Cycle Guide Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau, not to be misunderstood with its neighbor Guinea(-Conakry). Some people call it the cashew republic, not strange seen the fact that in the right time of the trees are full with the colorful cashew fruits and streets are filled with bags of cashew. In Guinea-Bissau you see a lot of green surrounding.

Visa

A visa is required.

Senegal, Zinguinchor

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  • 1 month, double entry, CFA 20.000
Guinea, Conakry

No information 🙁

Other

Quick facts

 

Language Portugese, local languages 
Currency CFA (2019: €1 = CFA 655) 
Religion Islam, Christianity, traditional
Climate Tropical 
SIM card Orange
GDP-rank #174 (of 192 countries)

 

Border crossings

Guinea

See & Do

Bissau

OSM

It’s not the most exciting city to visit, but at least you’ll be able to charge your wallet, your own body and your supplies. And if you do want to chill, you best go to Ilha de Rubane, Ilha de Bubaque, Quinhamel or Bolama, all to be reached from Bissau.

Ilha de Bubaque

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Rent a kayak or a mountain bike (or use your own :)) and explore the many islands. It’s also a great place to rest.

Sleeping

Wild camping

Possible, but there are lots of people everywhere, so consider asking permission first. In a range of 30 km from the border to Senegal, there might be some land mines, so try to go pat this range.

Formal Camping

A great way of meeting locals and sleeping in your own comfortable bed. Ask anyone in a village and they will search a spot for you.

Ho(s)tels

Some places have accomodation, but it’s expensive. Think about 10.000 CFA for the cheapest price.

WS / CS

Not very common, only big cities offer CS hosts.

Other

Bike shops

Unknown, but the best chances are somewhere in Bissau.

Food & Drinks
  • Onroad: Egg with bread (±700 CFA) 
  • Local food: Rice,Fufu, soup
  • Local drink: Palm wine
Safety

Generally safe to cycle, be cautious in big cities.

Routes
  • Senegal to Guinea (gpx)

Video

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#12 – Learning the language of the rain season

Some water drops wake me up. It’s neither dew, nor kids playing with water. And there are too much drops for pissing bats. There is only one option left, it’s rain! And there is thunder! Rain season started, and I have to be quick to install the outer tent. I […]

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