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Tourist information Sierra Leone [ in West-Africa at the Atlantic Coast ].

Sierra Leone is divided into four regional divisions: Eastern, Northern, Southern Provinces and the Western Area.

Eastern Province:  Kailahun District,  Kenema District  and  Kono District.
Northern Province:  Bombali District,  Kambia District,  Koinadugu District,  Port Loko District  and  Tonkolili District
Southern Province:  Bo District,  Bonthe District  and  Moyamba District.

Towns / Cities:  Freetown


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Hotels in Sierra Leone

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

 

  Hotel Kimbima    
It is built on a hilly sloppy landscape overlooking the Capes, the Atlantic and the Lungi International Airport on a clear day, which gives it a serene and romantic atmosphere

National Park

  Outamba-Kilimi National Park   -   northern part of the country

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

 Responsibletravel.com  
Holidays from dozens of leading specialist tour companies and accommodations who are passionate about conserving Africa's wildlife and benefiting its people.

  
Create your perfect trip to Sierra Leone   -   Flight, Hotel and Car

  Sierra Leone Travel



Travel Guides Sierra Leone / Related Books

Sierra Leone (Bradt Travel Guide) - ISBN 1841622222
Sierra Leone (Bradt Travel Guide)
Katrina Manson (Author)
Guide, devoted solely to Sierra Leone. Armed conflict ended here in 2002; while still poor, the country is safe and offers tremendous opportunities for English -speaking travellers. This guide gives details and maps of its miles of palm-fringed beaches that are among the best in West Africa. It covers deep-sea fishing and wreck diving, snorkelling, canoeing and white-water rafting. It tells travellers how to island hop between Plantain Island, Banana Islands and Turtle Islands, and provides maps of hiking trails into the Nimini Hills, Bora Mountains and Gola Forest. Wildlife enthusiasts will learn where to see rare pygmy hippos, dwarf crocodiles, whales, lions and elephants; while cultural tourists are led to slaving landmarks including Bunce Island, site of the former slave fortress, and the funky city of Freetown.
Paperback: 256 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 1 edition (6 May 2009); ISBN-10: 1841622222; ISBN-13: 978-1841622224,

Transport / How do I travel to Sierra Leone

The country borders Guinee in the north and east and Liberia in the southeast..

  Freetown Airport   -   Lungi International Airport
      
 
Book cheap flights to Sierra Leone at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights  
Flight tickets Sierra Leone / Price comparison possible

  Maps International   -   Guides West Africa  
Mapsinternational.co.uk is one of the largest map shops online.
  Map Sierra Léone [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castañeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


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Bathed in 80 degree temperatures throughout the year, quiet palm treed white beaches providing the perfect backdrop, and wonderful people always ready with the warmest welcome, this beautiful little country has become one of the world's surprising "little travel secrets".

  Sierra Leone Travel and Tourism Information
The Visit Sierra Leone site is a comprehensive visitors' guide to 'Salone' offering travel and tourism information to assist you when planning your trip.
Whether you're a first time visitor, someone who has been there before, or a Sierra Leonean going back home make this is a first stop for your travel and tourism information needs.

  Sierra Leone High Commission London   -   official web site

  Sierra Leone Government [ doesn't work sometimes ]

  Eastern Province
Districts: Kailahun, Kenema, Kono.
  Northern Province
Districts: Bombali, Kambia, Koinadugu, Port Loko, Tonkolili.
  Southern Province
Districts: Bo, Bonthe, Moyamba, Pujehun.
  Western Area
Districts: Western Area Urban, Western Area Rural.

  Freetown   -   see Wikipedia: Freetown
The area was first settled in 1787 by freed slaves sent from England by British abolitionists, who started the Sierra Leone Company. In 1792, Freetown was founded by former slaves from Nova Scotia...

