Where is Guinea? Nearly the size of the United Kingdom, Guinea is located at the far end of the African continent. Stretching from north through the forested tropical regions and ending at Sahel, Guinea shares borders with six countries.
Its northern border is divided between Mali, Senegal, and Guinea-Bissau. The southern border is shared with Liberia and Sierra Leone, whereas Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) embraces most of its southeastern border. The Atlantic Ocean foams at the crescent coastline formed by its western border. Also known as Guinea-Conakry, the country’s name is differentiated from other parts of the wider region using similar first names, including Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.
Where is Guinea in history? Formerly known as French Guinea, Guinea has been the seat of various empires throughout history including the Sosso Kingdom, Mandinka Mali Empire, Songhai Empire, the Wassulu Empire, and interestingly, the Ghana Empire. These empires ended in a long colonial rule under the French, becoming part of the French West Africa. Although Guinea became independent in 1958, its present boundaries were negotiated during the 20th century between France, Britain, and Portugal. Owing to its diversified culture and rich landscape, Guinea is an active tourist destination. Places to visit in Guinea include:
Former slaving bases, these forested islands offer sunlit sandy beaches that are a great escape for weekend expats.
Parc National du Niokolo-Badiar
Located along the Senegal border, the savanna turned National Park is home to leopards, lions, monkeys, and antelopes, and makes for great trips.
Guinea is home to three huge rivers inundating lush scenery across their banks. The resultant region is flooded with forests and fertile valleys. They make for ideal hiking grounds, starting through the Fulani villages.
Set your sights on the country’s largest collection of musical instruments, statutes, and masks here.
Counted amongst one of the largest markets in West Africa, Marché Madina Map bustles with trades and there is very little you can’t find here, making it both, one of the easiest rendezvous and the top places to visit in Guinea for every tourist.
The Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
A shared UNESCO World Heritage Site, the nature reserve is cared for by both Guinea and Cote d'Ivoire.
Haut Niger National Park
Travel towards the source of the Niger River in the Guinean highlands. They are home to the elephants, hippos, waterbucks, chimpanzees, and buffaloes.