Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa, on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s known for the white-sand beaches lining the Freetown Peninsula. The capital city, Freetown, commemorates the nation’s slave-trade history with the Cotton Tree landmark and King’s Yard Gate. Both were known as places of refuge for returned slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries. Nearby Bunce Island was a key departure point during the slave trade.

The country’s beautiful, lighthearted capital, Freetown is bursting with colorful architecture and picturesque landscape. With a congruous blend of mountains, sea, and city, it’ll leave you wondering why you haven’t visited sooner. Bo’s Big Market is where you can search for incredible West African fabrics, learn about herbal remedies, and sample different foods and wines. Surrounding Freetown is plenty of outdoor adventure that shouldn’t be missed including beaches and hiking trails.

One of the best-kept secrets of West Africa is the breathtaking beaches of Sierra Leone. The shimmering sunlight makes the sand sparkle below your feet as the waves from the ocean crash against the shore. Many of the best beaches require some off-roading to access, but even the most populated beaches on the Freetown peninsula are barely-touched. Some of these amazing beaches include Tokeh, Aberdeen, Banana Islands, and Bureh Town.

Sierra Leone features incredible wildlife attractions including national parks and primate sanctuaries. Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary, on the Moa River, lets visitors see endangered primates like the Colobus, Diana monkeys, and 100 of the country’s rare pygmy hippos. Take a visit through the Outamba-Kilimi National park where savannah and jungle merge together.

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