Ghana, Togo and Benin Experience
GHANA TOGO AND BENIN EXPERIENCE TOUR
Nestled closely together in the heart of West Africa, offering such diverse cultures and traditions, each with distinct historical pasts and varied wildlife makes a multi country tour of Ghana Togo and Benin the perfect way to experience West Africa. Explore off the main tourist route at every opportunity and experience life as a local in these wonderful countries.
We mix with the locals at every opportunity and experience daily life in a truly authentic travel experience. There are so many positives to embrace in this region of Wes Africa and this tour blends everyday experiences with ancient cultural sites of interest, beautiful beaches, learning about the dark historical past and exceptional flora and fauna.
From the legacies of the Ashanti’s to the spiritual experience of Voodoo to the Venice of Africa at Ganvie, this tours offers the inquisitive traveller all they need and more from their West African adventure. Take an emotional journey through the tragic slave trade era, learning the impact of the dark colonial past and become immersed in the colourful diverse culture of these countries. Get ready for the trip of a lifetime.
Day 1 - Arrival in Ghana
Our local tour guides will meet with you on your arrival at the Kotoka International Airport Accra, which is situated on the beautiful gold coast of Western Africa. Make yourself known to your guides who will be accompanying you for the duration of your time in Ghana and they will take care of you from here. After boarding our vehicle, which will be your mode of transport for the duration of your tour, we transfer you to your accommodation which is situated in Accra. Most flights arrive here in the late evenings as such after we checked you in, our experienced guide will offer you Akwaaba (welcome) and brief you on all aspects of your trip. You can enjoy your evening meal at the hotel restaurant whilst acclimatising yourself to West Africa.
Accommodation – In Accra
Day 2 - Makola Market, Fantasy Coffins, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Jamestown
A relaxed morning as we allow the rush hour traffic to pass before setting off to one of Accra’s best local markets. This morning experience one of the local street foods Ghanaians eat
here for breakfast at one of the many stalls. Traders sell almost anything here from local herbal remedies, traditional cloth, jewellery and food to mobile phones, televisions, and sound systems to mention but a few. The hustle and bustle of the market is a wonderful insight into daily life for many locals who trade or shop here 7 days a week. This is a good opportunity to purchase some souvenirs but do not forget to barter as is thenorm here.
The Artist Alliance Gallery on the beach front in Accra is the ideal location to experience traditional and contemporary art and artifacts ranging from paintings, carvings, furniture, jewellery, fabrics and photography from all of Ghana and neighbouring countries. If you appreciate art, you will be like a kid in a candy store before we set off for “Fantasy Coffins” of Teshie Nungua. Funeral and burial ceremonies in Ghana are very solemn occasions, but after the burial a celebration follows. Ghanaians believe that the departed move on into another world and the coffins made here may represent the occupation of the deceased or depict something that was important to them. There are all manner of coffin designs which one could be buried in from cars, cocoa pods, cigarette packets and airplanes! During our time here we can also venture to their workshop and meet the coffin makers.
Our next stop is the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, final resting place of Ghana’s founder. Set in attractive gardens, there is an adjoining museum, which contains photos, artifacts, and an insight into this incredible man’s life. The centre was designed by a Ghanaian architect and built using Italian marble. A fascinating afternoon and evening is in store for us as we head downtown to Jamestown one of the oldest suburbs of Accra. Our afternoon will be dedicated with the community here as we enjoy a walking tour of this old community taking in some of the historical structures that predate the colonial era.
Accommodation – In Accra
Day 3 - Grand Marche, German Cathedral and National Museum of Togo
After a relaxed breakfast in this beautiful setting, we depart for Lomé, the capital city of Togo. The journey will take approximately four hours and on our arrival in Lomé we enjoy lunch at a restaurant selling local and international dishes. After lunch we will visit the grand Marché or big market which will be one of our highlights in Lomé. Initially, it seems chaotic, but you will be surprised at the orderliness and the hectic pace of this incredibly vibrant and beautiful market. Though it is supposed to be an indoor market the three-story building and all the surrounding streets overflow with vendors selling everything imaginable. The Sacred Heart or German Cathedral is next on our agenda. Built in 1905, this imposing Gothic piece of architecture is one of the most beautiful legacies of the Germans. A short distance from the cathedral is the National Museum of Togo, founded in 1975 which houses ethnographical cultural and artistic exhibits.
