Into Guinea

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Into Guinea

Into Guinea

I make my way far into the North East corner of Guinea-Bissau, aiming for a very small border crossing, near Kandika. I’m getting good at dealing with the corrupt Police around here, though I’m not prepared for the officer who confronts me in the middle of the town of Gabu. After spotting me he scrambles about to put on his uniform and cap, then runs over and starts yelling at me, demanding my paperwork. The yelling and demanding continues for at least ten minutes, something I have not yet experienced. I really have no idea what his problem is, I suppose he thinks he can intimidate me – he is a very large man after all. As usual keeping my cool and playing dumb and polite wins through, and eventually the shade and a comfortable chair are a better use of his time than berating me.

The international border leaving Guinea-Bissau

The international border leaving Guinea-Bissau

The international border into Guinea - note the rope across the road for security

The international border into Guinea – note the rope across the road for security

In the morning I discover a barge has recently washed away, and after a small decor I find my way to the other border crossing in the area. The patchy pavement ends here, and I actually use low range 1st gear in the half mile of no mans land between the two ropes and logs strung across the road. For the first time on the whole trip, I am asked for a Carnet de Passage – an international customs document for the Jeep I don’t have.
After some back and forward it’s decided I can sort it all out in the nearby regional capital of Koundara, so after a quick stop in immigration for a passport stamp on my visa, I continue with no paperwork for the Jeep – something that feels a little strange. Soon after I’m stopped by Police who are much more interested in my driving in flip flops than my lack of paperwork. Quickly throwing on my shoes brings about a round of smiles, and I am allowed to continue on my way.

Mountains right from the get go in Guinea

Mountains right from the get go in Guinea

In Guinea

In Guinea

In Koundara I find customs, and after waiting for the big boss to arrive he has no problem writing out a temporary import permit for the Jeep, and bribes me the equivalent of $3USD for it. I protest a little, but he’s a very nice man and I really can’t be bothered arguing too much for that little money. Maybe I’m getting soft :)

Moving away it’s immediately evident where the Chinese are building new highways. New blacktop as good as any in the world stretches into the distance, complete with painted lines and guard rails. Then, as quickly as it starts the new road abruptly ends in rough, rocky gravel, with the occasional mud put thrown in for good measure.

Guinea highway

Guinea highway

Guinea Highway with Chinese Construction

Guinea Highway with Chinese Construction

I’m excited to see mountains springing up all around, and am ready to explore African country number 6!

-Dan

A village on the highway in Guinea

A village on the highway in Guinea

P.S. All the details to drive your own Overland vehicle into Guinea, including gas prices, border procedures, paperwork, insurance, camping and more can be found at http://wikioverland.org/Guinea

North Carolina school bus at customs in Guinea

North Carolina school bus at customs in Guinea

P.P.S. Sorry for the lack up updates. WiFi has been virtually non-existent since leaving Senegal. I have thousands of photos and hours of HD video to upload, I will keep working on it!

8 Responses

  1. Robert says:

    Great to see an update again! Guinea looks lush and beautiful.

  2. Andrew says:

    Hey Dan, glad to see things continue to go well for you as your adventure continues! No need for any sort of apology regarding infrequent updates, I’m sure I can speak for the majority who are following when I say that we’re fortunate to read any that you can provide!

  3. MikeB says:

    Howdy Dan! We are entering Guinea tomorrow, although from Kedougou, not GB — any thoughts on your intended route through Guinea (generally)? We are keen to avoid the Coupeurs de Route that seem to infest Mamou and the southeast.

    Hope we cross paths with ya. :)

    Cheers,

    – Mike

  4. Wendy says:

    I grew up in South Africa and loved traveling all over in a camper. Thank you for making it possible for us to follow your adventure. I admire what you are doing immensely.
    Be safe.
    Wendy

  5. Jared says:

    What a beautiful area! Than you for sharing with us.

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