Rarely visited by travellers, Guinea is one of West Africa’s hidden surprises.

There are mountains to be explored, baboons to spot and some of West Africa’s friendliest people to meet.

Our Guinea trips

Guinea travel highlights

Guinea holiday information

At a glance

Best time to visit Guinea

Geography and environment

Top 5 Experiences in Guinea

Health and Safety

Further reading

Guinea travel FAQs

GUINEA:
Australia: Yes - in advance
Belgium: Yes - in advance
Canada: Yes - in advance
Germany: Yes - in advance
Ireland: Yes - in advance
Netherlands: Yes - in advance
New Zealand: Yes - in advance
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: Yes - in advance
United Kingdom: Yes - in advance
USA: Yes - in advance

Most nationalities require a visa for Guinea. We recommend that you check with your respective embassy, consulate or visa agency for the latest information.

It is recommended that you obtain this visa in advance.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are on an trip that continues to Accra, you must obtain a double entry visa to Guinea.

While tipping isn’t necessary in Guinea, it’s common to tip hotel staff. A service charge is usually included in restaurant bills.

Internet is available in Conarky, as well as other large towns. Speed and prices vary.

Mobile phone coverage can be inconsistent, even in major towns. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.

Guinea’s toilets may be basic. Be prepared for squat toilets, even in major centres.

Bottle of soft drink = 9,000 GNF
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 7,000 GNF
Simple lunch = 15,000 GNF
Three-course meal = 150,000 GNF

Tap water isn’t safe to drink in Guinea. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, bring water purification tablets or ask your leader where filtered water can be found.

Credit cards are rarely accepted in Guinea.

ATMs are very rarely available. Cash can be withdrawn from a bank using your card.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey. 

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 3 Apr Second Republic Day
  • 17 Apr Easter Monday
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 25 May Africa Day
  • 22 Jun Lialat-ul-Qadar
  • 25 Jun Korité / End of Ramadan
  • 15 Aug Assumption Day
  • 1 Sep Tabaski / Feast of Sacrifice
  • 2 Oct Independence Day
  • 1 Nov All Saints' Day
  • 30 Nov The Prophet's Birthday
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Guinea go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/guinea/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Responsible travel in Guinea

Top responsible travel tips for Guinea

  1. Be considerate of Guinea’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
  3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
  4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
  6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
  7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
  9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
  10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.