Is Accra Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Accra, generally provides safety for solo female travelers. The locals are often friendly and willing to help. Nightlife is active but one should always stay vigilant for pickpockets and scams. Public transportation is commonly used and reliable. Like in any city, it's important to take necessary precautions and avoid isolated areas. Ensure you have local contacts and keep your belongings secure at all times, especially in crowded places. Always trust your instinct.

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Safety at night:Moderate

Accra is generally considered a safe city, especially in relation to other West African capitals. However, like any other urban area worldwide, it does have bad spots and crime. Women traveling alone can feel relatively secure, particularly in well-populated areas, but it's not recommended to walk alone at late hours. Make sure to take reliable taxis if moving around at night and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Remember to always use your judgement and exercise caution, particularly during the night.

Public transportation:Moderate

Ghana's capital city, Accra, provides a variety of public transportation options; however, they present a relatively varying degree of safety. Taxis and ride-hailing apps like Uber are generally reliable and safer for solo female travelers, but the minibuses called 'tro-tros' may not offer comfort and, at times, can be overcrowded. Also, be aware of potential pickpockets in crowded buses. Remember, your safety is in your hands, so use common sense and maintain vigilance.

Street harassment:Moderate

As a solo female traveler in Accra, experiences with street harassment can vary. However, the majority of locals are friendly and respectful towards female visitors. Attention from locals, usually in the form of curious stares, calls or mild catcalling, can be expected especially in busy markets or touristy areas. It's very important to assert yourself and communicate boundary concerns clearly in such situations. While it's generally safe, it's always wise to avoid deserted places and to not stay out too late at night outside safe zones.

Petty crimes:Moderate

Petty crimes like pick-pocketing and purse-snatching are relatively common, especially in crowded areas. However, this can be often mitigated by taking precautions like not flashing expensive belongings, keeping your belongings safely stashed away and being aware of your surroundings.

Tap water:Unsafe

Tap water in Accra, although treated, may not be safe enough due to local infrastructure challenges such as old and rusty pipelines that water passes through. Some locals choose to drink from it, but frequently reported issues such as intermittent smell and change of color suggest potential contamination. To prevent waterborne diseases, it can be safer to opt for bottled water, boiled water, or use appropriate water purification methods.

Is Accra safe to travel?

3.1 /5

Based on 3 experiences

Group travel experience

Accra is a beautiful city with very nice and friendly people . The only thing that I do not recommend is visiting it at that time of the year ( March ) , since it tends to be very hot and humid to the point that it can be unbearable without an AC. The food was okay for the most but the fruits were so juicy and sweet . The only place where we felt a little bit unsafe and uncomfortable was the local market ( Makola market ) , the sellers were honest and nice , however some men made us feel uncomfortable. I guess taking a local guide or person with you would be the best option if you intend to go into such local places .

Posted: December 25, 2023Experienced: February, 2023
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Sarah

United Kingdom

Group travel experience

Had the most fun time during the Christmas to new years time period in Accra, Ghana. It’s a very popular destination especially during this time with so many events going on in the day and the night. The 38 degree weather that’s consistent is also amazing. It’s also very safe with armed police stationed throughout the city. 110% would recommend visiting the main beach club.

Posted: March 31, 2023
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Is Accra safe for women?

Is Accra safe right now?

Before your visit to Accra, it's essential to check travel advisories for Ghana, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States Government advises exercising increased caution in Ghana due to crime and violence against members of the LGBTQI+ community. Certain areas pose an increased risk. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: November 20, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian Government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Ghana due to crime. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: March 25, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Ghana overall, due to the threat of crime. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: March 4, 2024

Is Accra worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 3 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

3.7/5

Safety

3.1/5

Food

3.3/5

Budget-friendly

3.7/5

Couple travel experience

The best food in Accra is located in an alleyway behind ShopRite in Osu (it sounds suspicious, but it really isn't!). It's literally a tent in an alley, where food from the Ivory Coast is served - it really is THE BEST! Open after 6/6:30 every evening. Order the chicken, avocado salad (if it's in season) and akeyke (similar to couscous). Nearby is the Republic Bar & Grill and Duncan's Pub, which were some of our favorite places for a drink (very casual, and Republic offers karaoke some nights). As for places to stay, there are hotels in the Osu/Cantonments areas, but I would recommend the Somewhere Nice hostel. Great staff, excellent breakfast and accommodations. They have both private and shared rooms. As for things to do, you should plan a visit to Osu Castle (or travel to Cape Coast if you have time to visit Cape Coast Castle). Both places offer a really sobering look at the slave trade in Ghana. If you're going to Cape Coast, I recommend staying at Oasis Beach Resort (although you could make Cape Coast a day trip if you're up for it - it's maybe 2 hours from Accra if traffic is light). If you're looking for more thrilling types of things, I would recommend a trip to the Volta region for a hike to the Wli waterfall or to visit Lake Volta.

Posted: November 6, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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