To get a full understanding of Lome, it is insightful to visit the witches market/ marché fetiches at Akodessewa. This is an optional visit though as some people would prefer not to see the dried animal parts. The Akodessewa fetish market is an important part of the culture in Togo. Stalls sell a collection of dried animal parts and skins of reptiles, mammals, and birds with a compliment of dried herbs. The vendors usually double as soothsayers claiming the ability to predict your future and at the same time forestall any mishap. It is an eyebrow raising experience. We continue on to the Artisans village where we will see cloth weaving, carving statues, making baskets, lampshades and sewing leather shoes besides much more. It is fascinating to watch the artisans doing their own thing with such skill and dexterity and always with a smile.
Accommodation – In Lomé
Day 4 - Cruise on Lake Togo and transfer to Ouidah
A leisurely breakfast this morning as we pack our bags and check out of our hotel. Today we head to Benin, but before we depart Togo, we have an interesting morning ahead of us. Aneho is found 48km east of Lome, approximately an hour’s drive from the capital and was historically known as Little Popo. An important town during the slave trade era as there was a local slave market here. The neighbouring town of Sebe was formerly the second capital of German Togoland from 1887 to 1897 when it was transferred to Lomé. On arrival in Aneho we take a pirogue across Lake Togo to Togoville which is on the north-eastern side of the Lake. Togoville is historically known as the centre of Voodoo in Togo.
Many Voodoo practitioners were taken as slaves from here to Haiti. The chief’s house known as Maison Royal has a room that houses the old King’s throne which dates to 1884. It is in this room in 1884 the then chief Mlapa III signed a peace treaty giving all of what was then known as Togoland to Germany. As we mix with the locals walking through the communities, we will visit the many active shrines learning their importance to the locals living here. Prior to setting off back to Aneho we also visit a shrine that commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary on Lake Togo in the late 1970s. Our lunch will be taken at a nearby hotel before the next exciting part of our West African adventure as we travel to Ouidah the birthplace of Voodoo. It should only take approximately two hours to cross the border into Benin and reach the ancient town of Ouidah. On our arrival in the afternoon,
we will check into our accommodation and relax for the remainder of the day.
Accommodation – In Ouidah
Day 5 - Portal of No Return, Sacred Pythons Temple, and Sacred Forest
After breakfast we set off for our tour of Ouidah which is regarded as the Voodoo centre of West Africa. During the 17th and 18th centuries enslaved Africans from Benin, Togo and other West African countries were shipped from Ouidah which had the only port in the country until slavery was officially abolished in 1807. Most of the slaves were shipped to Brazil, Haiti, and the Caribbean Islands thus the strong Voodoo presence in these parts of the world. A tour of the historical museum of Ouidah is a must, as is visiting the sacred forest which consists of figurines representing deities of kings and the founders of Ouidah.
The sacred python’s temple is where we will end our tour of Ouidah. This temple houses pythons which are revered by the locals and no one is permitted to harm, capture or keep any of the pythons which leave the temple. These pythons are supposed to be returned to the temple when found outside. After visiting all these wonderful places in Ouidah, we enjoy our lunch before we continue our journey to Cotonou. On arrival we check into our accommodation, relax with the remainder of the day at leisure.
Accommodation – In Cotonou
Day 6 - Ethnographic Museum and Great Mosque
A leisurely breakfast before we depart for Porto-Novo, the capital city of Benin. Our first point of call is the Ethnographic Museum which was established by the Dahomey Institute in 1957. The museum houses costumes, ceremonial masks and drums in addition to other historical artifacts. The Royal Palace now known as the Honme Museum is an interesting excursion, the museum is housed in the walled compound of King Toffa who signed the first treaty with the French in 1863. Most of the displays here are from the period of King Toffas reign and there is an excellent example of Alounloun, a traditional Beninese instrument used to play music called Adjogon.
