Sierra Leone Beach and Heritage holiday
Freetown Peninsula coastline  
The famed Cotton tree in Freetown  
Small-scale mining  
Bonthe Island (Katrina Manson, Bradt Guides)  
The delightful Banana Island  
Bureh Beach (Katrina Manson, Bradt Guides)  
Off to visit Sugar Loaf  
Campbell's monkey  
Emerald starling, a near endemic fairly easily seen  
Banana Islands (Katrina Manson, Bradt Guides)  
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Sierra Leone Beach and Heritage holiday

Sierra Leone

The perfect introductioon to Sierra Leone, this tour takes in a stay by the Peninsula beaches; a visit to Banana Island; time at Tacaguma Chimpanzee Sanctuary and exploration of bustling Freetown.  

Day 1
Day 1
London - Freetown
Depart from London on the daytime Brussels Airlines flight (06h50) via Brussels to Freetown.
On arrival into Lungi Airport late this afternoon (16h50), you will be welcomed by our local representatives and transferred on the Sea Coach Express boat across the mouth of the Sierra Leone River to Aberdeen.
Transfer to comfortable Country Lodge set on Hill Station with sweeping views over the city with breakfast included.
Accommodation: Country Lodge
Day 2
Day 2
Freetown City Highlights tour - Tacaguma
Spend the morning with your guide seeing the sights of the town - the Railway Museum, St George's Cathedral, National Museum, the ancient cotton tree and Fort Thornton, where the Presidential State House is now located.
Transfer after lunch (cost of meal for own account) for a 2-night stay in one of the eco-chalets at Augusta Lodge, Tacugama, an inspirational Chimpanzee sanctuary, just outside Freetown with breakfast included.
Accommodation: Tacugama Lodge
Day 3
Day 3
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Forest Reserve
Bala and his team are conducting inspirational work at Tacaguma. Chimpanzees are often cruelly kept as pets, or hunted for bushmeat. More than 100 find sanctuary in Tacaguma, where you can see them swinging around and in good condition.
Birdwatching in the area is rewarding, with more than 100 species having been recorded from the Tacugama Forest Reserve. This includes some sought-after Upper Guinea forest-dwelling 'specials'. Overnight at one of the elegant thatch huts in the lodge, breakfast included.
Walks with the resident rangers in the forest are from 1 - 3 hours (flexible in duration).
Accommodation: Tacugama Lodge
Day 4
Day 4
Peninsula Tour, York - The Place
York is a predominantly Krio village with an intriguing history. Prior to the arrival of the liberated slaves, the Sherbro lived in the area then known as Momimi. York village is over 200 years old, predominantly Christian with old churches and appreciated for its aesthetic appeal. York is the region's rural district headquarters. The town layout and design of the houses is reminiscent of those in the 'deep south' of the United States, testament to the early settlers who came to start a new life in the 19th century.
Depart after breakfast for a tour of York with your guide. You can continue exploring the peninsula or return to the resort for some chillout time at the beach.
Accommodation: The Place Resort
Day 5
Day 5
Banana Islands
This morning, head for Kent Village on the Peninsula to catch a boat out to Banana Island, for a chance to explore this scenic place. Three islands make up the Banana Islands: Dublin and Ricketts are linked by a stone causeway. The third, Mes-Meheux, is uninhabited. You will be going to Dublin, with its lush gardens, robust breadfruit trees and colourful butterflies. The friendly resident community will make you feel welcome as you explore this quiet backwater. The islands are the ideal location in which to experience laid-back Sierra Leone at its best, and there will be various optional activities available, such as hiking, snorkelling or a boat trip around the island. You can also wander about and take in the delightes of this virtually unknown corner of West Africa. Lunch will consist of locally-caught fresh fish, prawns and lobsters (all subject to availability). Stay overnight at the Bafa Resort or similar.
Accommodation: Bafa Resort
Day 6
Day 6
Banana Islands - Tokeh (The Place)
After breakfast, depart Banana Island for Tokeh via a stop at Bureh Beach to chat with the residents at Beach surf club before settling down for seafood lunch.
Tokeh, a small coastal village on the Western Area Peninsula has one of the country's finest beaches, backed by lush green mountain forests. The old wooden pier adds to the atmosphere. Explore the area or chill by the poolside or at the beach.
Accommodation: The Place Resort
Day 7
Day 7
Back to Freetown
Spend a final morning on the beach before travelling back to the city in time to do some sightseeing and shopping at one of Freetown’s craft markets for gifts and souvenirs.
Overnight at Home Suites Boutique Hotel with breakfast.
Accommodation: The Home Suites Boutique Hotel
Day 8
Day 8
Freetown - London
Late check-out today. Your guide and driver will take you sightseeing today. Sea Coach Express transfer to the airport where our local representatives will assist you with check-in for the Brussels Airlines overnight flight departing 18h15 to London via Brussels.
Day 9
Arrive back in London early this morning.

Pricing Information & Dates

9 day tour, from £2445 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Price Includes
* Return economy class Brussels Airlines flights from London Heathrow to Freetown via Brussels
* Airport taxes
* Accommodation as per itinerary with breakfasts
* Services of a professional, experienced, private guide and driver throughout
* All transfers and private transportation
* All entry fees and local guide fees
* All excursions and activities as outlined
Price Excludes
* Sierra Leone entry visa
* Drinks
* Lunches and dinners
* Gratuities
* Travel insurance
Price Notes
Fares are quoted on a best buy basis so are subject to change until flights have been issued.

Tour Route Map

  1.   Banana Islands
  2.   Freetown

Accommodation on this Tour

Bafa Resort
Bafa Resort
Banana Islands, Sierra Leone
Bafa Resort Bafa resort on the Banana Islands has large tents, each of which is equipped with mattress and fan.  There is a bar stocked with alcohol and fresh cocktails and juice made from......
Tacugama Lodge
Tacugama Lodge
Tacugama Sanctuary, Sierra Leone
The Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary is an inspirational place to visit and if you'd like to spend the night in the rainforest. Its 4 thatched, eco-bungalows offering simple accommodation (Augusta Lodge)
The Home Suites Boutique Hotel
The Home Suites Boutique Hotel
Freetown, Sierra Leone
The Home Suites Boutique Hotel Now our accommodation of choice in Aberdeen, Freetown, The Home Suites Boutique Hotel offers very comfortable rooms of various categories, along with stylish decor,......
The Place Resort
The Place Resort
Peninsula Beaches, Sierra Leone
The Place Resort The Place is a 50-chalet seaside resort, set in 15 acres of tropical gardens on the unspoiled, pretty white sands of Tokeh Beach. Forest-clad mountains back hotel, creating a......

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