Flights to Bissora
The city of Bissora is in west-central Guinea-Bissau, and it is a small city without a lot of amenities for travellers (the roads are unpaved). Though there is little to see right in Bissora, there are several excellent nature parks to the south of the city where you can see much of Guinea-Bissau’s native wildlife. The official language in Guinea-Bissau is Portuguese though many will speak a creole dialect of Portuguese mixed with other local languages.
About 30km away from Bissora is the Osvaldo Vieira International Airport (airport code: OXB) and several major airlines offer flights to Bissora from Johannesburg, all with two connections. Lufthansa has stop-overs in Munich and Lisbon, and TAP Air Portugal has a route that will take you via London and Lisbon. With South African Airways a flight to Bissora has transfers in Accra and Lisbon. All flights to Bissora are roughly around 30 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Bissora:
Lagoas de Cufada National Park
Lagoons, wetlands and coastlines make up the Lagoas de Cufada National Park that is not far from Bissora. It is a beautiful park though the animals can be a little scarce. You may see chimpanzees, colobus monkeys and troops of ground baboons. Small antelopes called duikers are also common. The waters hold crocodiles and manatees.
Cantanhez Forest National Park
Past Cufada to the south is the larger Cantanhez Forest National Park, which is thick with coastal mangrove swamps, forests, and open grasslands. It offers many varied sights, and this is a good park if you want to see primates. They are found in greater numbers here than in Cufada though the same species are here (chimps, baboons and colobus).
Dulombi-Boe National Park
The Dulombi-Boe National Park has similar landscapes as the others, though not as much wetland or coastal areas are found here. Flocks of bright parrots are a big attraction, and you can also see primates and monkeys as you can in the other parks mentioned above. If you are seeing the park in the wetter months, other animals will move through the park such as elephants, hippos and lions. It does have a much more varied population compared to the other nature parks in the region since it is farther inland.
Bissau is the capital of Guinea-Bissau, and is a short drive away from Bissora which makes it very handy for a day-trip if you are in the mood for shopping or other conveniences. Their open-air market is wonderful for the sights and sounds of the city, and for the opportunity to buy unique souvenirs or try some fresh produce. There is a National Museum in Bissau that focuses on local artwork as well as historical collections.
When Should You Visit?:
Bissora is very warm throughout the year, with the hottest month being May when it reaches an average of 29C (84F) in the daytime. For a little more comfortable weather, you should try to arrive from July until September. It only gets to 24C (75F) during that time. It can also be wetter between July and September but not enough that it would be a serious problem during your visit.