| 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.
In Accra and other major centres there are nightclubs with Western
popular music and Afro beat.
Almost all commodities, including luxury items, can be found
in the shops and markets.
Hours: 0800 - 1800
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.
Sports: Ghanaians are keen footballers (soccer players),
tennis players and boxers. Another popular sport is horse-racing
at the Accra race-course every Saturday.
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.
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.
When a service charge is not included, a 10% tip is usual.