A Glimpse of West Africa - Guinea Bissau

A Glimpse of West Africa - Guinea Bissau 710 , 5 Days

Welcome to Guinea-Bissau, a hidden gem on Africa's west coast waiting to enchant you. This vibrant nation offers a blend of rich cultural heritage, diverse landscapes, and warm hospitality. Explore the historic streets of Bissau Velho, delve into the traditions of resilient tribes, and witness the echoes of colonial history in the architecture. From the lively markets to the tranquil beaches, Guinea-Bissau invites you on a journey of discovery, where the past meets the present in a harmonious dance. Get ready for an immersive travel experience that unveils the unique charm and authenticity of this West African gem.

Highlights:
♦ Bafata - the birthplace of Amilcar Lopes Cabral, a key figure in the nation's fight for independence.
Canchungo - one of the largest cities of the Manjaco people.
♦ Bissau - the capital of the country


Itinerary: 

Day 1. Arrive Bissau
Аrrival in Bissau and transfer to the hotel.-/-/-

Day 2. Bissau – Bafata
After breakfast, our journey will take us to the Bafatá - the second-largest city in Guinea-Bissau. This city is predominantly inhabited by the Fulani and Mandigas tribes. Here, we'll have the opportunity to explore remnants of Portuguese architecture and navigate through narrow streets. Bafatá is renowned as the birthplace of Amilcar Lopes Cabral, a prominent revolutionary leader in the quest for independence of the country. During our visit, we'll immerse ourselves in the vibrant African market and engage with the warm local population. We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant or picnic. In the afternoon,  we'll embark on a short drive of approximately 14 km to reach the historical village Tabato. Our arrival will be marked by the melodic tunes of their Xylophone, played by the renowned Griote, a figure celebrated throughout the country. This visit offers a unique opportunity to witness and participate in the rich traditions and cultural practices of the Manding people. B/-/-

Day 3. Bafata - Cacheu - Canchungo
After breakfast, we will start our drive to Cacheu, the historic first landing site of Portuguese sailors in the 15th century. We will explore the town's rich heritage, including the slave museum and one of the oldest fortresses in West Africa, dating back to the 16th century. We will then continue towards the vibrant Canchungo city. It holds historical significance as one of the largest Manjaco cities and offers a rich blend of cultural experiences. The Manjaco people are a West African tribe living primarily in Guinea-Bissau. Here we will be able to see their distinctive wooden masks, which hold cultural and spiritual significance. These masks are often crafted with intricate designs and symbolism, representing ancestral spirits, stories, or traditional beliefs and are often used in various ceremonies and rituals. In the afternoon we will drive to Casa Canchungo resort (or similar) where we will spend the night. B/-/-

Day 4. Canchungo – Quinhamel - Bissau
Оur journey today will lead us to Quinhamel, recognized as the central hub of the Pepel tribes. The Pepel are known for their distinct cultural practices, traditions, and a history that is tied to the coastal regions of Guinea-Bissau. Key aspects of Pepel culture may include traditional ceremonies, art, and a unique way of life influenced by their coastal environment. We will visit some of their sacred sites and learn more about their beliefs and practices. Afterwards, we will visit a local Rum distillery established in 1945, still using the same machinery. We will spend the night at Mar-Azul Hotel (or similar) in Quinhamel or Bissau. B/-/-

Day 5. Bissau. Departure
Today we have some time to explore the city of Bissau before the transfer to the airport for departure. We will explore the historic district known for its colonial architecture, narrow streets, and the Presidential Palace. Some other important sites include the Fortaleza d'Amura - a historic fort that dates back to the Portuguese colonial era, Bissau Cathedral and others. B/-/-

Looking for a longer trip in West Africa? We recommend joining our tour to Senegal and the Gambia, before continuing by land to Guinea-Bissau. Click here to see more details about the trip to Senegal and the Gambia.


Price Includes:
accommodation in standard hotels/lodges in rooms with private facilities
all ground transportation
all meals according to the itinerary (B-breakfast/L-lunch/D-dinner)
local English-speaking guide
Penguin tour leader (at min. 8)

Not Included:
International flights
entrance fees. tips
personal expenses

Additional Services:
small group supplement (mandatory if the group is less than 4 people): 130 EUR p.p


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710 EUR
Duration
5 Days
Single Supplement
130 EUR
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4-12
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