The Republic of Sierra Leone, more commonly referred to as simply Sierra Leone, is a country in West Africa with a tropical climate. It has a total area of 71,749km2, with a diverse environment that ranges from rainforests to savannah. The capital and largest city is Freetown, also serving as the country's economic and political centre. Sierra Leone is considered as one of the most religiously tolerant nations in the world, as the predominant Muslims and the Christian minority coexist peacefully. Many of its people live in poverty, despite the fact that Sierra Leone is rich in mineral sources, abundant in diamonds, bauxite, gold, rutile, and iron ore.
Bunce Island - Bunce Island is one of the sites of the 40 18th-century British slave castles or fortified trading posts during the Atlantic slave trade period. It is situated in the Sierra Leone River in what is now the Republic of Sierra Leone in West Africa. Slaves were shipped from the Bunce Island to the North American colonies of Georgia and South Carolina. It remains the most historic site located in Africa for the United States.
Outamba-Kilimi National Park - The park is located in the northwest of the country, near the Republic of Guinea border. It is divided into two areas, the larger being Outamba at 741km2, and Kilimi with an area of 368km2. The park was named after the highest peak in Outamba, Mount Outamba, and the longest river in Kilimi, River Kilimi. The area is home to a large number of chimpanzees and other primates including colobus monkeys and sooty mangabeys. The rare bongo antelopes can also be found in the park. Additionally, Outamba-Kilimi National Park and the area around it are also considered home by the Susu tribe.
Banana Islands - The islands Dublin, Ricketts, and Mes-Meheux situated off the southwest coast of the Freetown Peninsula in the country's Western Area make up the Banana Islands. Mes-Meheux is uninhabited, while Dublin Island is best known for its collection of charming beaches and guesthouses, and Ricketts is known for its forests. Dublin and Ricketts are connected through a stone causeway, and the most common way to get to the islands is by boat from Kent. Dublin offers many accommodations (which can also include transportation to and from the islands), and visitors may take up scuba diving or try their hand at sports fishing.
Bonthe Town - This ethnically diverse coastal town can be found on Sherbro Island in the Bonthe District. Formerly a British Colonial Town, Bonthe Town has several fascinating stone churches.
How to get around within Sierra Leone
West African bush taxis are called poda-poda, and while it is not the most comfortable ride one can hope for, it is extremely cheap. Shared taxis are about the same price but are slightly more comfortable. The most efficient way to travel is by moto-taxi. For independent travel, there are no motorbikes for rent, but there are some for sale.
How to get there
Located in the coastal town Lungi is Freetown-Lungi International Airport, the international and domestic airport serving Sierra Leone. Airlines that cater to the airport are Air Côte d'Ivoire, Air France, Arik Air, ASKY Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Eagle Atlantic Airlines, Gambia Bird, Kenya Airways, and Royal Air Maroc.
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