FAQ - General issues concerning being in Ghana
What should I wear?
Although Ghanaians are forgiving and would therefore not be too offended if you were underdressed, in general a lot of importance is given to the appearance and therefore it is important to pay attention to dress codes. Shorts are associated with schoolboys and tourists and are generally fundamentally wrong to wear to business meetings. Women normally wear dresses or loose-fitting pants; men wear suits, occasionally without tie or even casual, but keep in mind that one is rather over- then underdressed.
If you happen to be invited to a name-giving ceremony, wedding or even a funeral, seek advice from Ghanaians on what to wear.
As mentioned above, shorts are associated with schoolboys and are not commonly worn, accept in and around the house. However, in the more commercial areas people are more used to seeing others in shorts or even tight dresses – but outside of tourist areas, it is better not to dress ‘offensively’. Keep in mind that women’s thighs should be relatively covered – Ghanaian women usually cover their thighs, even when swimming.
Which means of transport are available in Ghana?
With a ‘dropping’ you hire a taxi to bring you to your destination. Comfortable, you’ll get to know the city well because of the shortcuts the drivers use to avoid the numerous traffic jams. You need to be a good negotiator to come down to moderate prices.
‘Shared taxi’s’ also have fixed routes and fixed prices, but are more comfortable then the ‘trotro’s’ because of the limited number of passengers and the fact that these shared taxi’s are always passenger cars. Shared taxi’s drive in the cities as well as long distances.
The so-called ‘trotro’ (minibus), with it’s fixed routes and fixed prices, is definitely the cheapest public transport, and it brings you to the farthest corners of the city and around the whole country. Though familiarity with the city helps, one can ask the driver or \"mate\" which trotro to take and when to get off. Though intimidating at first, you can learn the system quickly. Unfortunately, the quality of the vehicles often leave much to be desired, and it is a dangerous and not a very comfortable way of travelling.
Buses have fixed routes and fixed prices, about the same system as trotro’s. They are, however, much more rare and so quite impractical.
Ghana has several train connections, however, this means of transport is much more time consuming than trotro’s and busses.
Long distance busses come in many different qualities. The cheaper ones leave from the general stations while the more expensive ones usually have their own point of departure – get information once you are in Ghana.
For national (charter) flights, contact CTK Network Aviation Ltd. http://www.flycitylink.com
Which products and services are available in Ghana?
You can get virtually everything you need in Accra. You need some patience to search for it however. Several large supermarkets offer a large range of food and household products. Most items, from bedsheets to toothpaste to electrical converters, can be found at markets everywhere for a fraction of supermarket prices, even for name brand products.
One guide book which has many addresses for all kind of products and services is 'No More Worries!', published by the North American Women's Association (email@example.com). It is available from some bookshops, supermarkets and the larger hotels.
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