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Sierra Leone - Beaches and beyond

By Carlton Leisure - 17/11/2015

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Spectacular beaches, breathtaking mountains, lush forests and amazing culture Sierra Leone is West Africa’s best kept secrets. The tourism industry is on the path of recovery and tourists are once again returning to the country which was off limit for rest of the world due to Ebola outbreak. This one of the most sought after destination in Africa is once again ready to welcome travellers with its red roads, verdant stretches of greenery and plethora of fun activities. As the country has been declared Ebola free, the demand for flights to Sierra Leone is once again picking. Here we give an insight into what to do during your Sierra Leone visit.

Freetown

Freetown, the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone, is most important draw card for the country. Enjoying a spectacular location between the mountains and the sea, the city is a gateway for the tourists willing to explore Freetown. Not large in size, the capital city pulsates with raw energy and enthusiasm for most parts of the year. Its beaches, culture and scrumptious cuisines leave a long lasting impression on travellers’ mind. During your visit to the city you would explore a vast array of attractions that include museums, beaches and historical buildings. National Rail museum, where several steam/diesel locomotives and carriages are also on display, is a popular draw card. Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary which is situated on the outskirts of the city is also a major attraction. The travellers should go to Charlotte Falls which looks stunning. Museum lovers should go to Sierra Leone Museum where there are a large number of artefacts on display. Cape Sierra Leone Lighthouse which was built in 1812 is also popular from where you can get a stunning view of the surroundings. These buildings and museums may have their own importance but no trip of city would be said to be complete without visiting its beaches, the city is popular for. Lumley Beach with its white sands shops, restaurants, hotels and golf course is popular among locals as foreigners. Lakka Beach which is situated at a short drive from Lumley makes a perfect destination for travellers with several dining and staying options. Sussex Beach with its beautiful setting and fine dining restaurants is also a perfect destination. There are hotels and restaurants of every range and budget to provide travellers with quality accommodation.

Bo and other cities

Bo, the second largest city of Sierra Leone, is also worth a visit. Due to absence of major tourist attractions, the city remains a good place to eat, sleep and relax. There are hotels and restaurants of every budget to ensure travellers an enjoying stay. Bonthe which is an old administrative centre on Sherbro Island is also a charming destination. Kenema which is a major town in the eastern part of the country is also worth exploring.