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Ghana: Budget Calculator & 5 Unique Things to do?

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Written by Town & Tourist

Ghana was historically a hub of the West African slave trade, these days it has shaken off its dark past & transformed into one of the friendliest & most stable countries in Africa.

Yes it doesn’t offer the natural wonders that you will find in places such as Tanzania & Kenya , however you will find a rich history, delicious food and a soundtrack of

Afro Jazz beats!

Its natural areas, include a few national parks where monkeys & elephants roam and battered castles which guard a raw coastline!

In this post I will answer some Frequently asked questions submitted by readers of  Town & Tourist, these include the following:

  1. 5 Unique things to do in Ghana?
  2. Is Ghana cheap to Travel?
  3. Ghana Travel Budget Calculator 
  4. Ghana Costs (Detailed) 
  5. Is Ghana Safe for Tourists?
  6. Do you need a Visa to Enter Ghana?
  7. When is the Best time to Visit Ghana?
  8. Where to stay in Ghana? 
  9. 3 Essential Travel Tips? (Packing Guide)

A. 5 Unique things to do in Ghana?

1. Walk with Elephants at Mole National Park

Mole National Park is Ghana biggest wildlife hub, here you will discover over 90 species roaming its savannahs.

Mole National Park Ghana

Mole National Park Ghana. Source: Flickr

2. Explore Accra 

Accra is the colorful capital of Ghana, it is a vibrant & lively place.

accra-ghana-monument

accra-ghana-monument

3. Relax on the beaches at Busua or Dixicove

Relax with some coconut water or try some surfing.

Busua Beach Ghana

Busua Beach Ghana

4. Visit the Castles & forts! 

Visit the Casltes & fort ruins at Cape Coast & Elmina. This will give you an insight into the countries slave heritage.

Elmina-Castle-ghana

Elmina Castle in Ghana is the the largest, European building constructed in tropical Africa. Elmina Castle was the last place that thousands of African slaves would ever see of their homeland. Many horrors transpired within the walls of the fortress!

5. Take an African Drumming Lesson! 

Soak up the local music scene & even take an African drumming lesson!

B. Is Ghana cheap to travel?

Ghana is mid range when it comes to travel costs! A budget traveller should budget $25 (USD) per day,

while a mid range traveller should budget $80 (USD) per day.  

This includes the cost of accommodation, food and transport! 

The Prices in Ghana are cheaper than South Africa, KenyaMoroccoEgypt .

In addition to the USA & Europe, UKFranceGermanyItaly. 

However, it is more expensive than Ethiopia 

Insider Tips:

  • Be sure to bring a sheet to sleep with as many places will not provide one.
  • You can also bring your own toilet paper.
  • Be aware as scams are commonplace
  • Tipping is not common in chop houses or cheap eateries, but is more expected in high end venues (a tip of 10% to 15% should suffice).
  • Porters or bag handlers at the airport and bus stations will often expect or ask for a tip. A cedi or two should be ok.

C. Ghana: Travel Budget Calculator

To help you budget your next adventure to Ghana

Dive into our interactive Travel Budget Calculator below

User Guide: Simply select your “Travel Style”,  ” Number of Persons” and Number of Days Traveling.

Top Tip: “Group” travel budget gives the total budget for 4 people! To find out how much that is each simply divide by 4.

Family Budgets:

Families would be best using the Group selector, or those with small children should select “Couple” if the children are young enough to share a room.

We have compiled the data in the table above from our vast travel experience & other reliable sources.

What is the Currency in Ghana?

The Ghanaian cedi currency sign: GH₵; currency code: GHS) is the unit of currency of Ghana.

1 USD =5.71 GHS

1 GBP = 7.40 GHS

1 EURO =6.33 GHS

D. Ghana Travel Costs (Detailed):

BUDGET (up to)

C150 ($26)
  • Dorm bed C50 ($9)
  • Fried rice in chop bar C5 ($1)
  • Star Beer C6 ($1)
  • Accra to Tamale by bus C65 ($12)

MIDRANGE

C300–600 ($52-$104)
  • Hotel room with bathroom & air-con C150 ($26)
  • Pizza C35 ($6)
  • Drink in a bar C10 ($2)
  • Accra to Tamale flight C242 ($43)