A stone throws away from Honme is the Da Silva Museum which is in a beautiful Afro-Brazilian house dating back to the 1870’s. An interesting and informative excursion, this eclectic
museum is home to some wonderful Afro-Brazilian artefacts and is a must visit during our time here. The Great Mosque in Porto Novo offers excellent photographic opportunities and
the history behind how this former Church became a Mosque is fascinating. We head back to Cotonou where we enjoy our lunch at a local restaurant selling international and local
dishes before visiting the Dantokpa Marche, one of West Africa’s largest outdoor markets. Covering and area of over 20 hectares it sells everything you could imagine and is a major
contributor to the Benin economy. The wax print section of the market is a must visit if you are looking for fabric souvenirs from your time in Benin. After a busy day we return to the hotel to enjoy an evening meal and relax.
Accommodation – In Cotonou
Day 7 - Ganvie and Agongointo
We checkout of our hotel after a relaxing breakfast. Our focus today prior to heading to Abomey is visiting one of the most beautiful communities here in Benin at Ganvie. Known as
the Venice of West Africa, Ganvie is a community of over 30,000 inhabitants living in structures built on stilts over Lake Nokoue. It is the largest community living on water in Western
Africa, with most of the locals here being fishermen. We may decide to try our hands at fishing under the tutelage of a local fisherman. If we are lucky and get a sizeable catch, then our lunch will be fresh fish grilled the local way. After our lunch we set off to Abomey which is approximately a two hours’ drive. Our aim is to reach Abomey by midafternoon and visit the recently (1998) discovered underground dwellings of Agongointo - Zoungoudo just a few kilometres outside of Abomey.
Discovered during road construction these underground dwellings are believed to date back to the 16th century during the reign of King Dakodonou the second King of Abomey. There are believed to be several hundred of these built ten metres underground and they were used to protect locals from invaders in addition to offering the element of surprise for local warriors when attacking the enemy.
Accommodation – In Abomey
Day 8 – The Royal Palaces and Historical Museum of Abomey and transfer to Ho
An early start as we dedicate the morning to a city tour of Abomey before we depart back to Ghana. Abomey was the capital of the Dahomey kingdom from 1625 to 1900. The main
attraction here is the royal palaces or what is left of them. These clusters of old buildings were constructed by twelve successive kings and cover an area of about 47 hectares. The palace buildings, terraces and open courtyards have a perimeter of 4 kilometres, a 10-meter-high wall and could accommodate up to 8,000 people. Our visit here will give us an insight into the history and exploits of these warrior kings. The architecture is quite unique and though the palaces are no more inhabited, two of them are now in use as the Historical Museum of Abomey. The museum contains some 1050 relics of the Abomey kings which include Voodoo artefacts, some skulls, and banners of the royal family. Some of the wall art depicts the bloody battles of the people of Abomey. We end the tour of the museum at the artisans shop next door, after which we will set off for Wli. Our aim is to get to Wli before sunset and on our arrival, we check into our hotel, enjoy our evening meal and relax for the remainder of our evening.
Accommodation – In Wli
Day 9 - Wli Falls, Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary and Akosombo
This morning we set off for the nearby Wli (Agumatsa) Falls found in the Agumatsa wildlife sanctuary in the Volta region of Ghana. The Wli Falls are believed to be the highest waterfall in West Africa. Set in a beautiful location the surrounding flora and fauna make this an idyllic setting. On our arrival we will trek through the thick semi deciduous forest leading to the falls from Wli village. As we near the falls we can hear the enormous colony of Straw-coloured Fruit Bats found on the adjacent cliffs. We can relax and enjoy a paddle in the pool beneath the waterfall which is safe for swimming if you are feeling adventurous. The afternoon is spent with the locals from the village of Tafi Atome, a wonderful community protecting a population of endangered True Mona monkeys. The community here perceives the Mona Monkeys to be sacred messengers from the gods and have been protecting the monkeys and their habitat for over 200 years. Quality time is dedicated here learning more about the history behind their protection from the local traditionalists during our time in the village. We venture into the surrounding forests to see these beautiful primates and during the walk our local guide will identify the many medicinal plants that grow here and explain how the locals use them to make traditional herbal remedies. The local ethnic group here are Ewe. We head to the White Volta River in Akosombo and check into our accommodation that is set on the banks of this beautiful river to relax for the evening after an action-packed day.
