Visit Cool Ghana and
the Soul of West Africa!
- 1) Ghanaians generally have a relaxed and friendly attitude towards strangers of any background. It’s possible to blend in and feel that you’re just another part of the colourful scene. There’s no pointing, staring, hassling or hustling of visitors to this vibrant country- especially and ironically, in the Capital city of Accra, and major cities of Kumasi or Takoradi. Like in the cosmopolitan cities of London, Toronto or New York, everyone belongs.
- 2) In Ghana, ‘nightlife’ can be created anywhere! It’s non-stop, simple fun, and almost anyone can start a ‘night club’ or local ‘night spot’, for beers, kebabs and that ‘hangout’ energy that some Western night club owners would pay for handsomely, and still struggle to capture. A few plastic tables, chairs, drinks and loud music, very loud- and you’ve got your ambiance: that cool vibe seems to come naturally in Ghana.
- 3) In Ghana the portions are BIG! The love of food will seduce you and lead your midriff astray in no time! No-one nibbles, or pecks at food, unless hospitalized, and generous, hunger busting portions of Jollof, Wakye or Fufu are expected, whether from commercial sellers or in private homes. The invitation: “Yen didi” (Let’s eat) whenever someone sits to eat in your presence is not an idle statement- most portions could very easily be shared by at least 2 people!
- 4) Get ready to ‘rock and roll’ on the roads of Ghana’s towns and cities! Driving in Ghana is an art, a sport, a dance! Every driver executes their work with flair, as they navigate each stage of the performance- joining the chorus of vehicles and expertly circling the human traffic. Your journey, whether by private car, trotro, taxi, Uber, train or even on foot will leave you wanting an encore!
- 5) Ghanaians never seem to say “No!” They always try to be helpful and positive, with a real ‘Can do’ attitude, which often extends to the “I can do” version. This is great! Very reassuring and comforting, and totally cool, as you can then always count on at least one person to help you with EVERYTHING! Transferable skills win the day in Ghana every time, leaving ‘No’ as just another unnecessary barrier to a life long friendship.
- FOR MORE COOL FACTS ABOUT GHANA- WATCH THIS SHORT VIDEO!
Want to get the best out of your trip to Ghana?
- 1. First thing you can do to get the most out of your experience is to do some research and find out about the country before your journey! Not only by looking on Google and watching YouTube videos, but by speaking to others who have visited.
- 2. Be clear on why you are planning to visit Ghana- just for beach fun, to do heritage research, to look for business opportunities, to meet friends, even to find a spouse? Be honest with yourself.
- 3. Prepare your taste buds so that you can enjoy the traditional meals- by eating natural foods, drinking Cerassie to cleanse your taste buds, and avoiding sugary foods.
- 4. Challenge your ideas about Africa in general, and decide to embrace the culture as you find it, and not to make constant comparisons with Western countries.
- 5. Pack smart! Travel light, with essentials and leave space in your luggage so that you can make the most of the many shopping opportunities.
- 6. Remember: people are generally the same everywhere. So do not have unrealistic expectations of the people.
- 7. Have a budget plan. Take enough cash, activate your cards as backup, but do not spend more than you can afford.
- 8. You cannot see the whole country in one short trip, so make a plan straight away to come back!