What You Need To Know About Travel And Tourism In Sierra Leone

Travel To Africa, Sierra Leone

Slavery and war. Negative view of what is actually an exceptionally positive country. Today, I see Sierra Leone from a completely different perspective.

Even a few days ago, if you had asked me to tell you about Sierra Leone, I had to think long and hard to tell you a lot about this West African country. Perhaps I could almost explain the place of the country. You probably mentioned something about the slave trade associated with Sierra Leone. I could have told you that they had suffered a brutal civil war. Maybe I admitted I wasn't quite sure if the war was over 100%. That is about it.

The conflict was officially declared over in January 2002, and President Kabbah was elected in May 2002. Since then, the people of Sierra Leone have been united to reform, renew and renew.

It is difficult to ignore Sierra Leone's history and focus only on the present. Once a fertile area inhabited by dozens of tribes, it was settled by the Portuguese in the 14th century who built a fortress as a commercial center for gold, spices, ivory and slaves. Sierra Leone, which was a British protectorate in later years, was a doubtful honor to be home to more than 40,000 freed slaves who called it Freetown. As a protection, Sierra Leone was exploited because of its wealth of minerals and diamonds in 1900 and Sierra Leone fought against the Germans in Cameroon in World War I, along with the British in World War II. In 1961, Sierra Leone gained independence from Britain and ruled itself peacefully for 30 years. Peace did not last and was followed by a decade of brutal civil war that devastated the economy, brutalized the people and left the resource-rich country as one of the poorest people in the world.

While doing a search for an old website looking at travel and tourism in Sierra Leone, I contacted Sierra Leone from all sorts of backgrounds living in both Sierra Leone and elsewhere. Their passion for the country was contagious: they clearly wanted to convey the message that Sierra Leone has much more to offer than sad recent history and that reconstruction is proceeding at a rapid pace. Indeed, there is evidence of reconstruction everywhere - old roads are being built, mines are reopened, dam projects before the war began again, and markets are once again thriving and nagging for life. There is also a great deal of confidence in Sierra Leone's potential as a tourist site: a Chinese company has recently invested US $ 270 million in hotel infrastructure; leading companies such as Kevin McPhillips Travel (based in the UK, USA and the Netherlands) offer six weekly exclusive flights To Sierra Leone; African tour specialists are looking for vacations in the region. The exciting thing about investing in Sierra Leone is that there are more things to follow!

They have the right to be confident. The beaches along the Golden Peninsula in Sierra Leone are said to be one of the best kept secrets in the world. Beach tourism, isolated and stretched for miles, is one of the most important elements of the government's tourism promotion agenda. Beaches with British names like Kent, Lumley, Sussex and York blend with more African names like Bureh Town, Tokey & Mammah beach,

 Travel And Tourism In Sierra Leone

Although many forests and a lot of wildlife have been disturbed - and in some cases destroyed, due to war, ecotourism is an important hub for Sierra Leone and natural treasures such as Outamba-Kilimi National Park, inhabited by game animals such as elephants, chimpanzees and pigmy hippos, Mount Bintimani, the highest point in West Africa, is six worthwhile wildlife attractions on offer. The Takujama Chimpanzee Reserve saves orphaned and captive chimpanzees has been described as one of Sierra Leone's most successful endeavors in wildlife, while Tiwai Island is home to over 3,000 chimpanzees in addition to other games.

Lakes, rivers and dams are ideal for picnics and relaxation. The marshes hide a myriad of colorful birds - in fact, bird life was less affected by war than animals, and everywhere you go, air is filled with birds. Sierra Leone is the dream of bird watchers! Tiwai Island for one includes more than 135 different bird species!

For cultural vultures and those with historical interests, the remains of the slave trade carry out interesting and interesting missions. Ponce Island, the slave trade castle, is a short boat ride up the river; Freetown itself is a monument to freed slaves and the cotton tree, which stands in the heart of the old slave market, has become an impressive national symbol. Cemeteries, monuments and forts are all that remains of British and Portuguese power in Sierra Leone: each has a story to tell. There are over 16 different ethnic groups in the country, including Krio, descendants of freed English-speaking Creole slaves called Krio, visiting villages and chatting with people in markets and in

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