Things not to do in Ghana...
Expect the Big Five. There is wildlife in Ghana, and there are national parks – but this is not the Serengeti. It’s definitely worth visiting Mole if you are passing by, and getting up close to a wild elephant on foot is just as thrilling here as it is anywhere, but this is not a classic African safari. Likewise, Kakum Forest is lovely, and the canopy walk is a great experience – but if you really want to be in with a chance of spotting its elusive wildlife, come first thing – or stay overnight for a nighttime forest walk.
Take advantage of people’s friendliness. Ghanaians are gregarious – starting up a conversation on the street is as easy as greeting someone in the local language; any effort will be rewarded with smiles and curiosity. But don’t get too cosy – if you want to take photos of people, please ask. The chances are you’ll be received enthusiastically, but if not – a polite thank you is all that’s needed.
Many visitors are shocked by the amount of litter strewn across Ghana, but few facilities exist to dispose of plastic. Don’t contribute
; take items such as spent batteries home with you to dispose of, and refill drinking bottles from large water bottles where possible. Even better, buy souvenirs from the brilliant Trashy Bags
, which trains local people to recycle plastic water sachets into rather lovely shopping bags, wallets and laptop sleeves.