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Guinea Travel Notes

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The Republic of Guinea, a former French colony, gained independence on October 2nd, 1958.

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Guinea Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to Guinea.

African Villages, Conakry, Getting Around Guinea, Guinea's Tribes, Map of Guinea, Religion & Culture.

Most African of West Africa

Countries neighbouring Guinea are: Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Mali, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Coming from Ivory Coast, across the Nimba Range, you will pass through some of the most traditional of African villages constructed in small groups of round houses.

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Guinea's Tribes

The Mandingos, under Samory Toure, managed to control much of the interior in the 1880s and, thanks to modern weapons, were able to hold off the French; until 1898.

The Fulani people live mainly in the Futa Jallon, while the Malinke- speaking Mandingo group are more concentrated in Upper Guinea.

The coast tends to be the domain of the Susa people.

Getting Around Guinea

Guinea by Road

The journey from Ivory Coast is one of the most interesting in West Africa.

Guinea by Rail

The major rail route is between Conakry and Kankan in the east.

Guinea by Boat

From Conakry, an interesting way to visit Sierra Leone is by boat, to Freetown.

Religion and Culture in Guinea

The people of Guinea are predominantly Muslim.

The Torobde clan of the Fulani helped spread the faith of Islam throughout Guinea, from the highland areas of the Futa Jallon during the early 18th century, after the Mandigo rulers in the north and east were coveted by the empires of Mali and Songhai.

Only those living in the Mossi states continued with their animistic beliefs.


Conakry, the capital of the Republic of Guinea, is built on Tombo Island and the nearby Kaloum Peninsula.

When in Conakry, visit the National Museum to learn more about the peoples of Guinea.

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Hotel Ghi Conakry:
The Grand Hotel de L'Independance is about 20 minutes by foot from the centre of Conakry.

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