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Sierra Leone : When and where to go?
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Sierra Leone: Climate & Weather
The country experiences a humid tropical climate. The rainy season runs from May to October, with heavy rainfall and temperatures around 25 ° C.
26°C - 79°F
Freetown, updated 02:00 GMT
Sierra Leone: Map
What to do in Sierra Leone
The capital, Freetown, is also a major port, with a large proportion of the country's population. You can admire St. George's Cathedral, the National Museum with De Ruyter Stone, Foulah Town Mosque, Queen Elizabeth Wharf and its huge boats, and the lively and colorful main market.
The Outamba Kilimi National Park in the north, covered with hills, forests and grassy plains, is home to monkeys, hippos, buffaloes and elephants. In Loma Mountians Forest, a sumptuous forest with gigantic trees that surrounds Mount Bintumani, you can observe several species of monkeys, especially chimpanzees. If you go south-east of the country, discover the Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary which, although the smallest reserve of Sierra Leone, has a very rich animal diversity, with its crocodiles, monkeys and hippos, and especially its 120 Species of birds.
Not to be missed is Tacugama's chimpanzee reserve, set up in the hills near Freetown, which opened in 1995 to rescue chimpanzees whose families were stolen or exterminated, or that the destruction of their environment threatened death. The Ebola virus was also a dramatic factor for them, but the center was able to reopen in early 2015.
As for the coast, its 400 kilometers offer beautiful beaches and many mangroves. The area of Freetown is especially spoiled with its beautiful expanses of sand, such as Lumley Beach and River No. 2 Beach, the most renowned. If you like water sports, visit the beaches of the Turtle Islands, 60 km further south.
Sierra Leone : The basics
A visa is required to enter Sierra Leone.
The current currency is leone (SLL).
By plane, you will land at Freetown Airport, located 25 km from the city center. To travel in the country, if you choose the road, prefer a 4x4 vehicle because the tracks are of uneven quality according to the places. You can also rent a car with driver, or take a bus or taxi-bush. In town you can find a taxi quite easily.
Budget: Count between 30 and 100 euros per day and per person according to your level of comfort, these prices ranging from spartan to correct. Sierra Leone is indeed relatively expensive for an African country, especially if you stay in Freetown.
Health: Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory. Also protect yourself against cholera and take a treatment against malaria, drink only bottled water, eat well-cooked food. Currently, the presence of the Ebola virus must make you delay any trip to this country.
Security: The country is now stabilized, but the concern is the epidemic of Ebola fever, so avoid any further travel to this country until further notice.
Shopping: you can bring back superb masks, wooden statues, colorful jewelry.