Sierra Leone

Sierra Leonean Leone

English, Krio, Mende, Temne.

Sights

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Freetown Peninsula

Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

In the dense rainforest of Western Area National Park, Sri Lankan founder Bala created Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a leafy, waterfall-framed hideaway set up with the purpose of rescuing and rehabilitating...

Top ChoiceIsland in Sierra Leone

Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary

'Big Island' in the Mende language, 12-sq-km Tiwai Island certainly packs a punch when it comes to its primate population. Set on the Moa River, the entire island is run as a conservation research project. There...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Freetown

Sierra Leone National Museum

There are two galleries inside the Sierra Leone National Museum – one housing a collection of cultural and historical artefacts, including Temne Guerrilla leader Bai Bureh's drum, clothes and sword; and another...

Top ChoiceBeach in Freetown

Lumley Beach

This wide sweep of beach has lost some of its atmosphere since the 2015 demolition of dozens of bamboo and thatch food shacks, and the numerous, ugly construction projects lining the beach road don't add to its...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Freetown

National Railway Museum

You don't have to be a rail fan to enjoy this Clinetown museum, where enthusiastic staff guide you around a surprising collection of restored locomotives, including one commissioned for the Queen of England in...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Freetown

State House

The State House, up on Tower Hill and overlooking the downtown area, is an example of Freetown's old Krio architecture, which features brightly washed buildings and higgledy-piggledy window frames. This building...

Top ChoiceUniversity in Freetown

Old Fourah Bay College

Gutted by fire in 1999, only the stone shell of the Old Fourah Bay College remains, but this 1848 building is graceful even in its decay. The World Monuments Fund lists it as one of the world's 100...

Wildlife Reserve in Tiwai Island

Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Sierra Leone's most visited natural reserve is home to over 700 different plant species, 135 bird species (including eight species of hornbill), plus otters and sea turtles. Tiwai is most famous for its primate...

National Park in Sierra Leone

Outamba-Kilimi National Park

This is a beautiful tract of savannah and jungle, with very diverse wildlife. You'll find primates such as chimpanzees, colobus monkeys and sooty mangabeys; hippos, bongo antelopes, buffalo, and perhaps even...

Wildlife Reserve in Sierra Leone

Gola Rainforest National Park

A short hop from Tiwai Island, the Gola Rainforest National Park is home to an abundance of creatures great and small, from rare, intricately patterned butterflies to lost, lumbering forest elephants having a...

Church in Freetown

St John's Maroon Church

St John's Maroon Church is a squat white building with big windows built around 1820. An example of the area's Krio architecture, it was built by returned slaves from Jamaica. It's located two blocks southwest of...

Landmark in York

Town Bell

Dating back to the days of the slave trade, the bell was reputedly used to alert people to important events or emergencies. It is used for the same purpose today.

Notable Building in Freetown

Law Courts

The ornate Law Courts have been beautifully restored following considerable war damage. Located immediately east of the Cotton Tree.

Cemetery in York

York Cemetery

One of the oldest in the country, this cemetery is the final resting place of several former colonial masters.

Historic Site in Freetown

King's Yard Gate

The ancestors of nearly all present-day Krios passed through King's Yard Gate, atop Tower Hill in the strategic military Martello Tower, built in 1805. Now the site of Connaught Hospital, this is where the...

Gardens in Freetown

Cotton Tree

Freetown's most famous landmark is the fat Cotton Tree, which looms large over the buildings of central Freetown. Rumoured to be hundreds of years old, it is said to have played a key role in the city's history,...

Historic Site in Freetown

Old Boundary Cannons

Over at the junction of Kissy Rd – known locally as 'Up Gun' community – you can see one of the three old boundary cannons that were used to mark the mapped-out limes of Freetown. It is believed to date back to...

Architecture in Freetown

Old Wharf Steps

The Old Wharf Steps, sometimes erroneously called the Portuguese Steps, lead up from Government Wharf. The stones were set in 1818. Many of the new arrivals brought here by the British to start a new life climbed...