Guinea travel info
Leone: 14 days, Dec 07- Jan 08
Kind of travel:
Alone in a 100% independent travel
24th Dec07- 05th Jan08
I need a visa?
Yes, I easily got
in Italy (40 euro, 3 months valid). You cannot get it at the
taxis and minibus reach most of the villages and the main roads
are paved, but still travelling is a pain since one seat is
at least for two people (and maybe with one child)
Dry season (Dec-
Jan) is the best period of the year to visit the country. It's
hot (24-28 C) and a little humid, but never unpleasantly
no shortage of cheap guesthouses, however electricity and running
water are unreliable
the 100km by motorbike through the remote area from Kabala (Sierra
Leone) to Faranah and the tasty Guilluxe beer!!
What I disliked:
the bribing culture
spread everywhere, the awful Conakry and the 8h travel pressed
like hell being 4 people in the front row of a Peugeot 505
250km by shared taxi 7$, a double room 5-8$. Amazingly I found
the food as costy as accommodations (chicken and rise: 5$)!!
Averagely it makes around 25-30$/day
Three risks: malaria (I took Lariam), the strikes against the
dictator Contè and the main one, the car crashes.
a flash lamp, a mosquito-net and a handy French dictionary
IMPRESSIONS ABOUT GUINEA
It could be I didn't spent that much time in the country, it
could be I used it more as an harbour to my real destination
Sierra Leone, it could be I've some prejudices on the ex-France
colonises (sorry I'm a human being), it could be at that time
there were a lot of strikes and riots against Contè,
but frankly I didn't get mad for Guinea Conakry. The green hilly
trekking area of Fouta Djalon won't disappoint you and generally
I didn't experience all the bribing I was expecting, but there
was something dodgy in the way people were approaching me. Anyway
the main concern for you will be the stability of a country
really ready to engage a civil war against his dictator.
Now it's safe, but keep updated!