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Visiting Ghana this December

10 Things to know before visiting Ghana this December

“Practical recommendations that will have you feeling like a local right from the start”

Are you planning an exciting adventure to Ghana this Detty December? Congratulations! You will undoubtedly have a wonderful and life changing experience. 

You may have completed all of your research, picked out your accommodation, and planned all your tours by this point. However, you still have some burning questions about the practical day-to-day life in Ghana.There are a few things you need to know to make your trip delightful, unforgettable and hassle-free.

We’ve got answers! We’ve compiled a list of tips to keep you in-the-know and guarantee the best Ghana experience this December.


1. Health Concerns

The CDC and WHO recommend adding the following vaccinations to your routine vaccination list before traveling to Ghana: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, TYPHOID, YELLOW FEVER (required by Ghana government).

Malaria is also prevalent in Ghana, so don’t forget to talk to your doctor about the best malaria prevention drugs and other precautions. Wild Tours Ltd highly recommends using mosquito repellent and mosquito nets during your stay. It is also advisable to come with a basic medical kit with necessities such as pain relievers, diarrhea medications, and other prescriptions.

2. Greetings

Ghanaians are well known for their warm hospitality and rich culture. It is desirable to be aware of their customs and respect their traditions. Ghanaians often shake hands and smile when they greet one another, and courtesy towards elders and authorities is customary.

When you intend to address the elderly or people in authority, just remove the cap from your head and replace it after you leave their company.When greeting and eating, you should use your right hand only to place food in your mouth. Regardless of the status of those in attendance, it is customary for guests to start by shaking hands with the person to their right before moving to their left. It appears that greeting is important in Ghana. Indeed, people’s perceptions of you might be shaped by simple greetings. Exhibiting the proper greeting norms will go a long way!


3. Other etiquettes you should know in Ghana

Contrary to some Western customs, when you invite someone to a social event, such as a bar or restaurant, you are expected to cover all of their costs (unless you have discussed a different arrangement beforehand). When visiting rural regions and places of worship, dress modestly, and never photograph someone without their consent. Dress modestly unless you are among persons of your own age with whom you are familiar. 

A bottle of Schnapps or Kasapreko gin, both readily accessible in any shop, is typically brought as a gift when a foreigner is invited to a traditional home or community. 

However, gifts are not mandatory when visiting friends in the city. Never accept something from someone with your left hand because in Ghanaian tradition, doing so is considered disrespectful to the giver. It also can be construed as an indication of ungratefulness toward the benefactor.

4. Transportation in Ghana 

In Ghana, even a simple road journey may be fascinating. There are many public transportation options in Ghana. Buses and tro-tros (shared minivans) aren’t always the most convenient or comfortable choices. Taxis and ride-sharing services like UBER are available in cities.Traffic can be difficult in cities like Accra, so allow extra time for your trip. Before entering a cab, haggle over the price because the first fare quoted to you will most likely be overpriced.

For longer trips, take a reliable bus company for a pleasant ride or consider domestic flights as a more practical option. Wild Tours LTD is able to secure private transportation with a driver if you need this service.

5. Ghana Weather and Climate

Ghana has wet and dry seasons due to its tropical environment. If you’re coming during the rainy season, which usually lasts from April to October, be prepared for severe rain. On arrival, purchase an umbrella or raincoat to make your stay more enjoyable.

Travel to Ghana is preferable between November and March when temperatures and humidity are relatively lower, driving conditions are better, and mosquitoes are less prevalent. With all the activities happening in Ghana in December to January, you will definitely have a great time!

Staying hydrated is critical in Ghana’s hot and humid climate. Drink bottled or purified water from reputable producers only. Absolutely no tap water! Bring sunscreen, a hat, and breathable, lightweight clothing due to the possibility of high temperatures during your stay.  Bring light pants or skirts made of natural fibers, cotton T-shirts, and many pairs of socks and undergarments. In terms of footwear, you’ll want a good pair of walking shoes with a solid ankle, as well as sandals or thongs (for all lazy days hanging out at the beautiful Ghana beaches). If you happen to neglect anything, don’t worry; you’ll be able to get them at local stores and shopping malls in Ghana.

6. Internet and Communication

Internet access in Ghana may not be as effortless as you are used to. A local cell phone SIM card is recommended for data and communication needs. Make sure your phone is unlocked! E-sims are also available in some cases. Places such as restaurants, bars and hotels may have wifi for their guests (but this is not guaranteed). Upon arrival, you may secure a sim card by showing your passport, and visitor’s visa at any of the top companies like Vodafone, MTN or AT. 

7. Security in Ghana

You may ask yourself “how safe is Ghana”? The simple answer is yes, Ghana is considered safe for travelers, but like in any destination, it’s important to exercise caution. Avoid displaying valuable items openly, be vigilant in markets and crowded areas, and follow local advice regarding safe areas, especially after dark. If possible, use our trusted transportation services or arrange for transportation through your accommodation.

8. Currency and Money Matters

The official currency of Ghana is the Ghanaian Cedi (GHS). While credit cards (Visa/Mastercard) are accepted in major cities and tourist regions, it is wise to carry some local currency for modest purchases and in more remote places where card acceptance may be limited. You may visit a bank or FOREX bureau in any major city in Ghana to facilitate your transactions.

9. Relish the Cuisine

Ghanaian cuisine is a delightful combination of flavors, featuring staples such as rice based dishes like jollof, and waakye (rice and beans), snacks like kelewele (spiced ripe plantain), nkate cake (peanut brittle) and swallows like banku (fermented corn & cassava dough) with tilapia, fufu (pounded yam or plantain), and a variety of hearty and delicious soups. 

Don’t be afraid to eat the local street cuisine, but keep hygiene in mind. Before eating, wash your hands or sterilize them. If you are sensitive to spicy meals, inform the vendor. Always make a note to mention any allergies as well to ensure that your meals do not contain something to which you are allergic.

10. Exploring  Ghana’s Cultural Sites

Access to the internet may not be as easy.While seeing major landmarks such as Cape Coast Castle and Mole National Park is essential, consider also visiting lesser-known destinations. Ghana’s coastal towns, lush forests, and gorgeous waterfalls all provide one-of-a-kind experiences that will enrich your adventure.Learn about local cultures, events, and languages. Ghanaians are incredibly proud of their heritage and are eager to share it with guests. Attending events like the lively Hogbetsotso Festival or listening to traditional music can give you a better understanding of the country’s cultural tapestry.


This country has much to offer, whether you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, taste wonderful food, or explore stunning landscapes. Remember to approach your tour with an open heart and a questioning mind, and you’ll be sure to leave this interesting West African country with unforgettable memories.

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