, Togo,

    22 people
    21 days
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    Côte D'ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Sierra Leone,

    22 people
    28 days
    Code: DDOF
    Activity and Adventure, Discovery, Overland, Tours
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  • Building Project in Ghana

    Accra, Ghana

    15 people
    7 days
    Code: 609
    Building and Construction, Volunteering Abroad
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  • Ghana Medical Internship
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    Medical & Healthcare Placement in Ghana

    Accra, Ghana

    10 people
    28 days
    Code: GHIMH1
    Health Education and Public Services, Internships
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    Physiotherapy Internship in Ghana

    Accra, Ghana

    6 people
    28 days
    Code: GHIPT1
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    Journalism and Media Internship in Ghana

    Accra, Ghana

    10 people
    28 days
    Code: GHIJM1
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