Sierra Leone holiday, Forts, Chimps and Beaches
Description of Sierra Leone holiday, Forts, Chimps and Beaches
Join this small group holiday in Sierra Leone and you’ll get to explore the country’s little-visited forts, wildlife areas and beaches with few other foreign visitors in sight. The country is slowly shaking off its troubled imaged and is once again welcoming intrepid travellers to experience its beautiful landscapes and vibrant cultural traditions.
After time spent getting to know the lively, ramshackle capital Freetown, you’ll head to Bunce Island for a sobering visit to the country’s former slave fort. Then you’ll visit the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a lush slice of forest near Freetown that’s dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating endangered primates.
A few days on a tiny but beautiful tropical island comes next. The Banana Islands sit just off the Freetown Peninsula and are home to clear waters, sandy beaches and friendly fishing villages, with a few old colonial relics thrown in. Your final stop is the Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary, a unique rainforest island home to diverse plant, animal and bird life, where you can camp under the trees and awaken to the calls of monkeys and hornbills in the surrounding trees.
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PlanetAs we are one of the very few tour operators to offer Sierra Leone, we are immensely enthusiastic about the diverse attractions to be found here, but we also understand the immense responsibility that this entails.
When exploring Sierra Leone, we ensure that we stick to the trails at all times and do not destroy the environment just for the hope of getting better photographs of the wildlife. Any park fees that we pay for entering the parks contribute to important conservation efforts. By employing local guides here we contribute to the local economies of the villages near the park, thus helping to reinforce the idea that Sierra Leone's natural heritage has value and is worth preserving.
A bushmeat trade does operate in Sierra Leone and can be found in many restaurants. We make a point of advising our travellers not to eat any bushmeat, which contributes to the decline in wildlife populations.
Our guides will brief travellers on appropriate behaviour, both cultural and environmental, and when camping we make a point of ensuring that we leave no permanent traces of our stay behind, taking all rubbish with us. We work with our local suppliers to highlight best practice in terms of environmental issues.
PeopleWe only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities that we visit throughout Sierra Leone.
On our visit to the Banana Islands we visit an array of historical monuments and ruins which act as testament to its murky past as a slaving station, including the remains of an old slave fort, colonial buildings, and ruined Anglican churches. We also visit Bunce Island, built by the British and one of the largest slave forts on the West African coast. Our visits and the interest shown by our tour guides and clients, mean that the local authorities are deeply aware of the need to preserve these important historical monuments.
Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travellers. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travellers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.
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