Ghana covers an area of 240,000 sq. kms on the west (Gold) coast of Africa. The country is dominated by the Volta River. The coast is largely lagoons and sand bars giving way to low-lying plains and rising to the Ashanti Plateau in the west and the Volta River basin in the east. One third of the country is forest.

The climate is equatorial on the coast with high temperatures and increased humidity in the southwest and dry heat in the southeast and hot savannah in the north. There are two distinct wet seasons (May - June and October). In the north, a single wet season lasts from July to September. Temperatures all year round remain hot (average 28°C).

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Exploring the famed waterfalls of Ghana can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on entry and return to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans as some diseases like meningitis have a peak season when the disease is more prevalent in parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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