Accommodation – In Akosombo
Day 10 - Aburi Botanical Gardens, Koforidua Beads Market and Kumasi
An early start this morning and after breakfast we set off to Kumasi. Our journey today will take us into the beautiful Akuapem hills with outstanding views across Accra and Tema in the distance. At the top of the range, we find the Aburi botanical gardens, set in a beautiful location that were founded by the British in 1890. The gardens are home to a wide variety of
indigenous and exotic flora, offering outstanding views to Accra on a clear day. As we walk around the gardens your guide will identify the many trees and plants found here, some with medicinal properties and explain how they benefit the locals. There are several rare butterflies found here and birds are also in abundance.
A short distance from the gardens we find the relaxed and friendly Aburi craft village, where traditional African drums, sculptures and other crafts have been carved for generations. As we watch the skilled craftsmen at work it is worth noting that prices here are amongst the lowest in Ghana, making Aburi an ideal place to pick up some souvenirs. Your guide will talk you through the meaning and local beliefs connected to many of the sculptures. Our lunch will be taken in Koforidua, the capital of the Eastern Region of Ghana. Koforidua is famous for its traditional bead market and it is a must visit before we set off on the final leg of our journey to Kumasi. All the traders here sell local beads and some of them are antique, others newer designs but all beautiful and very reasonably priced. After mixing with the locals at the market we continue our journey to Kumasi, home of the Asantehene, King of the powerful Ashanti empire. On reaching Kumasi we check into our hotel with the remainder of the day free leisure time.
Accommodation – In Kumasi
Day 11 - Ancient Kente and Adinkra Villages and Sakoban Krofrom
A morning visit to the last material remains of the great Asante Empire as we visit the traditional Asante buildings that are now recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. There are ten active shrines within the buildings which are made from bamboo, timber and mud and thatched roofs. The walls are designed with motifs that have traditional symbolic meanings attached to ancient Adinkra symbols that we will learn more about later today. This is also where Nana Yaa Asantewaa, possibly the most important women in Ashanti history comes from, a great female warrior who led the Ashanti’s in the 1901 war against the British. Nana Yaa Asantewaa was also the Queen Mother of Ejisu Besease and we will visit the local spiritual shrine where she used to fortify herself before going into battle.
We continue our journey through Ashanti history by visiting the traditional villages of Adanwomasie and Ntonso. Our first stop is Adanwomasie, the birthplace of Ghana’s rich colourful Kente cloth. Adanwomasi produces some of Ghana’s finest Kente cloth, many designs of cloth are woven here, and some are exclusive only to this region. Quality time is dedicated here as we walk through the community, interacting with the locals whose families have been weaving kente for generations playing an important role in the history of this beautiful cloth. During our time here, we learn about the history behind the many designs and see skilled weavers outside their homes still using traditional looms that have not changed in design for centuries. During our time here, we can make our own strip of adinkra cloth using symbols with personal significance. After lunch we visit the village of Sokoban Krofrom where traditional brass casting has been the main source of income for the community for generations. A wide selection of items ranging from beads and jewellery to traditional statues are made here. The methods used to produce these wonderful brass works has not changed and during our time here we see a demonstration of the skilled process. After visiting some of the stores selling a wonderful selection in the village we return to our accommodation for our meal and to relax with the remainder of the evening being free leisure time.
