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Guinea - in August!


Has anyone travelled (or tried to travel) through Guinea during the summer months.

Just how wet is it - are the roads impossibly difficult?

I'm planning on using public transport, arriving from Senegal, continuing on into Mali.

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Hi there Dominic,

I have not travelled theer in summer, I went through there last year in November, also coming from Senegal. I crossed all of Africa, going through 27 countries and must say that Guinea definitely rates high up there among the nicer ones to travel through. Main reason for that is teh freindliness of the people, the naturl beauty and the fact that there are virtually no other travellers around.

I think coming from Senegal you will have difficulty during the summer months. I came from Kedougou and took the direct route to Mali(ville) on top of the Fouta Djallon. This road was dry, completely, but very difficult for me, the first stretch just after the border, you have to go up a very steep escarpment, usually only done by 4x4 trucks. There are lots of rivers and valleys to cros, so I imgine that this will be very tough during the rains. The other route, further west, is flatter, but will probably be very very muddy. My advice would be to go, if you have time, as in Africa you will always be able to "make a plan". Donflatter't go with own transport that time of teh year, will be very tough I think.


Have lots of fun !!!

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HI JED

i got the below message from you on the HUBB a few weeks ago. it was about travelling through guinea in the rainy season. i may well be going into the country (or trying) in a few weeks. you're not the only one who has given rave reports about travlleing there. In your message you said 'My advice would be to go, if you have time, as in Africa you will always be able to "make a plan". Donflatter't go with own transport that time of teh year, will be very tough I think.' What exactly does the last sentence mean?! you think it will be more or less difficult with your own transport? also, which will be the better point of entry into guinea from senegal,Kedougou-Maliville, or the route further west?

I would really like to go to the fouta djallon at some point though, do you think this would be possible during the rains?

thank you very much if you get round to answering this

dominic

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Hi there Dominic,
I have not travelled theer in summer, I went through there last year in November, also coming from Senegal. I crossed all of Africa, going through 27 countries and must say that Guinea definitely rates high up there among the nicer ones to travel through. Main reason for that is teh freindliness of the people, the naturl beauty and the fact that there are virtually no other travellers around.

I think coming from Senegal you will have difficulty during the summer months. I came from Kedougou and took the direct route to Mali(ville) on top of the Fouta Djallon. This road was dry, completely, but very difficult for me, the first stretch just after the border, you have to go up a very steep escarpment, usually only done by 4x4 trucks. There are lots of rivers and valleys to cros, so I imgine that this will be very tough during the rains. The other route, further west, is flatter, but will probably be very very muddy. My advice would be to go, if you have time, as in Africa you will always be able to "make a plan". Donflatter't go with own transport that time of teh year, will be very tough I think.


Have lots of fun !!!

Hed
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