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Guinea Travel Guide

Guinea — Attractions

Guinea may be one of the most captivating places you will ever see on earth. It is filled with all kinds of unexplored wonders, from its dry rainforests to diverse wildlife, breathtaking mountains and vibrant culture. The country is home to many interesting attractions aside from the natural paradise of its countryside. The capital is home to historic structures, a cathedral and a grand mosque. The Fouta Djalon Plateau is a haven for nature-tripping and discovering past treasures.

Conakry

The Guinean capital of Conakry is truly a vibrant city to explore. Not only is it the center for the local economy, but it also boasts a good mix of interesting attractions like the Botanical Garden and the Guinea National Museum, where cultural and historical artifacts are on display. The Conakry Grand Mosque is one of the greatest pieces of architecture in the city, along with the cathedral. The local market is a must-see for travelers looking to shop, while those who wish to experience the local nightlife can head to the Taouyah neighborhood, where lively clubs and a large local market can be found.
Address: Conakry, Guinea
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Fouta Djalon Plateau

One of the crown jewels of Conakry, this splendid plateau is home to sweeping vistas suitable for hiking, cliff walking and adventurous pursuits. It is best known for its towering waterfalls and mountains, as well as local villages where ancient cultures are very much alive. Some examples include Ainguel, Lelouma, Debeya, Lefeyta, and Ditin, where the Fulani or Peul groups reside.
Address: Fouta Djalon, Guinea
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Mali-Ville

This market town is located near the border of Senegal at the foot of Mount Loura, making it an excellent base for excursions to the renowned rock face known as "La Dame du Mali," a rock formation shaped by nature that looks like a woman’s head.
Address: Border with Senegal, Guinea
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Labe

If it is a historical journey you are after, the ancient capital of Labe is a must, being the former seat of the old Fouta Empire during the pre-colonial era. This town is one of the best sources of traditional cloth, which is a popular buy for those visiting Guinea.
Address: Fouta Djalon, Guinea
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Mount Nimba Nature Reserve

Divided between Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea, this UNESCO World Heritage site boasts a geographically and wildlife-rich area with no less than 200 endemic species. It is great for challenging treks and hikes and scenic expeditions up the Nimba Mountains.
Address: border between Guinea and Cotê d’Ivoire
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Forest of Ziama

This virgin forest is one of the last remaining in Guinea and the rest of West Africa. It is a refuge for Guinean elephants, and many other unique plant and animal species.
Address: south of Macenta, Guinea
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Vine Bridges

Situated on the River Oulé, these vine bridges are among the most interesting examples of indigenous engineering in Guinea. The longest runs between Koladou village and Kissidigou. Other examples can be found throughout the forested areas, including the hamlet of Koya.
Address: Guinea
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Faranah

Guinea’s ‘party town’ is also among the most interesting places to visit in the country, and is known for its great mosque, dainty villas, markets, and wine boulevards. It is also on a river (source of Niger), which flows from Foroknia to Bamako. On the riverside are many interesting settlements.
Address: Guinea
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Kakimbon Caves

Situated in Ratoma village, a suburb of the capital, this legendary site is soaked in history. The caves assume great religious significance, especially for the Baga people. Not far from the site are Iles de Los, a group of islands six miles off Conakry’s Kaloum Peninsula, where great beaches can be found.
Address: Guinea
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Katikan and Kindia

These towns are both steeped in history and culture, and are well known for their market areas. Katikan is home to a Great Mosque and the Presidential Palace, while Kindia, site of Kindia singing itself, is renowned for its weaving tradition, evident in its bustling cloth market and dyeing center.
Address: Guinea
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Le Voile de la Mariée

One of the most attractive waterfalls in the country, the magnificent Le Voile de la Mariée plunges into the River Sabende at the bottom of a 230-foot rock surrounded by stunning vegetation. Many other incredible falls can be found elsewhere in the country. The Kinkon, for example, is situated between the areas of Labé and Dalaba.
Address: Guinea
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