What is the best travel season?
In July/August, it is comparatively “cool”, i.e. not warmer than a European high summer, and not very sunny. There is occasional heavy rain in July, and in August the sky may be overcast for several days. After this, it gets warmer (afternoons ca. 30° – 33°) and sunnier. In December/January, the weather is likely to be hazy with comfortably “cool” nights – nevertheless, you have to bear in mind that, during the winter monts, the temperature difference between the European and Ghanaian climate is quite high. Such difference is noticed most in March andApril and, on the “Northern Trip”, even as early as October. Air humidity is unfamiliarly high throughout the year, but, close to the coast, a sea-breeze always is refreshing.
Is KASAPA Centre situated by the ocean?
Certainly, the Atlantic coast borders the 2.5 ha compound of KASAPA Centre and a concealed stairway down the hillside leads directly to the ocean. At low tide, you can take a walk along the beach, look for shells, observe fishermen… but you should not swim here, as sharp-edged rocks are hidden beneath the waves. We organize swimming trips to a small seaside hotel not far away – and at KASAPA Centre you can always savour the breeze and the vast view over the Atlantic.
What ist the source of power supply at KASAPA Centre?
For our basic requirements (lights, refrigerators, office), we rely on our photovoltaic system, which makes us independent from the national grid with its frequent blackouts. Our guestrooms have table lamps with solar rechargeable batteries, but no power sockets. In the kitchen block and office, there are sockets for charging your batteries, and electric razors may also be used on the patio there.
How much money do I need to budget for my private use?
This certainly depends on on what you want to spend on and how inclined you are to buying souvenirs – Ghana is rich in traditional handcrafts. The rule of thumb for private use is between €50 and €130 per week and € 100 should be ample (incl. the purchase of a drum).
Which currency/payment method may I use?
Cash: US dollars and Euros can be exchanged for local currency (Cedis); the relative exchange rates of the Dollar and Euro are comparable to the international rates, and there is no need to purchase Dollars before your trip. Your first opportunity to exchange money is at the arrival hall of Accra airport, near to the luggage collection point.
Travelers’ cheques: We recommend only US-Dollar travelers’ cheques (all other currencies draw unattractive exchange rates), and, even for the Dollar travelers’ cheques, you will receive rates lower than for cash. That said, should you intend to travel alone round the country after completing our programme, you should make it a point to have part of you money in travelers’ cheques.
Credit cards (VISA, American express): Recommended for emergency reserve only, as card readers are known to function unreliably, even in big hotels and banks.