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Food & Drink: International food is available in most large hotels and many restaurants serve a range of local traditional foods. On the coast, prawns and other seafood are popular. Dishes include traditional soups (palmnut, groundnut), Kontomere and Okro (stews) accompanied by fufu (pounded cassava and plantain), kenkey or gari. There are many excellent restaurants throughout Ghana, featuring wide variety of cuisines - Ghanaian, Chinese, Indian, Italian, French, Indonesian, American, Japanese, etc.

Drink: Local beer (which is similar to lager) and spirits are readily available.

Nightlife: In Accra and other major centres there are nightclubs with Western popular music and Afro beat.

Shopping: Almost all commodities, including luxury items, can be found in the shops and markets.

Shopping Hours: 0800 - 1800

Sport: Golf: There are golf courses in Accra and Kumasi.

Water Sports: For those in search of sailing or water-skiing there are a number of centres with good facilities, particularly on Lake Volta where there is a yacht club at Akosombo, and at Ada on the mouth of the Volta. Another exhilarating experience is to be taken out over the surf in a local fishing boat. Near Accra there are several swimming pools within yards of the surf. Ada, at the mouth of the Volta, also offers safe swimming.

Spectator Sports: Ghanaians are keen footballers (soccer players), tennis players and boxers. Another popular sport is horse-racing at the Accra race-course every Saturday.

Special Events: Ghanaian festivals are well worth seeing with drumming, dancing and feasting. Every part of the country has its own annual festivals for the affirmation of tribal values, the remembrance of ancestors and past leaders, and the purification of the state in preparation for another year.

Social Conventions: Ghanaians should always be addressed by their formal titles unless they specifically request otherwise. Handshaking using the right hand only is the usual form of greeting. Ghanaians (especially those living in the villages) are conservative people and respect traditional courtesies. Do not enter any house unless invited in.

Tipping: When a service charge is not included, a 10% tip is usual.

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