When to go
The best time to go to Sierra Leone is in the dry season, which runs from October to May. January and February tend to be the hottest months. Birders will find December or January most rewarding. Travel is possible in June and late September although there will be heavy down pours and rural roads can become very muddy.
British Airways operates a non-stop service from Heathrow to Freetown 3 times a week. Outbound – overnight flight on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Inbound daytime flight on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Gambia Bird now offers overnight flights from Gatwick direct to Freetown on Wednesday and a daytime flight on Saturday, with return flights from Freetown on Wednesday day and overnight on Saturday.
Kenya Airways flies between Freetown and Nairobi four times a week.
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Most visitors require a visa. Visas for British citizens currently cost about £110 including the service fee and must be obtained in advance of travel. We will help you with this process.
Visitors should have a yellow fever certificate and take precautions against malaria. Always consult your doctor at least six weeks before travel and refer to this useful NHS website for details of recommended vaccinations for your destination. Always drink bottled water which is widely available from bars, hotels and guest houses.
Free from mass-market hotels and minibus tourism, Sierra Leone remains an unspoilt corner of Africa. Those seeking 5-star hotels should look elsewhere, but if you would rather swap tales with your local guides over a barbeque, this is the place to visit. Rainbow Tours is proud to be the first major UK tour operator to offer holidays to this beautiful and inspirational destination. We'd love to tell you all about travels in Sierra Leone, so do get in touch if you'd like to find out more.