Ghana Warnings and Dangers

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    Sewer system drainage hole
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  • Warnings and Dangers
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Ghana Warnings and Dangers

  • Open Sewer System

    The sewer system is on the side of the roads in Accra. Some have concrete blocks covering them and some have metal grates. Either way they are covered (or not) they are still in disrepair. You must watch where you walk, especially at night. You could easily twist your ankle. I know I posted a lot of photos of the street sewers but I was fascinated.

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  • Bargain, bargain and bargain some more

    Wasn't sure whether to put this in the Local Custom section or not. When a taxi quotes you 5 cedi's you tell him 2 cedi's and that is in the evening. Of course, it depends how far you are going. From Asylum Down to Osu that is a fair price. They see "tourist" and jack up the price. We did pay coming out of an expensive restaurant in Osu going back...

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  • Ghana. Always consult Medical Travel...

    Always, ALWAYS, consult a travel medicine specialist before you go. Do not assume that your doctor is qualified to give advice on travel medical issues. I believe you will need a yellow fever and cholera inoculation and you should inform yourself regarding malaria medicine needs, mosquito repellents and such. You need to do this at least 5-6 weeks...

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  • go to the police

    I didn't experience any crime while i was in Ghana, there was one occasion where it was quite late and a guy was trying to 'guide' me to my guesthouse and wouldn't leave me alone but when i stopped another man to ask directions he showed me to the policestation where they looked after me and i ended up being escorted to my guesthouse by the chief...

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  • Buying from traffic lights

    Many people earn a living by selling foods, mints etc from traffic lights. They are to be commended as it keeps them away from other not so savoury industries! Do beware however. You will always see bags of apples being sold with packets of toilet paper. The apples are kept cool by soaking in barrel of water and bagged 6 to a bag. So I'll leave it...

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  • Walking on your own or as a couple

    Please enquire at your hotel whether it is safe to venture outside without driver at night. We did one night and were very lucky. A man offered to walk us home, naturally we were suspicious but one of my beach friends had sent him to us because of the local danger and the distance was only 100 yds. When we offered to tip him he became highly...

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  • Malaria

    Early explorers and missionaries, including the Great Egyptologist, Belzoni, died soon after arrival in Ghana. Today, the traveler's risk of dying by dysentary is low, and most other health risks can be vaccinated. The sole threat remains malaria, an illness spread by mosquitoes.Authorities prescribe prophylatics a month before, during, and for a...

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  • Criminality

    I often read and hear stories about "that you have to be careful in Ghana". Everybody is strongly advised to be very careful in busy or dark places; for robberies, pick-pocketing, violence and all other kinds of drama. I stayed in Ghana for 2,5 months and in this period I visited a lot of busy places and I walked alone in the streets at night in...

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  • Malaria

    If you are going to Ghana and especially when you are planning to spend a long time there, be prepared that nothing will stop you from having Malaria. Of course you should take your Malaria-medecines, wear mosquito repellant when the insects come out after sunset, and you should sleep under a mosquito net when there are mosquito in the room you are...

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  • It burns your mouth

    These Halls ginger sweets really blow your head off! I love ginger and I loved these sweets, but even I found them a little overpowering at times. One is enough a day! They are made by Halls in Ghana. Don’t try them if you think Fisherman’s Friend is strong – these are ten times stronger! Treat with caution!

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  • Taking photographs of people

    Ghanaians don't like foreigners pointing cameras at them, and who can blame them? Some, in the more touristy places, will ask you for a considerable sum of money as a way of dissuading you. When people are this good-looking and photogenic, this can be frustrating, but I think it's best to respect people's feelings - and avoid turning this into...

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  • Traffic

    Generally speaking, rural Ghana suffers very little in the way of traffic jams. We did see quite a few bits of traffic congestion in urban areas however. There are many police road checks along the way, which often cause tailbacks, Make sure that your papers are in order at all times. Road works are common, causing traffic to build up, or complete...

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  • Snakes

    There are many poisonous as well as non-poisonous snakes in Ghana, but you are very unlikely to encounter any. So we were told. And believed. Until one day in Tamale…..Just as we were finished our lunch, there was a bit of commotion outside the walls of the restaurant, with a crowd gathering and throwing stoned at the ground just by the wall. Being...

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  • Putting your hand in your pocket

    The local expression for ‘wishing to use the bathroom’, ‘spending a penny’, ‘powdering your nose’ or whatever the delicate expression is in your neck of the woods, is ‘putting your hand in your pocket.’Be aware that public toilets are few and far between in West Africa. Where they do exist they are most usually the squat variety and may not be to...

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  • Dust

    During the dry season, dust can be a major problem for visitors to Ghana. Not only is dust unsettled by passing vehicles, at this time of year you get the very unpleasant Harmattan – a dust laden wind from the Sahara. If you drive in a vehicle with the windows open, every time you pass another vehicle, you will be covered with dust, as you can see...

