Plan a trip to Guinea if you are looking for an unspoiled, solitary, and visitor-friendly holiday destination. Guinea is a region in the West Coast of Africa along the Gulf of Guinea, with tropical forest stretching along the coast. It is also called as ‘The Switzerland of Africa’ because of the high plateaus, lofty mountains, and temperate climate. Mount Tinka near Dalaba and Mount Loura at Mali Ville are the highest peaks here, also called as the Water Tower of Western Africa. This is because major rivers like River Niger, Gambia, Senegal, etc. originate from these peaks. Conakry is the capital of Guinea, as well as a chief tourist destination.
Best time to visit
Guinea lies on the equator and has a tropical climate, with heavy rains in the rainy season. The dry season from November to February is best for holidaying in Guinea. Participate in the ‘Festival International Kora et Cordes de Conakry’, which is the largest musical event held every December. If you want to enjoy the most anticipated ‘Kini Afrika or Festival des Arts de Conte’ (a week-long classic Guinean drama festival) and The Macao Arts Festival held in March-April, you must extend your holiday through the end of April.
How to get there
If Guinea is your next holiday destination, book cheap air tickets and fly via major domestic and international airlines such as Air India
, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways
, Lufthansa, Gulf Air
, British Airways, Emirates
, Vistara, etc. They provide several connecting flights from India to Conakry on a weekly basis. Conakry International Airport is the main airport of Guinea, located at about 12 km from the city. Taxis and small buses will help you move conveniently around the city.
Places to stay
Kaloum, Ratoma, Mafanco, and Dixinn are the major areas in Conakry that provide good accommodation options. They provide budget hotels, luxury hotels, corporate hotels, resorts, guesthouses, motels, as well as lodges in secluded locations. The per-night accommodation rates range from INR 11,000 to INR 14,000, approximately.
Iles de Los, National Museum (National Museum), Conakry Grand Mosque, Sante Marie Cathedral, Les Cascades De La Soumba, Kakimbon Caves in Ratoma, and Le Voile de la Mariee (waterfall) are the must-visit attractions in Conakry and its vicinity.
Fouta Djallon Highlands is the most beautiful attraction in Guinea, with rolling grasslands, canyons, sandstone formations, and valleys. Hike up the mountain and revel in the breathtaking scenery. Mount Nimba is the highest point in the rugged Nimba Range in South Guinea. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to various endangered species, like pygmy hippos, the viviparous toad, zebra duikers, etc.
Cape Verga, 225 km away from Conakry, has amazing beaches of yellow sand, bamboo huts, and coconut palms, perfect for a peaceful retreat. Alcatraz Island, about 300 km from Conakry, is home to West Africa’s seabird colonies and also offers breathtaking views of the mangrove jungle and beautiful beaches.
Shopping in Guinea
Local markets in Guinea, especially in Gueckedou, sell a variety of unique Guinean products, such as leather rugs of different colors, bright-colored Guinean clothes, locally-produced music records, jewelry, wood carvings, etc. Buy interesting souvenirs like key chains, souvenir plates, fridge magnets, bilums (string bags of natural fiber), masks (made from rattan or cane), storyboards, etc.
Rice is the staple food in Guinea, served with various ingredients like fish, meat, and sauces. You must try the Guinean delicacies like Jollof rice, cassava leaf sauce, Yassa chicken (chicken cooked in an onion-tomato sauce), FouFou (A white, sticky mass prepared from cassava flour), potato leaf sauce, Konkoé (smoked fish with different sauces), groundnut sauce , Patates (fried sweet potatoes), Jus de Bissap (a juice made of sugar and dried hibiscus flowers), palm wine, and fried plantain.
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