Sierra Leone’s capital and largest city is Freetown, situated on a peninsula on the coast. Although the city suffered during the civil war it is getting back on its feet again and makes an excellent place to visit and enjoy several different attractions.
Freetown has some great beaches, and the more remote ones benefit from the fact that they are unspoilt and undeveloped. However if tourism does take off this may soon change. Lumley Beach is perhaps the most developed as this one is directly in front of the city. The beautiful white sandy beach has some hotels, restaurants, clubs and shops lining it as well as a golf course.
In the city a number of attractions include the Sierra Leone Museum, the National Rail Museum, colonial houses set on stilts, other historical buildings, Charlotte Falls and more.
Natural Attractions of Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone has some beautiful and lush areas inland from the coast, many of which have been designated as Forest Reserves. As yet Sierra Leone has just one national park though another five have been proposed. If these are approved then this fact is bound to help boost the tourism market in Sierra Leone.
Outamba-Kilimi National Park is in the north west of the country, and has been a national park since 1986. Visitors to the area can camp or stay in some rustic huts. The park is a mixture of savannah and jungle and has a fairly wide variety of wildlife. This includes wart hogs, elephants, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, hippos, pygmy hippos, bongo antelopes and many different bird species.