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About Conakry

Conakry, the administrative and economic hub of Guinea, with a population of just over 1,6 million people is a city perched upon a long, thin peninsula. Boasting a variety of religious buildings, historical monuments, forests and beaches beyond the city limits, Conakry, though a little off the average traveller’s radar, offers an absorbing escape.

For a limited time, cheap flights to Conakry are now available, so take a trip to this peninsula escape today! Conakry is home to Conakry International Airport (CKY), located only a few minutes’ drive from the city centre. The airport serves a number of international airlines, including Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines. Buses, taxis, and car rental companies, as well as a number of private shuttle services offered by local hotels, all offer transport out of the airport.

Why visit Conakry

conakry market

Outdoor Shopping

Like so many hubs of Africa, Conakry boasts a number of bustling outdoor markets to peruse.

conakry nature

Natural Wonder

Lush forests and sunny beaches beyond the city provide a haven for the outdoor-lover.

conakry worship

Places of Worship

A variety of beautiful religious buildings reflect the country’s unique religious and architectural influences.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Guinea
Currency Guinean franc
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 718.47 GNF
Language French
Hub Airport Conakry International Airport (CKY)
Airline N/A
Time Zone GMT + 0
Travel Adaptor Type C, F, K

Best time to visit Conakry

Unsurprisingly for the region, Conakry is a warm country all year round, with temperatures generally fluctuating between the low 20˚Cs and the low 30˚Cs with little variation. However, the months of December to March, though not deviating from this trend, also boast the lowest rainfall, thus making them the most popular among visitors. They’re the best months to attend should you wish to stay dry, but you’ll need to be willing to weather out the heat, the crowds, and the higher accommodation prices. By contrast, although the months of June to early September mark the city’s coolest period, they are also its monsoon period; they’re the best time to come should you wish to avoid the crowds and get the best deals, but you’ll need to be sure to pack a raincoat and be particularly careful on the roads.

Weather & Climate in Conakry

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 22°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 24°C 23°C 22°C 22°C 23°C 23°C 24°C 23°C
High °C 31°C 31°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 30°C 28°C 28°C 29°C 31°C 31°C 31°C
Rainfall (mm) 0 0 0 3 69 222 399 456 198 129 21 3

As lengthy and thin as the peninsula upon which it is perched, Conakry, the administrative and economic capital of Guinea, is a city with the most esoteric sort of appeal. Although in many ways, its aesthetic – gritty, thick with crowds, somewhat ramshackle – reflects the troubled history of its nation, it is nonetheless a city with a distinctive level of character. Boasting a diverse variety of religious buildings, bustling outdoor markets, some lively nightlife, a decent number of internationally influenced restaurants, and, of course, an expanse of lush wilderness beyond the city, Conakry is ideal for the traveller pursuing the most character-filled sort of getaway.

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South Africans will require a visa to enter Guinea. Enquiries can be made online, or at the local Guinean Embassy, located at 336 Orient Street in Arcadia, Pretoria.

Applicants should ensure that their passport will be valid for at least six months, and that they have at least 2 pages free for visa stamps.

The South African Embassy in Guinea is located at the following address:

Coleah Corniche Sud, Mossoudougou, Conakry

Tel: + 224 24 76 79 21

In addition to ensuring that all routine vaccinations are properly up-to-date, it is also recommended that travellers to Guinea receive vaccinations against a number of other diseases, including malaria and yellow fever, as mosquito-borne infections are a particular issue in the area.

In previous years, Conakry has been the site of a number of anti-government protests, some of which have escalated into violence. While the worst of this unrest is generally agreed to have passed, many foreign governments continue to advise their citizens to practice caution when entering the country.

Other forms of crime, too, remain an issue in Guinea, and travellers are cautioned to take the usual precautions during their time in Conakry, such as not wandering the streets at late hours.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Conakry
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R 90 R 100 R 42
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22 R 25 R 9
Cappuccino (regular) R 19 R 20 R 35
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10 R 12 R 2
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 38 R 38 R 12

Conakry’s accommodation options are somewhat limited, and finding an affordable arrangement can sometimes prove challenging. Nevertheless, options do exist for the traveller willing to seek them out, and noted accommodation prices vary from under GFr 558,000 to over GFr 1 million per night.

Like in many African urban centres, minibus taxis are a prominent form of transportation in Conakry. Smaller taxis, however, remain the most popular option, as well as the most recommended for tourists.

Main attractions in Conakry

Conakry Botanical Garden

Conakry Botanical Garden

Marche Niger

Marche Niger

Grand Mosque

Grand Mosque

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