RFI Ghana – gear
We are planning to go to Ghana for three weeks in December (we have tickets, hope to get visa next week). I have looked into some reports and other materials, but basically everyone went with an organized tour and I find it hard to find some practical info for independent travel. Since we have plenty of time, I plan to just turn up and see how it goes – but since it seems like renting a car in Ghana is not very practical (and basically everyone warns against that), we will travel around on public transport with backpacks and thus we would like to optimize the weight. There are three basic heavy pieces of gear that I consider whether to take:
– hiking boots: those were indispensable in Ecuador and Costa Rica, but pointless in many places in SE Asia for example. Anybody knows how muddy the forests are in Ghana and whether running hoes are way enough (like in Taman Negara) or not?
– tent: are there reasonable camping sites in some reserves? I presume that wild camping will be completely out of the question, given how inhabited the country is, but often there are campsites in protected areas. But there is really very little info on that. If camping is possible, I’d much prefer that to some stuffy huts – my tent is also much better against mosquitoes than most accommodations.
– mask and fins: while not that mammal-watching oriented, someone could know this – are there actual snorkeling opportunities in Ghana? There is a handful of pages claiming so, but no real details and most beaches look more suited for surfing as there are constant waves. I know this stuff can be rented, but we are quite particular about our gear – but it takes a lot of room in the backpack.
Any info would be much appreciated!