Some of Our Sierra Leone Holiday Ideas

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Our expertise in Sierra Leone

Helen Kennedy

I’d love to create your perfect destination experience to Sierra Leone . Give me a call and I’ll share my first-hand expertise so you get the most from your trip.

Travel Specialist

Helen's review

Before I visited myself, I didn’t know anyone else who had been to Sierra Leone. I had heard the famous Bounty advert was filmed on a beach there (showing my age now!), plus stories of chimpanzees using tools, so getting to see wildlife and scenery off the beaten track ticked several boxes for me. My travels there showed me far more than expected; beautiful forests and rivers, very English sounding place names, history of the slave trade at Bunce Island, unique ecotourism and community projects and lots of very fresh seafood.

Helen's Top Tips

  1. Travel with a professional local guide and stay in locally run guesthouses. There are no big chain properties here.
  2. A stay on Banana Island offers snorkelling, boat trips, and a laid-back island way of life.
  3. Franco, a well-known expat, runs a guesthouse and restaurant on the peninsula – a great spot for lunch by the beach.

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Why visit Sierra Leone?

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). 

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.

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.

Helen Kennedy

Travel Specialist

I'm here to tailor-make your perfect holiday. Give me a call and I'll use my expertise to create your personalised experience.

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.

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.

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. Our travel specialist Helen Kennedy, has visited the country and travelled extensively within it.

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Why Choose Us?

Passionate travel experts

  • We've been leading wildlife travel since our first South Africa tours over 25 years ago
  • Our Travel Specialists have lived in their specialist area for years
  • We work with local guides to immerse you deeper in our diverse range of experiences

Personal & tailor-made

  • You'll speak to your own expert who'll share their first-hand knowledge
  • We'll make your itinerary seamless with 24/7 emergency contact available
  • Your Travel Specialist will listen to ensure you have the best chance of seeing the wildlife you love

Responsible by nature

  • We take care to actively contribute to the conservation of environments we visit
  • For select countries, we make a charitable donation on your behalf when you make your booking
  • We've partnered with conservation experts and NGOs to curate responsible tours
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