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Travel Tips

FLIGHTS TO GHANA & WEST AFRICA

 Some of the international airlines operating into West Africa include;

Delta Airline

 KLM (daily)

 British Airways

Lufthansa

 Emirates airlines

 The list here is a guide line on some of the direct international or connecting flights to Accra. Contact us for flight arrangements.

BAGGAGE

 Baggage space on a tour is restricted to one medium suitcase or holdall per person, plus hand baggage (private tour where there are less than 7 persons in the vehicle are not subject to this restriction).

CURRENCY

 Hard currencies can be exchanged in cash at some specific banks all over Ghana, at forex bureaus in Ghanaian cities and at most large hotels. US Dollars, Euros and Sterling Pounds are most acceptable and will cause the least delay. As a norm, always ask what commission and charges will be deducted first and prior to transaction. Banks are usually open from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm, Mondays through Fridays.

CREDIT CARDS

 VISA, MASTERCARD and AMERICAN EXPRESS are widely accepted for tourist services at most large hotels. There's usually a 5% service charge on top of the price as establishments are charged a fixed percentage of their transactions.

HEALTH

 Since rules concerning disease prevention change from time to time, a check should be made with the nearest Ghanaian High Commission, Ghana Tourism Authority Office or any airline flying scheduled services into Ghana and West Africa. Malaria is endemic to most parts of West Africa and intending visitors should start taking anti-malarial tablets before departure and continue taking them for the prescribed time after their return. Insect repellents should be made use of after dusk and suitable cover up clothes should be worn in the evenings.

DRINKING WATER

 Drinking water from the tap are safe, but it is advisable to drink bottled water. Bottled water is available in every hotel and supermarket.

SECURITY

 Normal precautions as in any other destination world-wide should be taken. Visitors are advised not to leave cash and valuables in their hotel rooms but to make use of safe deposit boxes and safes. One should never carry large sums in cash and women should keep a tight grip on handbags in crowds or busy streets. As in all major cities walking alone or in small groups at night should be considered a hazard and avoided. Reliable taxis are available at all the principal hotels. Taking photographs at airports, near military installations, of policeman, the president, the national flag, the State House, state lodges, soldiers, prisons and prisoners etc., is prohibited. Before photographing local people, permission should be obtained and a fixed price agreed. Seek the assistance of your driver/guide in this matter.

VOLTAGE

Both mains electricity and generated supply in hotels provide 220 volts AC.  Sockets are normally three or two pin and of the ‘round’ or 'square' variety.

TIPPING AND POTTERAGE

 Although hotels include a service charge, it is customary to tip porters, waiters, drivers and guides.

LANGUAGE

English is the most widely used official languages in Ghana. In addition, most tribes have their own language.

POST AND TELEPHONES

 Keeping in touch by mail and telephone is generally easy. Direct overseas dialling is possible from major centers and increasingly from remote places. Internet access is available in most major hotels in Ghana and West Africa.

OPENING AND SHOPPING HOURS

 Major stores, tourist services, offices and museums open from 8.00 am to 5.00 PM in large towns though offices often break for lunch. In rural areas shops can be open at almost any hour. Souvenirs to take back home can include wood sculptures and carvings, kente, beadwork and tribal regalia, masks, textiles and gemstones set in unique jewellery pieces.