Visiting Ghana is an experience you will never forget. Whether it is the delicious cuisine, the warm people, or the fascinating natural beauty, Ghana is a country that seeps into your soul and will make you want to visit over and over again. Being an equatorial country, Ghana does not experience too much of a variation in terms of temperature, but that does not mean you don’t have to find the best time to visit Ghana. You’ve got to make sure you have the best vacation after all!
- High Season: November - March
- Low Season: April - October
- All Seasons: November - March (dry season), April - October (wet season)
- The best time to visit Ghana is between November - March, when there is little to no rainfall, and every part of the country is easily accessible.
- Between April and October, the weather in Ghana is rather wet, restricting the ability to travel. Many places might close down for the low-season as well.
- If you want to visit Ghana for safaris and wildlife viewing, the months of December to April are best as the dry season forces the animals to congregate around watering holes.
- April to October might be the best time to visit Northern Ghana, as the rains will cool down the temperature, providing some respite to those who can’t bear the heat.
The weather in Ghana can be distinguished based on how much rainfall is expected. Whether you want to visit the lush mountains in the Volta Region, or head to the Kakum National Park for some wildlife viewing, there are a million things for you to do in Ghana.
The best time to visit Ghana is during the dry months between November and March, for you will be able to explore most of the country with ease. Keep in mind that the temperature can get really high during this time.
The monsoon season in Ghana can get rather humid and wet, but April and October is a good time to visit northern Ghana. This is also the peak tourist season, for most European and North American tourists come to the country between June and August. If you are planning on visiting the country during these months, book your travel in advance!
November to March — Dry Season / Good Season
This is widely considered the best time to visit Ghana (especially southern Ghana). There is little to no rain, so you won’t have to deal with blocked roads, or closed attractions. The temperature will be quite high during this period, but the harmattan winds flow in from the Sahara desert from December - March, cooling down the temperature. The weather in Ghana will be incredibly dry- so pack some lip balm and an SPF moisturizer.
- Avg. Temperature: 75 – 88° F / 24 – 31° C (in Accra)
- Rainfall: 14 – 32 mm
- Season: Summer
- Highlights: This is the perfect season for you to see exotic animals in Kakum or Mole National Park. The dry weather causes the animals to congregate at the waterholes, giving you a great opportunity to spot big game. The weather is good if you want to go hiking as well with Mount Afadjato and the beautiful Wli Falls waiting for you. The beaches at Elmina and Cape Coast are also beautiful during this season. Keep a look out for the Ashanti Akwasidae celebrations that happen every sixth Sunday, with lots of drums, singing, and festivities.
April to October — Monsoon / Low Season
Monsoons in Ghana can be rather confusing - as there are two monsoon periods every year. This is between April to June, and September to October. There is a momentary respite from the rains between July and August in most places. The rainfall can restrict access to the places located inland, and also make it difficult to spot animals. Between June and September, many tourists arrive in the country, so you should make your travel and accommodation reservations early.
- Avg. Temperature: 72 – 88 ° F / 22 – 31° C (in Accra)
- Rainfall: 35 – 208 mm
- Season: Monsoon
- Highlights: This is a good time for you to visit northern parts of Ghana - like Tamale, for the weather will be more bearable during these months. Accra is incredibly active during these months, thanks to the tourist footfall, so all the local attractions will be open for business. Many Ghanaian villages throw harvest celebrations around August or September and you must visit this festival! The Dipo Festival, celebrating the coming of age of Krobo women, is another one-of-a-kind festival you can observe between the months of April and May. Soaking in Ghana’s rich culture would be the best way to spend your vacation!