GHANA TRAVEL GUIDE
Nicknamed the "Gold Coast" of Africa, Ghana lies on the western shoreline of Africa. Once the seat of the great Ashanti Empire and an important centre for sourcing slaves, this country has undergone a turbulent history under British rule and in recent times has been the stage for many a coup. Today, Ghana seems to have come into its own. The country is stable and the indomitable spirit of the people intact.
Come to tourist-friendly Ghana and be charmed by some of the world’s most hospitable people. No matter where you go, you will be greeted with warmth. Music, drama and dance are expressions of the people’s emotional experience, and you will be included in all ceremonies, no matter where you come from! Add to these the birds, butterflies and beautiful beaches – you have the perfect tourist destination!
Ghana is a very friendly country, ideal for first-time travellers to Africa. The people are generally very helpful and welcoming. While their laid back attitude and lack of organised tourist sights/trips can be a little annoying, to begin with, before you have been there for very long you realise that it is one of the delights of this country.
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GHANA QUICK FACTS
Currency: Ghana cedi (GHS)
Population: 29,77 million (2018)
Electricity: 240V/50Hz (UK plug)
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GHANA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 6 March, Independence Day
- 1 May, Labour Day
- 25 May, Africa Unity Day
- 1 July, Republic Day
- 21 September, Founder’s Day
- 1st Friday in December, Farmers’ Day
- 31 December, Revolution Day
Also, Good Friday to Easter Monday, Eid al-Adha, and Eid al-Fitr.
GHANA WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Ghana has three hydro-climatic zones. The South-Western system is the most humid part of the country, with mean annual rainfall between 1500 mm and 2000 mm. The Volta basin system, covering the northern part of the country, has mean annual rainfall of about 1000 mm in the savanna area and about 1500 mm to 2000 mm in the forest area. The Coastal basin system is the driest, with mean annual rainfall of about 900 mm. Ghana’s climate is tropical and strongly influenced by the West African monsoon. Seasonal variations in temperature in Ghana are greatest in the north, with highest temperatures in the hot, dry season (April, May, and June) at 27‐30°C; further south, temperatures are lower (June, August, September) at 22‐25°C.
HEALTH RISKS IN GHANA
Be aware of possible health risks in
Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.