Travel on Any Budget
What are the costs?
Costs can vary a lot in Ghana, so here are some basic guidelines:
|Urban areas||Medium towns and villages||Villages and small towns|
|Kakum National Park walkway
Cape Coast & Elmina castles
|Less visited parks & forts||Socializing with locals|
|Mole National Park||Kente weaving village||Local markets|
|Deep sea fishing or Paragliding||Monkey sanctuary||Canoe on the Volta River|
|Beach resort or
|Mid-range or budget hotel||Village guesthouse or
|Continental meals, Imported food||Local restaurants||Local chop bar|
|Private transportation||Mixed public and private||Public transportation|
These are all variables that you fully control on an Easy Track tour, so let us know how you wish to travel.
Luxury travel in Ghana is certainly available, although these accommodations are mostly limited to large cities and a few established luxury resorts, usually on the coast.
When this class of accommodation is available, it is an expensive option. But this cost certainly has its advantages in terms of service and comforts offered. Pristine rooms and grounds, excellent service and food, spas and gyms - all these await you at some of our luxury class hotels.
In larger cities and some other locations, this type of resort accommodation can be in the range of $300 - $550 US per night. When outside of urban areas, we can arrange the best available accommodations, which typically are around $180 per night, depending on the location. There are exclusive accommodations that can go for as much as $3,000 per night.
This class of accommodation cannot be found everywhere in Ghana, but more hotels of this class are being developed every day. These will generally provide good service and food and offer Internet service as well.
In larger cities and some other locations, this type of resort accommodation can be in the range of $180-$300 US per night. When outside of urban areas, we can arrange the best available accommodations, which can be as much as $120 per night.
This is a commonly encountered class of hotel that can be found in all places except small towns and villages. Rooms in this class will usually have air conditioning and a refrigerator in the room - but not always. The furnishings will be noticeably less comfortable and back-up water or electric may not always be available at such hotels. Usually in the range of $100 - $60 US.
This class of accommodation can vary considerably. There are budget rooms throughout Ghana, with some very nice accommodations as well as dreadful dumps available. Even a single hotel can have rooms that vary greatly. We know to keep you away from the truly terrible places, and can arrange for the best possible room at any hotel in this class. But be advised that these will not be the best maintained rooms in Ghana, service can be slow and housekeeping unresponsive. But if your budget is $20 - $50 US per night, then you can easily manage at this class of service.
A bucket shower is a bucket of clean water with a dipper that you use to pour the water onto yourself to serve as your shower. It is not a cleaning bucket accidentally left behind by housekeeping!
Pour some water. Lather and wash. Repeat.
We have guides that are specially trained for performing low cost tours via public transit. Your guide will know the transit and routes and stations needed for such a tour. He or she can navigate the most economical means of transport, balancing the use of buses, taxis, hurry cars and trotros. They will know budget hotels and safe, inexpensive places to eat as well. Having a guide can be very useful on such a tour, providing an assistant and traveling companion to ensure smooth, safe and inexpensive travels throughout Ghana.
Taking such a tour does involve some restrictions, though. While our guides are knowledgeable about the transit system in Ghana, it cannot be expected that a public transit tour will be easy and simple, especially if more than 3 travelers together.
Public transit is very well organized in Ghana when compared to other countries in Africa. However, there will most certainly be unexpected delays and the comfort level is not high. We do our best to minimize delays, which has resulted in many people having a great time on our public transit tours. But please be advised that you should not be expecting transit that is always safe or comfortable by Western standards.
Also, you must be certain that the luggage you pack is appropriate for a public transit tour. You should pack lightly in a backpack or a soft-sided duffel bag. A hard-sided suitcase or luggage with wheels is not appropriate for a public transit tour.
We are not trying to dissuade your from such a tour, but we want to be clear that public transit can involve some long days of travel, long waits at stations, vehicles not running on schedule, and even possibly vehicle breakdowns. Such is the nature of public transit in Ghana.