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.
Guinea Tours & Travel
All our Guinea trips
At a glance
|Capital city:||Conakry (1.6 million)|
|Language:||French, Mandinke, Fula, Susu|
|Time zone:||(GMT) Casablanca|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)|
Best time to visit Guinea
The best time to visit Guinea is during the dry season (December to May), though the harmattan winds blow at this time of year so expect a dusty ride. Guinea is one of Africa’s wettest countries and in the wet season (June to November) rain can seriously slow travel down.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Overlanding Experiences in Guinea
1. The Camping
The beauty of camping is setting up home wherever you feel. Whether it’s out in the wilderness under millions of stars or near a village under the gaze of curious neighbours, you’ll always feel at home.
2. The Driving
Getting there is half the adventure. Whether your vehicle is throwing up clouds of dust or sprays of mud, you’re not just enjoying the landscape, you’re living every bump.
3. The Wildlife
Wake in the morning to the chatter of monkeys or gaze out of your tent at the scattering of footprints left during the night - boars, hyenas and baboons are favourite campsite visitors.
4. The Food
Fill up on fried plantains from a street stall, pick mangoes straight off the tree or shop in bustling markets for produce to cook over the camp stove.
5. The Surprises
You know you’re really overlanding when the road disappears, you get bogged or you end up in a football game with 25 local kids and a flat football.
FAQs on 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.
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 7,000 GNF
Simple lunch = 15,000 GNF
Three-course meal = 150,000 GNF
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 24 Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammed)
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
Aug 8 Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Aug 15 Assumption
Oct 2 Independence Day
Oct 15 Aid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
Nov 1 All Saints’ Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Guinea/public-holidays
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Guinea Travel Tips
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.
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.
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