Cycle Guide Guinea

Guinea, also known as Guinea-Conakry, to avoid any confusion with one of the other three Guinea name carriers. I have to be honest with you, I crossed the coastline of the country in a high tempo due to circumstances, so I don’t know all ins and outs, but let this give you a small direction.

Visa

A visa is required.

Guinea-Bissau, Bissau

iOverlander / OSM

  • 1 month, single entry, CFA 30.000
  • 2 months, multiple entry, CFA 60.000
Sierra Leone, Freetown

No information 🙁

Liberia, Monrovia

iOverlander / OSM

No information 🙁

Ivory Coast, Abidjan

iOverlander / OSM

  • 1 month, single entry, CFA 50.000
Other

Quick facts

 

Language French, local languages 
Currency Guinea Franc (2019: €1 = GNF 10.400) 
Religion Islam, Christianity
Climate Tropical 
SIM card Orange
GDP-rank #170 (of 192 countries)

Border crossings

Guinea-Bissau
Sierra Leone
Ivory Coast

See & Do

Conakry

iOverlander / OSM

There are plenty of things to do in the capital, from listening to live music, to watch acrobatics or relaxing on the beach.

Fouta Djalon

OSM

Reach the amazing landscape of Fouta Djalon via Mamou. It’s a great place for hiking, while the highlight is a beautiful waterfall.

Sleeping

Wild camping

Possible, but there are lots of people everywhere, so consider asking permission first.

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 200.000 to 300.000 GNF for the cheapest price, so probably it’s more.

WS / CS

Not very common, only big cities offer CS hosts.

Other

Bike shops

Unknown, but the best chances are somewhere in Conakry.

Food & Drinks
  • Onroad: Egg with bread (±7.000 GNF) 
  • Local food: Rice,Fou fou
  • Local drink: Ginger drink
Safety

Generally safe to cycle, be cautious in big cities.

Routes
  • Guinea-Bissau to Sierra Leone (gpx)

Video

Blog

#13 – Flying through Guinea

There was no border control, but in the first village I passed, someone in army coloured clothes came to me and asked my passport. Afterwards he also asked for some money, to buy a smoke and to help him. I told him I already paid for the visa and I […]

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