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The Republic of Guinea, formerly known as the French Guinea, is a country in West Africa. It is also often referred to as Guinea-Conakry in order to distinguish it from the neighbouring Guinea-Bissau and the Republic of the Equatorial Guinea. The name 'Guinea' is the traditional way of referring to the region of Africa that lies along the Gulf of Guinea.

The capital and largest city is Conakry, which serves as the hub of Guinea's education, culture, economy, and commerce. The country is predominantly Islamic, and the locals belong to twenty-four ethnic groups. While French is the official language of Guinea and is the main language used for communication, there are also over 24 indigenous languages spoken as well.

What to see & do

Musée National - The Conakry National Museum, also called Guinea National Museum, is located in Conakry. The museum features displays of Guinea's ethnography and prehistory. It also houses the country's largest collection of statues, masks, and musical instruments.

Grande Mosquée - Conakry Grand Mosque is a mosque financed primarily by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. It is the largest mosque in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the fourth largest in Africa; the upper hall can accommodate 2,500 women, and the lower level has a capacity of 10,000 men. In the gardens of the mosque is the Camayanne Mausoleum.

Conakry Botanical Garden - The botanical garden located to the south of Conakry Grand Museum and north of Ambroise Paré Hospital is known for its Kapok trees.

French-Guinean Cultural Centre - The French-Guinean Cultural Centre provides entertainment, especially live musical performances, movies, plays, and ballets. The centre also has a library and a multi-media centre where members can browse through the collections, rent books, and also use the computers for research and educational purposes.

Fouta Djallon - The highland region in the centre of Guinea is just outside of Conakry, waiting to be discovered by adventurous explorers. Fouta Djallon offers hiking tours that can last up to five days, through mostly rolling grasslands at an average elevation of 900 m, deep jungle canyons and valleys, a plateau that contains thick sandstone formations, as well as beautiful waterfalls. The area boasts of fruits and stunning landscapes. More importantly, the Fouta Djallon is not a place with mass tourism, hence travellers either experience sleeping in the local villages or camping in the wild, both of which are learning experiences.

How to get around within Guinea

Travel in Guinea requires a loose schedule and a lot of patience, as the country does not have bus service and have limited local transportation. The best way to get around is by taxi, which is inexpensive and can even be rented for half a day or a whole day. Inter-city travel can be done by taking a bush taxi. A much faster alternative is the MotorTaxi or TaxiBike, which is literally a motorcycle that functions as a regular taxi.

How to get there

Conakry International Airport, also called Gbessia International Airport, is an airport serving the capital of Guinea. It is served by the airlines Air Côte d'Ivoire, Air France, Brussels Airlines, Douniah Airline, Royal Air Maroc, and Turkish Airlines. These airlines link Guinea to Abidjan, Paris, Brussels, Bamako, Dakar, Casablanca, and Istanbul.

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