Accommodation – In Kumasi
Day 12 - Manhyia Palace, Assin Manso and Cape Coast Castle
Check out of our hotel and prepare for a day of culture and history as we head to the Manhyia Palace, home of the Asantehene King of the Ashanti’s and ruler of the powerful Asanteman Kingdom. The Palace Museum offers a fascinating excursion through the history of this powerful tribe and is extremely informative on the well documented Ashanti history and culture. Our tour gives us a first-hand insight into the legacies of the Ashanti’s and enables us to understand their culture during our time in this region. From here we set off Southwards to Elmina in the central region of Ghana. The town of Elmina was given its name by the Portuguese due to the abundance of Gold found in Ghana, translated Elmina means ‘The Mine’. Gold is of such importance to Ghana today and historically that it was known as the Gold Coast before independence. Ghana’s gold is of the highest quality and it is the eighth largest exporter in the world and the second largest exporter in Africa behind South Africa.
We stop at Assin Manso, an important town along the enslaved African trade routes. The town surrounds the Ndonkor Nsuo (Enslaved African River). This river is where enslaved Africans were checked for fitness and bathed before being transported to Cape Coast for shipment to the Americas. The slaves would have walked hundreds of kilometres from Northern Ghana through thick forests in shackles and chains, many being in poor health once they reached Assin Manso. Once bathed and rested the slaves would continue the final 32-mile march to the dungeons of Cape Coast Castle where they would remain for up to 6 weeks before being shipped to the Americas. After our tour we continue to Cape Coast and enjoy lunch upon arrival at a local restaurant overlooking the ocean. Then we visit the nearby Cape Coast castle which has been designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The castle is a thought-provoking monument to a harrowing period in the region’s history. Quality time will be spent in the afternoon on an emotional journey touring this castle which held more enslaved Africans captive than any other in West Africa, viewing the dungeons and the infamous “Door of no return”. There is a historical museum inside, which explains the entire history of the castle and Cape Coast itself, as well as a souvenir shop selling literature on all of Ghana’s forts and castles, as well as the cultural history and traditions of Ghana. After a wonderful but thought-provoking day, we continue to check into our accommodation, enjoy dinner and relax.
Accommodation – In Elmina or Cape Coast
Day 13 - Kakum National Park, Elmina Castle and traditional Batik making
An early start as we set off for Kakum National Park and Africa’s world-famous rainforest canopy walkway. This is an incredibly beautiful, tropical rainforest and the canopy walkway is sure to be a highlight of your time in Cape Coast. The walkway consists of seven bridges, attached to trees, forty metres above the rainforest floor. Prepare to take a deep breath as you walk the suspended bridges and get outstanding views that stretch for miles across the rainforest. We return to the park headquarters where we find an excellent information centre that offers a highly informative overview of the park’s flora and fauna. Over 40 different mammal species have been recorded within the park, which includes forest elephants, leopards and six primate species. As short distance from Kakum and on the border of the forest we find the International Stingless Bee Project. There have been approximately nine species of stingless bees identified here in Ghana and their importance to the eco system is paramount. A tour of the centre teaches us about the importance of bees locally, their medicinal qualities and we get to see their hives, taste and buy quality stingless bee honey. There is also a stingless bee walkway and butterfly garden where many of the forest butterfly species come to feed. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant selling a wide selection of international and local dishes.
The afternoon is dedicated to immersing ourselves into true African art during a traditional batik making workshop with Global Mamas. An excellent organization empowering local women to learn artistic skills selling their finished products in the fair-trade market enabling them to support their families. There is no better way to get to know locals and hear how life is daily than by working side by side with them and making our own traditional batik garment. Joining a local artisan in his/her workshop to learn the traditional techniques of batik making and production from the wax heating, stamping, and drying makes for an interesting afternoon. You will be given a piece of cloth for you to produce your own garment to take back home, a wonderful souvenir of your time in Ghana and one that will hold fond memories every time you wear it. A short distance from our batik workshop is Elmina where we visit the local fishing market and walk the short distance to visit the boat builders in this community. Almost all the fishing boats used in this bustling fishing community are traditional wooden boats. Their design has not changed in centuries and neither have the tools and methods used to build them. Our final evening in the central region of Ghana can be spent at our accommodation or we can venture into town to experience nightlife for the locals.
