Guinea

19.12.2013-29.12.2013

Distance driven: 941km

Days spent: 10

Distance driven/day: 84,1km

Diesel price: 1€/l

Money spent: 386€

Costs/day: 38,60€

Costs/km: 0,41€

Visa:

We got our visas in Bissau (Guinea-Bissau). The consulate is located right in the city centre and issues visas on the same day.

We needed to bring 2 passport photos and our yellow fever certificates to be copied by the secretary and had to fill out one form.

Costs are 30.000CFA/person (46€) for a 1 month multiple entry visa, 60.000CFA/person (91€) for a 2 month multiple entry visa and 90.000CFA/person (137€) for a 3 month multiple entry visa.

 

Guinea has been an absolute joy for us. The landscapes of the Fouta Djalon were stunning with many possibilities for wild camps in beautiful locations and waterfalls without a soul in sight. Especially the area northwest of Labé was sparsely populated with exclusively traditional round huts and none of the concrete boxes you see elsewhere. The people were of a special sort – very kind and welcoming but at the same time respectful of our privacy. The markets had a wide range of locally grown vegetables and fruits for ridiculously low prices on offer and were completely hassle free. An absolute highlight was the hiking around the Doucki Canyon on the road from Pita to Telimelé.

We took almost exclusively small side roads so did not run into police or military checkpoints too frequently. However some tried with a good deal of persistence to extract money from us. We kept our cool and those encounters could not have a negative impact on our time in Guinea.

The smaller roads can get quite rough though, especially the part from the Guinea-Bissau border towards Labé. That said road construction was being undertaken during our visit so dirt roads might slowly become a thing of the past even in Guinea.

 

The border crossing east of Gabu was easy without any charges and we were the only vehicle passing through. Once again we had to explain how to fill out a carnet but were through the whole process in little more than half an hour.

 

Hiking around Doucki:

Hassan, a Guinean who grew up in Sierra Leone and therefore speaks good English, is offering exciting hiking trips around the beautiful Doucki Canyon. For 25€/person/day you are accommodated in a traditional round hut or one of the newer bungalows, get lovely home cooked Guinean food and an endless supply of freshly picked oranges as well as all the hiking you would like to do. The trips range from short, easy walks over moderate hikes to difficult day hikes with a lot of climbing and are all thoroughly worthwhile.

 

Recommended Campings (prices for 2 people and a 4×4):

 

Hotel Tata, Labé – N11 18.746 W012 17.489

Italian-Guinean run place in quiet location with friendly staff and exceptionally good pizza

100.000FG/night (10,53€)