  Bo City
  Kenema   -   Moja River
  Sefadu [ Kono, Koidu ]   -   in the diamond mining region
  Yengema  -  small town eastern Province
Home to the National Diamond Mining Company
  Makeni   -   east of Freetown
  Kabala   -   north central part of the country   -   On the road  to Guinea
  Port Loco   -   near the capital but with a pleasant climate

  Banaba Islands   -   south of Freetown   -   island full of birds
  Shebro Island   -   southeast of the capital
With the run-down but charming colonial town of Bonthe
  Turtle Islands

  AISF   -   American International School of Freetown
Private, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from preschool through grade 8 to students of all nationalities.  Instruction is in English
  University Sierra Leone   -   Foura Bay College   -   University of Sierra Leone in Freetown
  University   -   Njala University College   -   University of Sierra Leone
The College is located  at the hinterland at Njala along the banks  of  the river Taia, ca.  200 km  South of Freetown,  the  capital of  Sierra  Leone
  Towns & Cities in Sierrra Leone
  US Embassy Freetown

Cuisine   -   Sierra Leonenan Foods / Recipes

  Sierra Leone recipes

History of Sierra Leone

Independence: 27 April 1961 (from UK)

European contacts with Sierra Leone were among the first in West Africa. In 1462, Portuguese explorer Pedro da Cintra mapped the hills surrounding what is now Freetown Harbour, naming the oddly shaped formation Serra Lyoa (Lion Mountains).

In 1787 the British helped 400 freed slaves from the United States return to Sierra Leone to settle in what they called the "Province of Freedom." These slaves had been promised their freedom for joining the British Army during the American Revolution; originally resettled in Nova Scotia, many died from the harsh Nova Scotian winters before receiving passage to Sierra Leone by the British Sierra Leone Company.

  Sierra Leone's History   -   see Wikipedia
Early history of Sierra Leone, Slavery, Freedom from enslavement, Colonial era, An independent nation led by Sir Milton Margai, Albert Margai Administration,  Three Military Coups [ 1967-1968 ], Stevens government and one party state, Momoh administration, Multi-party constitution and Revolutionary United Front rebellion, NPRC Junta, Return of democracy and civil war and Current government.

Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution: -   Simon Schama
Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution and its aftermath, Rough Crossings is the gripping, astonishing epic of the struggle for freedom by tens of thousands of slaves who believed that their future as free men and women was bound up with staying British, not becoming American. The decision to offer slaves who defected to the British their liberty began in military strategy, but it unleashed the greatest mass uprising in American history by tens of thousands of slaves - Americans who clung to the sentimental notion of British freedom even when they knew that the English were far from being saints when it came to slavery. With powerfully vivid story-telling, often spoken through the voices of the blacks themselves, as well as the white abolitionists who became their emancipators and protectors, Schama follows the odyssey of the escaped blacks into the fires of the war, the terror of potential recapture at the war's end, and into inhospitable Nova Scotia where thousands who had served the Crown were betrayed in their promises to receive land. Along the way, Rough Crossings keeps company with a cast of extraordinary characters: Granville Sharp, the flute-playing father-figure of slave freedom; David George, runaway slave and Baptist preacher; Thomas Peters, sergeant in the British Black Pioneers and the first true African-American politician. Most compelling of all, there is Lieutenant John Clarkson, young, passionate, resourceful and high-strung, the Moses of this, one of the great Exoduses in British history. Clarksons journal of the ingathering in Nova Scotia, the ocean crossing and the harrowing experience of the first year in Sierra Leone is one of the most powerful documents of the history of liberty. Although the extraordinary story that unfolds in Rough Crossings would ultimately prove to be bitterly tragic, it was not without its moments of redemption, promises kept as well as betrayed. If there is heartbreak waiting in its pages there is also rejoicing. No one who reads it will ever feel the same way again about what it means to be British, American - and black.
Hardcover 448 pages (September 8, 2005);  Publisher: BBC Books;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0563487097

Music, Arts & Culture, Events in Sierra Leone

The name Sierra Leone actually comes from a Portuguese word meaning Lion Mountain? Early Portuguese explorers thought the profile of the mountain ranges resembled that of a sleeping lion.

  Music of Sierra Leone [ Wikipedia ]
Sierra Leone's music is a mixture of native and French influences. Palm wine is representative, and is played by an acoustic guitar with percussion in countries throughout coastal West Africa...

  The Gullah
The Gullah Rice, Slavery, and the Sierra Leone-American Connection.
The connection between the Gullah and the people of Sierra Leone is a very special one. The rice plantation zone of coastal South Carolina and Georgia was the only place in the Americas where Sierra Leonean slaves came together in large enough numbers and over a long enough period of time to leave a significant linguistic and cultural impact.


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