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Top things to do

Top ChoiceCultural Centre in Conakry

Centre d'Art Acrobatique Keita Fodeba

The Centre d'Art Acrobatique Keita Fodeba is perhaps the single most amazing experience in Guinea. Every weekday morning scores of acrobats spin, twirl and flip through routines that have made them the envy of...

Top ChoiceConcert Venue in Conakry

Faga Faga Fougou Espace Culturel

This is one of the most exciting live-music venues in Conakry. The ocean-side stage hosts a diverse array of local and West African groups performing anything from rap to world music to Afro-funk. The atmosphere...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Conakry

Restaurant Îles des Joies

Our favourite restaurant in downtown Conakry, this very simple, family-run place is hidden down a dirty side-alley and, at first, looks rather uninviting, but don't fret. The seafood served up here – which is...

Top ChoiceArts Centre in Conakry

Centre Culturel Franco-Guinéen

French cultural centres in Africa usually put on diverse and exciting events, art-house films, world music concerts and exhibitions, and this one is no exception. As well as a busy cultural calender there's also...

Wildlife Reserve in Parc National du Haut Niger

Centre de Conservation pour Chimpanzés

The one place in the Parc National du Haut Niger that you are guaranteed to see large mammals is the Centre de Conservation pour Chimpanzés. This is a French-run project in which chimpanzees rescued from the...

National Park in Guinea

Parc National du Haut Niger

Covering some 1200 sq km, the Parc National de Haut Niger is one of West Africa's last significant stands of tropical dry forest and one of the most important protected areas in Guinea. The forest, which is pock...

Waterfall in Pita

Chutes de Kambadaga

The chutes de Kambadaga, around 35km west of Pita, make for a brilliant day out. The waterfalls crash over three separate falls and they're surrounded by jungle where monkeys and a wealth of colourful birds are...

Arts Centre in N’zérékoré

Centre d'Exposition Artisanal de N'zérékoré

This modern and impressive arts and handicrafts centre allows you to watch craftspeople carving, weaving, hammering and stitching dyed mudcloth, wooden carvings and raffia bags, among other things. If you're...

Gardens in Dalaba

Jardins Auguste Chevalier

Established by a French botanist in 1908 to discover what European and Asian plants would flourish in Guinea, the Jardins Auguste Chevalier offer an enjoyable place to unwind in the shade of huge century-old oaks...

Club in Conakry

MLS

This very chic place is in a league of its own, subtly styled in polished wood, soft fabrics, spotlighting and handmade furniture. And with a great sound system and good resident and visiting DJs to boot it's got...

Waterfall in Dalaba

Chutes de Ditinn

One of Guinea's tallest – and certainly one of its most beautiful – waterfalls takes a 120m drop straight down off a cliff. Ditinn village is 35km from Dalaba and the falls are 5km further on from the village (a...

Concert Venue in Conakry

l'Echangeur

This humble bar looks completely unspectacular, yet it's where many of Guinea's biggest stars jam at the weekend, in a space overflowing with good vibes and cold beer. Bring a few Guinea francs to 'spray' the...

African in Conakry

Le Waffou

You can buy Ivorian attiéké (grated cassava) on many a Conakry street corner, but this thatch-roof eatery prepares it fresh and does it better than most. Occasional live bands at weekends.

Market in Conakry

Marché Taouyah

This dark, covered market is a confusing warren of passageways and stalls piled high in fish, fruit, junk and even a few natural medicines, talismans and magic spells to ward off curses.

Lebanese in Conakry

Le Cédre

This tucked-away spot offers a cool, quiet respite from the searing sun and noise outside. It serves a range of Lebanese starters and mains that fuse French and Middle Eastern tastes.

Market in Conakry

Marché du Niger

Chaotic, colourful, smelly, fascinating and filthy dirty, the Marché du Niger is the city's most important market and a fun place to explore – just watch your pockets!

Cemetery in Conakry

Cimetière de Boulbinet

The shady Cimetière de Boulbinet reveals something of the harshness of life for the European colonialists who came to this humid and once mosquito-infested corner of Africa. Very few of the cemetery occupants...

Waterfall in Labé

Chutes de Saala

One of the most enjoyable excursions from Labé is to the impressive Chutes de Saala, where water cascades down a series of step-like falls in a pretty forest location. The falls are just outside the village of...

Historic Building in Dalaba

Villa Sili

The old French governor's residence, Villa Sili (1936), which was for many years almost on the verge of collapse, has been recently renovated and is a fun place to explore. Look out for the horse statues in the...

Arts Centre in Labé

Maison des Artisans

An interesting place to both buy and watch locally made crafts such as indigo cloth and leather sandals is at the Maison des Artisans. The staff will happily tell you all about the role of different crafts in the...