Guinea - Top Tops

Super Seven

1. Kambadaga Falls

Without a doubt, one of the most spectacular waterfalls I've seen in all of my travels. Use Labe as a base as the falls are located in the Fouta-Djalon mountain region, which is a 2 hour drive. Kambadaga Falls do appear on Google Maps which is a huge bonus! The two-tier falls are surrounded by lush greenery. To reach the falls, a short hike is required once you get as far as you can via vehicle. You want to get to a viewpoint as high as possible to fully appreciate the beauty.

2. Chutes de Saala

Located just outside the village of Diari, which is 30km west of Labe. The road conditions are terrible, so will take a couple of hours despite the short distance. Chutes de Saala is a waterfall that has a 'step effect' with water cascading down.

This is a good area for hiking in general, so possible to integrate a half day hike into your itinerary. Wildlife is also present in this area in the form of monkeys and chimps, although they are shy.

3. Case a Palabres

Case a Palabres is a Fulani style circular building located in Dalaba, that was built in 1932. The purpose of the building was simply a meeting place for important members of the local government to gather together and agree on important decisions for the region. Used regularly during the colonial era and was also the spot where the word 'Independece' was first mentioned between the members of each canton (region).

The mosaic flooring inside is stunning. Worth noting that there's normally a local gate keeper who will require a small tip to grant you access.

4. Villa Sili

Located next to Case a Palabres is Villa Sili. Built in 1936 and used as the residence for the old French Governor. The place has been recently renovated, which I'm sure was necessary, but it loses it's feel a little bit in my opinion. There's some horse statues in the garden too. Again, a small tip will be required for the gate keeper to allow you to enter.

5. Chutes de Ditinn

One of the tallest waterfalls in Guinea is located 35km from Dalaba. You can drive all the way to Ditinn Village, but then the waterfall is a further 5km. You could potentially drive further if you ask locals for permission to enter their land, but either way, a short hike through a forest is necessary regardless. The waterfall takes a 120 metre drop straight off the edge of a cliff and is spectacular.

You'll be at the bottom of the waterfall when you arrive, so perfect to take a dip too!

6. Voile de la Mariee

Often referred to as "Bridal Veil Falls" is a beautiful waterfall located in Kindia. This waterfall is easy to pick up via Google Maps and is located just off the main road less than 2km through a local village. There will most like be a gate keeper who has made his own entry barrier. The negotiations will start at a ridiculous price, but eventually you'll agree on €5 entry. The location of Kindia is on the route used to head all the way to the Sierra Leone border, so a worthwhile stop if you're doing this trip overland.

7. SIB Hotel Viewpoint

The landscape and greenery in Dalaba is stunning. In every direction, you'll see green forests all the way to the horizon. A worthwhile view point is at SIB Hotel. There's a large outdoor area at the rear which is commonly used for weddings. The owners are used to people turning up to admire the view point and they're very friendly, so do kindly offer to buy a cup of coffee/tea.

Accommodation Advice

I stayed in various accommodation during my overland journey across Guinea, but the accommodation I would recommend which far stood out from the others is Icones Guesthouse in Dalaba (contactable via Facebook). The local resident Tibouh is a real gent and has lived in the area his whole life. Beautiful accommodation with a balcony to admire the scenery, as well as Tibouh being on hand to offer guide services in a country that's not easy to navigate.

Food Factor

There actually isn't a hugely varied range of food available across Guinea. It's very much a 'pick up whatever you can' concept.

However, the food on offer at Icones Guesthouse was amazing and far exceeded my expectations. Tibouh did such a great job as a host, even in the kitchen. Plus the outside dining area is a great place to relax after a day of exploring.

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