Dangers & Annoyances

Accra is one of Africa's safest cities, with little violent crime against tourists. Bag-snatching and pickpocketing is more common, particularly at markets or bus stations. Avoiding carrying obvious bags or valuables can mitigate the risk.

Negotiating the city on foot during daylight hours is generally fine – the greatest risk you'll face is from the traffic or open sewers. Avoid walking around at night, however, which is when (thankfully rare) violent incidents tend to occur.

Entry & Exit Formalities

Immigration Office Three-month visa extensions cost C250 and take two weeks to process. You will need two passport photos and a letter of application explaining the reasons for your extension request.

Internet Access

Most midrange and top-end hotels and guesthouses offer free wi-fi, as do many cafes and restaurants.

Busy Internet Fast browsing and printing services.

SharpNet Reliable 24-hour browsing.

Vida e caffè All five branches have speedy wi-fi and good coffee.

Media

Time Out Accra (www.timeoutaccra.com) A fantastic, glossy annual magazine with the low-down on what's hot and what's not in Accra. Great features on Ghana's cultural scene plus a section on day trips. Available in the capital's bookshops and large hotels. For the most up-to-date information, visit its website.

Money

You'll find dozens of banks and ATMs all over town.

Barclays Bank Headquarters Changes cash and travellers cheques; ATM.

Post

Main Post Office In Ussher Town.

Telephone

Inexpensive mobile-phone SIM cards are available on almost every street corner throughout Accra; the main networks are MTN, Vodafone, Tigo and Airtel.

Tourist Information

Accra Tourist Information Centre This new office provides advice on what's happening in Accra, as well as information about travel throughout the country, and transport and hotel booking services. A restaurant and a small library are planned.

Ghana Tourism Authority Offers advice and information about travel throughout the country.

Travel Agencies

Abacar Tours Reputable operator run by a Franco-Ghanaian team, with plenty of options in Ghana and the possibility to extend in neighbouring Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso.

Easy Track Ghana Set up by two friends, an American and a Ghanaian, Easy Track has a strong focus on sustainable tourism and runs tours all over the country as well as in the rest of West Africa.

M&J Travel & Tours Experienced travel agent offering car hire as well as tours throughout Ghana and into neighbouring Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso.