Conakry City Guide (Guinea)

Kaloum, "Au Ville"

Conakry in a word: Raw.

Chance of Hooking up: 4 / 5
Quality of Girls: 3.75 / 5
Nightlife: 3.5 / 5
Smoking tolerance level: 3 / 5

City guide ratings explained

Costs €$£

Beer: €.80 for a large beer.
Bed: Not many options, €30 average for a private room.
Bud: Cheap, €1 for a decent handful.
Board: €1.50 for a decent meal.
Budget other: The usual: taxis and club entry. Budget an extra €5 a day.

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Overview

It’s raw, rough and all over the place, but fuck it. Conakry grows on you like E-coli on room temperature British beef. It’s additive. I’ll give it whoever wrote the blurb on the Lonely planet website, they hit the nail on the head:

Conakry is a city with a somewhat split personality. It has an erratic infrastructure and growing crime rate so, like with many cities living under rotten regimes, a visit here can be frustrating for travelers. On the other hand, Conakry is an undeniably pulsating place: colourful, spontaneous, friendly, musical, a little wild, and always full of contrast. The city’s vibrancy and openness come from a very African flavour. These more subtle charms are likely to grow on you with time and many people end up loving the city by the time they leave. It’s tailor-made for a (long) weekend blast.

The Girls

If you haven’t already, I’d strongly recommend  you read my article Sex in Africa 101 before continuing.

Miss Guinea 2010

Guinean girls are some of the best in Africa; they are often very beautiful, genuine and friendly. This is the only country in Africa where the super cute Fula tribe form a plurality (40%). Other significant populations are the Mande groups Mandinka and Susu, the latter of which mainly reside mainly in Koloum. The capital city receives little or no tourists so you will find it pretty easy to  pick up serious hotties. The catch: basic French is usually required. But trust me, a little goes a long way here. Also, Islam is the dominant religion and most women do not drink alcohol (but still party). During the day, there’s often parties on Ratoma beach with loads of cute girls. Otherwise, Kaloum is your best bet for wealthy women and girls with jobs. If you are Pipelining, do so in French. . The night is still the best option, no matter what type of girl your hoping to meet.

Tip: Try learning a little Fula. It’s easy and the girls love it!

Nightlife Recommendations

You can have what ever type of night you want in Conakry. I stayed in both Koloum and Ratoma so I got to experience the whole myriad of venues in the city. Some of this info you find anywhere else. Here are three solid recommendations, starting from the classiest place in town to the sleaziest.

Crisber

This slick joint is in northern Ratoma near Taouyah, and attracts the young, rich and beautiful. This is the best place to find ‘good’ girls from wealthier families. The standard is here is sky high. Models also frequent the club. The only problem is, it’s a bottle service kind of place. As a result, the beers are a little pricier and  it can be slightly cliquey. Busy most nights, but show up late. Out of the three, it has the highest quality girls but is also by far the hardest to pick up in. Crisber is very much a local haunt so some French is crucial.

Colisium

Located in Taouyah, this place is probably the best option for a night out. It’s a nice big place with a decent dance floor as well as a cool outdoor bar. It’s busy most nights and attracts a mixed crowd of good girls, bad girls, locals and expats. The beers are also cheaper than the other two places. It’s not going to blow your mind, but definitely worth a punt. Don’t show up before midnight.

Bembeya Nightclub

This is Conakry’s dirty little secret. Hidden in upper class district of Kaloum, your taxi driver will probably have to ask for directions. Unlike the other venues, it’s free in (when we were there) but the beers are the most expensive in the city (€2, o no!). This is probably because male patrons don’t stick around too long. Women will fight for your attention.  Some of the girls her are stunning! The best looking girls in the country come here to charm those with deep pockets. That said, it’s easy to shore. You will either love or loath this place (I loved it!).

Getting High

Where to buy marijuana: If you are visiting the Fouta Djion, get it there. In Conakry, ask the guys at the Reggae bar a few doors up from Collosium.

Prague Marijuana Prices: For €1 we got 5 small packs: each enough for two or three joints of pure herb.

My Conakry Experience

Apart from problems getting money, changing accommodation three times and the odd scam, I loved Conakry. Five days wasn’t enough for me. I found the people great and the city extremely diverse and engaging. We went to a great concert on the beach and each night was completely different. As for chicas, Gary the fish and I  both hooked up. In fact, the fish got himself a temp-girlfriend for awhile. Suspecting she had ulterior motives and paranoid she had spies in the area, he subsequently not only made us change hotels, but move nearly 10 km away in Koloum. Although I was slightly agitated by his inscrutable actions, it all worked out for me. It was here I hooked up with this breathtaking Malian girl on our last night. The new flag  aside, she was probably the most beautiful woman I was with on the trip. I almost stayed. Sigh… if only I  had one more night. (another popular song in West Africa)

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6 Responses to Conakry City Guide (Guinea)

  1. gavinmac July 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    Very informative guide. Would much appreciate seeing one for Freetown.

    I have a trip coming up where I fly into Dakar and then fly out from Conakry ten days later. Trying to decide between a Dakar-Banjul-Bissau-Conakry itinerary or just Dakar-Freetown-Conakry.

    • Naughty Nomad July 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

      Done. Do the latter trip, it’s VASTLY superior. Freetown in amazing. Plus you’ll avoid the journey from hell from Bissau to Conakry.

  2. gavinmac November 17, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    Went to Conakry. Will add my two cents here. I actually went with a tout/tour guide named Mustafa who works out of the Novotel. He took me around to nightclubs the whole night. Conakry is pretty intimidating for solo travelers visiting for the first time.

    We started off at Bembeya. Bembeya was quite a scene, man, but we went too early. Then we went to a nearby place called “Buffet de la Gare.” A buffet of whores, to be precise. I didn’t like the place much, as the music was too loud and the there was no separation between the bar and dance floor. Lots of girls though.

    We went back to Bembeya, and then we ended up at a terrific bar/nightclub that I think was called “Franciscan.” It was heaving at 4 a.m. with a good mixed crowd of locals, white guys, working girls, regular girls, and even white chicks. It was a little outside the downtown area and we had to go through some bribe-hungry police checkpoints going there and back.

    FYI- the Rough Guide also mentions a nightclub downtown called Timi’s, supposedly known for picking up girls, but my tout told me that it was closed because they are moving to a new location.

    By the way, the Novotel is horrible, and I thought that during the day Conakry is about the worst city I have ever seen. Its nightlife seems to be its only redeeming quality. Just my opinion. Was only there two days, maybe I didn’t give it enough time to “grow” on me.

    • Naughty Nomad November 17, 2011 at 11:52 am #

      @gavinmac:Great input man! Fair play for having the balls to go there. And thanks for the input of bars… it really helps other guys out to get another perspective.

  3. SILLAH May 2, 2012 at 2:38 am #

    To be realistic, I think your guide on Conakry is one of the best I have ever seen. at time moving at night in Conakry is terrifying but man the thing that will definately stay on any man mind are the beautiful Guinean girls, the clubs and the friendliness of the people especially the local guys (area boys)

  4. Adele January 27, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    Lol the girls are only 3.75? I am a Cameroonian chick and I think that Guineans are the most beautiful in Africa. Anyways if you happen to visit Africa again, I would suggest for you to visit Douala, Cameroon , Libreville in Gabon and Malabo in Equatorial Guinea. Visit Central Africa!!

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