BEFORE YOU ARRIVE IN GHANA
As a former British colony the official language in Ghana is English. On the streets however you hear many of the local languages such as ‘Twi, Ga, Hausa or Ewe’. Twi is the most dominant language in Ghana.
Note that in remote areas and villages, English is not as proficient as elsewhere in Ghana.
You can use your mobile phone in Ghana. Please check with your cellular carrier to see if there is a supporting Ghanaian mobile network for roaming services whilst in Ghana. Alternatively, you can purchase & register a cheap prepaid sim card in Ghana (Note: bring your passport along to register your chip before activated). You can use the sim in your own phone if it is sim-lock-free. Reliable Ghanaian networks are MTN, Vodafone, Airtel and Tigo. However coverage at some places can be poor or non-existent. With a Ghanaian sim card, you can make relatively cheap calls in and outside Ghana.
In Accra, the biggest supermarkets / shopping centers are West Hills Mall, Accra Mall, Junction Mall and Achimota Mall, Koala in Osu (Oxfort str., Airport res. & Cantonments) and MaxMart located near 37 Military Hospital and their latest store at A&C Shopping Mall in East Legon.
Ghana’s climate is classified as tropical to sub-tropical. The rainy season starts around May and ends around September, with short heavy rains every now and then. Temperatures range from 24 to 34 degrees Celsius (75 F to 93 F.). In the northern part, the weather is hot and dry and in the south more humid.
The only immunization required by Ghanaian authorities is Yellow Fever. All others are optional. You need to discuss with your doctor or travel clinic which ones are advisable in your situation.
You may wish to bring along some first aid items such as Imodium to stop diarrhoea, Paracetamol, O.R.S. (Oral Rehydration Salt), mosquito repellent, sun cream, plasters and sterile bandages.
Ghana is a safe country. However in and around the bigger cities (such as Accra, Kumasi & Tamale) there are minor incidents of crime and theft. Sometimes theft from motorbikes occurs in the evening and night. Therefore be a bit cautious in busy areas or popular places such as ‘Osu’, in and around ‘Kwame Nkrumah circle’, the old city centre, ‘Labadi beach’ and especially during busy street events. You may wish to avoid using ATM’s at night, carrying handbags or using expensive mobile phones at night.
You can always report any security issues to the Ghana Police for immediate assistance.
All foreign visitors to Ghana are required to hold a valid passport with a Ghanaian visa (except visitors from West African ECOWAS countries). A tourist visa is stamped for 60 days upon arrival in Ghana (thus valid for 2 months).
Applications for a Ghanaian visa should be made to the nearest Ghana Consulate or Embassy.
• For online visa application (UK nationals only) visit www.ghanahighcommissionuk.com
• For the Ghanaian Embassy in the USA visit www.ghanaembassy.org
• For an extension of your visa (after 2 months) visit www.ghanaimmigration.org
The Ghanaian currency is the Ghana Cedi. Unfortunately you can’t change your currency into Ghana Cedi’s before arrival in Ghana.
Try one or more of the following ways to obtain Cedi’s whilst in Ghana:
• ATM. Before coming to Ghana, contact your bank or credit card company to enquire if and where your ATM card is accepted in Ghana.
For example; you can use a foreign ATM card with a Cirrus or Maestro logo printed on it at the ‘Stanbic Bank’ in Ghana. Stanbic Bank has branches in the following cities: Accra, Tema, Takoradi, Kumasi, Tamale, Tarkwa, Sunyani & Ho.
‘Stanbic Bank’ branches in the capital Accra can be found at various locations: For example Silverstar-tower (Airport) or opp. Ridge Hospital. You can withdraw up to 1000 Cedi.
Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) accepts ATM cards with Cirrus or Maestro logo as well.
In case you wish to use ATM machines from other banks in Ghana (other than Stanbic Bank or GCB), a Visa card is required. Enquire from your bank beforehand if your visa card has an ATM option that works overseas. In Ghana, your Visa card is accepted by ATMs from Barclays bank, Eco bank, Standard Chartered bank, and other smaller banks.
• Bring along your foreign currency in cash (Euros, USD, GBP). You can change money at exchange offices (‘Forex Bureaus’) and banks. Banks normally open from 8.30 to 4pm and on Saturdays from 9 to 2pm.
• Traveller cheques. Some visitors advised us not to encourage the use of traveller cheques. This is due to the limited possibilities to cash them and often only small amounts.
• Credit card. You can use your credit card at some hotels and restaurants (Visa or Mastercard). However, to prevent unauthorized use of your card, for example for internet purchases, be cautious when using your card and keep an eye on it at all times.
BOOKING A TRIP
Bookings can be cancelled without penalty up to 1 week in advance. If cancelled within the week prior to the rental period or during the rental period we would need to charge 2 days car rent.
Eric, has been a driver and tour guide for many years. He has taken visitors on scores of trips all over the country. He knows Ghana’s main routes and back roads like the back of his hand. He is knowledgeable about many aspects of Ghanaian history and culture. Eric guides you himself.
Fuel expenses are not part of renting a car. The visitor is expected to buy fuel whilst travelling. Cars depart with a full tank. Kindly return the car with the same level of fuel. Eric your driver and guide can help you fuel the car when needed.
NB: Since our rental station is based in Accra, we charge additional fuel expense in case you wish to be dropped off outside Accra.
Your vehicle is well insured. Maintainance, damages, technical faults are our sole responsibility / Client shall not be held resposible for any of these or any expense as a result.
Please note that we are not responsible for medical expenses (caused by road accident or otherwise / no matter who is responsible). Same applies to expenses caused in the event of a missed flight. We are also not responsible for damaged luggage or loss of valuables. We therefore strongly advice travelers to Ghana to take out an insurance policy covering accidents, repatriation, theft, medical expenses etc.
You are kindly requested to make Payments in full, latest on the day of travelling. Payments can be made by bank transfer, Western Union or Cash. Cash payments must be made to driver at pick up.
Please note: Car rental service includes a driver and his expenses / Mileage is free. The car comes with the appropriate insurances.
Toll fees are not included. Fees are 1 Ghana Cedi per toll booth.
Along Ghana’s roads you will run into a number of police barriers. In case your car gets stopped it is recommended to let the driver deal with authorities.
If the driver is being fined (for example, over-speeding) it is the drivers responsibility to pay the fine.