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Similarly to shared taxis,
They are inexpensive (cheaper than shared taxis and long-haul buses) and fares should reflect distance traveled. Carry small change with you to pay the driver. They do have a questionable safety record and can break down. But, if you are after an experience, jump aboard as they can be a good way to chat with the locals.
Okadas, Ghana's motorcycle taxis,
Motorcycle accidents feature prominently in Ghana's road statistics; in the first two months of 2018, there were 620 accidents involving motorcycles. It's probably best to avoid this mode of transport but if you decide to take the
Ghana's national bus service Intercity STC (joint government and private run) runs services between Accra and regional cities in Ghana. It also operates services to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, Lome in Togo, Cotonou in Benin and Abidjan in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).
The buses are air-conditioned, comfortable and have amenities such as charging ports, screens
Most services leave from the bus terminal in Accra. Make sure your belongings are
Taxi is another easy, safe and plentiful option to get around Ghana. Drivers aren't shy about quoting higher prices so if you are traveling long distances, haggle for a good fare before hopping in. Use a taxi if you plan to head out at night rather than walking back to your accommodation, but avoid sharing a taxi.
While it might sound crazy, but check your taxi has seat belts. Some aren't roadworthy and can be a risk to your safety.
Many accommodations will have set drivers working for them, so if you need to grab a taxi ask at the reception. Don't forget to negotiate on price.
Roads throughout Africa aren't in the best condition generally, but Ghana's roads tend to be better.
Main roads are generally paved and well maintained, with significant improvements being made between the capital, Accra, and Kumasi. However, some side roads in major cities, and many roads outside of major
The road from Accra to the central region tourist area of Cape Coast continues to be the site of many accidents. Usually, it's not the roads that kill, but the drivers making their way around so be vigilant when behind the wheel.
The rainy season in Ghana runs from May to October which means roads in the northern parts of the country can get flooded. So it's best to time your trip accordingly in that region, however, if you are traveling during that time, don't drive through floodwaters. While it may not look deep, looks can be deceiving and it doesn't take much for a vehicle to start to float and be swept away.
Hitting the road in any country can be daunting if you don't know where you are going. So if you do decide to get amongst it on the roads in Ghana, there are a few things you need to be aware of.
Roadside robberies can occur in Ghana, in
Try to avoid driving at night but if you decide to, you should remain vigilant. Drive with doors locked and windows up.
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