Unfortunately, there are no direct flights to Conakry, which is the only international airport in the country, from any airport in the United Kingdom. The preferred flight to Conakry from the UK is via Casablanca with a flight that is operated by Royal Air Maroc airlines.
The best time to visit Guinea is between the months of November and February. The winds pick up right after the rainy season in Guinea, which sweeps away most of the humidity the country is afflicted with throughout the year. After the rains have brought ample water, especially to the highlands of the country, the rolling grasslands and the Fouta Djallon region bursts into life. This is the prime time for visiting Guinea. Highest temperatures during these months remain under 25°C and the minimum temperature pleasantly hovers above 5°C.
The cheapest time to visit Guinea-Conakry is definitely in August. Although the airline tickets and the accommodations costs hit rock bottom during this month, it should be understood that August is the wettest month of the year in Guinea. The rainfall in this season feeds four major rivers of West Africa. The Fouta Djallon highlands of Guinea receive so much rain that the region is referred to as the “Water-tower of West Africa”. Movement can be quiet restricted when roads transforming into water streams. August is the cheapest time to visit the country provided that you want to stay put in just one part of Guinea and enjoy the replenishing rains.
The Republic of Guinea has eleven airports in the country, out of which only one is an international airport. The Conakry International Airport also is known as the Gbessia International Airport (CKY) has a runway that can accommodate larger aeroplanes coming from Europe. The airport is only 10 kilometres away from the Conakry city centre and resides in the south of the city, right along the coastline. The airport handled approximately 500,000 passengers in 2017.
In order to avoid the confusion between different countries that are named “Guinea”, The Republic of Guinea is sometimes referred to as ‘Guinea-Conakry’. A British Passport holder is required to obtain a visa from the Embassy of the Republic of Guinea before embarking on the journey to the country. The British citizen is also advised by Her Majesty’s government to get vaccinated against Yellow Fever, the vaccination certificate of which would be required by the Guinean authorities at the airport upon landing. The visa process usually takes a week, so the passenger needs to plan the trip accordingly.
The Republic of Guinea is a beautiful country. The lush green forest in the Guinean highlands and rivers sustain a wide spectrum of wildlife, even in the neighbouring countries. The country has been blessed with many natural resources as well. Gold, diamonds and aluminium ores are mined in the country’s interior and shipped out from the port at Conakry, bringing in the much-needed capital to further develop the country’s infrastructure.
- The ‘Îles de Los’ or Los Islands are among the shining pearls of the Guinean coastline. Just two kilometres off the coast of Conakry, the islands are surrounded by beaches and marine life. Beyond the beaches are forests and trees that provide shelter to the harmless wildlife of the Islands and give a bit of privacy to the many tourists that visit these pristine shores. From above, the Islands look like a shell or a cocoon; a protective embrace for the tourists that get rejuvenated by the energies of nature freely flowing through the islands. The three main islands of the group are called Tamara, Roume and Kassa.
- Fouta Djallon is the name given to the highlands of Guinea. The sandstone hills have been eroded by the rains and the loose earth holds the moisture that supports the plant life throughout the year. The deep jungle canyons collect the waters for the five major rivers of West Africa, which are the Niger River, Gambia River, Senegal River, Pongo River and Nunez River. The French called the Fouta Djallon as the Water tower of West Africa. The locals, known as the Fula, are known to develop a bio-intensive agricultural technique that has naturally increased the fertility of the land which is being closely studied by ecologists. The largest city in Fouta Djallon is Labe. Visit this city and have a taste of the organic food and nurturing atmosphere of the Guinean highlands.
- Visit the Grand Mosque of Conakry and be amazed by the architecture of the building. The Grand Mosque was financed by the Saudi Government and was built in 1982. Since then it has become a centre of the community in Conakry. The architecture of the building reflects the African heritage and is influenced by the Arabic construction styles.
The Guinean people are keen on preserving their beliefs and rituals and many of their traditions revolve around the Islamic religion. However, with the rise of globalization, Guineans also have adopted festivals that most tourists visiting from the United Kingdom can participate in as well. Kini Afrika is the festival of the Guinean drama and theatrical arts. There is an old tradition of keeping the literature of Guinean poets, artists, philosophers and writer alive. This festival does exactly that and gathers an audience where orators rekindle the wisdom of the ancients. This festival is conducted in April. The Macao Arts Festival is the stuff legend. The festival was given birth by a legendary folk tale, of a hunter and his journey into a mysterious land. The festival mimics that sense of mystery with the help of acrobats, magicians and jugglers into the three-day circus carnival. This circus event is held across the country, in the month of March. In the first week of December, the 'Festival International Kora et Cordes' is held in Conakry. This music festival is a celebration of music, be it street music or classical. Enjoy the tunes and the beats that succeed to intoxicate the African heart.
The best mode of transport within Guinea is to get a taxi. The taxis are more comfortable and more readily available in the country. Although minivans are on hand, they usually are quite cramped and travel on specific routes. With a hired taxi, you can travel in almost direction, any time. Because most roads in Guinea are not paved, it would again be better to hire a taxi rather than hiring a car and driving it yourself. Beyond that, Guinea has a limited railway system that connects the country’s inner northeast with its ports in the south.
There are many five star hotels in Guinea; most of them have been recently constructed as the foreign interests in the country increase. Find the best accommodation for you from these options below.
- Palm Camayenne Hotel Conakry
- Noom Hotel Conakry
- Sheraton Grande Conakry
- Mai Hotel
- Noom Hotel Conakry