Sierra Leone Made Simple
Tacugama: arguably the best Chimpanzee sanctuary internationally.  
Kids, Sierra Leone (Photo by Helen)  
Bunce Island sign (photo by Helen)  
Bunce Island (Helen)  
Chimp at Tacugama (Helen)  
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Tour Highlights

  • Bustling Freetown
  • Inspirational work at Tacugama Chimp Sanctuary
  • Bunce Island for an insight into the country's history
  • Tiwai island's rainforest birds, monkeys and butterflies
  • Exploring the Banana Islands
  • Kicking back on beautiful Tokeh Beach
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Sierra Leone Made Simple

Sierra Leone

This tailor made sample itinerary showcases a lovely spectrum of Sierra Leone's highlights and has something special for most visitors: start with exploration of bustling Freetown and an excursion to Bunce Island, during which you can gain a poignant insight into the county's history.

Be inspired by the ongoing work at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, set up by Bala Amarasekaran and his wife Sharmila, and very highly praised by Dr Jane Goodall during her February 2019 visit there.

Continue to Tiwai Island, where visitors come to seek some of the resident Upper Guinea forest inhabitants such as Western red and King colobus, Diana monkeys and Sooty mangabeys, along with West African rainforest birds including Emerald starling and Johanna's sunbird. Night walks may reveal interesting species such as the bizarre Hammerhead bats and in the trees, Demidoff'sgalago and even a West African potto.

After your time in the rainforests, return to Freetown and head out to the Banana Islands for a night of glamping at Bafa Resort. Enjoy the relaxed island vibe here. (You can also indulge in some snorkelling, swimming and a boat trip around one of the islands).

End the trip at the sweeping, white sand beach of Tokeh, among the best of Sierra Leone's beautiful beaches.

During the holiday you will be looked after by one of our excellent and experienced driver-guides and transportation is in the form of a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Accommodation varies from very basic (Tiwai Island) to smart and modern (The Home Suites). 

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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
Bunce Island Excursion and Freetown highlights
After breakfast, you will be taken on an excursion to Bunce Island with a private speedboat. Bunce Island was the largest British slave castle on the Rice Coast of West Africa. Founded around 1670, this is from where tens of thousands of African captives were transported to North America and the West Indies, until British Parliament finally closed it down in 1808. While Bunce Island is left to decay, bringing about questions concerning its preservation, its appearance does add to its charm. It is authentic and as our Sierra Leonean colleagues express it, 'raw - a painful history that is burying itself under layers of greenery'. After Bunce island, you will be taken to see the highlights of Freetown including the Railway Museum, St George's Cathedral, National Museum, the ancient cotton tree and Fort Thornton. 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: Country Lodge
Day 3
Day 3
To Tacugama Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre
.Depart to Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary where you will spend the night.Learn about the inspirational work being conducted by Bala and his team. Chimpanzees are oftentimes cruelly or ignorantly kept as pets, or sometimes hunted. More than 100 find a safe home at Tacugama, where you can watch them swinging from branches, grooming each-other and afterwards, you can enjoy a forest walk to seek some of the 100-odd bird species that have been identified in Tacugama Forest Reserve. Accomodation is in one of the elegant thatched huts of Augusta Lodge.
Accommodation: Tacugama Lodge
Day 4
Day 4
Tacugama to Tiwai Island
A visit to the tropical rainforest at Tiwai Island is one of Sierra Leone’s natural history highlights. Surrounded by the wide Moa River, you'll find yourself immersed in the Upper Guinea forest ecosystem. Most visitors manage to see some of the species of forest-dependent Monkey for which the area is best known, along with many rainforest birds and amphibians. Night walks can deliver some interesting and rare species too. (Take a strong torch with spare batteries).
After a lunch stop at Bo, you'll arrive in Tiwai mid to late afternoon.
During an afternoon / early evening boat trip up the Mao River you can enjoy spectacular views of Tiwai Island and the neighbouring mainland. Keep an eye open for monkeys and some of the 135 species of birds, as well as the occasional crocodile (Three species occur in Sierra Leone).
In the evening, the camp staff will cook dinner for you.
Accommodation: Tiwai Island
Day 5
Day 5
Tiwai Island
After breakfast, enjoy a guided walk the forest of Tiwai Island. With luck you will see a variety of forest-dwelling monkeys, birds, reptiles, frogs and wonderful butterflies. Departing after an early lunch, take a boat transfer back to the mainland and explore the culture in the rural villages of Kambama and nearby Nianiahun (20 min drive). You'll be shown sites of traditional sacrifice, meeting points for the ceremonies held by village elders; birth ceremonial sites and the ‘blood stream’ hiding place for knives and weapons of ancient warriors. In the late afternoon, take a stroll into the forest to seek more wildlife. We recommend a second night walk after dark to try to see some more of the rare nocturnal species which inhabit this area.
Accommodation: Tiwai Island
Day 6
Day 6
Tiwai Island - Freetown - Banana Islands
After breakfast (you can do an early morning walk if you like), depart Tiwai Island and head to Freetown via Bo. If you wish, you can have lunch in Bo, before continuing on to Freetown. You are then taken to Kent Village on the peninsula, to catch a motorised boat to Banana Island, for an overnight stay in Bafa Resort. (Glamping). Enjoy the relaxed ambience in this corner of the country. Optional activities include hiking, snorkelling and a scenic boat trip around the island.
Accommodation: Bafa Resort
Day 7
Day 7
Banana Islands to Tokeh
After breakfast, depart Banana Island for Tokeh with a stop at Bureh Beach to meet the residents at Beach surf club and have a seafood lunch. Then depart for Tokeh, a mall coastal village on the Western Area Peninsula, where you'll find one of Sierra Leone's loveliest beaches. Backed by lush, forested mountains, the beach makes for a wonderful place at which to relax. Alternatively you can chill out by the pool. Overnight at The Place Resort with breakfast.
Accommodation: The Place Resort
Day 8
Day 8
Tokeh Beach to Freetown
Enjoy the morning relaxing at the beach. This afternoon you will be taken back to Freetown, to stay overnight in the Home Suites Boutique Hotel with breakfast included.
Accommodation: The Home Suites Boutique Hotel
Day 9
Day 9
Departure (reluctantly)
After a sightseeing trip which can include some shopping today, you will be transferred back to the airport in time to check in 3 hours prior to the departure of your overnight Brussels Airlines flight departing around 6pm back to Brussels.
Day 10
Welcome Home
On arrival in Brussels Airport, remain air side and connect with the Brussels Airlines flight back to London Heathrow.

Pricing Information & Dates

10 day tour, from £2795 per person
Price Includes
* Return economy class Brussels Airlines flights from London Heathrow to Freetown via Brussels
* Airport taxes
* Accommodation as per itinerary with meals as listed
* 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.

All our Sierra Leone itineraries can be modified/tailored to suit individual interests and requirements.

Tour Route Map

  1.   Freetown
  2.   Tiwai Island
  3.   Banana Islands

Accommodation on this Tour

Bafa Resort
Bafa Resort
Banana Islands, Sierra Leone
Bafa Resort Bafa resort on the Banana Islands has introduced the concept of ‘‘Glamping’ to Sierra Leone and comes highly recommended by those who have visited it.  To the......
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 very......
Tiwai Island
Tiwai Island
Tiwai Island, Sierra Leone
Tiwai Island Accommodation at Tiwai comes in two forms: (May 2019 update is that some maintenance is needed): 1. There is a basic lodge with three double rooms and 4 single rooms. There are......

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