GUINEA BISSAU

GUINE BISSAU

GUINEA BISSAU

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Name: Lagoas Cufada Natural Park
Location: Guinea Bissau
The Lagoas de Cufada Natural Park is found in Guinea-Bissau. It was established on 1 December 2000. This site is 890 km². It was the first protected area in Guinea-Bissau.

Chimpanzees are reported to occur in the National Park, making nests in oil palms, but details are lacking about density and size of the chimpanzee population within the protected area.

Other animals found at the site include; Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus), Roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus), African buffalo (Syncerus caffer), Leopard (Panthera pardus), Hyenas and African dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis).

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagoas_Cufada_Natural_Park
Name: Rubane
Location: Bijagós Islands, Guinea-Bissau
Rubane is one of the Bijagós Islands in Guinea-Bissau. The island has a population of 165 (2009 census). The island lies northeast of the larger island of Bubaque, across a narrow strait. It is part of the Boloma Bijagós Biosphere Reserve.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubane
Name: Orango National Park
Location: Guinea Bissau
The Orango National Park is a protected area in Guinea-Bissau. It was established in December 2000. The park has an area of 1,582 km2 (611 sq mi), which is partly marine. It covers the southern part of the Bissagos Archipelago, notably the islands Orango, Orangozinho, Meneque, Canogo and Imbone, and the surrounding sea. The marine area does not exceed 30 m (100 ft) depth. The park is administered by: Instituto da Biodiversidade e das Áreas Protegidas da Guiné-Bissau (Biodiversity Institute and Protected Areas of Guinea-Bissau). About 60 sq mi of the park is covered by mangroves. It plays a crucial role for the reproduction of molluscs, fish and sea turtles.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orango_National_Park
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COUNTRY INFORMATION GUIDE
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FACTS:
Official Languages: Portuguese
Currency: West African CFA Franc (XOF)
Time zone: GMT (UTC)
Drives on the right
Calling code: +245
Local / up-to-date weather in Bissau (and other regions): BBC global weather – click here
US GOVT TRAVEL LINKS:

For more useful information on safety & security, local laws / customs, health and more, please see the below official US travel.state.gov web link for Guinea Bissau travel advice. NB: Entry requirements herein listed are for US nationals only, unless stated otherwise.

You can also find recommended information on vaccinations, malaria and other more detailed health considerations for travel to Guinea Bissau, at the below official US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weblink.

BUSINESS VISITOR ACTIVITIES*:
Activities you may undertake on a business visa / as a business visitor:
PERMISSIBLE
ATTENDING MEETINGS / DISCUSSIONS: TBC
ATTENDING A CONFERENCE: TBC
RECEIVING TRAINING (CLASSROOM-BASED): TBC
NON-PERMISSIBLE
AUDIT WORK: TBC
PROVIDING TRAINING: TBC
PROJECT WORK: TBC
*This information does not constitute legal advice and is not an exhaustive list. For a full legal assessment on business visitor activities, please revert to your internal company legal team / counsel.
TRAVEL INFORMATION**
It is highly recommenced that you access the above official US travel.state.gov web link and read all safety & security information prior to making your travel arrangements / planning your trip.
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The West African CFA franc (XOF) is used by Guinea-Bissau. It is also used by Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. While it is a separate currency from the Central African CFA franc (XAF), the two currencies are used interchangeably at par throughout all countries that use the CFA franc (XAF & XOF).

Both CFA francs are guaranteed by the French treasury and are pegged to the euro at 1 euro = 655.957 CFA francs.

In December 2007 the first ATMs arrived to the country of Guinea-Bissau – in the BAO (Banco da Africa Occidental) branches of Bissau and Gabú. An ATM is also being set up in the Hotel Malaika in Bissau. These ATMs only function if you have a local account with that bank. It is probably safest to bring euros or FCFA enough to cover the time you plan to stay.

Western Union is present in Bissau (eight locations), Bafatá, Gabú, Buba, Canchungo and Mansoa. They charge a 10% commission.

ATMs:

from 2014 Ecobank has ATMs in Bissau which take Master card/visa card for cash withdrawal.

In Bissau minibuses called toca-toca work for transports within the city. There are also regular taxis. For inter-city travel there are sept-places, (seven-seat Peugeot) and candongas, big commercial vehicles carrying ten to twenty passengers. Prefer sept-place or at least try to get the front seats. It is also possible to rent taxis to other towns and cities.

The main bus-station “paragem” of Bissau is situated behind the BCEAO (Banco Central dos Estados de África Ocidental) on the Airport Road. Are you heading for Biombo or Prabis, you need to go to another bus-station in Estrada de Bor. There are no time-schedules; cars leave when they are full. As most locals travel in the early morning (7.00 a.m.-ish), cars fill up quicker in the morning. It might be hard to get transport in late afternoon and evening.