Luxury

C600 ($104)+
  • Room in lodge C570 US$100
  • Two-course meal C80 ($14)
  • Cocktail C22 ($4)
  • 4WD with driver, US$120 per day
ghana-village-low-costs

ghanas villages offer very low-costs!

i. Budget Backpacker Travel Costs:

Budget Ghana Travel Costs
Budget DataCost (USD)
Average Daily cost:$25
Accommodation (Single Occupancy, Hostel)$10
Accommodation (Double Occupancy, Hotel)$20
Local Transport (Taxis, Buses, Subway)$3
Food & Water$5
Entertainment$5
Intercity Transport (Transport between neighbouring cities)$10

ii. Mid Range Travel Costs:

Mid Range Budget:Ghana Travel Costs
Budget DataCost (USD)
Average Daily cost:$80
Accommodation (Single Occupancy, Hostel)$30
Accommodation (Double Occupancy, Hotel)$60
Local Transport (Taxis, Buses, Subway)$5
Food & Water$10
Entertainment$10
Intercity Transport (Transport between neighbouring cities)$20

iii. Luxury Vacation Travel Costs:

Ghana Luxury Travel Costs
Budget DataCost (USD)
Average Daily cost:$150
Accommodation (Single Occupancy)$50
Accommodation (Double Occupancy, Hotel)$100
Local Transport (Taxis, Buses, Subway)$10
Food & Water$15
Entertainment$15
Intercity Transport (Transport between neighbouring cities)$45

E. Is Ghana safe for tourists?

According to the UK Government & US Government most parts of Ghana are safe.

Around 90,000 British nationals visit Ghana every year. While most visits are trouble-free, crime does occur.

Like in any busy area be sure to not carry too much cash and exercise caution in crowded areas such as,

train and bus stations, airports to avoid pickpockets.I recommend purchasing a hidden money belt,

I take mine everywhere. See: Travel Accessories

Do they eat dogs in Ghana?

Dog meat is eaten throughout Ghana, in the upper east and northern regions dog meat is described as a cultural delicacy! 
Luckily there are other alternatives such as delicious Fufu, Ghana’s national dish, which is a starchy side dish.

F. Do you need a visa to enter Ghana?

Most countries require a Visa to enter Ghana.

US Citizens:

According to the US Department of state: 

A tourist visa is required.

Visit the Embassy of Ghana website for the most current visa information.

UK Citizens:

According to the UK Government:

British passport holders need a visa to enter Ghana. For further information contact the Ghanaian High Commission in London.

You should note the number of days the Ghanaian immigration service will stamp into your passport upon arrival, irrespective of the validity of your visa.

Insider Tip:

All governments advise on a valid Travel Insurance policy before traveling.

I always recommend World Nomads, I’ve used these for years.

Ghanaian People

Ghanaian People

G. When is the Best time to visit Ghana?

The best time to visit Ghana is between November – March, at this time of year there is little to no rainfall, and every part of the country is easily accessible.

Between April and October, the weather in Ghana is very wet, restricting the ability to travel.

H. Where to Stay in Ghana?

For a complete list of our recommend SAFE hotels in Accra, follow the link HERE

ghana hotels

ghana hotels

I. 3 Essential Travel tips?

1. Invest in a quality Travel Camera! 

Capturing the Memories of your adventure is essential!

You will be able to show your friends, family and even grand kids all the wonderful photos captured.

For more info see, our recommend Travel Photography Gear

Photography Gear

Make sure you are equip with some great Photography Gear!

2. Important! Are you insured?

Be aware that you will need separate travel insurance if you are traveling to Ghana!

If you get ill or have an accident it will be a very costly experience!

All travellers to Ghana should have a robust travel insurance to avoid paying out thousands of dollars.

I always recommend World Nomads, I’ve used these for years,

they are the best and most reliable insurance, they also provides an unlimited medical budget!

Travel Insurance

Getting hit with a large hospital bill after getting sick or injured, could really add to your worries! Get some Travel Insurance

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE QUOTE FROM WORLD NOMADS

For more info see: Why you NEED Travel Insurance?

3. Be sure you have your Travel Essentials  

(Things You can’t travel without!)

A high quality Tent & backpack can also be great investments to help you cut costs and have more of an adventure while traveling!

To learn about our secret Hotel Hacks check out: How to find the Best Hotel Deals??

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