Since 2008 Guinea has been the seen of much political infighting. Trouble in neighbouring Sierra Leone has also spilled across the border. Poverty is widespread despite the presence of immense natural resources, including diamonds and gold. There is no tourism industry to speak of, and travel within the country is difficult and often dangerous. Lawlessness and corruption are widespread and there is no effective police force, nor emergency rescue services.

The official language is French. It gained independence from France in 1958. Most visitors from the west will enter through Conakry airport. Conakry is the capital, a city of 2 million people on the coast.


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Why you should go:

You are a West Africa completist.

Why you shouldn't:

It's not worth the hassle – and that's if you come back safe.

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