To go to the islands, there’s a choice between cheap, but rather unsafe, canoas (pirogues) leaving from Porto Pidjiguiti or Porto de Bandim, and expensive modern boats owned by French fishing lodges on the Bijagos islands. In 2007 a ferry started sailing between Bissau and Bubaque, leaving Friday and returning Sunday. Schedules depend on tides, so check in advance.

As Guinea Bissau is very flat and there is virtually no traffic on the roads outside Bissau, it’s a good country for cycling. Bikes can be bought in the country, which will probably ( as in most parts of the world) be Chinese made bikes. As always of good value for money.

EAT:

Most Guineans eat rice with fish, because the country is rich in fish, and rice (homegrown or imported from Thailand) is relatively cheap. The more costly meals contain beef, goat, chicken or pork. Meals are also made with palm oil and peanut sauces and diverse vegetables. Guineans also eat wild/game meat (deer, monkey, beaver etc.) but these animals are considered to be in danger of extinction and so it is not recommended to support this. Guineans are known for their warm heartedness and so you will always be asked to come have a bit with a group of people (it is common to eat from a large bowl)…”bin kume, no kume”.

Fruit available depends on the season, but mangos, papayas, oranges, grape fruits, bananas, cashews and peanuts are abundant. Also try the sour “fole” fruits and the baobab fruit juice (sumo de cabaceira). Imported fruit can be bought in “fera de prasa” in the center of Bissau (apples, pears, pineapples, watermelons etc.) but is more expensive than in Europe.

Vegetables sold in the markets include lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, parsley, okra, potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, chili, sweet potatoes.

Street snacks are typically sandwiches with hardboiled egg, omelete, fish or beef – or donuts, cake or hardboiled eggs. Frozen juice in small plastic bags is popular among locals.

DRINK:

The people of Guinea-Bissau love to drink a sweet green tea known as “warga”, the non-Muslims also enjoy drinking cashew wine or palm wine. There are also possibilities to buy Portuguese beer, wine and soft drinks but these are more expensive. It is recommended that foreigners only drink bottled, filtered or boiled water.

The largest market in the country is Bandim Market, which is on the main road going into town. You can buy many things there and the atmosphere is nice. Otherwise there are small vendors on most roads of the capital. In the villages (Tabankas) you will also find small vendors selling the necessities. In the main towns in the countryside there are larger markets called “Lumo”, which give farmers and merchants the possibility to sell or trade their goods. Guinea-Bissau is a poor country so there are fewer possibilities for shopping than in the Gambia or Senegal.

Useful creole shopping phrases: Ke ku bu misti? (what do you want?) N mistil (I want it) N ka mistil (I don’t want it).

**All travel information has been sourced from wikivoyage. However like wikipedia, wikivoyage is an open platform editable by any member of the public. Therefore, although very useful, all above information IS INDICATIVE ONLY and must be verified prior to personal use. Moreover, if you wish to see more information please visit: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Guinea_Bissau
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Name: Lagoas Cufada Natural Park
Location: Guinea Bissau
The Lagoas de Cufada Natural Park is found in Guinea-Bissau. It was established on 1 December 2000. This site is 890 km². It was the first protected area in Guinea-Bissau.

Chimpanzees are reported to occur in the National Park, making nests in oil palms, but details are lacking about density and size of the chimpanzee population within the protected area.

Other animals found at the site include; Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus), Roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus), African buffalo (Syncerus caffer), Leopard (Panthera pardus), Hyenas and African dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis).

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagoas_Cufada_Natural_Park
Name: Rubane
Location: Bijagós Islands, Guinea-Bissau
Rubane is one of the Bijagós Islands in Guinea-Bissau. The island has a population of 165 (2009 census). The island lies northeast of the larger island of Bubaque, across a narrow strait. It is part of the Boloma Bijagós Biosphere Reserve.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubane
Name: Orango National Park
Location: Guinea Bissau
The Orango National Park is a protected area in Guinea-Bissau. It was established in December 2000. The park has an area of 1,582 km2 (611 sq mi), which is partly marine. It covers the southern part of the Bissagos Archipelago, notably the islands Orango, Orangozinho, Meneque, Canogo and Imbone, and the surrounding sea. The marine area does not exceed 30 m (100 ft) depth. The park is administered by: Instituto da Biodiversidade e das Áreas Protegidas da Guiné-Bissau (Biodiversity Institute and Protected Areas of Guinea-Bissau). About 60 sq mi of the park is covered by mangroves. It plays a crucial role for the reproduction of molluscs, fish and sea turtles.

SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orango_National_Park
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