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Airports in Ghana

Best Time to Fly to Ghana

Peak season:

Ghana is still relatively undeveloped for tourism so there is no specific peak season to book flights to Ghana. The rainy season can be cooler, but temperatures are always high. If you don’t like humidity, stick to the coast.

Why you should take a flight to Ghana

Ghana flights take you to Africa’s west coast near Togo, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast. While the country is plenty populated, it’s likely the plane to Ghana will be sparse. This African country is still an unexplored destination by many travelers. Ghana is rich in history, culture, wildlife and landscape and tourists will feel the warmth of the people within seconds of disembarking the plane. 

Most flights to Ghana land in Accra, the country’s capital city and the most populated region on the Gulf of Guinea. Accra offers travelers typical city accommodations including an expansive restaurant and nightlife scene. 

Ghana boasts extensive natural parks; the most famous is Mole National Park. This wildlife expanse is home to many animals, birds and reptiles. Travelers booking flights to Ghana can experience one of the greatest rainforests in the country. Kakum National Park features canopy walkways and nature trails, and is a must-see destination stop for eco-travelers. Book tickets to Ghana during the country’s festivals and experience an awesome escapade of dance, music and colorful decorations and crafts from Ghana’s citizens. 

Hop on a flight to Ghana and prepare to be amazed.

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Ghana climate

Ghana has a rainy season that lasts from April to October. The south gets a break from the rain in July and August. The humidity is high and temperatures can be anywhere between 70 F and 90 F. It dries out the rest of the year, and temperatures climb up to 100 F. March is the hottest time of year and August the coolest.

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Getting around Ghana

Roads are very bad throughout most of the country and the easiest way to navigate them – especially if traveling far – is by renting a 4x4. However, be prepared for Ghanaian drivers, who feel no compulsion to stay within the confines of the road, let alone their own lanes, if potholes are in the way.

Tro-tros are a cheap and interesting way to travel. These minibuses cover almost all destinations you could wish to travel to. They leave when they are full – however long it takes to fill up – stop wherever anyone wants to get off, and often transport animals, certainly a chicken or two, along with the passengers. They are slow, but an essential experience for anyone wanting to really see the country and its people.

Normal buses are available for longer trips. Again, schedules, if existent, are rarely adhered to. It is not unusual for a bus that is meant to leave at 6am to still be waiting in the depot for more people to get on at midday. Take a good book, plenty of food and patience if you’re traveling by bus. As with tro-tros, however, traveling by bus is an excellent way to meet Ghanaians – often said to be the friendliest people in Africa.

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Ghana Travel Information

  • The roads in Ghana can appear a terrifying obstacle to tourists. Crossing roads in town, driving (especially in Accra) or simply being a passenger on a bus take some getting used to. In Accra the traffic is horrific and it is not unusual for cars to physically nudge other vehicles in order to get ahead.
  • Roads between towns are poorly maintained, often without edges, and tro-tros and buses often decide to head off the road to avoid potholes, and travel instead at the dirt alongside. Most buses and tro-tros have Christian phrases on the front or back, such as “Jesus Saves”. Drivers believe that this protects them against accidents. You may not feel the same.
  • The Mole Game Reserve in the north of the country is hardly one of Africa’s finest, but worth a visit if you have time to spare. The park doesn’t have a huge amount of visitors, which means that the animals have become rather bold. You're as likely to see a warthog rifling through the rubbish, or a gorilla at the window of your hut as you are to see them in the reserve. An early morning trek to watch the elephants bathing is strongly recommended.
  • Accra is the capital and by far the biggest and most vibrant city in the country. It has undergone extensive modernization recently, but parts are still incredibly poor. It can feel intimidating upon arrival, but if you’re lost just ask a local for directions. Ghanaians are incredibly friendly and will be happy to help.
  • Don’t be alarmed if you are hissed at in the street – this is a local means of greeting and not a sign of disapproval.
  • Kumasi, in the center of the country, is the second-biggest town and the seat of the old Ashanti region. The town is much more laid-back than Accra and often preferred by tourists. It was also the center for the gold production of the gold coast. There are a couple of museums which are fascinating to explore for its history.
  • The coast itself is a mixture of idyllic beaches and old slave forts. Cape Coast and Elmina both have well-preserved forts where you can see the horrendous conditions that slaves were kept in before being shipped out of Africa.

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Ghana airports

Accra (ACC) (Kotoka) is 6 miles north of Accra.

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Passport and Visa Information

Visitors need a valid passport and a visa, which must be applied for in advance, as well as proof of a return ticket.

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Entry requirements

US citizens need a valid passport and a visa, which must be applied for in advance, as well as proof of a return ticket.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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    Approx flight times

    John F. Kennedy International to Kotoka:
    10 hr 30 mins

    In-flight reading

    No Sweetness Here and Other Stories

    Ama Ata AidooEleven short stories by a female Ghanaian author about life in the country and the uneasy mix between modern and old.

    All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

    Maya AngelouThe fifth volume of the autobiography by the acclaimed author is set in Ghana, where she arrives shortly after independence and lives for five years.

    The Narrow Path: An African Childhood

    Francis SelormeyPublished in 1966, this semi-autobiographical novel set in Ghana was called a triumph of African literature.

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