Health & safety
Freetown has less of a crime problem than most other African capitals, but beware that petty thieves work the markets downtown, especially Victoria Park, and Lumley Beach. The East End is rough as a badger, so watch your back in the light and stay out at night.
Beach boys and would-be gigolos are becoming more common on Lumley Beach, but they are tame compared to those in the Gambia.
Choitram Memorial Hospital (232598; Hill Station) is Freetown’s best medical facility. Central Pharmacy (221735; 30 Wallace Johnson St) is reliable.
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