World class hiking is not usually associated with West Africa. Let alone Guinea. That is, however, what Guinea's Fouta Djallon offers. The landscape is dominated by rivers, rainforest, waterfalls and large mountainous plateaus that resemble giant chocolate bars. Hiking here is in its infancy, which inevitably adds to the excitement. Official guides are available in Conakry, but not in the region itself, though many locals happily act as guides. The exception is an excellent outfit in the village of Doucki that arranges a range of exceptional hikes. Hikers on multi-day walks need to be self-reliant and bring everything they might need. After the initial preparations, the rewards are plenty. It's possible to climb rocky hills for sweeping panorama views of the region's valleys, swing around in vines and lianas, and spot monkeys and chimpanzees. The region also holds more waterfalls and rivers than it's possible to explore in a lifetime, including the source of both the Gambia and Senegal rivers.