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The only regular international flights to Ghana are to Accra's Kotoka International Airport. The only direct flights from South Africa to Ghana are with South African Airways (Johannesburg to Accra), but 1-stop flights are often cheaper. To get on a cheap flight to Ghana:
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Cape Town - Ghana
Durban - Ghana
When to Go
You can fly from Johannesburg to Accra (ACC) with SAA (direct), Rwandair Express (via Kigali), Kenya Airways (via Nairobi), Ethiopian Airlines (via Addis Ababa), Emirates (via Dubai), British Airways (quite a round trip via London), Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul), Arik Air (via Lagos), Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) and Virgin Atlantic (via London Heathrow).
Cape Town to Accra flights can be flown with Emirates (via Dubai), Air Namibia (via Windhoek), Turkish Airlines (via Istanbul) and Virgin Atlantic (via London).
The 1-stop flight options from Durban to Accra are Emirates (via Dubai) or South African Airways (codeshare with Air Namibia)
Visa requirements for South African citizens to enter Ghana were as follows at the time of writing:
4 completed application forms (with a signature which is the same as your passport signature!)
4 passport-sized photos (recent)
A return airline ticket from South Africa to Ghana (or on onward ticket)
Passport which are valid for at least 6 more months from the date you leave Ghana, and include the signatures of the bearer.
A letter inviting one to Ghana (either company or person)
A copy of a the passport of the person inviting you to Ghana
Letter from your employer confirming your employment
Yellow fever vaccination card
Check the Ghana High Commission for the latest requirements - you can phone them at 012-342-5847/8. Ghana's High Commission is situated in 971 Schoeman Street, Pretoria (it is closed on Ghana's public holidays).
Physical address: Speed House, No 1, 3rd Soula Street, Labone North, Accra
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number : +233-302-740-450
English is the official language of Ghana.
Things you may want to see in Ghana include:
Lake Volta, the largest in the world by surface area. On the western side of the lake is the Digya National Park, which is home to elephants, clawless otters, manatees & primates. On the southern end of Lake Volta is the Akosombo Dam (built to supply electricity to Ghana's aluminium sector). On Lake Volta are several islands - Dwarf, Kporve & Dodi - and many tourists enjoy the island cruises.
Beaches such as those at Kokrobite, Ada Foah, Akwidaa, Axim, Busua, Cape Coast, Gomoa Fetteh and Kokrobite. Labadi Beach in Accra is popular.
Cape Coast Castle - originally built by the Swedish as a spot to trade gold and timber, it morphed into a trading post from which slaves were stored in dungeons before being moved across the Atlantic. The castle housed up to 1500 slaves at any one time, with each of them being held for around 10 weeks in the dungeon before being moved onto a ship. Slaves were crammed together with no toilets, few windows, and just a channel along with waste could travel. As trade increased the small trading post was increased in size to a fort/castle. It has a history of being fought over, both by the locals and Europeans (Swedes & British). The Elmina Castle which was also used for trading in slaves, was built about 155 years before the Cape Coast Castle.
Bia National Park (some of Ghana's last remaining patches of pristine forest), Bui National Park (known for its hippopotamus), Digya National Park (on Lake Volta), Kakum National Park (tropical rainforest, and contains a tree canopy walkway), Kyabobo National Park (on border with Togo), Mole National Park (especially if you want to see elephants) & Nini Suhien National Park (on Ghana's western border).
Ghana is the closest country to the centre of the world (zero degrees latitude and longitude), and being so close to the equator it has a tropical climate. To avoid the rainy season, travel to Ghana in December, January or February. Southern Ghana has its rainy season from April to November; whilst northern Ghana's rainy season starts a month earlier, in March.
You may either want to time your visit to Ghana for a public holiday & join in the festivities, or avoid the date so as to avoid the usually higher travel costs and crowds:
6 March (independence day)
1 May (workers day)
25 May (Africa day)
1 July (Republic day)
21 September (Founders Day)
First Friday in December (farmers day)
Movable public holidays:
Feast of the Sacrifice
End of Ramadan