Sierra Leone is one of West Africa’s most enticing and least-known holiday destinations. The troubles of the 1990s prevented the development of the mass tourism that dominates nearby Gambia, and travel in Sierra Leone remains an exciting journey into undiscovered Africa. You’ll find wonderful, welcoming people, 400 kilometres of virtually deserted white sand beaches and a fascinating heritage entwined with the abolition of slavery. Inland, the country is covered with the lush evergreen forests, which are home to some interesting primates and birds as well as alluring forest-dependent wildlife such as various species of duiker antelope; white-bellied (tree) pangolin, anomalures, water chevrotain and hammerhead bats. (Do note that population densities tend to be low and animals are skittish due to years of persecution).
Holidays to Sierra Leone are most definitely for the more adventurous traveller; those who want to discover something fresh and well away from the beaten track. Our guides and drivers are outstanding and they make sure that all our guests have the best experience on our Sierra Leone holidays.
Our Sierra Leone programme is a work in progress, which aims to capture the essence of this poorly known destination. Itineraries are tailor-made, drawing on our extensive, first-hand knowledge and the most up-to-date information from our local partners. Our very own Helen Kennedy is one of the UK's very few travel specialists who has personally been able to explore the country.
Whether you want to retrace the footsteps of freed slaves returning to Africa, watch the sunset from a deserted beach, drop into a Krio village in the hills behind Freetown, or head inland to Gola and Tiwai in pursuit of rainforest-dwelling birds*** and perhaps some mammals confined to the Upper Guinea ecosystem, we can arrange a trip to suit your interests.
***Please note that currently (January 2020) we are not sending clients to Tiwai or Gola due to deterioration of the infrastructure in those two locations. If you do wish to visit there, call us to arrange fully equipped camping, for which we will arrange all supplies.
Travel in Sierra Leone is all about connecting with the places you visit and the people who live there. English is widely spoken and you can expect a warm and genuine welcome wherever you go.
Guides & vehicles
All our Sierra Leone holidays include the use of a private four-wheel drive vehicle and a professional guide and driver. Your guide will explain the history of the areas you visit, offer insights into local life and customs, and help track down the perfect gift to take home. It's the quality and personalities of our guides and drivers that make our Sierria Leone holidays so special.
Personal connection with Sierra Leone
Some of our guests have a personal connection with Sierra Leone, either tracing their ancestry to this part of Africa or through relatives who lived and worked there. We can tailor-make itineraries to include specific areas or buildings with which you have a link and can concentrate on the historical and cultural aspects of the areas or ethnic groups that interest you.
First major UK tour operator to Sierra Leone
We are proud to be the first UK tour operator to have opened a programme offering a selection of Sierra Leone holidays and we are committed to promoting tourism that has a positive impact on this inspiring and beautiful country. Local guides and community-run guesthouses not only offer a distinctive travel experience, but also ensure that your Sierra Leone holiday is enjoyable, fulfilling and benefits the permanently resident people. In 2019, we co-hosted a group of eight of the UK's most respected travel journalists on a tour of Sierra Leone and they loved it. Contact us if you would like to see copies of their output.
Benefit from our experts' knowledge of Sierra Leone when you're ready to plan your holiday. In this blog post, we round up some reasons why you might enjoy a Sierra Leone holiday, drawing on the expertise of travel specialist Helen Kennedy, who has visited the country and travelled extensively within it. Read it and find out more about holidays to Sierra Leone, what Helen experienced when she was there, and what you can expect from a journey to this West African gem.