This holiday is the perfect introduction to Sierra Leone. Begin your individual tour in Freetown, where you can explore the bustling capital and the deserted peninsula beaches. You then travel to Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary where your stay in an eco-lodge helps to support the conservation and education work of the sanctuary. Around this area you also have the chance to seek interesting birdlife of the Upper Guinea rainforest region. Complete your holiday based on the southern tip of the peninsula, where you stay at Franco's Guesthouse. Take a day trip to Banana Island for a delcious seafood lunch and to see the relics of the island's past role as a slaving station. We work with local organisations on our Sierra Leone holidays and your visit helps to support local communities and conservation projects.
Day 1 Depart from London on the daytime Brussels Airlines flight (06h50) via Brussels to Freetown. (Currently flights operate on this route every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, both ways). On arrival in the late afternoon (16h50), you will be met by our local representatives and transferred on the Sea Coach Express boat across the mouth of the Sierra Leone River to Freetown. Transfer to comfortable Country Lodge set on Hill Station with sweeping views over the city with breakfast included.
Day 2 Spend the morning with your guide seeing the sights of the town - the National Museum, colonial-era buildings, the ancient cotton tree and local markets. Transfer for a 2-night stay in one of the eco-chalets at Augusta Lodge, Tacugama, an inspirational Chimpanzee sanctuary, just outside Freetown with breakfast included.
Day 3 Spend the day at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary to see the inspiring work of this organisation working with chimps rescued from the illegal pet and bushmeat trade. In the area you can also seek interesting forest birds unique to the Upper Guinea rainforest region.
Day 4 Depart for the Peninsula Beaches for a 3-night stay at Franco's with breakfast included. Food here is delicious and most of the rooms are air-conditioned, and all have hot water. The guesthouse is set back on a tidal inlet where you can swim and play in the channels at high tide. A short walk takes you the main Sussex Beach and the open sea.
Day 5 Travel to Kent Beach for the 20-30 minute boat trip to Banana Island for a full day excursion with lunch, where some of the first free settlers of Freetown made their home after the abolition of slavery. Spend the afternoon exploring the island's forest, villages and the crumbling remnants of its slave heritage.
Day 6 Spend the day relaxing on a sun lounger, beer in hand, or enjoying walking along the scenic Sussex Beach.
Day 7 Spend a final morning on the beach before travelling back to the city in time to do some shopping or last minute sightseeing. The day ends at Sierra Lighthouse Hotel where you stay one night stay with breakfast included.
Day 8 Late check-out today. Your guide and driver will take you sightseeing today. Sea Coach Express transfer to the airport where our local representatives will assist you with check-in for the Brussels Airlines overnight flight departing 18h15 to London via Brussels.
Day 9 Arrive back in London early this morning.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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