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Hiking in Doucki, The Fouta Djallon part 1

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Hiking Hassan at Doucki

Hiking Hassan at Doucki

Before coming here, I didn’t know much about Guinea. I knew the WHO had declared it Ebola free only a few months prior to my visit, and I knew it rains a lot. (It does!) That’s about it.
What I didn’t know is that Guinea has enormous mountains, spectacular waterfalls and extremely friendly people, all things that make this a fantastic place to spend some time.

I also didn’t know Guinea has the best hiking in West Africa.

Tiny huts used by the field workers

Tiny huts used by the field workers

I wind my way along a bumpy mountain road, perched on a ridge top and arrive at the tiny village of Doucki, which is really just a collection of houses from a couple of different families. I meet friendly Hassan and his brother who have been guiding visitors on these signature hikes in the surrounding mountains and canyons for over a decade.

They laugh at my question about the rain
“We hike anyway!”

Over the next few days we set out each morning into spectacular terrain – massive canyons, waterfalls, and jungle. On each hike we begin by walking through and around fields tended by local farmers, always working hard and always smiling broadly.

I will let the pictures do the talking. Click any picture to see them larger where you can control the slide show.

Rock formations of every kind dot the landscape

Rock formations of every kind dot the landscape

Hassan taking time out to pray

Hassan taking time out to pray

The views are endless

The views are endless

More Grand Canyon views

More Grand Canyon views

The Grand Canyon at sunset

The Grand Canyon at sunset

Waterfalls are everywhere, including ones to swim in!

Waterfalls are everywhere, including ones to swim in!

Looking out over The Grand Canyon

Looking out over The Grand Canyon

-Dan

10 Responses

  1. Alejandro says:

    Spectacular views Dan! Thank you for sharing this with us, there is not many information about this part of Africa around, this is whole new view, thanks you.

  2. Luke says:

    It sounds like you are REALLY having a great time in Guinea – watch out, you might not want to leave :-)

  3. Jared says:

    Thank you for the beautiful photos. Indeed, a picture is worth a thousand words.

  4. Mary says:

    Dan, I just came across your blog in Renogy. Your trip has reinspired me to start planning! My mother has gone to Siberia, Morocco, Italy, Chezlozvocia, and many other places on her own. The best trip I ever was on was with her. We biked through Europe for 3 weeks. So I want to say thank you for the reminder of living our dreams!!!

    • Dan Grec says:

      Hey Mary,

      That’s awesome! Thanks for the comment, and it’s great to hear I’ve hooked another person :) :)
      All the best, I’d love to hear where you wind up going!

      -Dan

  5. T&J says:

    Hi Dan;
    Wonderful and exciting.
    Looks like a place to put on our bucket list.
    Hamba kahle

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