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  • Road conditions

    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...

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  • Water shortages and cuts

    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...

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  • Begging

    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...

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  • Beware of pick-pockets

    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...

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  • Ghana - Togo Border closes at 9 PM

    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...

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  • The end is nigh

    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

    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...

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  • Pickpockets!

    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...

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  • a moment without lights

    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...

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  • Completely Safe

    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"--...

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  • among the crowd thats where the thiefs r...

    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...

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  • haa my legs hurt

    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

    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

    Health RequirementsPlease 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

    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...

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  • Medial facilities

    Modern private and public hospitals and clinics are available in all cities and big towns. Tourist should contact travelers" medical insurance companies to cover any medical contingencies while away from their home countries.

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  • credit card fraud

    The most widely accepted credit cards are American Express, Dinners, and Visa. Your car may be used for payment at nearly all airlines, leading hotels and major supermarkets. Using your credit card in Ghana can be risky though. There have been numerous instances of credit card fraud in Ghana. A credit card number can be recorded and sold, even at...

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  • Electricity

    ElectricityIf you are bringing along any electrical appliances, they should operate on or be adaptable to 220 volts. Electric outlets in Ghana accept either 3pronged, or sometimes 2-pronged. British or Continental European type plus or converters.

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  • when God made the sun it had its eye on...

    this years sunshine has been blazing than ever thanks to global warming.if you love tanning then this is your bet,well if its the other way around get your dress code with lots of sunlight in mind.............which ever accessories that come with avoiding the sun get it one,one the locals loved the sun,now everyones complaining its pretty clear the...

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  • travelling at night

    Lately, it has become more dangerous to travel at night. If you take trotro from one big city to another, try not to travel long after dark. Some roads are very far from people and sometimes you have to drive trough the mountains. There are gangs who rob and sometimes kill when they attack public transportation at night, so take care...Within the...

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  • Forests are disappearing

    Timber once was a number one export product of Ghana.Now that many forests have been cleared, the export of tropical hardwood has declined.But you can still see the trucks loaded with big logs driving around the southern part of the country.

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  • Bush meat

    Bush meat, you can find it everywhere.At local markets, in chop bars and along the road.Use your brains and don’t buy it if it’s possible, otherwise you support the killing of wild animals.Sometimes it’s easier to find animals along the road, than in the wild.-Monkeys-Snake-Grascutter-Antelope-….

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  • not for those who fear heights

    crossing a suspension bridge at anytime can be off-putting for those who suffer from vertigo; but when the bridge in question is suspended above the trees, it needs a second thought.

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  • Addresses Wanted!

    It seems many Ghanians, especially children, will do anything to get a hold of your address book. One of my students climbed over our balcony and stole postcards addressed to my friend Henry´s friends in the UK. A few weeks later the friends emailed wondering who was Jonathan, and why was he asking for money and toys??

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  • HIV AIDS

    It is a fact, HIV is present eveywhere and more particularly in Africa. The number of HIV positive people is always underestimated. In Ghana, the principal vector of HIV is not unsafe sex but doctors. With the poor level of basic hygiene in the hospitals, you can enter for a flue and go out with HIV. It has happened to a French after a visit of an...

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  • driving in Accra

    I would not recommend any foreigner drive in the Accra area - those drivers are nuts! They don't believe in stop signs and people will just wander in the streets. I actually saw a man get hit by a taxi because he walked right in front of it while it was moving! I never took a "tro tro" but the taxi drivers all tried to charge me more because I was...

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  • malaria

    well ghana has no threat to tourist expect for the petty thieves and malaria.you have to be on guard for malaria.also look out for thieves at the tema station area and the lorry parks.also at the outskirts of makola market.also beware of the thieves at the beaches.

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  • Beware of the drivers

    Ghana is a great place to visit - just beware of the arrogant drivers.You may think that once you are in the middle of a quiet road any onciming vehicle will slow down and let you pass, right? UH-uh, wrong!As far as some of these drivers are concerned, the road is for vehicles. therefore if you happen to get hurt while they are in the road, that's...

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  • Don't get angry.

    During your journey you'll probably get into situations where you can lose your patience.That's mainly because of the cultural differences and than you'll have to control yourself.Ghanaian our relaxed and polite people and you'll lose all your credits when you become angry and aggressive.SO RELAX AND GO WITH THE FLOW.

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  • Information on you.

    You think if you protect your money and your expensive goods, you won't have problem.In fact, everything has a value, even your business card.People can steal or ask you your business card. They sell it to a 419er or a Nigerian scammer, who is going to write to you and tell he has millions dollars to share with you.So, be careful when you give a...

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