Fast Facts:

1. It is located in West Africa and is the 31st largest country on the continent.

2. Its capital and largest city is Conakry.

3. Major languages: French (official), Pulaar (most widely spoken), Mandinka, Susu

4. Major ethnic groups: Fula (40%), Mandinka (25%), Susu (18%)

5. Major religions: Islam (85%), Christianity (8%), Indigenous and other religions (7%)

6. It became a sovereign and independent nation in October 1958, after a referendum and withdrawal by France.

7. It is the world’s second largest producer of bauxite and has rich deposits of diamonds and gold.

8. Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Guinea.

9. About 35% of the country is protected for conservation and wildlife. Protected areas include: Badiar National Park, National Park of Upper Niger, Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, Nyalama Classified Forest, and Ziami Massif.

10. It is an off the beaten path location and tourism infrastructure is limited. But while it can be difficult to traverse, beautiful landscapes await nature lovers ready for the challenge.

11. Tourist attractions include the beaches at Îles de Los and Cape Verga, the source of the Niger River, hiking, rainforests, and wildlife in the Fouta Djalon highlands, Kakimbon Caves, and multiple waterfalls, including La Cascades de La Soumba, Le Voile de la Mariée, Kambadaga Falls, and Kinkon Falls.

12. Things to see and do in the capital include: Madina Market, Niger Market, Conakry Botanical Gardens, Sainte-Marie Cathedral, Conakry Grand Mosque, Camp Boiro, Sandervalia National Museum, Palais du Peuple, Presidential Palace, French cafes and patisseries, street performances, and a vibrant nightlife.

Map of Guinea
Map of Guinea
Video credit: Top Tourist Places