Home to over 1.5 million people, the port city is an important economic, trade and commercial center for the region. The last two decades has seen the city grow rapidly, which has caused some infrastructure issues, but the population expansion has created many new opportunities across Conakry.
Conakry International Airport serves around 250,000 people every year and is the main route in and out of the capital of Guinea. Casablanca, Istanbul, Brussels and Paris are among the major cities it is possible to fly to from Conakry. Scam artists are in operation at the airport and there is minimal security, so it is advised that business travelers ensure they are met on arrival by either contacts or personnel from their accommodation.
Guinea's transportation infrastructure is poor even compared to many other African nations, with substandard road conditions and few ways to get around the country quickly and safely.
Most people living in Conakry use taxis to get around the city as they do not own cars of their own. Many of the vehicles used are over 20 years old and the taxis are hired out by the seat, meaning journeys are usually shared. Small buses are also available to use in Conakry.
The Guinea National Museum is based in Conakry and the city is also home to its botanical garden, which is one of the best places to spend time in the area. There are also several notable buildings worth checking out for expats living in Conakry, such as the Guinea Palais du Peuple and the Conakry Grand Mosque.
One of Guinea's best sights is located just a couple of hours outside of the city center — the Soumba waterfalls. The falls have their own restaurant and it is a great place to go for a refreshing swim and to get out of the city for a while. Another place worth visiting is Atoll Island, which is reachable by boats found at the fish market, located behind the Novotel Hotel.
Conakry has a friendly and lively atmosphere and it can be an exciting place to spend time in.
Conakry's crime rate is on the rise and the capital of Guinea is not currently a safe place to be. Thieves and beggars may perceive overseas visitors to be wealthy, making them targets for criminal activity. Despite this, people from the west are well received by most Guinean people.
Many checkpoints have been set up throughout Guinea, making travelling throughout the country a chore. Some of them are operated by the police or the military, while others are run by rebels, who may well be armed.
The rainy season causes infrastructure problems during the summer, with food poisoning one of the main issues to be aware of for foreigners living in Conakry. This is due to the fact that when the power is out, food stored in fridges and freezers will go off faster but may still be served.