GPS Coordinates: 05 Degrees 21.534 North 003 Degrees 59.250 West
Something to do with Pacco and down the road from Total Gas Station. I guess you would tell the meter taxi, they seem to be honest, Embaseeee day Ghana. Cost from the Gare de Bassam is about 2500 CFA for Taxi. I then paid 500 CFA to get from the Grand Bassam to the Gare de Bassam or Trenchville in a collective Taxi or a person with many persons inside.
I suppose for a one way pay through the nose price of 20,000 CFA or 40 dollars USA, you could get a two-way round trip taxi from the Grand Bassam to the Ghana Embassy, however not much good as the wait may cost you a fortune. Trechville is a better starting point. Pronounced TRASHville.
The Ghana Embassy was in Plateax Deux of Abjidan as my six year old West Africa Lonely Planet said, however the guard at the door told the taxi how to go to the present location of the Embassy. I asked for the address of the Embassy on a business card and the girl gave me here name and telephone number, I think it was helpful.
I applied for a Visa in the morning and received at three in the afternoon the same day. I needed 4 photos, and needed to pay 15,000 CFA: CFA Franc or about 30 U.S. Dollars good for a one month entrance. Problem was I needed to say when I enter the country, however I think or as I understand from the nice girl is that if I enter on the August 4, 2006 as I wrote down, or if I entered on 15 of August, I then still have 30 days. I will target close to the date of the 4th because I need about a 2 week window or 14 days.
I was or am going to apply for a Visa with Benin, I think the rules of Visa Entente apply here, if I have a Visa to one country, it then applies to 4 countries.
Four Countries Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast, Niger,
Ghana speaks good English or it is a primary Language, it may be a better place to get my Benin Visa, however if they give me a hard time, I am committed, it seems better to try in the Ivory Coast, if they make life difficult, or are not willing to discuss this multiple country Visa, then I will try again in Ghana where the English is more prevalent. I am not sure how long the multiple Entry Visa is for, but believe it is for 90 days. Time issue are a problem as it dictates I must leave a county or repeat the Visa application process and a pay again.
Some American Missionary girl said they applied for a multiple entry Visa for all of the West Africa countries. I think she did not understand the question and was only explaining how she got a long-term Visa for Ivory Coast. It is annoying the advice, I almost never trust any advice without hearing them tell stories of feet on the ground. I want to hear the person, NOT A LOCAL, here it needs to be a non-French person explaining how they traveled through multiple countries and how they attained the Visa. So far, I have only met a couple of people that have only entered Ghana. Nobody has gone onto Benin, Togo or Nigeria. There are no tourist so far to meet, I hope or believe when I enter Ghana there will be tourist. I doubt many multiple country travelers.
I had an interesting conversation with the Missionary Girls, the one said lived in a house almost like the USA, however before the NGOs pulled out of the country for fear, they lived like Kings. She said they went parties and there would be black people carrying around silver platters offering food.
I only have seen United Nations, the big white Toyota Land Rovers so far, the buy-a-village cost to purchase vehicles.
One day, 15,000 CFA, 4 photos later, talked with Rosy and life is good with a one-page taken or needed on my passport, I have a Visa for 30 days to Ghana that says I am entering on August 4, 2006.
There is a bus from the Embassy of Ghana direct to Accra for 20,000 CFA I think, and the plane trip would cost around 120,000 CFA - I THINK. I guess the trip by bus is about 6-7 hours, and would guarantee a quick pass through the border. I am planning so far to make a two-three day trip from Abdijan to Accra. One stop in a small city in Ivory coast and maybe two stops in cities to sleep in Ghana. A three night stopover to sleep trip, this is in my opinion the only way possible to get a clue or to attempt to understand a culture, you stop and live in small cities or villages. Also the most dangerous way of traveling…. hehehe