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Guinea

Main attractions

One of the countless waterfalls in Fouta Djalon, Guinea
One of the countless waterfalls in Fouta Djalon / Julien Harneis, CC BY-SA 2.0

Although Guinea is a land with breathtaking landscape and high biological diversity, it is not too easy to list specific landmarks.

Country has beautiful tablelands and unusual mountain chains, such as Mount Nimba and Simandou mountains and is very rich with waterfalls. Most likely here are located several very tall water plunges which are not mentioned in tourist literature, e.g. perennial fall at 9.629, 12.910. Most certainly there are other interesting landmarks unknown to Wondermondo.

Some of the better known landmarks in Guinea are:

Waterfalls

Konkouré Falls in Fouta Djalon, Guinea
Konkouré Falls in Fouta Djalon / Jurgen, CC BY 2.0
  • Ditin Falls (Ditinn Falls) - Mamou. Some 80 m tall waterfall, spectacular plunge of water from large plateau.
  • Kambadaga Falls - Mamou. Spectacular, 249 m tall and 69 m wide waterfall, consists of three major cascades.
  • Kinkon Falls - Mamou. Some 80 m tall waterfall with a single cascade, located in the spectacular Kinkon canyon.
  • Konkouré Falls - Mamou. Enormous waterfall.
  • Le Voile de la Mariée - Kindia. Some 80 m tall waterfall.
  • Sumba Falls (Soumba Waterfall) - Kindia. Wide, spectacular waterfall.
  • Tinkisso Falls - Faranah. Unusual, up to 36 m tall and approximately 160 m wide waterfall. Water here falls down along irregular cliff. Part of stream now diverted for hydropower production.

Ecosystems

  • Mount Nimba - Nzérékoré, Dix-Huit Montagnes in Côte d'Ivoire and Nimba in Liberia. Up to 1,752 m high chain of mountains with a high number of endemic species of plants and animals, such as Nimba otter shrew (Micropotamogale lamottei), Western Nimba toad (Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis) - viviparous toad. Summit of mountain is covered with grassland but slopes - with tropical forest. Here lives also a group of chimpanzees capable to use stones as tools. Mountain for most part consists of high grade iron ore.
  • Pic de Fon forest - Nzérékoré, Simandou mountains. Pristine highland forest with many rare and endemic species. Here have been found amphibians and insects unique to this forest. Also rich find of iron ore.
Dame de Mali, Guinea
Dame de Mali / Hcaudill, CC BY 2.5

Other landmarks

  • Balato, Baro, Koumana and other Gberedou/ Hamana villages - Kouroussa. Traditional Mandingo villages which for most part consist of small, round huts. Huts are decorated. Well preserved traditional way of life, including the veneration of sacred ponds near villages.
  • Case de Palabre - Mamou. Assembly house of the former Fula chiefs. The round building is constructed in 1930 and is adorned with intricate carvings on interior walls, decorated ceilings.
  • Dame de Mali (Dame de Maali) - Labe. Spectacular cliff rising tall above the tropical forest. Profile of this enormous cliff resembles a profile of an old women.

List of described attractions by regions

Guinea is divided into 7 regions.

Boké
Conakry
Faranah
Kankan
Kindia
Labé
Mamou
Nzérékoré
ArrowMount NimbaEcosystems
ArrowSt. John Falls near GbedinWaterfalls

Map of Guinea

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