Welcoming and friendly, with the most vibrant energy, that’s how Ghana is described by travel agencies all over the world. With Accra, named by the New York Times as ‘Africa’s capital of cool’, visitors of the GC3B will feel at home at once. Absorb the Accra atmosphere at the GC3B!
Vital statistics of Ghana
Population of Ghana: 32.8 million
Capital of Ghana: Accra (1,8 million inhabitants)
Languages in Ghana: English, Asante, Ewe, others
Time in Ghana: GMT
International dialling code in Ghana: +233
Ghana’s currency is the Cedi which comes in denominations of GHC 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins come in denominations of GHC 2 and 1 and also 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p & 1 pesewas. ATMs are available. Foreign currency can be freely exchanged at any Bank or Forex Bureaux in the country. All banks and Forex Bureaux accept Traveller’s Cheques although the rate of exchange may be slightly lower than for cash transaction. The most widely accepted credit cards are Visa and Mastercard.
If you are bringing along any electrical appliances, they should operate on or be adaptable to 220/240 volts. Electric outlets in Ghana accept either 3-pronged, or sometimes 2-pronged plugs. Bring your converter to be sure to use your electrical appliances.
Ghana is a tropical country and Accra is located in the dry equatorial zones. This means that most visitors will experience the hot climate with temperatures around 23 to 35 degrees Celsius.
It is advisable for visitors to use bottled drinking water.
Yellow fever vaccination required by all, except infants under one year. Please do not forget to bring your Health Certificate, which shows that you have a yellow fever vaccination. Please, consult your GP for recommended vaccinations and anti-malaria treatment.
Kakum National Park
Ghana’s most visited attraction is the Kakum National Park in Assin Attandanso in the Central Region. It has a 333-meter long canopy walkway, suspended up to 27 meters above the forest floor from trees that are over 300 years old. The canopy walk is only one of Kakum’s many delights. There are a variety of trails and guided walks that allow visitors to experience the solitude of the rainforest. Mammals include forest elephant, leopard, bongo, bushbuck and many primates, but game viewing is difficult. Kakum is about 4 hours drive from Accra. There is a treehouse for you if wish to stay the night for bird and wildlife watching. (source: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Ghana)
Cape Coast Castle
Cape Coast Castle is the largest of the buildings which contains the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Like most ancient fortifications in Ghana, Cape Coast Castle played a significant role in the gold and slave trades. But also, two significant contributions were made here: the arrival of Christianity, and the establishment of the first formal education system through Castle Schools. Cape Coast Castle will acquaint you with its many interesting features including Dalzel Tower, the slave dungeons, and the cannons and mortars used in the Castle’s defence. The West African Historical Museum is located inside Cape Coast Castle and contains a growing collection of art and cultural objects, including ceremonial drums, old muskets, shackles from the slave trade and ancient pottery. (Source: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Ghana)
The National Museum of Ghana
Nestled in the vibrant heart of Accra, the Ghanaian capital, stands the National Museum of Ghana. The National Museum holds a unique position in preserving the cultural legacy of Ghana and Africa at large. The National Museum of Ghana is a treasure trove of objects from diverse domains such as archaeology, ethnography, and fine art. These artifacts offer visitors a rich journey from the stone age period to the recent historical past, offering a tangible connection to the diverse and layered heritage of Africa.
Beyond the borders of Ghana, the museum also houses objects from other African countries, acquired through exchange. The art gallery, though compact, presents an impressive array of contemporary Ghanaian African paintings, rendered in oils, pastels, acrylics, watercolors, and collages. This vibrant collection is complemented by African sculpture pieces in various media, each telling its own story of creativity and cultural expression. (Source: The National Museum of Ghana)
Labadi Pleasure Beach
This public beach is located in La, at the western edge of Accra. It has a three-km beach front that offers wide variety of activities. The beach is blessed with strong winds. The wide expanse of this sandy beach is right for Frisbee, football and beach volleyball. Changing-room facilities, restaurants, snack bars and shower rooms are plentiful on the beach. There is an entrance fee for getting into this beach. Entertainment by musicians, performers and acrobats take place here regularly and there are always vendors selling crafts.