Sierra Leone Food + Travel Guide
What to Eat in Sierra Leone
How to Burn It Off in Sierra Leone
Freetown isn’t the best walking city, but it’s certainly doable. A particularly good spot for a long walk or jog is the stretch of flat sand at Lumley Beach (about six kilometers); early morning is a good time to head there. Aside from that, your best bet for physical exertion is dancing in one of Freetown’s many clubs—Aces in Aberdeen is a popular one, particularly for Thursday reggae nights—or splurging on one of the few hotels with a gym or swimming pool. Then get out of the city and head south to the great outdoors.
HIKE, SWIM, PADDLE
The most serious hiking can be done at Sierra Leone’s highest point, Mt. Bintumani (1,948m), in the remote, nationally protected Loma Mountains, northeast of Freetown. It’s said to be a rewarding climb through pristine rainforest, but there’s no straightforward way of arranging a guide in advance of showing up. According to the Bradt guidebook, you should be able to hire a guide/porter at whichever nearby village you start out from (you’ll also have to pay your respects to the village chief).Read More
Where to Stay in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone’s tourism industry is on the verge of huge growth: Hilton is scheduled to open a 200-room property in Freetown in 2019; at the time of our visit, high-end beach resorts were being built. It was our experience that the few community-based tourism ventures already in place, however, are hugely rewarding, both for visitors and the communities themselves, who benefit directly. We encourage you, whenever possible, to try to support local communities over foreign private investors—it’s a small decision that is actually meaningful here.
For more information on traveling to Sierra Leone, including easy online visa application, check out the Visit Sierra Leone website.
Pickings are slim for good accommodation in the capital, especially if you don’t want to shell out—gas-powered generators are very expensive to run, so higher prices aren’t necessarily indicative of better quality (plus, Sierra Leone doesn’t attract many budget travelers yet; the market is dominated by business clientele). Here are a few places we’ve heard good things about:Read More
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