Remote and untouched are two words that would beautifully describe Guinea-Bissau. These words would apply to the country’s incredible forests, unspoilt beaches and remarkable wildlife. Throw in the words uber-friendly, genuine, chilled-out and unique, and you have the impressive country of Guinea Bissau described to a tee.
Guinea-bissau Tours & Travel
All our Guinea-bissau trips
At a glance
|Capital city:||Bissau (population 420,000)|
|Time zone:||(GMT) Casablanca|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)|
Best time to visit Guinea-bissau
Guinea-Bissau has two main seasons: wet and dry. From June to October expect heavy rains and hot steamy weather. To escape the heat, simply head inland and uphill. The dry season is the best time to visit - it’s still hot but low humidity makes the temperature feel milder. The downside is that the dusty harmattan winds blow at this time of year.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Culinary Treats of Guinea-Bissau
The staple meal of Bissau-Guineans is rice cooked with peanut oil and mixed with tomatoes, onions, peppers and chicken or fish.
2. Groundnut Soup
A moreish blend of peanuts, chicken, garlic, ginger and peppers.
Join the locals for a cup of this sweet green tea, a daily treat that can’t be missed.
4. Cashew Rum
Brewed from Guinea-Bissau’s main crop, this is one spirit with serious nut-appeal.
5. Palm Wine
This local wine can be deceptively strong – drink with caution!
FAQs on Guinea-bissau
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
Visas for Guinea-Bissau will be obtained en route in Senegal.Alternatively if your trip is travelling in the other direction your visa will be obtained in Guinea.
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 500 CFA
Simple lunch = 2,000 CFA
Three-course meal = 8,000 CFA
Short taxi ride = 500 CFA
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 20 Heroes Day
Mar 8 International Women’s Day
May 1 Labour Day
Aug 3 Colonisation Martyr’s Day
Aug 18 End of Ramadan
Sep 24 National Day
Oct 24 Sacrifice Feast
Nov 14 Readjustment Movement 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-Bissau/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-bissau 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-bissau
1. Be considerate of Guinea-Bissau’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.
|Meeting the Invisible Man||Toby Green|
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