I spoke to a friend's Ghanaian friend about my upcoming trip to Ghana. Here's what she told me:
- You will not blend in. People will realize you are a tourist and attempt to charge you more for things for that reason. It's not malicious, people just tend to assume you can afford it.
- If you need public transportation, use the STC (as opposed to a tro-tro, I presume).
- Taxis are shared unless you tell the driver you want to go straight to your destination without him picking up anyone else. Ask for a recommendation at your hotel, get the person's number, and use the same person throughout your trip. More on Ghana transportation here.
- The dress for women is more conservative than in the states. You will get stared at if you wear a mini skirt, though people do wear them at times. Longer skirts will get less attention. Ghanaians may wear jeans or Western clothes at some times and more traditional clothing at other times. Sandals are fine.
- It's above 80 degrees all the time, and very humid.
- Men will tell you they're in love with you every minute. Don't be afraid to tell them to get the heck away from you, otherwise they will think you like it. They're harmless.
- Eat all of your food cooked and hot. Eat fruits you can peel yourself. Drink bottled water. Be weary of street food vendors. This will all help you avoid getting traveler's diarrhea.
- Take anti-malaria tablets, and carry anti-diarrheal tablets just in case.
- Ghana has a very diverse population, so may be more tolerant than other African countries. People are very friendly and hospitable. It's a good introduction to the continent for first-time travelers.