Flights to Boke On the Rio Nunez in western Guinea, Boke is an important river port city with a population just over 100,000. It is not a typical tourist destination and there are not a lot of specific attractions in or around the city.
The Boke Baralande Airport (airport code: BKJ) is too small to service flights to Boke from Johannesburg. So you can arrive at the larger Conakry International Airport (code: CKY) instead which is about 170km away. There are regular buses but it may be more convenient to rent a car. The only one-stop flights to Boke are with Air France or South African Airways. They make their connections in Paris and Dakar, respectively. You can also fly with Lufthansa, though they will have stop-overs in Frankfurt as well as Brussels.
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The Tourist Attractions of Boke:
The official language of Guinea is French and you will find most people in large businesses will speak French in Boke though many other local languages are also used. This is also a Muslim nation so modest clothing is a wise idea, particularly for any women travellers.
Fortin de Boke
Fortin de Boke is one of the few attractions within the city, an old slave fort that has since been turned into a local museum that showcases the period in history when the slave trade was a thriving business in this region.
Cantanhez Forest National Park
The protected area of Cantanhez Forest National Park is actually across the border in Guinea-Bissau, to the west of Boke. If you have the right Visa to enter, you can cross the border along the main road from town and see this coastal preserve park. The park is filled with mangrove forests, wetlands and open grassland areas for a nice mix of landscapes. It is a great park to visit if you want to see monkeys and primates. There are groups of chimpanzees, colobus monkeys and baboons. If you watch the water, you may see a manatee.
While you are in Guinea-Bissau, you can head a little farther north for the Dulombi-Boe National Park or the Cufada National Park.
The capital city of Guinea, Conakry, is not that far from Boke. It is to the south on the coast and should take a couple of hours to get there by car. The National Museum is not huge but they do have a wonderful collection of carved wooden masks, traditional drums and other musical instruments. The Grand Mosque is a huge and beautiful building that is usually off-limits inside. If you are interested in more recent history, Camp Boiro and the Palais des Nations are also important sites with regards to the history of past conflicts.
When Should You Visit?:
Boke has a hot climate all year long, though you can choose some of the cooler months for a more comfortable stay. That would be in July and August. Those months have typical daytime high temperatures of 32C (90F) though the humidity is a little higher at that time as well. The hotter weather is in January through early May when it can reach 40C (104F).