Guinea-Bissau finally achieved independence from Portugal in 1973. It has had a troubled history since, with unrest as recent as 2010, but has been reasonably calm since then. There is a significant drug trade present. It is small and comprised mainly of savannah and coastal mangrove swamps. Visas are difficult to obtain and tourists are naturally uncommon.

For those who do go, the Bijagos archipelago, just a few miles off the coast and containing two national parks, is a highlight. Varela is a beautiful, remote town and national park on the coast in the far north of the country. There are numerous NGOs operating in Guinea-Bissau.


Guinea-Bissau flag

Why you should go:

To see the Bijagos Islands.

Why you shouldn't:

You would prefer somewhere more politically stable.

Map of Guinea-Bissau