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1 - Freetown Tacugama chimpanzees.jpg
2 - Samaya lake crossing.jpg
3 - Freetown big market.jpg
4 - Fouta Doucky Fulani hut.JPG
5 - Freetown MacDonald highest peak.jpg
6 - Dame du Mali.JPG
7 - Fouta Ainguel falls.jpg

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

Guinea-Sierra Leone trip




day 1 (Saturday)
The day is dedicated to the journey to Guinea. Arrival at Conakry international airport. Transfer to the accommodation. night in: Conakry
meals included: -
travel distance and estimated time: 10 ks – 1h or more (depending on traffic)

day 2 (Sunday)
We make our way out of town and travel to Samaya village. The journey offers us a first impression of the Guinean roads. We share the windy roads with trucks and fully loaded bush taxis. To get to Samaya we leave the tarmac road and continue for another 30ks on a dirt road through the lush rural area. Samaya village is situated on a lake with the same name. On Sundays people travel from far and near to the village for the week market. This colorful market is one of the prettiest in the region. Different ethnic groups such as Fula and Susu visit the market, and we spend time mingling here before getting on board for the trip on the lake to the village of Waliah, where we camp for the night.
night in: Waliah

meals included: B-L-D
travel distance and estimated time: 105 ks – 4-5 hours

day 3 (Monday)
After breakfast we visit the village of Waliah. By boat we travel to Missidé village. We visit the village (about 1.5h walk in total) and cross the lake one more time by boat to Samaya. By car we continue to Kindia. Our arrival is expected in the late afternoon. In town we visit the weavers and the wood carvers. Statues as high as 3 metres are made here. Enjoy exploring the town. In the evening a traditional storyteller shares some of the amazing African stories with us.
night in: Kindia

meals included: B-L-D
travel distance and estimated time: 60 ks – 2.5 hours

day 4 (Tuesday)
Before leaving town we visit fabric dyers. Today is dedicated to the drive into the Fouta Djalon. On the way to Dalaba we visit the Bride’s Veil. The waterfall is set in a scenery with tall bamboo. Dalaba is the starting point for our time in Fouta Djalon. It is one of the places in Guinea, where the French colonial history has been preserved. We visit the neighborhood of the ‘chargeurs’ with its colonial buildings, the French governor’s house and the ‘case à palabre’ in traditional Fula style. Both from the governor’s house and from our hotel we have great views on the Fouta Djalon.
night in: Dalaba

meals included: B-L-D
travel distance and estimated time: 215 ks – 4-5 hours

day 5 (Wednesday)
Today we travel deeper into Fouta Djalon. Near Dalaba we visit the tiny village of Pouke, where the village women are experts in making baskets and mats. The beautiful crafts can be bought direct from the women. We continue our journey to Pita, where we visit the weavers. After a picnic lunch at the Kinkon falls we continue to Ainguel for the night.
night in: Ainguel
meals included: B-L-D
travel distance and estimated time: 80 ks – 3-4 hours

day 6 (Thursday)
After breakfast we set out on a short hike in the surroundings. We get an impression of the village with traditional Fula huts and visit the nearby falls and God’s bridge. We continue our road-trip to Douki. In the afternoon a walk (of about 1.5 hours) is made through an area with impressive nature and rocks. At some point it may feel like you’re in the jungle, and not surprisingly this area is nick-named Indiana Jones.
night in: Douki
meals included: B-L-D
travel distance and estimated time: 30 ks – 1.5 hours

day 7 (Friday)
In the morning we travel to Labé. Keep an eye out for the primates. Fouta Djalon is home to five species of primates, including chimpanzees, baboons and red monkeys. In Labé we visit the Fouta Djalon museum, Alpha’s botanical garden and the market.
night in: Labé
meals included: B-L-D
travel distance and estimated time: 90 ks – 4-5 hours

day 8 (Saturday)
Visit to the Saala falls in the morning. This is one of the highest falls in the country. At the falls we have a fair chance to see and hear primates. Baboons can often been seen sitting on the rocks near the water, and with a bit of luck we’ll see some chimpanzees. We return to Labé and continue our journey. We have a long road ahead to travel to the village of Mali, where our arrival is expected in the late afternoon. From the village we can see the Lady of Mali. 
night in: Mali
meals included: B-L-D
travel distance and estimated time: 150 ks – 7-8 hours

day 9 (Sunday)
In the morning we have time to set out on a walk. A villager shares the story of the Lady of Mali with us, before we start the long drive back to Labé.
night in: Labé
meals included: B-L-D
travel distance and estimated time: 120 ks – 5-6 hours 

day 10 (Monday)
A long drive to arrive at Coyah today. On the way we visit the Kissili falls and (depending on the season) the Konkouré falls. Our arrival in Coyah is expected in the late afternoon.
night in: Coyah
meals included: B-L-D
travel distance and estimated time: 345 ks – 7-8 hours

day 11 (Tuesday)
A long day of driving as we cross the border into Sierra Leone and towards the capital, Freetown. Arrival time in Freetown in the afternoon, depending on the time needed at the border.
night in: Freetown
meals included: B-L
travel distance and estimated time: 265 ks – 5-6 hours + time at the border

