Fly To Conakry, Guinea
Conakry is a port city located on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also the largest city of Guinea and its capital which means it serves as the financial, economic and cultural centre of Guinea. This city, it’s been said, has a kind of split personality. On one hand it has a growing crime rate and erratic infrastructure. On the other, Conakry is pulsating; it’s colourful, musical, spontaneous and always full of adventure.
The vibrancy of Conakry is influenced by an African flavour and there’s no doubt that the subtle charms and idiosyncrasies will grow on you in no time.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans are required to obtain a Guinea Visa prior to departing for Conakry. Also ensure that your SA passport is valid for 6 months from the date of your return and has a couple of pages free for stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Guinea can be found at Coleah Corniche Sud, Mossoudougou, B.P 4703, Conakry. Phone: +224 30 466 015.
See and do
Take a boat to the Atoll Island and experience a bustling fish market or head to the Soumba waterfalls just 2 hour’s drive from the city. You can dine at the restaurant while listening to the raging water or have a swim to work up your appetite. Conakry’s botanical garden is also a notable visit.
Bar hopping is not for the faint-hearted in Conakry with some establishments only selling you entire bottles of spirits. Do be wary of prostitution in the city and be sure to decline politely! For some of the best French cuisine in Conakry, eat at Patisserie le Damier. The handmade chocolates might be expensive but they’re well worth the indulgence. Get there on a Saturday for an all-you-can-eat brunch you won’t forget.
The Camp Boiro monument depicts the legacy of Sekou Toure which continues to influence Guinean life. The military base of Camp Boiro became synonymous with atrocities carried out during Toure’s reign of terror from 1960 to 1984 and this is as essential visit if you wish to understand the Guinea of past and present.
For interesting tie-dyed cloth you can shop at Centre d’Appui a l’Autopromotion Feminine – a big outlet with numerous vendors that also sell crafts, baskets and other textiles. You will get cheaper products at the local markets, though.
Getting around Conakry can be done by train or shared taxi. To catch the taxi just stand on the side of the road and shout where you’re going to when the taxi comes past. There are buses but they are slow and infrequent.
Conakry International Airport – CKY
Conakry International Airport (code CKY) also goes by the name Gbessia International Airport. It’s divided into domestic and international terminals and services a number of West African airlines. The airport is a hub for Elysian Airlines.