Maranatha Beach Camp, Ada, Ghana

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Exploring Ghana (2024)

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Visiting a foreign country (even if it’s an English-speaking one) requires research beforehand to find out local laws, customs and of course, local words and phrases to know so you are properly informed.

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airplane flights to ghana

It takes an hour from Lagos to Accra and you can go with Air Peace or Africa World Airlines.

travelling to Accra, Ghana by road from Lagos, Nigeria
Ghana entry requirements for west africans

Check this page to see if you require a visa to travel to Ghana.

If you need a visa for Ghana, you can apply online beforehand depending on your resident country, or get a visa on arrival at the airport (if you qualify). UK citizens can apply here, US citizens can apply here, if you’re not a national of any of these countries, find a Ghanaian embassy closest to you.

how to get a Local sim in Ghana

E-sim in Ghana – If you want to go the e-sim route, Airalo is a great option, it’s an e-SIM provider with coverage in multiple countries. You can buy your SIM before arriving in Ghana and activate it when you land and instantly connect. It costs approximately $10 for the e-SIM and 1 GB of data, it’s more expensive than getting the local SIM but it’s more convenient especially if you arrive on a weekend.

The currency in Ghana is the Ghanaian Cedi – use this currency converter to see how much your local currency is worth in cedis. Cash is king in Ghana. If you don’t have anything else, have cash, it’s widely accepted and in most places, preferred.

Ghanaian currency - cedis

You can travel to Ghana on every type of budget, if you are a budget traveller staying in hostels, using public transportation and eating street foods, you can make your money stretch for as long as possible.

I have taken a 5-day trip and an 8-day trip to Ghana, on separate occasions and I would recommend you budget at least $1000 for a one-week stay (inclusive of plane tickets if you’re departing from Nigeria). For any stay over 7 days, budget $1500 and above, especially if you are travelling solo. It’s always better to have more money than you need.

You can learn more about budgeting for Ghana in my cost breakdown for a 5-day Ghana solo trip.

Figuring out transportation is usually something you do before visiting a new country and because there are numerous ways to move around within Ghana, it can be overwhelming. So, here is everything you need to know:

Yango is a rideshare app in Ghana which is much cheaper than its alternatives so it’s worth trying it out at least once.

In Tamale, there are fewer vehicles on the road and motorcycles are one of the major forms of transportation so, it’s much safer.

TukTuk's in Northern Ghana
Tamale airport - northern Ghana

Passion Airlines and Africa World Airlines are the most popular airlines that fly locally within Ghana, they have daily flights to Takoradi, Kumasi and Tamale. Prices start from 700ghc for 1-way flights and this is the best option if you’re not a fan of road trips because everywhere is an hour and 10 minutes or less by flight. You can either buy your ticket online or from the local airport.

If you are not a fan of local flights and don’t want to shell out hundreds of cedis to travel to other regions, you can take the STC Bus. It takes you to different cities in Ghana for a set fare and you can purchase a ticket online or from the bus station. They are a very comfortable, reliable and affordable way to travel around Ghana.

Safety is probably the biggest worry for any solo traveller, especially solo female travellers but I have felt very safe every time I’ve travelled to Ghana. You just need to take the necessary safety precautions to have that extra blanket of protection.

  • Share your live location
  • Share your ride when using ride-sharing apps
  • Always remain alert
  • Be aware of your surroundings when in crowded places
  • Keep your windows up when in a moving car
  • Carry a safety personal alarm

Ghana has all types of accommodations for every kind of traveller, something to fit every style. Whether you enjoy luxury or are on a budget, there is an option for everyone.

When looking for accommodation in Ghana, it might be difficult to look for places outside Accra so I would recommend using for short stays and Airbnb for longer stays.

