|Popular in||January||High demand for flights, 13% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||June||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||S$ 2,154||Average for round-trip flights in December 2021|
|Round-trip from||S$ 1,928||From Singapore Changi to Ghana|
The West African country of Ghana is one of Africa’s less-explored gems. The Ghanaian people are renowned as the friendliest in Africa and welcome tourists with open arms. Though the country has experienced rapid growth in recent years, its cities are still basic, compared to larger African countries, and there is mile open mile of stunning countryside to explore.
Accra, its main city, is in the South and the point of arrival for all flights to Ghana. A busy, overcrowded and lively place, it can be initially overwhelming, but many travellers quickly fall in love with its energetic pulse. Every street corner blares out Bob Marley songs from tinny stereos and as night falls street braziers fire up and the (surprisingly delicious) smell of roasting chicken feet spreads across the town.
But most holidaymakers book Ghana flights not for its cities but for the wildlife and nature. The Southern coast, once home only to the Western slave trade, is now dotted with stunning white sand beaches and the old slave forts are popular tourist attractions. Most of the wildlife reserves are in the north, with Mole National Park the most popular, where sightings of elephants, gorillas and wart hog are inevitable. At Kakum National Park tree canopies and walkways stretch out for acres and visitors can spend the night sleeping high up in the trees’ branches.
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Ghana has a rainy season that lasts from April to October. The south gets a break from the rain in July and August. The humidity is high and temperatures can be anywhere between 21 and 32 degrees. It dries out the rest of the year, and temperatures climb up to 38 degrees. March is the hottest time of year and August the coolest.
Ghana is still relatively undeveloped for tourism so there is no specific peak season. The rainy season can be cooler, but temperatures are always high. If you don’t like humidity, stick to the coast.
Off peak season:
The winter months are less popular with holidaymakers and flights to Ghana arrive emptier. This can be the time to find the best deals.
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Roads are very bad throughout most of the country and the easiest way to navigate them – especially if travelling far – is by hiring a 4WD. However, be prepared for Ghanaian drivers, who feel no compulsion to stay within the confines of the road, let alone their own lanes, if potholes are in the way.
Tro-tros are a cheap and interesting way to travel. These minibuses cover almost all destinations you could wish to travel to. They leave when they are full – however long it takes to fill up – stop wherever anyone wants to get off, and often transport animals, certainly a chicken or two, along with the passengers. They are slow, but an essential experience for anyone wanting to really see the country and its people.
Normal buses are available for longer trips. Again, schedules, if existent, are rarely adhered to. It is not unusual for a bus that is meant to leave at 6am to still be waiting in the depot for more people to get on at midday. Take a good book, plenty of food and patience if you’re travelling by bus. As with tro-tros, however, travelling by bus is an excellent way to meet Ghanaians – often said to be the friendliest people in Africa.
Flights to Ghana are generally available from most major airports around the globe. However, Ghana flights from Singapore require one or two stopovers along the journey. The duration of this flight, which could take from around 19h 50min to over 40h, includes the time at stopovers. Departing from Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) to Accra Kotoka Airport (ACC), with a single stopover in Dubai International Airport (DXB), takes about 18h 45min, operated by Emirates; whereas a flight from Changi International to Kumasi (KMS), with a single stop in Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS), takes approximately 28h, serviced by KLM. It’s also possible to fly to the neighbouring country Togo’s Lomé-Tokoin Airport (LFW) with flights from Singapore. It should take you approximately 21-39h to arrive in Togo's capital on two-stop flights. There are several other possible stopovers along this route including Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International (CGK) and Dubai International Airport, serviced by leading airlines like Emirates Airlines, Air France, Ethiopian Airlines and Jetstar Asia.
Unfortunately, direct flights to Ghana from Singapore are currently not available. In Singapore, the only airport operating flights to Ghana is Changi Airport, Singapore’s busiest airport. As a result of no direct flights along this route, travellers can expect one or two stopovers in Dubai, Amsterdam or Jakarta. Ghana has two major airports, Accra Kotoka and Kumasi. If you fly to Togo's capital, Lomé, expect two stopovers in capitals such as Amsterdam and Paris, or Doha and Lagos.
Travelling through West Africa is so vibrant and rewarding. Situated on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana is a colourful country with plenty of ways to get around. A fast way to manoeuvre around Ghana’s busy streets and traffic is an okada, Ghana’s motorcycle taxi system. We do, however, recommend you request a helmet and keep it on for the duration of the ride. Ghana’s national bus service runs around major regions, between Accra and cities like Kumasi, with costs from around S$ 10, taking an average of 4h 30min. A good and safe way to get around Ghana is taxis, and many accommodation establishments have set drivers to call at your disposal.
From exploring the outdoors and surfing to seeing some of Ghana’s historical sites, the country offers plenty to experience. Accommodating all ages and interests, Ghana is a great holiday destination. In the last decade, the surfing culture has taken off and drawn a lot of local kids to the activity. Visit the unique and vibrant neighbourhood of Jamestown, full of cultural street-art blending with vintage colonial buildings. In Jamestown, stop for lunch at the famous Jamestown Cafe, as well as Osikan, well known for its views and drinks. Take a trip to the Cape Coast Castle, which has formed part of Ghana’s history. The fortress was initially built for gold and timber trades, it later became a slave fort for the Transatlantic trade.
Travellers from Singapore are permitted to visit Ghana for 90 days without a visa. Visitors need their passport to be valid for at least six months with an empty page available. A valid Yellow Fever International Certificate is also a mandatory requirement.