Guinea's jungle canopies may be the closest thing it has to infrastructure. Although the country has been independent since 1958, it has had only two rulers since that time. Recent strikes and protests continue to make Guinea a largely untamed and inhospitable place to travel.

What to do

Traveling in Guinea is enough of a challenge that getting by each day has supplanted the need for tourist attractions. Travelers have also not found Guinea attractive enough over the last decade to form much of a demand for the typical tourism attractions. There are places to grab a beer in the capital city of Conakry, but today's tourists will not find the same kind of nightlife as countries that see a higher volume of tourists like Senegal.

Getting there

There are flights to Guinea from its former colonizing country France, as well as international flights from around Africa, but getting to Guinea is not easy by any measure. The most popular intercontinental hub in Africa, Morocco, sends flights to Guinea from North America.

Where to stay

It is possible to find hotels in Conakry, as well as places to stay among the local population, but outside of the main cities there are very few accommodations available. If you're Africa-savvy or tight with the locals you may be able to find a place to stay in a village, but for the average traveler, touring Guinea should be attempted only with a maximum caution.