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About Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is West Africa’s prime beach destination. This vastly beautiful country - boasting diverse tropical landscapes - is home to more than 7 million people. Sierra Leone is Africa’s rough diamond, with an attentive eye you will discover its natural beauty and marvelous potential. Popular attractions include Bunce Island in Freetown and Makeni Clock Tower in Makeni.

Cheap flights to Sierra Leone are now available for a limited period of time, so prepare to be inspired by this humbling destination. Freetown is the home of Lungi International Airport (FNA), which is 1 hour, 25 minutes (including a ferry) from the city centre. FNA serves a multitude of airlines – including RwandAir and Kenya Airways. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town International Airport and O.R Tambo International Airport. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Freetown is approximately 15 hours.

Why visit Sierra Leone

beach

Tropical Paradise

Palm-fringed beaches and tropical rainforests makes this one of Africa’s most exotic destinations. Visit Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary or take a canoe trip to Banana Islands for a delightful tropical vacation.

food

Cuisine

Indulge your taste buds with Sierra Leone’s delicious dishes which consists of hearty stews. Be sure to try the groundnut stew and a cassava leave dish. Plunge yourself into this country’s rich food culture through street stalls.

cotton tree

Cotton Tree

Peruse the best-loved landmark located in the heart of Freetown, the cotton tree dominates the city’s skyline. It has great historical significance for the citizens of Freetown. Visit the cotton tree at dusk to witness the bats vacate in unison.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Sierra Leonean Leone
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 565.01 SLL
Language English and Krio
Hub Airport Lungi International Airport
Airline Kenya Airways
Time Zone GMT +0
Travel Adaptor Type D / G

Best time to visit Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone has a tropical, humid climate. Its wet season lasts from May to October seeing a torrential downpour of rain. Temperatures reach around 25 degrees Celsius. July and August are the months when the heaviest rains are experienced. November to April marks the dry season when conditions are much more pleasing to visit the country. The climate is hot and dry, but the coastal areas has a cool sea breeze to alleviate the heat. Temperatures reach around 32 degrees Celsius during the dry season. The sweet spot for travelling to Sierra Leone is the period between the season of torrential rains, and the approaching heat and dust-carrying Harmattan winds.

Weather & Climate in Sierra Leone

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 24°C 24°C 24°C 25°C 24°C 24°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 24°C 24°C
High °C 30°C 30°C 30°C 31°C 31°C 30°C 29°C 28°C 29°C 30°C 30°C 30°C
Rainfall (mm) 3 4 15 45 175 325 735 790 485 265 90 15

Sierra Leone is a paradise best known for its terrible slavery history and civil war but it promises to be more than its turbulent past. Nestled on the corner of West Africa, Sierra Leone is blessed with tropical landscapes, from the animated rainforest greenery to palm-tree and white-sand beaches, it surprises the most experienced traveller!

The capital city, Freetown, will enlighten you with the most astonishing historic information. It is the settlement where thousands of slaves were returned to or liberated in, Africans and Creoles inhabit this lush land and welcome you with delightful praise. Popular attractions include Bunce Island, Sierra Leone National Railway Museum and Banana Island.

Kabala’s rural landscape surrounded by mountains affords you the chance to immerse yourself in the authenticity of Sierra Leone. Kabala is one of the largest towns in Sierra Leone, prepare to be intrigued by the everyday life of the locals.

The presence of tourists truly gives Africa’s rough diamond hope for a better standard of living. Explore the depths of Sierra Leone’s identity while island hopping and visiting rainforests or have a rejuvenating moment on its luscious beaches. Travelling to Sierra Leone is the opportunity to venture with a conscience!

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South African passport holders require a visa to enter Sierra Leone. You will need a passport that is valid for at least six months, and it should have at least two blank pages.

The South African Embassy to Sierra Leone is situated in Ivory Coast:

Villa Marc Andre Rue Monseigneur Rene Koussi Cocody President Ivory Coast

Telephone: +225 2244 5963

Travellers going to Sierra Leone should be up-to-date with routine vaccinations. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and your yearly flu shot.

Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry to Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone is a safe and welcoming country to travel to. Travellers are encouraged to remain vigilant and use common sense when touring the cities in Sierra Leone.

Safety tips for travelling in Sierra Leone:

• Be vigilant of pickpocketing in major cities.

• Avoid walking alone, especially at night.

• Do not flash your jewellery or cash in public spaces.

• It is best to avoid travelling at night as it can be dangerous.

• Always carry proof of identification with you.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Freetown
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R100.00 R100.00 R47.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25.00 R25.00 R9.00
Cappuccino (regular) R23.00 R23.00 R35.00
Taxi 1km (normal tarriff) R10.00 R10.00 R2.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R40.00 R40.00 R12.00
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