Accommodation – In Elmina or Cape Coast
Day 14 - Beach Relaxation, Fort Amsterdam and departure
A relaxing morning enjoying the facilities of our accommodation, maybe go for a swim, relax on the beach, or just enjoy our final morning at this beautiful location. Prior to lunch we will freshen up and re-pack our bags. Before setting off back to Accra we enjoy our lunch overlooking the beautiful Gold Coast of West Africa. On route to Accra along the coastal road we find Fort Amsterdam in the town of Abandze. This is the first Fort built by the British between 1631 and 1638 and soon became the headquarters of English Gold Coast activities. In 1665 after a long and bloody battle the Dutch captured the fort and that is where it gets its name Fort Amsterdam.
In 1811 locals loyal to the British from a neighbouring community, Anomabo, destroyed the fort, but it was later restored to its former glory in 1951. It is believed that the first slave prison on the Gold Coast was in the hollow south east bastion of the fort. After an informative tour we continue our journey to Accra. On arrival back in Ghana’s capital city we may have time to head to the Accra Mall to give you an insight into modern day Ghana. An opportunity to also purchase some last-minute souvenirs before heading home. Our early evening meal will be taken at a locally owned restaurant serving an excellent selection of local and international dishes which gives us an ideal opportunity to say our goodbyes and reflect on a wonderful time together. After your meal, our team will transfer you to the airport for your departure after a fantastic Ghana, Togo, and Benin Experience Tour.
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Government Travel Safety Advice
We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice. Please refer to the COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry.
FCDO Advice for Ghana - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ghana
FCDO Advice for Togo - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/togo
FCDO Advice for Benin - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/benin
Visa and Passport Information
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Ghana Togo and Benin.
Ghana - You need a visa to enter Ghana. Ghana’s UK visa service is operating. Visit the Ghana High Commission website to stay up to date and to make an online application. If you are in Ghana and need to extend your visa, you will need to visit the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) office in person. It isn’t possible to call about an individual case or to book an appointment in advance. Office opening hours are 8 am to 5 pm. The GIS office is off Ako Adjei overpass on Independence Avenue in Accra.
Ghana recognises dual nationality. To avoid visa fees, Ghanaian-British dual nationals should register with the Interior Ministry in Ghana and get a Dual Nationality card. Production of this card at point of entry into Ghana will indicate that a visa is not required.
Togo - British passport holders need a visa to enter Togo. You are advised to get a visa before travel. Visas issued on arrival in Togo are limited to 7 days and getting an extension can be time-consuming. For more information and advice, contact the Embassy of Togo in London.
Benin - You will need a visa to enter or travel through Benin as a visitor. You should get a short stay or multiple entry e-visa by applying and paying online. The visa will then be issued on arrival at the airport in Cotonou.
If any supporting documents are required for your visa application, we will provide these when requestd and once full payment for a tour has been made.
Local Laws and Custom
Ghana is a conservative and deeply religious country. Although modern and progressive attitudes also prevail, you should show respect for traditional values and morals. Dress modestly in public. Wearing military clothing including camouflage is prohibited. Don’t become involved with drugs of any kind. Penalties for drug related offences are severe. Even possession of small amounts of marijuana can lead to a prison sentence in excess of 5 years, usually after a lengthy and expensive legal process. Bail is not normally granted. Class A drugs like cocaine are likely to be laced with other substances. Foreign visitors, including British nationals, have died after taking these drugs.
Carry a photocopy of your passport with you at all times, and put the original document in a safe.
There is little tolerance towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Ghana and many Ghanaians don’t accept that such relationships exist. Some same-sex sexual acts are covered by a criminal code that could lead to a custodial sentence between 3 and 25 years (though there are no records of this being enforced). In May 2021, there were arrests at a gathering of the LGBT community. Anti LGBT rhetoric/hate speech by religious leaders, government officials and local media can incite homophobia against the LGBT community. LGBT people can be victims of physical violence and psychological abuse.
Photography near sensitive sites like military installations or the airport is strictly prohibited. Ask permission if you want to take a photograph of a building where there are guards on duty. Beware of self-appointed officials trying to charge fees to take pictures of well-known sites of interest.
