Guinea

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

Accra to Freetown

28 days from
USD $3,325
CAD $3,600
AUD $3,562
EUR €2,430
GBP £2,016
NZD $3,937
ZAR R31,339
CHF FR2,860

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Dakar to Freetown

23 days from
USD $2,795
CAD $3,030
AUD $2,999
EUR €2,047
GBP £1,697
NZD $3,315
ZAR R29,708
CHF FR2,474

Discover the best of West Africa on this journey through Senegal, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Visit beautiful beaches,...

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Freetown to Dakar

23 days from
USD $2,778
CAD $3,011
AUD $2,980
EUR €2,035
GBP £1,685
NZD $3,295
ZAR R25,547
CHF FR2,329

Join a journey across West Africa and discover the stunning beaches, densely jungled highlands and intriguing...

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Senegal to Ghana

50 days from
USD $5,665
CAD $6,137
AUD $6,078
EUR €4,140
GBP £3,444
NZD $6,713
ZAR R60,198
CHF FR5,007

Travel from Dakar to Ghana on a road trip across this unspoilt and fascinating region of Africa, discovering the...

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Freetown to Accra

28 days from
USD $3,325
CAD $3,600
AUD $3,562
EUR €2,430
GBP £2,016
NZD $3,937
ZAR R30,579
CHF FR2,790

Journey from Sierra Leone’s remarkable capital to the coast of Ghana. Relax on beautiful Bureh Beach, explore Tiwai...

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West Africa Overland

70 days from
USD $7,795
CAD $8,441
AUD $8,358
EUR €5,699
GBP £4,735
NZD $9,239
ZAR R82,576
CHF FR6,873

Travel from Dakar to Ghana on a road trip across this unspoilt and fascinating region of Africa, discovering the...

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Articles on Guinea

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Posted on Thu, 27 Nov 2014

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Posted on Thu, 27 Nov 2014

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Posted on Wed, 26 Nov 2014

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Posted on Mon, 24 Nov 2014

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About Guinea

At a glance

Trips Available: 1
Capital city: Conakry (1.6 million)
Population: 10.9 million
Language: French, Mandinke, Fula, Susu
Currency: GNF
Time zone: (GMT) Casablanca
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
Dialing code: +224

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

Guinea is one of West Africa’s most beautiful destinations. The ranges and plateaux of the Fouta Djallon highlands give ample fodder for hikers and several major rivers, including the Niger, originate in this area. The coastal plain has some mangroves and also small but lovely beaches.

Top Picks

Mango on a fruit stall in Guinea

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

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: [site:intrepid_insurance_link]
Jan 1 New Year's Day
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 Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

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.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
In Search of AfricaManthia Diawara
To Timbuktu: A Journey Down the NigerMark Jenkins
The Dark Child: The Autobiography of an African BoyCamara Laye