Well I didn’t spend all too much time in Kindia I did get a decent feel for this town. Only a couple hours from Conakry, Kindia manages to feel worlds away. Though the chaotic transport station might not make if feel so, Kindia is calm and a bit of a getaway for people looking for a weekend away from the capital. Town basically serves as the starting off point for trips deeper into the Fouta Djallon. This is also the hub if you’re trying to get to Sierra Leone’s Outamba-Kilimi National Park.
Time Needed: 1-2 Days
Backpacker’s Budget: 50USD a day
Information and Communications
- ATMs: I found a bank machine at the BICIGUI, but as is the case everywhere in Guinea, it only gives limited amounts of cash.
- Internet: I saw a couple places along the main drag but didn’t go into anywhere. It’s not really available at any of the hotels that I know of either
Things to Do and See in Kindia
- Waterfalls: The two waterfalls within a day trip from town are Voile de la Mariee and Eaux de Kelissi. You’ll need your own wheels or to hire them to get there.
- Hiking: The impressive mountain that is the backdrop of town from the service station is Mt Gangan and is climable in a couple hours.
Where to Eat in Kindia
Across from the Total service station there are a couple of good restaurants that are particularly good on weekends as the crowds from Conakry come out. Otherwise, most hotels also serve food; Le Masabi in particular has really good grub, but it is a little bit costly.
Where to Stay in Kindia
There aren’t a whole lot of options in Kindia. I ended up splurging when I was in town by staying at Le Masabi which cost me about $40 a night but the rooms were awesome and fit with everything I could need. I’ve also hear the Le Sooli is a good option (and a cheaper one), but didn’t check it out.
Getting out of Town
- Conakry: It should only take about 3-4 hours to get to Conakry but that all depends on traffic in the city. There are constant sept-place taxis heading that way.
- Labe: Best to seek out a ride between 7-8am, it takes about 5-6 hours to get to Labe.
- Sierra Leone: Getting to Sierra Leone is a bit of a mission. Head to the taxi stand at around 6am and inquire about the taxi to Kamakwie which runs daily. However, if like me, you do this in the rainy season the only viable option might be to take a moto-taxi all the way. A true adventure.
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