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Ghana is said to be the friendliest destination in Africa with welcoming and helpful locals. The laidback attitude of the locals makes it a delight to visit Ghana. While most people remember Ghana for its history of slave trade, the country has had a rich, long history that dates back even further.
Throughout the northern region, remnants of past civilizations can be found, at the Nelrigu Defence Wall dating back to the 16th century and the Larabanga Mosque dating back to the 15th century. The slave trade also left behind its mark on the country. Swedish, Portuguese, German, Danish, Dutch and British forts can be found dotted throughout the coast of the country. The most impressive among these are the UNESCO listed forts at Elmina and Cape Coast.
The city of Accra offers much to do and see with plenty of historic sites like the WB Dubois Centre, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and the Independence Square. There are excellent shopping opportunities and cultural treats that can be found in the city. Kumasi too offers historic sites like the Okomfo Anokye Sword, Asantehene's Palace and the Manhiya Palace.
Ghana is blessed geographically even though none of its natural attractions are as iconic as Kilimanjaro or the Victoria Falls. The extensive coastline of the country is home to beautiful beaches such as those at Dixcove and Busua, impressive European forts like the Cape Coast Castle as well as reminders of Ghana's slave trade history. There are vibrant fishing villages, local arts and crafts and much more to do.
Tourist Offices - Ghana Tourist Board, Accra: +233 21 222
153 or www.ghanatourism.gov.gh
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All visitors require a valid passport and a
visa. Visitors must also hold a return or onward ticket as well as
all documents needed for their next destination. On arrival, all
non-Ghanaian passengers must obtain a registration card. Two
passport photos are required.
- For Australians -
Australians must have a valid passport and
- New Zealand nationals must have a valid passport and
- US citizens must have a valid passport and
- US citizens must have a valid passport and
- UK nationals must have a valid passport and
Ghana Holidays - Currency of Ghana
The official currency is the cedi (GHC), which is
divided into 100 pesewas. Foreign currency can be exchanged at any
forex bureaux as well as at some commercial banks; banks and
foreign exchange facilities are available at the airport and in all
major towns. It is advisable to keep an currency exchange receipts
in order to be able to re-exchange when departing. Banking hours
are usually from 8.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday, and most large
commercial banks have ATMs located outside, although only limited
amounts of cedis can be drawn at a time. Travellers cheques are
accepted at banks and forex bureaux in the capital Accra, but the
rate of exchange may be lower than for cash transactions. The most
widely accepted credit cards are American Express, Diners and Visa,
and cards can be used for payment at major hotels and shops,
although this can be risky as credit card fraud is very common. The
best currencies to bring are US dollars, British pounds or Euros as
other currencies exchange at poor rates.
Telephone Access Codes and Communications
The international dialling code for Ghana
is +233. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country
code (e.g. 0027 for South Africa). Accra's city code is 21. The
telephone system is relatively reliable, but most people use mobile
phones. Telephone, fax and telex services are available in all main
towns, and hotels. Most major hotels also have business centres,
which provide secretarial and courier services. Internet cafes are
on the increase throughout the country. There are several GSM cell
phone operations across Ghana that have roaming agreements with
most international networks, and phones can be rented in
Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions
Travellers to Ghana over 16 years do not have
to pay customs duty on 400 cigarettes, or 100 cigars, or 454g of
tobacco, or a proportionate mix of these items; 1 litre of wine and
1 litre of spirits; and 237ml of perfume and eau de toilette. Gift
items are dutiable.
Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information
Service charge is rarely added to restaurant
bills and tipping for quality service is only expected in up-market
establishments (usually about 10%). For other services tipping is