should I bring my tent to Ghana?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 22, 2012 1:01 AM Last Post By: kilda73
Oct 16, 2012 4:54 AM
should I bring my tent to Ghana?Hi,
maybe I will travel to Ghana in January or February. I have been to Africa only once, to Mali in 2010 where I spent about 4 weeks, including a visit to the festival au desert. I travelled around a lot there, and it was quite common to pitch my tent on the roof or in the "garden" of a hotel. It was cheaper than a room or a dorm bed, and I was allowed to use the bathrooms.
I was very happy to have brought it indeed as it gave me more independence and some privacy, and I definitely needed it during the festival.
(It was a cheap, small lightweight tent, appr. 1kg).
Now I wonder if it would make sense to bring that tent to Ghana as well. I have browsed most of the previous threads here but camping gear was not mentioned ... I am happy to sleep in a hostel bed, but it would feel good to have an alternative.
I am not planning to do any wild camping.
I would be glad to receive your comments :)
Oct 16, 2012 5:12 AM
Oct 16, 2012 6:09 AM
Oct 16, 2012 9:18 AM
3I will be there in November to remain for 4 months exploring the country. I was wondering the same thing......I have decided to bring my Hammoc.....I have camped out in that before....weight is such a huge concern as looks like there will be a lot of walking involved and climbing off and on Tro Tros........well good luck...........maybe see you there...........LM
Oct 16, 2012 12:41 PM
4My thoughts on bringing a tent along to Africa (copied from an e-mail to a friend):
- you can cut your costs a bit I guess; as accomodation in Africa is not
- you have a roof over your head everywhere - especially if you explore
remote countryside (without any accomodation) if you travel in a private
car; and even then you can't just (or at least I wouldn't) put the tent
wherever you like; the locals might not like it and it might be
(you might get robbed or attacked by animals)
- you can't put your tent up in cities or even if you find a camping
it might rather be somewhere on the outskirts (and you have to pay extra
to get into the city center)
- a tent (and you'd need mats and sleeping bags as well) is bulky and
- I didn't meet many people travelling with a tent, but there are some;
- whenever you book anything guided (safari, trekking etc.) the tour
- bringing a gas cooker, cooking utensils etc. is not worth it; you
a simple meal e.g. rice or maize porridge with beans) than cooking
Hope that helps.
Oct 19, 2012 8:51 AM
5I reckon if you enjoy camping and are happy to carry the tent, then take it.
I can think of at least 1 occasion during my Ghana holiday when I'd have been grateful for a tent - the only thing available was a bed in a cramped and stuffy dorm, but the place had a large garden. I'm sure they'd have been happy to let me camp, if only I'd had a tent!
The many voluntourists in Ghana tend to block-book the cheaper accomodation options in popular places at weekends, so a tent would give you an extra option then, certainly.
Oct 20, 2012 1:48 AM
6I think so much depends upon where you want to go and your budget. If you found a tent useful in Mali then the same may possibly be true in Ghana. I did a walk along the coast from Winneba to Takoradi using a tent and sometimes a cheaper lodge. Many lodges on the coast will allow you to put up a tent for a fee. The only other area of Ghana that I would consider taking a tent would be parts of the Volta Region. Again with walking in mind. So it's really a question of what you want to do, and how much you feel you can rough it.
Oct 22, 2012 1:01 AM
7Thanks for your helpful advice!
However, due to flight prices and my holiday dates I have now booked a flight to Ethiopia instead :)
(Yet I suppose I will definitely visit Ghana sometime later.)
The tent question might apply to Ethiopia, too. I think I will just bring it, and if it proves a burden rather than a benefit I will get rid of it.
Now I am waiting for my Bradt guide book to arrive, and then you will probably find my further questions in the Ethiopia branch ...
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