TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS OF GUINEA CONAKRY
Conakry city, Guinea Conakry’s capital, is a vibrant Africa city with an important port that boosts the local economy. Daily life revolves around the port and the several food markets around the city. In Conakry, one of the best places to grab a beer and hangout is the beach bar in Taouyah, a neighborhood with a large market and mostly residential with some night clubs and restaurants. Music in Guinea is one of the best cultural activities the country has to offer. Some of the best Kora players in the world are from Guinea. There are many bars that offer live music. Apart from the markets one you can also visit the Guinea National Museum, the Botanical gardens, and the Conakry Grand Mosque (which was built by Ahmed Sékou Touré, father of Independence).
Loos Islands (Iles de Los) can be reached from Conakry city with a ferry. It is one o the best places near Conakry to relax in the beach. Loos Islands used to be a former slaving base, and today are a popular weekend escape for expats.
Guinea Conakry’s Beaches. The coastline from Conakry up towards Guinea -Bissau also offers great tourism with beautiful untouched beaches, mangroves, and wildlife viewing. Bel Air is a well known tourism destination on the beach about 2h from Conakry on a well paved road. A much nicer place to stay if you like more eco-tourism is Sabolan Village which is a small hotel on a beautiful beach. If you have a tent or want to stay in a more authentic and cheaper place, you can go down the beach or along the path, past the actual village, and stay in nice huts made by a local villager and now run by his son.
Tristao Islands. For the more adventurous is a trip to the island archipelago near the Guinea-Bissau border called Tristao. You can drive from Conakry to Kamsar and from there you can get on a local boat to the Tristao islands. The boat takes four hours and usually runs once or twice a week. Manatee, turtles, and many different bird types live in the Tristao archipelago. It is a very isolated place with many animist traditions still in existence.
The Foutah Djalon Plateau has superb hiking, sweeping vistas, waterfalls and cliffs. Since there are no hotels in this mountain area, we lodge the tourists in local houses in villages with part of the revenue going back to the villages for community development. The Fulani or Peul (local ethnic group) culture can be appreciated in the villages of Lelouma, Aïnguel, Lefeyta, Debeya, and Ditin. In Middle-Africa we focus our excursions in both discovering the local mountain culture (vernacular architecture, artisan manufacturing, vine and bamboo bridges, music, dances, etc.) and the surrounding nature (waterfalls, rivers, mountain forests, and scenery).
Mali-ville, is a town in northern Guinea on the edge of the Tamgué Massif at 311km/4h20 from Velingara in Senegal. It is known as a market town and for its honey. Market day is Sunday. Mali lies near Mount Loura (1.538m) where there is a footpath leading to a legendary rock face they call ‘La Dame du Mali,’ which, being perfectly shaped by nature to resemble an elegant woman's head, lives up to the name.
Labe, is the historical capital and seat of the Foutah Empire that reigned in the pre-colonial times, is a bustling city with some interesting history. You can buy beautiful traditional cloth in various navy blue colors.
Dalaba, is where the major chiefs of the country met to determine the fate of the soon to be independent country from the French in 1958. There is an old mansion that you can visit and a ceremonial hut with amazing carvings inside. Kindia has some of the best vegetable and fruit produce and thus a lively market.
National Park of the Upper Niger (Haut Niger National Park) is the birthing place of Niger River and is home to hippos, elephants, buffaloes, chimpanzees, & waterbuck.
Mount Nimba Nature Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in both Guinea and Cote d'Ivoire. Mount Nimba Reserve includes significant portions of Mount Nimba range, a geographically unique area with more than 200 endemic species. These species include multiple types of duikers, big cats, civets, Chimpanzees, and several types of viviparous toads. In Middle-Africa we organize treks to Nimba Mountains starting from Bossou village.
Chimpanzees of Bossou. The village of Bossou, is situated in the Prefecture of Lola, 1.050km from Conakry and 6km from the foot of the Nimba Mountains, near Guinea's southeastern border with Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia. Bossou and the surrounding villages provide a rare example of a site where wild chimpanzees and local people have been living side by side in relative harmony for many generations, sharing the resources of the same forest. The Manon people, who hold the neighbouring chimpanzees as the reincarnation of their ancestors, come into contact regularly with the wild chimpanzees either by the road side or around cultivated areas.
Vine bridges of River Oulé. Along River Oulé, Forested Guinea, you can find many interesting examples of indigenous bridge engineering. In the village of Koladou 30kms from Kissidigou there is one of the longest and most beautiful vine bridges in Africa. In the hamlet of Koya you can also admire one of this wonderful vine bridges (pont de liane).
The Forest of Ziama, 40km south of Macenta, is one of Guinea Conakry’s few remaining virgin forests and one of the last refuges for the Guinean elephants. Ziama Nature Reserve was designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1981 covering 1,161.70 km². It’s considered by conservationists as a relic of the diminishing Upper Guinean forest.