FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BWO Hostel

Best Accommodation in mid Ghana

On this page you will find the answers to frequently asked questions about a stay with us in Banko. For general questions, I would like to refer you to the article below.

ALL YOUR QUESTIONS ON GHANA ANSWERED

Where is Ghana located, is it a safe country, is Ghana a nice travel destination for my vacation in 2024? These and many more questions I am going to answer for you in this blog. And if your question is not among them, be sure to let me know via email or in the comments.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK?

Much less than you would think. We published a blog post about what to bring to Ghana. At the end of the blog post you will find a packing list.

DO I NEED A WORLD PLUG IN GHANA?

In Ghana, the type-G plug is usually used. But there is a newer type of British socket in which you can also easily connect type C plugs. BWO Hostel has changed all power strips to this newer version. 

If you’re coming from the US or North America, we suggest you bring a world adapter with you. If you prefer, you can buy the adapter when you arrive in Ghana for less than $2.

DOES BWO HOSTEL PROVIDE AIRPORT SERVICE IN ACCRA?

We highly recommend Jennifer’s airport service, The Ghana Traveler. Jennifer is also from the Netherlands and has lived in Ghana for many years. 

She also has a cozy room available in the house where she lives with her boyfriend and dog. We have been working together for years. Click here for more information and to book directly!

CAN I GET MEDICAL CARE WHEN NEEDED?

This is no problem. Banko has a health center and a pharmacy within walking distance of our guesthouse & cafe. There is also a hospital in one of the nearby towns, Effiduase. Please remember that #teamBWO will be there for you in every way possible! We know it’s not nice to be sick when you’re not at home. We will take good care of you!

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PRACTICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT BWO HOSTEL

HOW ARE THE ROOMS EQUIPPED?

Our simple but cosy rooms each have an attached bathroom. Each bathroom has a shower, a toilet and a sink with a mirror. There is also running water. Each room is equipped with a fan.

DO YOU FREQUENTLY HAVE POWER OUTAGES?

In general the outages are not too bad and typically last less than a few hours. There is often an identifiable reason for a possible ‘light off’ for hours or days, such as a heavy thunderstorm. During the day, BWO Hostel runs on solar energy, so we don’t suffer from power outages anyway.

WHAT FOOD DO YOU SERVE? I HAVE A SPECIFIC DIET. IS THAT A PROBLEM?

We can easily adapt to most eating habits/dietary preferences and needs. For example, making vegetarian or vegan food will not be a problem. If you have different eating habits or if you have a food allergy, please talk to me about it.

Please note that our guesthouse serves a mix of Ghanaian and global dishes. Would you like to know more about Ghanaian cuisine? Read this article I wrote about food in Ghana.

DOES BWO HOSTEL HAVE A MENU WE CAN CHOOSE FROM?

We do not have a menu. The reason for this is mainly because we want to serve the freshest and tastiest home-cooked meals. Due to our village location it is not possible to get all the necessary ingredients from Banko.

We serve an extensive breakfast platter, with more choice. So we know there is always something to suit your taste. Our lunches are surprises from the chef, they range from delicious sandwiches to stir-fried noodles, to soups and salads.

Our dinners are delicious. Take a look at our blog post about our guests’ favorite meals. We love vegetables, so no meal is complete without vegetables! 

CAN I DO MY LAUNDRY AT THE GUESTHOUSE?

We are happy to wash for you! We do this by hand and we ensure that you get your laundry back fresh. We charge 5 Cedis per item. If you want to wash yourself, that is of course also possible.

IS THERE WIFI IN THE GUESTHOUSE?

Free WiFi is available on the terrace of BWO Hostel, and accessible within some rooms.

CAN I PAY THE BILL WITH A CREDIT CARD?

Cash payment is best, but you can also pay with Mobile money or Paypal.

4 bedroom at BWO lodge
butterfly on the terrace in BWO hostel's lush garden
the twin room at our lodge in Banko

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LOCATION OF BWO HOSTEL

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE AREA OF BWO?

We are located among beautiful rocky mountains in a rural area. There is a lot of greenery and you can walk in the forest and in the surrounding area. At night, you see the beautiful stars and hear crickets when you go to sleep! 

Banko is just a ten minute walk away and there you can find basic products you may need. The nearest town is Effiduase and can be reached by car in about fifteen minutes. We are happy to help you arrange a taxi, if needed.

HOW EASILY ACCESSIBLE IS THE GUESTHOUSE?

BWO Hostel is located on the way from the Cape Coast or Accra to the northern part of Ghana. By passing us here in Banko, you can avoid busy Kumasi!

Let us know where you are coming from and we will guide you to our guesthouse! Also take a look at our contact page for a detailed explanation. We can arrange pick-ups from Mampong, Ejisu and Kumasi.

DO YOU ORGANIZE GUIDED TOURS/EXCURSIONS?

Yes, we do! We can arrange day excursions and full Ghana holidays, we offer fully organized 3 or 4 day tours during week and special weekend trips. We show you the hidden gems in our beautiful surroundings, vibrant Kumasi and the tours are filled with extras such as an African cooking class. Learn more about our tours here.

QUESTIONS ABOUT VOLUNTEER WORK IN GHANA THROUGH BWO

I WANT TO VOLUNTEER WITH BANKO WOMEN ORGANIZATION. WHAT ARE THE POSSIBILITIES?

Amazing! We could really use your help! As a volunteer you are part of a super fun team and you have different tasks either at the Hostel and the Learning Center! Learn more about volunteering with Banko Women Organization here.

I READ A LOT ABOUT VOLUN-TOURISM. WHAT IS BWO’S POSITION ON THIS?

We take our responsibility very seriously and we try to do our utmost to make a positive impact. That is why we continue to look critically at our volunteer projects and continue to improve and develop. 

Did you know that our volunteer work is not only sustainable and fun, but also very affordable! You don’t pay to do volunteer work, you pay for accommodation, water and 3 tasty meals a day. For one month’s stay we charge €539!!

 

PLEASE CONTACT US (WHATS APP, EMAIL OR CALL) FOR ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION!

enjoy our lush garden while staying with us at our guesthouse in Ghana

Feels like visiting family. Open honest and kind

First time ever to Ghana. Home of beautiful people. BWO hostel is the place to be. Experience the hospitality, good home cooked food and kindness. Proper rooms. Owner Patricia became a friend.

Ton

Lovely place, will be back

This place is feels like home. The owner Patricia is very welcoming, the room is airy and clean, the beds are comfortable. They have a lovely garden, where I could spend hours, just relaxing. The food is amazing!

Lieteke