For the traveler, Sierra Leone is still West Africa's secret beach destination. Sweet sands rise from the soft waters of the Atlantic, with the backdrop dressed in sun-stained hues, rainforest green and the red, red roads of the north.
In Freetown, colorful stilted houses remember the days when freed enslaved people from the Caribbean resettled upon these shores. In the north, the Loma Mountains form the highest point west of Cameroon. Further east national parks and rainforest shelter endangered species like the black-and-white colobus monkey and the elusive pygmy hippo.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Sierra Leone.