Ghana


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Geography

Ghana is situated in West Africa and is a rectangular-shaped country bordered to the north by Burkina Faso, the east by Togo, the south by the Atlantic Ocean and the west by the Ivory Coast. A narrow grassy plain stretches inland from the coast, widening in the east, while the south and west are covered by dense rainforest. To the north are forested hills, beyond which is dry savannah and open woodland. In the far north is a plateau averaging 500m in height. In the east the Akuapim Togo hills run inland from the coast along the Togo border. The Black and White Volta rivers enter Ghana from Burkina Faso, merging into the largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Volta. Ghana's coastline is dotted with sandy palm-fringed beaches and lagoons.

Electric Supply and Plugs

Electric Power in Ghana is 220V running at 50Hz. The Plug types used are : Old English 3 pins with ground (Type D), British 3 pin rectangular plug (Type G).

Time Zone

Ghana time zone is GMT.

Language

The official language is English. Local Ghanaian languages are widely spoken, including Akan, Moshi-Dagomba, Ewe and Ga.

Climate

Ghana has a tropical climate, hot and humid in the north and in the forest land of Ashanti and southwest plains. There are two rainy seasons in Ghana: from March to July and from September to October.

Currency

Ghana Cedi (GHS; symbol ¢) = 100 Ghana pesewas. Notes are in denominations of ¢50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of ¢1 and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 pesewas.

Visa Requirements

All nationalities need to obtain a visa for Ghana. You need to do this prior to departure at the Embassy or high commission in your country of residence. The cost of this visa varies with nationality.

Vaccinations

You should attend your own doctor and dentist for a check-up. Your doctor will have access to the most up to date information on the required vaccinations for the country you are visiting. You require a Yellow Fever certificate for travel to Ghana. In general we also recommend vaccinations against the following: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis ‘A'. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for Ghana. A very good online resource is the National Health Travellers website at fitfortravel.nhs.uk

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