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    I'm told Ghana is relatively safe, and safer than other West African countries (because it's economically better-off).
    Foreign government advisories talk about theft and muggings and robbery, especially of women travelling alone. they warn about travellers being targeted. They mention taxi robberies and sexual assault.
    But there also people traversing Ghana by bicycle, or travelling to Togo by public transport, without any trouble.
    The truth is somewhere between and depends on the type of traveller you are.
    Ghana is not the place for the "conspicuous' traveller - camera around the neck, map in one hand, mobile phone in the other and the wallet stuffed with cash hanging from the back pocket of the Bermuda shorts.
    No valuables or personal belongings on display, never leave anything unattended. Lock your valuables and travel documents in the hotel safe (theft from rooms does occur). be extra cautious in Accra at night especially around the nightspots (isn't that true of everywhere in the world?). The British govt warns women alone at the beach can get hassled a lot, and you should go in a group (find some new friends at your hotel).

    If you're a smart, experienced and cautious traveller you should be okay. Ghanians have a reputation for being incredibly friendly. almost 8 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Hi Elinor,

    I spent three months traveling through Ghana by myself, and I'm a tiny little blonde girl, yet, I found it to be very safe.

    While Phil offers some very good suggestions, let me share a specific Ghanain trick I learned on the road. When people where rude to me in any way, I spoke up for myself. I'm not suggesting that you will encounter this often. But should you find someone bothering you, or being unkind to you, I find it most effective to be firm.

    One time I was in a public fish market on the Cape Coast taking photos, and for some reason people started yelling at me. So you know what I did? I yelled back! I said: "Don't you yell at me!! I am a visitor in your country, and you are being rude!!!" And when another man looked at me and told me to go away I said "Hey- you're not the chief of this fishing village! You can't tell me what to do!!" And, believe it or not, I earned myself a great deal of respect for myself at that fishing harbor. Not only did no one bother me again, but some of the ladies I yelled at invited me to sit with them, and they became my pals.

    This reminds me of an interesting aspect of Ghanain culture. In Ghana, people debate a lot. They have elaborate discussions with eachother, often disagreeing with one another, and they can become animated and even loud when they talk. But they almost never resort to violence!! In fact, they are very lovely people. In fact, I didn't have a single "real" problem, and was never once in danger. But it's important to remember to stick up for yourself, and not feel intimidated. I'm a very polite person, so this took a little practice! But once I got the hang of it, man... it was awesome! :)

    I hope that you enjoy Ghana! Feel free to email me if I can be of help. over 7 years ago

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    Ghana is very safe. As a West African who has visited almost all the countries on the coast, Ghana is still one of the safest countries in our region. Let me know if you need more details about 7 years ago

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    Well it depends on what you mean by safe, I think as a country in Western Africa it is safe. But you have to take care, as always. There is a lot of hustlers, so take if you plan to visit a beach and there are lovely beaches. about 7 years ago

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    Ghana is like any other country in the world!!when it comes to safety i think its better off than other African countries but that doesn't mean!stuffs that happen in other countries aint capable of happening to a person traveling down here,...you just gotta watch ya back always..we humans and we aint perfect!!! who knows!!!! Joseph Tiibe... almost 7 years ago

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    Absolutely. Ghana is awesome on all levels. I'd go back solo and know I'd be alright. I mean keep your wits about you, but this is a really up and coming African country over 6 years ago

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    Yes it is just like any place be wise and don't do things which attract unnecessary attention also if u need an affordable place stay in Accra let us know we have a budget hotel email simranoberoi2u@yahoo.com for more info over 6 years ago

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    I've never been, but I've done my research and am eventually planning on visiting. In terms of crime rate, Ghana seems relatively safe in comparison to other Western Africa countries. I've read the people are very friendly (more than what can be said for the people living where I come from) and as long as you don't walk around like a hotshot, you'll be fine. almost 6 years ago

    Answered by Jay via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    I don't have much to add to what others have said, but I am yet another single little female who traveled alone in Ghana and had a fantastic experience! over 5 years ago

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    No because it is dangerous over 5 years ago

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    I plan on traveling to Tamale, Ghana as a single woman.......I am elderly and plan on meeting a Ghanian young man there. What are my chances of being harmed. It will be the first time meeting. I plan on staying there for approximately 2 weeks to 1 month if possible. I am very nervous about going alone I need reassurance. over 4 years ago

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    I am going to travel to Tamale, Ghana soon and alone. I will meet a young man there who will escort me around. I am elderly and he is very young. We never met other then on the internet for the past 4 1/2 months.....How safe do you think I will be. over 4 years ago

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    Please be careful, there are young internet scammers just waiting for someone like you , email me raccoonie598@gmail.com or friend me at maria bowmer on facebook , I have experience with them and I know about ten of them from tamale . I pray your escort is not one of the men I have met online . Please contact me and I can tell you some names , if its one I know ,then run. You see I too was planning to go there to meet with a younger man. Then his friends got ahold of me and told me I would be killed if I went. How true that is I dont know. over 4 years ago

    Answered by maria via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    It's no safer than being in London, New York, Los Angeles or Munchen! almost 3 years ago

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