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    Road conditions

    by grets Written Feb 7, 2007

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    Many of the roads in Ghana are not paved and some are really no more than dirt tracks. There are lots of pot holes, and we were there in the dry season, so I should imagine it get a whole lot worse in the wet season. Allow more time than you think it will take, even to travel short distances. There are also many road works, as well as road checks by traffic police. We must have been stopped two or three times AT LEAST, every single day by police checks.

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    Water shortages and cuts

    by grets Written Jan 21, 2007

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    Water shortages and cuts are common and in many hotel bathrooms were buckets that you were advised to fill at any opportunity you happened to have running water. Which in some places wasn’t very often. Many a time we had cold bucket showers, but they are very refreshing after a hot, dusty walk in the savanna.

    Often when we got in to a hotel and turned on the tap there was nothing coming out. You just have to keep trying until something does. When you do get water, you are lucky to get hot water.

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    Begging

    by grets Written Jan 21, 2007

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    Many places where tourists frequent, the children, will beg for money, pens or sweets. Please do not give directly to the children as you do not want to encourage begging. If you want to help, give a donation to the village elder or a school.

    Sometimes the children will ask for your used water bottle. This is OK to give, as long as there are not two water bottles and fifty children, as it will cause a fight.

    The older children and adults are more crafty in their approach, and will make friendly opening questions such as ‘where are you from?’, ‘what’s your name?’ etc, but the end result is usually the same: a request for a gift or some money. By all means engage in conversation - some of my best memories from Ghana are talking to the local people - most of them will happily continue talking to you even if you don’t give them anything.

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    Beware of pick-pockets

    by grets Written Jan 21, 2007

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    Many places in urban Ghana can be crowded to the extreme and you could very easily fall victim to pick-pockets. Although Ghana is not a dangerous place per se, take care of your belongings - don’t leave wallets sticking out of your back pocket for instance. It only takes one bad apple to seize the opportunity and then disappear in the crowd. You’d have no chance of following or ever finding them again.

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    Ghana - Togo Border closes at 9 PM

    by ajayzener Written Jan 14, 2007

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    We were travlelling from Ghana to Togo by car, we reached the border at 9:15 PM to realise that the border is closed. We were warned initially that the border closes at 10 Pm. But to our surprise we found it closed. We had no choice but to stay back. In the night we hunted around the area for a good hotel, none was to be found. Finally we landed in a small hotel which charged us 20,000 Cedis for a double room, needless to say that the rooms were stinky and the bathroom door did not close. Also the main door had a latch which was just coming off. We spent a sleepless night here.

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    The end is nigh

    by grets Written Jan 13, 2007

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    We saw this sign on a wall in a restaurant in Kumasi. I sincerely hope it isn’t a reflection of the standard and quality of their food. I think somehow the quote must have lost something in the translation……?

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    Don't drink the tap water

    by grets Written Jan 13, 2007

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    Water is readily available in bottles of every size as well s in these sealed plastic bags. They are a much cheaper and environmentally friendly way of purchasing water – however, be aware that there are some street sellers who will offer you water in unsealed bags. Avoid. The water bags are also available in many of the stores, bars and restaurants, as well as from the street sellers who will bring them to your car. Even bought off the street, the bags are usually kept cool through insulation and it’s a great way of cooling down on a long hot road trip by placing a cold water bag or two on your lap.

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    Pickpockets!

    by MissThing606 Written Nov 25, 2006

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    Just like any bustling city, Accra has its pickpockets. They're quick and light-fingered, so they'll get to ANY exposed pocket, bag or backpack. Sometimes, the pickpockets watch their "victims" for a couple of blocks and then swoop in.

    Io avoid being robbed, don't carry money or valuables in your back pockets of your clothes or the outside pockets of your bags. Use a pocket that's close to your body (e.g a breast pocket) where you'd feel intrusive fingers. Keep your bag close to your body with the closures turned inward.

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    a moment without lights

    by pflame Written Oct 11, 2006

    well this a moment in the time of ghanas span were the inhabitants wont be seeing much of electricity,the only hydro electric dam we have is short of water so to keep it running theres lots of load sheding all over,at least once every 3 to 4 days be assurred of 12 hours of darkness thank goodness if its day,its gets worst at nightfall...........50 years of independence what our first president left us hasnt been improved upon sometimes i wonder a people that we are.

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    Completely Safe

    by idiosingularity Updated Jul 14, 2006

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    I'm a 20 year old female, and found Ghana to be completely safe-- moreso than developed countries. People here are very hospitable and are always willing to help you out if you're lost. I found I enjoyed traveling alone much more than with a companion.

    The only warning is that, lately, it seems that Kumasi has seen what they call "armed robbers"-- purportedly Nigerians who go and rob rich people while wielding guns. As far as I know though, they've never robbed a foreigner.

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    among the crowd thats where the thiefs r proud

    by pflame Written Apr 19, 2006

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    yep africa has massive population,and massive urban drift like anywhere else in the world,pickpockets and thiefs have noticed this and abdopted the life as an inhabitat,any time you find your self in a place with more than one or two people beware,the smaller the space between you and other pedestrians, you better be alert,pickpockets will steal everything youve got from cellular phones to the last mint youve got in your pocket........be extracareful when you taking trotro(see transportation tip as to what trotro is) ,join a queue or in one at a lorrystation or road side,and when you walking in market areas.

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    haa my legs hurt

    by pflame Written Apr 19, 2006

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    yep if you dont love taking the cab in the city,your legs will probably hurt this a normal scenery during dusk or evenings when people troop the streets and lorry stations from work,schools and other places of interest,there are long queues every where from road sides to lorry stations,the best redemption is to chatter a cab

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    time trafficking

    by pflame Written Apr 19, 2006

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    when you dwell in the city its better 2 be at least 2 hours ahead of time,to which ever place you of to,this mostly applies to mornings especially mondays,traffic becomes hectic,,most of the road arent wide enough ,here is the case new and old cars keep coming all the time,the result it pretty obvious choked roads.

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    Health requirements

    by pflame Written Apr 19, 2006

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    Health Requirements
    Please do not forget to bring your health Certificate which shows that you have a yellow fever vaccination. You are also advised to consult your doctor well in advance of your visit so that you may begin the usual anti-malaria treatment.

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    the weather babe

    by pflame Written Apr 19, 2006

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    Bounded on the South by the Atlantic Ocean and on the West by La Cote d"ivoire, the East by Togo and the North by Burkina Faso. Ghana is a tropical country. The South Western part is located within the warm wet forest zone similar to the Amazon. Accra, the capital, is located in the dry equatorial cones. Kumasi is in the wet savanna. It lies between 4? and 11 ? North at the equator and has a coastline of 540 km.

    Northern Ghana has a range season from about April to October. The rest,
    of the year is hot and dry, with temperatures up to about 38?C. In Southern Ghana the rains last from April to June and again from September to October. Generally temperatures are between 21 - 31?C. The rains are usually restricted to specific times each day during the rainy season; they are not continuous throughout the day.

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