Sierra Leone

Famous for its diamonds, Sierra Leone is a natural destination where you'll find unique tropical wildlife, but also pristine sandy beaches and the bustle of Freetown. The civil war is long over and the country is safe again.

See our travel suggestions below and contact us if you are interested or need more information about Sierra Leone. It is easy to combine a trip with a visit to Guinea or Liberia.

Kameli Travel organises tours to Sierra Leone – whether you're just looking to experience vibrant Freetown on the Atlantic coast. Or continue your journey along the coast to a picturesque sandy beach like River Number 2 Beach. There are several charming and tranquil islands off the country's coast, including the Banana Islands and Sherbro Island. If relaxing on the beach isn't your thing, conquer Sierra Leone's highest mountain, Mount Bintumani, or visit one of the country's many diamond mines near Bo!

We can arrange a professional guide and transport services for you or your group, and book your preferred level of accommodation. However, if you wish to travel by public transport, we can arrange for a guide to accompany you on these as well.

Contact us if you are interested, need more information about travelling in Sierra Leone or already know where you would like to go in Sierra Leone. Or let us know the date and let us make a suggestion. It's easy to combine a trip to Sierra Leone with a visit to Liberia, Guinea and, surprisingly, Nigeria.

Tour suggestions

City and beach life in Sierra Leone, 5 days:

Day 1 | Arrival in Freetown, where you'll spend the night
Day 2 | City tour of Freetown, where we stay overnight
Day 3 | Trip to Banana Island, where we stay overnight or return back to Freetown
Day 4 | Visit the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary and beaches near Freetown. Return to Freetown for the night
Day 5 | Departure for home or, for example, Liberia.

Sierra Leone covers an area of 71 740 km². The population is 7.7 million and the capital is Freetown. The country gained independence from the British crown in 1961 and, as a colonial legacy, the official language is English. The people make their living largely from agriculture, but the country also has large diamond and titanium resources. Tourism is almost non-existent.

Climate: Sierra Leone has a tropical climate - hot and humid all year round. The rainy season is from April to November and the coast receives the most rainfall. The wettest months are between June and August. The dry season lasts from November to April, during which hot, dry harmattan winds blow. March is the hottest month, with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees Celsius. During the rainy season, in August, temperatures remain in the high 20s.

Security: Sierra Leone is a safe country to visit, but in large crowds it's a good idea to beware of pickpockets. There are strong ocean currents off the country.

Visa: With the exception of some African nationalities, visas are required for everyone. Sierra Leone has an e-visa, which is applied for and paid for by credit card via the official Sierra Leone government e-visa website. The visa costs USD 80. In addition, the country has introduced a mandatory "security fee" which all travellers entering and leaving the country by air have to pay. It costs 25 USD and is paid by credit card on the Securipass website. Please note that visa policies and prices are subject to change without notice. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of visa application.

Currency: Sierra Leone uses the leone (SLE) as its currency. You should take euro or dollar notes with you and exchange them at your destination or withdraw cash from an ATM.

Vaccinations and malaria: Sierra Leone requires a certificate of yellow fever vaccination. In addition, hepatitis a and b vaccinations are recommended. Please ensure that your basic vaccinations are up to date. Malaria is prevalent in Sierra Leone throughout the year, so anti-malaria medication is recommended.

Travel insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended.