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Top Choice Wildlife 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 endange…
Top Choice Island 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 are…
Top Choice Italian in Freetown Peninsula

Franco's

Half an hour from Freetown is Sierra Leone foodie institution Franco's, sprawled on Sussex Beach (beside the lagoon). Run by an Italian/Sierra Leonean couple, this place specialises in seafood and pasta, and is a fa…
Top Choice Restaurant in Freetown

Oasis

This charming little cafe is an oasis indeed. Set in a garden off Murray Town Rd, it feels hundreds of miles away from the chaos of Freetown. Though it's famous for its smoothies, the food here is also excellent and…
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 popul…
Seafood in Freetown

Mamba Point Lagoonda

Mamba Point is one of Freetown's most popular (and expensive) restaurants. Come for dinner in the chic dining room, or just to sink a few cocktails and smoke on a shisha pipe on the expansive terrace, which has gorg…
Marathon in Makeni

Sierra Leone Marathon

The annual Sierra Leone Marathon was set up in 2012. Runners follow a route through the villages and communities surrounding Makeni, raising funds for the charity Street Child (www.streetchild.co.uk). Over 100 inter…
Pizza in Freetown

Gusto's

Decked out in Neopolitan colours, this airy space serves the most authentic pizza you'll find in Sierra Leone. There's also a deli stocked with a healthy amount of olive oils, cured meats cheeses, Italian wines and …
Club in Freetown

Quincy's Bar & Nightclub

A Freetown institution, Quincy's claims that it shuts 'when the last person leaves', and in their case, it's true. Come the weekend, an exuberant crowd of local posers, government ministers and expats parties well p…
African in Freetown

Senegalese Restaurant

Ignore the no-frills interior – this tiny gem serves up delicious West African meals and cold beers. The yassa chicken (or fish) is excellent and it even does a nice line in Senegalese deserts.