A Warm West African Welcome
a new destination
ready and able to give the tourist a warm West African welcome. Its
varied landscapes, from sandy beaches to mangroves, from fertile
farmland to mountains; its wildlife, from chimps to hippos, from birds
to manatees; its culture and religions, and its hospitality, will all
add up to a memorable experience.
See our 'Tours
page for accommodation, possible itineraries, destinations, and other
Leone Tours offer accompanied tours with both English- and German- speaking guides, to see our country and the unique experience it has to offer.
Tourism is not new
10 years of civil war in Sierra Leone has had a serious impact on the
lives of the people. People are now rebuilding their lives. Before the war,
tourism formed an important part of the Sierra Leone economy. People
from many parts of the world used to go to Sierra Leone to have a taste
of its fine environment, natural beaches, national park, Gola
rain forest and above all to have the feeling of being in an atmosphere of
Enjoying good hospitality in a traditional African
setting, we aim to bring Sierra Leone tourism back into the spotlight
Sierra Leone has very beautiful landscapes. The North is mountainous and the
South is relatively flat. The West has mountains from where the country
derived its name "Sierra Loyal" which later became Sierra Leone. The
East has dense forests and is hilly. The coast has long stretches of
Atlantic beaches around the Freetown peninsula, and mangroves to the
south. There are also a number of offshore islands being considered for
future tourist development. We will be offering adventure and safari
tours to areas of the countryside.
Today's economy depends largely on agriculture. The people from the hinterland
grow crops and rice mainly for home consumption. In the north of the
country, people rear cattle, grow crops and rice. In the South and
South-East the main source of income comes from the abundant mineral
resources (diamond, ruthile, bauxite, gold, iron ore etc). There is
also much agricultural activity in this part of the country.
Freetonians consume more fish than meat. This makes the fishing
industry an important part of the country's economy. From experience, tourists
enjoy fresh fish and local meat especially when it's barbecued for them
on the beach.
There are two main religions in Sierra Leone- Christian and Muslim, but
there is also what is left of African traditional religion. How far
have Christianity and Islam influenced old traditional African religion?
The rituals of traditional religion are largely practiced in the
hinterland. You will have the chance to see the remains of this African
religion and to see real traditional African life which is in complete
contrast to modern day Africa. You may also stay for two
nights with an African family to experience traditional African hospitality.
Sierra Leone has an average temperature of about 32 degrees C. (80 degrees F.)
Mostly, it is hot and humid depending though on the locality and time
Sierra Leone has two major seasons.
The rainy season
May- June and ends in September. The month of August has the heaviest
The dry season
starts in mid October and ends in April. The
Hamattan wind from the Sahara, which affects much of northern
Sierra Leone, blows between November and mid- February . This is not an
ideal time for photography because of the weather. During this time it
is cooler in the north than in any other part of the country. You may,
of course, visit Sierra Leone at any time of the year, but July and
August can be very wet. Contact us for more details.