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Wonders of Guinea

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

WorldBlue  Highlights

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

The country has beautiful tablelands and unusual mountain chains, such as Mount Nimba and Simandou mountains and is very rich with waterfalls. Most likely there are located several very tall water plunges that 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.

Map with the described wonders

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WorldViolet Top 13 wonders of Guinea

Geological wonders

Kambadaga Falls


Spectacular, 249 m tall and 69 m wide waterfall, consists of three major cascades.

Sumba Falls (Soumba Waterfall)


Wide, spectacular waterfall.

Konkouré Falls


Enormous waterfall.

Konkouré Falls in Fouta Djalon, Guinea
Konkouré Falls in Fouta Djalon / Jurgen, / CC BY 2.0
Tinkisso Falls


An unusual, up to 36 m tall and approximately 160 m wide waterfall. The water here falls down along an irregular cliff. Part of the stream now is diverted for hydropower production.

Kinkon Falls


Some 80 m tall waterfall with a single cascade, located in the spectacular Kinkon canyon.

Le Voile de la Mariée


Approximately 80 m tall waterfall.

Ditin Falls (Ditinn Falls)


Some 80 m tall waterfall, a spectacular plunge of water from a large plateau.

St. John Falls near Gbedin


Some 25 – 30 m tall waterfall near Mount Nimba.

Dame de Mali (Dame de Maali)


Spectacular cliff rising tall above the tropical forest. The profile of this enormous cliff resembles a profile of an old woman.

Dame de Mali
Dame de Mali / Hcaudill, / CC BY 2.5

Biological wonders

Mount Nimba


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. The summit of the 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 the most part consists of high-grade iron ore.

Landscape in Mount Nimba, Guinea
Landscape in Mount Nimba / Chad K, / public domain
Pic de Fon forest


Pristine highland forest with many rare and endemic species. Here have been found amphibians and insects unique to this forest. Also a rich find of iron ore.

Architecture wonders

Balato, Baro, Koumana, and other Gberedou/ Hamana villages

Traditional Mandingo villages that for the 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


Assembly house of the former Fula chiefs. The round building is constructed in 1930 and is adorned with intricate carvings on interior walls, and decorated ceilings.

WorldYellow Recommended books

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