Best time to visit Guinea
Most overlanding tours depart near the start of the dry season, when leafy foliage is still lush and before the dusty Harmattan winds blow in from the Sahara.
Guinea experiences two distinct seasons: the wet, which roughly lasts from May to September, and the dry, roughly from October to April. The wet season really does get very wet; Guinea gets some of the greatest amount of rainfall in all West Africa and short, sharp bursts of heavy rain often churn muddy roads into rivers. It’s after the rains have started that the forested Fouta Djallon really starts to look its greenest and best but, although some travellers do choose to go at this time of year, poor weather can make the already difficult roads impassable. Most tours take place during the dry months instead.
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Guinea travel advice
Charlie Hopkinson, from our West African tour specialists Dragoman, has some advice on what you can expect when travelling to Guinea.
“There will be a day-to-day itinerary, but we do warn people that it is flexible; it’s not regimented. For example, it might say in the itinerary that it takes five hours when actually it takes eight hours or more; you just have to be flexible with the distances of driving. There are even days when it’s quicker to walk than drive, but that whole lack of infrastructure actually brings an amazing amount of freedom.”
“We don’t really have to worry about safety in most West African countries, and we haven’t had any safety issues on these trips. Some people might find the markets scary because they can be massive with lots going on, but once you’re used to them they’re great fun.”
“When you’re doing an overland trip you absolutely do need to prepare. You need to think: what do I need to take? What’s the weather going to be like? What’s going to cause discomfort? We provide our travellers with a packing list with everything on it you could ever need on an overlanding trip.”
“You need to be prepared for the bush camping side of things. If people tell us they’ve not done much camping or they’ve not been bush camping, it’s important that we explain the lack of facilities – the standing-behind-a-bush type scenarios. It’s just a random stop that we’ve found, so there are no facilities at all. When we’re in the grounds of a hotel or staying in a locally run hotel, there will be basic facilities like running water and bathrooms, but hot water will be harder to find.”
“You don’t need a specific level of fitness for Guinea; the walking’s fairly leisurely. You might do a two-hour trek to a waterfall or take a three-hour boat trip down a river. You haven’t got to be Indiana Jones. Your guides can tailor walks to meet the needs of the group on the day, and you can choose to take rest days or choose to trek. Really, rated on a difficulty level of one to five, we say the physical challenge is a two, whereas the lifestyle challenge of travelling in Guinea is a four.”