Benin is one of the main centres of voodoo practices and that culture remains prevalent. You should research and respect religious and social traditions to avoid offending local sensitivities.
At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. The TravelHealthPro website indicates a high risk of malaria throughout Ghana, including in Accra.
Cases of Monkey pox have been reported in Ghana with majority of cases concentrated in the Greater Accra region. Measures to prevent further spread, including contact tracing and quarantine, are ongoing. Ghana is implementing 21 days quarantine for all contacts and cases. Ghana Health Services has advised the public to be on the alert and report signs of any of the symptoms to the nearest health facility. More information about Monkey Pox is available from the World Health Organisation. Further guidance can be found on the NaTHNaC website.
On 16 September 2022, Ghana declared an end to the Marburg Virus Disease outbreak that was first reported on 7 July 2022. For more information see Marburg Virus Disease - Ghana (who.int) You can find more information on Marburg virus disease from the World Health Organisation.
There have been reported cases of vaccine derived polio. Polio vaccination campaign directed at children under five years is underway in affected regions of the country. For more information and advice, visit NaTHNaC. West Gonja, North Gonja, the Savannah region and the northwest, including Mole national park, remain at high risk from yellow fever infection following an outbreak in late 2021. Keep checking the NaTHNaC country-specific health advice for the latest information and advice.
What to bring on your Ghana Togo and Benin Experience Tour
Lightweight, casual, non-synthetic clothing (cotton and natural fibers are best) which appropriately cover the body, when in the company of the local communities. Please understand local customs and religious requirements relating to dress codes. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it needs to be respectful.
The ideal footwear would be walking shoes or boots and sandals.
Luggage while on your tour
Please allow yourself one main piece of luggage and a day-sack. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage, so don't overload yourself, a soft wheely bag may be easier to manage than a suit case.
We recommend a sunhat, suncream, a torch, insect repellent and a reusable waterbottle. A power adapter for phones, laptops, etc. Earplugs, particularly if you are a light sleeper!
Ghana’s currency is called the cedi. The name of the currency is abbreviated to GHC or GHS. The currency was introduced in 2007 and is the fourth tender in Ghana’s history. The word cedi derives from the Akan word for cowry shell, once used as a medium of exchange, store of wealth, and religious article until British colonizers demonetised it as a form of currency in the early twentieth century.One cedi can be divided into 100 pesewas.
Access to Automated Teller Machines (ATM's) varies greatly depending on the country, city, or town you are in and it is common for machines to have technical problems disbursing money. It is advisable to withdraw your spending money in the capital city of your chosen destination on your arrival, alternatively your guide can arrange for money to be changed at local Forex Bureaus and banks during your trip.
Togo and Benin are cash-based societies and credit cards are not universally accepted, especially Mastercard. There are some ATMs at major banks in Lomé, dispensing local currency (West African CFA). Take care when using your credit card or an ATM.
Weather in Ghana
The best time to visit Ghana Togo and Benin is during the northern hemisphere winter. The months of October through to April are not significantly hotter or cooler than other times of the year, but they are a great deal more comfortable since humidity levels are lower. More importantly, these months form the dry season, which means fewer mosquitoes (and a correspondingly decreased risk of contracting malaria), dirt roads are in better condition, and there is less likelihood of you or your luggage being drenched in an unexpected storm.
Mobile / Wifi Availability
If you would like to use your phone and number registered to your home country when in West Africa it is important you inform your service provider and arrange international roaming, you will then be able to connect to local networks, however please be aware this can be expensive way to use data and make calls. It is possible for our office and your guide to arrange a local sim for your phone for you to use during your time here, for this to work please ensure your phone is not locked to a network in your own country. The local sim would need to be registered but would be a cheaper way for you to call and use the internet.
For laptops use USB sticks [pay around 50 cedis for a stick with a 2GB allowance). With a recent ICT boom in the country's urban areas, you're never too far away from an internet cafe where one hour of internet access should cost GHS0.50-1.00. Many hotels also boast broadband access via wireless hotspots.