  1. Aqua Safari Resort – If you’re looking for a resort with so many activities that you don’t have to leave, this is it.
  2. Hillburi Resort – This is a stunning resort located in the mountains of Aburi in the Easter Region. If you don’t have the budget to stay for a night, you can spend the day here and it’s just as amazing.
  3. Zaina Lodge – Safari and luxury all rolled into one. That’s how best I would describe Zaina. It’s smack in the centre of Mole National Park so has the perfect views of the stunning Elephants in their natural environment.
  4. Lou Moon Resort – The Western Region has some of the most stunning beaches in Ghana and with Lou Moon, you can experience having this beach in your backyard.
  1. Mole Motel – If you plan on visiting Mole National Park but don’t have the budget for Zaina Lodge, staying in Mole Motel for as low as $50 a night is the next best option. It’s on the same property as the National Park, so you can see the animals (elephants and antelopes) from your room.
  2. Ahanta Eco Lodge – This Eco Lodge is located in Busua in the Western Region along Ghana’s stunning coastline. It’s also a surf camp so with a room going for as low as $35 a night, it’s a fair trade.
  3. Jeyads Lodge – Unlike Accra, Tamale doesn’t have a large number of hotels to choose from, so this hotel is one of its best. A standard room which a stay in costs $70 a night and comes with a free breakfast.
  4. Urbano Hotel – This hotel has the famous 3D “ I love Accra” sign in front of it. It’s a mix of classic and modern and the cheapest room (standard single room without breakfast) costs $100/ night.
  1. Modern Shipping Container Apartments – this is a shipping container that has been transformed into 4 mini studio apartments. It’s located in a secure compound in Osu, one of the safest neighbourhoods in Accra. Some of the apartments are larger than others and the prices start from $32.
  2. Luxury Studio Apartment – for $64 a night you can stay in this set of apartments in Accra located near the US embassy.
  3. Hidden Haven Cabins – riverside cabins located in Akosombo, the eastern region, just on the outskirts of Accra for $90 a night. If you’re looking for serenity this place is perfect.
  4. Cozy Gardens Studio – You can rent this apartment for $59 a night. It is located in Cantonments, one of the most wealthy parts of Accra.
  1. Accra – Somewhere Nice Hostel in Kokomlemle, Accra. This isn’t one of the wealthier areas, but it’s still felt very safe and is located 15 minutes away from Kotoka International Airport. Rooms here start from $20 a night.
  2. Kumasi – TUMI Hostel is also a guest house with double rooms, a dorm room and family rooms. The prices range from $12 a night for a bed in the dorm to $72 per night for the friend & family room.
  3. Tamale – Belgha Bar & Hostel is located in Larabange, less than 30 minutes away from Mole National Park in Northern Ghana. Prices start from 150ghc ($13).
  4. Ada – Maranatha Beach Camp is in Ada, Greater Accra, 2 and a half hours away from central Accra. If you want to try sleeping in huts on the beach, you can rent a room with prices starting from $8 a night. To book and arrange your boat transfer, just contact them here.

This is the most convenient way of getting meals in Ghana that’s why there are several food delivery apps like Jumia Food, Glovo & Bolt Food. With these, you can order food online and have it delivered to your doorstep.

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Ghana has an ENDLESS number of things to do, from chasing waterfalls, climbing rocks, visiting a shea butter factory and paragliding to getting close to Elephants. Keep reading!

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Osu Night Market, Accra - Ghana Travel Guide
Maranatha Beach Camp, Ada Ghana – Review

Just 3 hours away from Accra in Ada, you can experience camping on the beach without sleeping in a tent. Maranatha Beach Camp has two types of accommodations – private rooms and huts. The huts sit right on the beach, I stayed in a cement-floored hut and the experience was very interesting and unforgettable. Although it was extremely peaceful, everyone staying in the huts had to share 3 communal showers and toilets, however, the private rooms also came with private showers.

Legon Botanical Gardens

I have never taken a cooking class when travelling but I stand by the idea that you can learn a lot about a country’s culture from its dishes and local cuisine. If you want to get familiar with Ghanaian spices and cook a local dish, contact Moove, they organise 4-hour cooking classes for 800ghc ($70).

Mole National Park

Of all the things to see and do in Ghana, this is my favourite and the sole reason I travelled from Accra to Ghana’s north – to see Elephants in Mole National Park.

Mole National Park, Savvanah region Ghana

This park in Ghana’s Savannah Region is home to Antelopes, Buffaloes, Exotic birds and over 600 African Savannah Elephants. You can either fly to Tamale from Accra and drive 3 hours to Mole or, drive 12+ hours from Accra to Mole (this isn’t advisable).

If you are on a tight budget, you can opt to walk instead of renting a jeep.

This factory visit should be high on your itinerary, nothing here has been automated so on the tour, you can watch the manual process of turning a Shea Nut into Shea Butter. I was fortunate enough to visit on the day when the nuts were roasted and separated and the labour that goes into it is incredible. The women are so skilled that there is no waste.

Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary

Kakum National Park

Ghana isn’t lacking in the waterfall department. Wli is the highest waterfall in West Africa at 80 metres, but is also 4 hours away from Accra so quite a distance. You have to walk 40 minutes, across 9 bridges to get from the entrance to the lower falls – it’s breathtaking.

Shai Hills Resource Reserve

Spend a day relaxing at The Royal Senchi Hotel and have them arrange a cruise for you on Lake Volta. The boat cruise is so calming and serene.

Boti Falls

Aburi Gardens, eastern region ghana
Ghana travel budget

If you’re up for an adventure, abseiling off the 100ft Vulcan rock should be on your itinerary. The adrenaline you feel while reclining down the side of the rock is a feeling you won’t forget.

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