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Heading to Sierra Leone? This beautiful country on Africa’s western coast has hundreds of kilometres of beaches, cultural towns and a lush interior. British Airways offers direct flights to Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, from London Heathrow. Kenya Airways, KLM, Royal Air Maroc and Gambia Bird also fly the route with stopovers.
Things are quite tropical in Sierra Leone but the best time of the year to plan a holiday in Sierra Leone is from October to March when days are hot, sunny and dry. The rainy season hits its hardest in July and August. Book your flight tickets at least 6 months in advance for the cheapest fares.
Direct flights to Sierra Leone take 6 hours 50 minutes from London.
Sierra Leone was once a British colony but celebrated 50 years of independence in 2011. The country has some of the best beaches in the world, though largely undiscovered, a rich colonial heritage and some really stunning scenery and landscapes. It’s all yours to discover!
Freetown: Freetown is the country’s capital and has a host of different museums and attractions. Best of all though are the beaches along the Freetown peninsula. They’re spectacular and mostly deserted on any given day. There are around 10 that could rank against those in Spain, Italy and Greece.
Banana Islands: Want a tropical island escape? The Banana Islands are perfect for day trips and overnight excursions. Take a guided tour through the pristine forests, go scuba diving and visit some of the remarkable historic monuments.
Bonthe: If you want to discover Sierra Leone’s colonial past, this is the best place to go. Located on the southern end of Sherbro Island, this old administrative capital is full of colonial houses and buildings that are charmingly decayed. There is a rich culture here and some beautiful stone churches.
Find more information on the National Tourism Board.
Freetown has plenty of small hotels and guesthouses for visitors but hotels in Sierra Leone are lacking outside the capital. Banana Island has a number of resort-style hotels due to its popularity among foreign travellers. Sierra Leone hotels do tend to be on the more expensive side, considering what amenities are available.