day 12 (Wednesday)
After breakfast we drive to Kent, from where we take a boat to Banana Island. The boat transfer takes 15-30 minutes depending on the current. Banana Island is not only a place to relax and enjoy some time on the beach. It also offers nature and history. In the afternoon we set out on a historical tour. The walk takes us to the structures of the first European settlers in Sierra Leone, including the ruins of the Slave Hole, the Old Fort, the old St. Lukés church and to a small museum with chains and tools dating back to the time of the slave traders. We combine the walk with a visit to the village of Dublin, where we get a glimpse of the past and present of Banana Island.
night in: Banana Island
meals included: B
travel distance and estimated time: 65 ks – 2 hours

day 13 (Thursday)
In the morning we set out on a guided forest walk to explore the nature of the island. The dense forest is a natural habitat much-loved by birds. The substantial number of species include the rare Picathartes Gymnoceplahus and the endangered Rufous Fishing owl. The afternoon is used for a scenic 1.5 hour boat ride. Optional: other activities, including scuba diving and snorkeling can be booked at the spot at a supplement.
night in: Banana Island
meals included: B
travel distance and estimated time: B

day 14 (Friday)

An early breakfast followed by the boat trip back to the peninsula. We’re expected at Tacugama’s Chimpanzee sanctuary at 10:15am for a guided tour. Even though the chimpanzee is a protected animal, they are still being hunted and kept as pets. A large number of chimps lives at the sanctuary. They are either orphaned or rescued from captivity and are in the process of reacclimatising to community life. Following on the tour we start the long drive to Kenema in the East of the country. Kenema is a pleasant town in the heart of the diamond mining region. Many a diamond trader has an office in town.
night in: Kenema
meals included: B-L
travel distance and estimated time: 350 ks – 5-6 hours

day 15 (Saturday)
We drive to Tiwai Island in the morning. A short boat ride from the shore takes us to the island, which is a sanctuary and a haven for wildlife. In the afternoon we set out on a guided 2-3 hour beach walk.
night in: Tiwai Island
meals included: B-L-D
travel distance and estimated time: 80 ks – 2 hours

day 16 (Sunday)
Today we explore more of the island and the river. We set out on a tree walk (1.5-2 hours) and a forest walk (1.5-2 hours). 11 species of primates, about 100 butterfly species and countless bird species live on the island. By speedboat (about 1.5 hour) we explore the river. Optional: other activities, like a canoe trip on the river can be booked at the spot at a supplement.
night in: Tiwai Island
meals included: B-L-D
travel distance and estimated time: -

day 17 (Monday)
We leave the island after breakfast for the long drive back to Freetown.
night in: Freetown
meals included: B-L
travel distance and estimated time: 340 ks – 7 hours

day 18 (Tuesday)
The last day of our trip is dedicated to Freetown. A visit is made to the national museum. We explore the town by keke (tuktuk), which is one of the most appreciated kinds of transport in town. We end our exploration of the pleasant capital city at the Big Market; a great place to buy local crafts. Transfer to the ferry terminal for the ferry from Freetown to the airport. Ferry times are related to the departure times of flights.
day-use of room in: Freetown
meals included: B
travel distance and estimated time: 30 ks to the ferry terminal + time involved in transfer


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In het kort

Dag 1: (late) aankomst in Conakry
Dag 2: Conakry - Waliah
Dag 3: Waliah - Kindia
Dag 4: Kindia - Dalaba
Dag 5-9: Fouta Djalon
Dag 10: Labé - Coyah
Dag 11: Coyah - Freetown
Dag 12: Freetown - Banana Island
Dag 13: Banana Island
Dag 14: Banana Island - Kenema
Dag 15: Kenema - Tiwai Island
Dag 16: Tiwai Island
Dag 17: Tiwai Island - Freetown
Dag 18: Freetown - vertrek
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prijs

speciale introductieprijs: € 2.750,- per persoon
single supplement € 465,-

reisdata

9-26 november 2019 - gegarandeerd vertrek
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inbegrepen

Alle overnachtingen (Conakry, Kindia, Dalaba, Labé, Coyah, Kenema en Freetown in hotel, kamperen in Waliah, Ainguel, Douki, Mali, Banana Island en Tiwai Island), gebruik van tenten, Engels sprekende gids en lokale assistenten, kosten gerelateerd aan de in het programma vermelde excursies, luchthaventransfers, transport met terreinwagen(s), toeristenbelastingen, ontbijt dag 2-18, lunch dag 2-11 en 14-17, diner dag 2-10 en 15-16, eerlijke vergoeding aan een ieder waarmee we samenwerken.

exclusief

Reis naar Conakry en van Freetown, visa, vaccinaties, persoonlijke verzekeringen (waaronder reis- en annuleringsverzekering), overige maaltijden, drinken, souvenirs, persoonlijke uitgaven, optionele en exta activiteiten, fooien.

verantwoord reizen

Papillon Reizen hecht er waarde aan een evenwicht te creëren tussen ontvangen en geven. Daarom betalen we een eerlijke vergoeding voor producten en diensten. Daarnaast dragen al onze activiteiten bij aan de Papillon-fondsen.

transport

Speciaal voor onze groep georganiseerd transport.

accommodatie

Op basis van overnachting in tweepersoons kamers. De voorzieningen en het sanitair in kampementen en dorpen zijn eenvoudig.
Het single supplement geeft recht op eenpersoons gebruik van kamers en tenten - op basis van beschikbaarheid.

groepsgrootte

minimaal 4 personen
maximaal 8 personen

zwaarte van de reis

Een goede basisconditie is van belang. In dorpen en kampementen zijn de voorzieningen eenvoudig. De wegen in Guinee zijn slecht.

praktische informatie

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