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Itinerary: Guinea and Sierra Leone - The Fouta Djalon and Beyond

Guinea and Sierra Leone - The Fouta Djalon and Beyond

An innovative and completely unique itinerary combining two of West Africa's least visited countries. With unique histories, age old traditions, inspiring landscapes, both have a huge amount to offer the Africa enthusiast.

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Guinea and Sierra Leone - The Fouta Djalon and Beyond

Day 1 - Conakry
Arrive in Conakry and transfer to your hotel. Overnight Palmiers Guesthouse or similar.

Day 2 - Samaya - Waliah
Drive towards Samaya lake, home to a colourful market that is one of the prettiest in Guinea. Different ethnic groups such as Fula and Landoma visit the market, and we spend time mingling here before continuing to the village of Waliah, where we camp for the night. (BLD)

Days 3-4 - Fouta Djalon
Drive into the Fouta Djalon, the watershed of West Africa. We head first to the town of Dalaba with its interesting colonial atmosphere and old buildings, then on Day 4 continue through the villages and mountains to a small village where we camp for the night and prepare for our exploration of the Fouta Djalon region. Overnight Sib Hotel or similar (Day 3) and camping (Day 4). (BLD)

Days 5-6 - Tensira - Labe
We head to the village of Tensira, situated close to the 'Dame de Mali', Guinea's highest point. After spending time meeting the local people we hike for an hour to the top to be rewarded with spectacular views over the surrounding area. On Day 6 we visit Saala Falls, where we may be lucky enough to see chimpanzees, but will almost certainly hear them. Overnight camping and simple hotel. (BLD)

Days 7-8 - Labe - Ainguel
Continue exploring this beautiful region. In Labe we meet Alpha, a specialist in local horticulture with an exceptional garden. Continue on to Doucky and then the following day hike amongst the cliffs and unusual rock formations (1-2 hours). We then spend the night in Ainguel, one of the prettiest villages in Guinea. Overnight camping. (BLD)

Days 9-10 - Kindia
A long drive to Kindia. A pretty colonial town, Kindia is best known for its crafts, and the quality of both weaving and wood carvings here is very good. Spend time exploring the town, seeing a project for local street children and meeting a traditional storyteller. Overnight Cecilia's Guesthouse or similar. (BLD)

Day 11 - Outamba Kilimi National Park
A long drive as we cross the border with Sierra Leone and continue to Outamba Kilimi National Park. Overnight camping. (BLD)

Day 12 - Outamba Kilimi National Park
Spend the day exploring Outamba Kilimi National Park, the first in Sierra Leone. In the morning head out on the river to search for hippos, and in the afternoon explore the area on foot in search of other wildlife. Overnight camping. (BLD)

Days 13-14 - Kabala
Drive to Kabala, the 'little Switzerland' of Sierra Leone on account of its altitude and comparatively cool climate. Nestled in beautiful hills, and a melting pot of leonese ethnic groups, it is home to the Chief Limba, Manso Yembeth III, who (if available) we'll be able to meet. We'll also be able to meet former child soldiers from the war, to learn a little about their experiences and how their lives have changed since then. Overnight Kabala Hill View Guesthouse or similar. (BLD)

Day 15 - Tacugama
A long drive south via Makeni and Bo, to reach Tacugama. Overnight Tacugama Lodge. (BLD)

Day 16 - Tacugama
Spend the morning at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, home to a large number of chimps that have either been orphaned or rescued from captivity, and are in the process of re-acclimatising to community life. Afterwards head to your accommodation at the beach. Overnight tourist class hotel. (B)

Day 17 - Beach
A day to relax on the gorgeous beaches of the peninsula. Overnight tourist class hotel. (B)

Day 18 - Freetown
Spend the afternoon exploring Freetown before transferring to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

What's included
Airport transfers – We include arrival and departure transfers regardless of whether you book flights yourself, or we book them for you. If you’re booking them yourself, then please let us know the details so that we can arrange the transfers.

Accommodation – Accommodation as listed in the dossier. The nature of the destinations that we operate may sometimes mean that we need to change hotels, but we’ll always endeavour to keep the same standards. Please be aware that as we operate in many countries where tourism is in its infancy, hotel standards may not be the same as you’re used to elsewhere.

Guides – In most cases you will be accompanied by one guide from start to finish. However there may be occasions when this is not practical, for example if your trip covers a number of different countries. In these cases it often makes more sense to include different guides for each place, to take advantage of their specific knowledge of the destination.

Meals – As listed within the itinerary / dossier (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner). These will vary from trip to trip – in some areas it makes sense to include all meals while in others there is a good choice of restaurants and we feel people might like to ‘do their own thing’ now and again.

Entrance fees – Entrance fees are listed for those sites that we mention within the itinerary. If there are any other sites that you’d like to see, these would be at your own expense.

Not included:
- Visas
- Airport taxes
- International flights
- Travel Insurance

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