You need your International Passport to go to Ghana but you don’t need a visa. My friend and I flew with AERO Contractors airline and booked ahead of the date so the flight fare was reduced considerably. The return trip (flight) cost about N24,000 but the new regulations only allows for bookings maximum of a month’s time from the present day and it costs between N24, 000 to N30,000 for a one-way trip now if you book the flight ahead.
We flew out from Lagos, ‘hawkers’ around the airport will try to sell you a fake immunization card for yellow fever, you do not need it, don’t buy it.
NOTE: Nigerians now need Yellow Fever Card to enter Ghana! View Statement
We went to attend a friend’s wedding so arrangements had been made for us to stay at Tenko Plaza Hotel, East Legon, Accra, close to the wedding reception venue. It cost $65 for the night (for the room we took) and had free wifi and breakfast, my friend and I shared a room, the bed is not so big but we are both skinny so it worked. The hotel was comfy and had a lot of lounges in the main building where other guests attending the wedding, my friend and I would sit and chat in the evening.
You can spend US dollars (1USD-N163/it may be a bit higher on the street) or the official currency which is Ghanaian Cedi (1GHS-N75/it may be a bit higher on the street).I’d advise you have a bit of both, it’s easier to convert the dollars to cedis than to do same with Naira.
You can roam your MTN line to make calls or use wifi with your bbm which is why I would suggest you go with a hotel that has wifi or you can opt for getting a sim card and registering it.
What to do there
I got tips on places we could visit after the wedding ceremony but time was limited so we only went to the:
· Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
· Labadi beach
· Salsa Joint, and
We also took a drive round some parts of the town and saw the National Theatre and the Presidential Villa. ‘Charlie’ (pronounce cha-ly) is a popular slang which we were told means friend, you will hear it a lot!
We initially forgot to factor in the cab fare while budgeting for the trip and that almost got us in some soup (so don’t forget that, and remember to bargain the price ‘cos they always add extra when they know you are not from that area). Luckily we had some Naija ‘toasters’ that were also attending the wedding (who we later became friends with) They decided to follow us almost everywhere we went and ended up paying the fare *whew!. We also asked the cab drivers to suggest fun spots for tourists to visit, I can’t remember half of the lungus (hidden chill spots) we went now except for a salsa spot where my friend showed off her steps and I picked a deeper interest in the dance.
Ghana is quite similar to Nigeria, you have the posh areas and the downtown and luckily we got a taste of both. The food is also very similar and we didn’t try any traditional meals even at the wedding.
We moved to another hotel Tropical Enclave Guest House & Lounge in Osu after the wedding which was closer to the airport and the beach. Luckily for us we got a real good discount (it ain’t easy to ball on a budget. lol) and free breakfast. We got our beach groove on at the Labadi Pleasure Beach and had more fun back at the hotel soaking in the Jacuzzi and fooling around with Mud from the Dead Sea. We later went to Shoprite (where we also got our sim card and registered it earlier on) for a cup of cappuccino, stroll and to take pics.
My friend broke a stool in the hotel and we had to pay full price for it, $30 I think, which was not funny because it happened towards the end of our trip and we were already low on cash. I paid for the stool and carried it with me all the way back to Naija, it’s a lovely cultural piece and souvenir of our journey for me now (kinda glad it happened).
We had planned to go from Accra to “Elmina Castle” which is one of the popular tourist place but the bus going that way was filled when we got to the bus station. I do plan to still go there on my next visit to Ghana.
Here are some links to popular tourist sites u can research on and visit
Wherever you decide to go and whatever you do mingle and have fun. Ghanians are quite friendly especially to pretty ladies. (Don’t quote me on that though)