Im planning on travelling to Ghanna alone in a few months time.. how safe is the country on the whole? im planning to travel to Accra from there on to Tema. can u tell me anything about theses areas?
Hi Natasha. I have spend a considerable time in Ghana, and an confident that you will find it to be a very safe country. Obviously, all general travel safety considerations still apply. That being said, you should have no problems walking around alone, etc.
However, there are a few cultural tips I think will prove useful:
1). When you pass someone on the street and you make eye contact, say hello! If you are caucasian, and it feels like people are always "looking at you," it is merely out of curiousity. When you say "good morning" or "good afternoon" to someone you encounter, it is not only an important ice breaker, but will always be returned with an enthusiastic greeting and smile.
2). When you meet and speak with people, they will often ask you for your phone number. Nearly everyone in the city has a cell phone, but it is still somewhat of a novelty, and people that you don't even know will request your number. Or course, if you don't have a phone, the problem is solved. But phones are inexpensive, and if you'll be there for a while, it will prove useful to have. Instead, just tell people that "it isn't your phone," if you don't feel like having half of Ghana calling you up.
3). Tema is actually quite close, if not a suburb of Accra. It is a harbor town, and I will be honest- it's not the most exciting or beautiful place. I presume you are going to Tema for some kind of work or project, which is fine. But I think that you will find it rewarding to take a weekend trip to other parts of the country as well, because its only when you get out of the city do you experience the true beauty for Ghana.
4). Accra can be a bit overwhelming at first, as is any capital city. Hang in there! Let yourself get acclimated for a few days and learn the lay of the land, before you form too many opinions. Ghana is a great country- friendly, and safe. I hope that you have a wonderful time!!!
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