The land of ‘Akwaaba’
The Ghanaian people are known for being friendly and always smiling. After arriving in this beautiful green and gold country, you’ll understand why. ‘Akwaaba’ (the Ghanaian word for welcome) will be ringing in your ears. Taking pride in their national culture, music, singing and festivals is also a deep part of life in Ghana. Whether you’re exploring Accra’s sprawling Makola Market or strolling along a stretch of golden sand, you’ll probably be doing so to the sound of Ghanaian music.
The call of the wild
If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing elephants in their natural habitat, then start looking for cheap flights to Ghana. Mole National Park is home to at least 900 species, including baboons and antelopes. If marine life is more your thing, strap on a snorkel or take a boat ride to search for turtles and humpback whales. In addition to being the perfect destination for a relax-in-a-hammock-under-a-palm-tree type of holiday, Ghana is also great for surfing.
Past and future collide
The optimistic spirit of Ghana is contagious. Shadows of the past can be seen at the impressive harbour trading castles and forts, while hope for the future can be seen at organic farmers’ markets and lively beach parties that pop up along the coast. Who knows; ‘the next Ibiza’ could be here.
When to go
Located close to the equator, Ghana’s temperature doesn’t fluctuate much throughout the year, hovering in the high twenties to mid-thirties. The ideal time to travel in Ghana is dictated by the rains; the best times to visit occur during the dry season, which lasts from October to April. During Christmas, New Year’s and Easter, tourism is high, so make sure to book your flights at least two months in advance. Crowds increase again during the European summer in June, July and August.
Northern Ghana receives lots of rain from March to November. In the south, which includes the vibrant capital Accra and the coastal resorts, the rainy season takes place a little later, starting in April and lasting until mid-November. The forest-covered southwest sees the highest rainfall. The savannah lands in the north experience the least.
The harmattan wind help to keep temperatures down from November until March. Dryness and chapped lips are a common side effect of the winds, so bring your moisturiser. The best time for travellers coming to Ghana to see its rich birdlife is sometime during the dry season when visibility is better and migrant birds join the native population.
Airports and airlines
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Kotoka International Airport near the capital, Accra, welcomes flights from the United Kingdom (UK) as well as other non-domestic traffic. You can find direct return flights from London Heathrow to Ghana with Virgin Atlantic. Most other carriers will require a stopover. On the bright side, having a stopover can significantly lower the cost of your airfare.
A huge range of airlines offer flights to Ghana from the UK. These include KLM, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air, Kenya Airlines, Qantas, AirFrance, Brussels Airlines, South African Airlines and Royal Air Maroc.