What to see & do
Banana Islands - The Banana Islands is one of Sierra Leone's prime tourist spots, a popular choice for daytrips and overnight excursions. Activities in Banana Islands range from simply going on guided or unguided walking tours through the forest, discovering historical monuments from the slave trade and colonial times, scuba diving, casual hook, bate fishing, and more!
Outamba-Kilimi National Park - The Outamba-Kilimi National Park is situated near Sierra Leone's border with the Republic of Guinea. It is divided into two areas, Outamba and Kilimi. It is home to several primates such as colobus monkeys, sooty mangabeys, and chimpanzees, as well as over a hundred species of birds. Simple accommodations available in the park include single and group huts made with local materials.
Tiwai Island - Tiwai Island is a wildlife sanctuary and tourist attraction run by a non-governmental organization, Environmental Foundation for Africa. It is located on the Moa River in the Southern Province. Among its most notable residents are a population of pygmy hippopotamus, one of the highest concentration and diversity of primates in the world (11 species), and over a hundred bird species.
How to get around
The road network in Sierra Leone was badly damaged during the civil war, but many of the main roads have been reconstructed and are now in much better conditions. Always be careful when walking on the sidewalk in Freetown, as most of them have missing blocks of cement, otherwise known as 'death traps'. There are old West African bush taxis that make their rounds, but are called poda-poda. This is a very cheap mode of transportation but also quite uncomfortable and, quite frankly, possibly unsafe. It is advisable to use shared taxis instead, which are usually about the same price, packed, but more comfortable and safe. If you prefer independent travel, your best option is to buy your own motorcycle, provided you have experience. You are required to wear a helmet to protect yourself from the dust and possible accidents.
How to get there
The primary air passenger gateway into Sierra Leone is Freetown-Lungi International Airport, located in the coastal town of Lungi. The passenger airlines Air Côte d'Ivoire, Air France, Arik Air, ASKY Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Gambia Bird, Kenya Airways, and Royal Air Maroc. There are flights to Sierra Leone from Abidjan, Monrovia, Brussels, London, Casablanca, and Monrovia. There were flights from Paris, Banjul, Dakar, Lagos, Accra, Lomé, and Nairobi, but unfortunately services have been suspended until further notice.