Ghana gap year advice
Visas are required for all UK residents. They can be obtained from the Ghana High Consulate Visa Section in London:
Ghanaian Consulate General/ Visa Section
104 Highgate Hill
Tel:+(44) (0)20 8342 7500/ 7501
Health and safety
Precautions before you go :
- A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into Ghana
- Cholera inoculation advised
- Typhoid inoculation advised
- Malaria pills
Medical recommendation can change fast however, so we suggest you contact your doctor for the latest advice.
Precautions while you are there :
- Don't drink tap water
- If you want to sample street food, try to only eat food that is freshly cooked. Don't eat food that has been standing. And don't eat fruit that is already peeled
- Apply sun protection always and carry a water bottle around with you
- Diarrhea is nothing to worry about if it goes within a day or two. See a doctor immediately if it persists or is accompanied by fever
Taking out medical insurance is a must. Columbus Direct is one company offering reasonable travel insurance, but there are many many others.
Average temperatures in Ghana range from 29° and 37° centigrade so it is always hot and only light clothing is ever needed.
The rainy season is from May to September when the temperature drops to around 25° centigrade. Between December and February, the Harmattan wind blows dust from the desert to the coast.
Best time to visit
Safety at Langma Beach
Be cautious swimming in the sea. The Ghana coast is on the continental shelf and can fall away very suddenly. And there are no coast guards. So best practice is not to go out beyond where the water comes up to your waist.
It is very cheap to live in Ghana. The Cedi, the local currency, is weak, making many items inexpensive to Westerners. For example, a burger or pizza in Accra might cost around 50,000 cedis - around £3.00.
Eating in hotels, taking taxis and so on can be expensive however. So you need to budget for the standard of living you would like.
For average students, £30 a week should be enough. If you want to live very comfortably, £70 a week is a generous estimate.
You probably won't encounter a snake but it is best to be aware of the risk.
Snakes are reputed to come down to the sea at night at Langma beach. Although we have never met one, you should be careful if going on the beach at night.
There are snakes in the Ghanaian bush, so be aware of your surroundings and wear protective clothing (e.g. trousers and hiking boots) if walking in rural areas.