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Sierra Leone Travel Blog

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While God created the world, one day after lunch he was resting in Sierra Leone. To sit a bit comfortable he shaped a mountain in his back and overlooked the surrounding but he did not like what he saw. He saw flat land and the ocean and decided to change it into a paradise to please his eyes. Since then Sierra Leone became one of the most beautiful places on earth. He put all kind of valuables in the ground for the future inhabitants and that’s why Sierra Leone is en-ridged with precious natural resources like palms, rubber, gold, diamonds, rutile, bauxite and iron ore and much more. Since then volcanic rocks give rise to impressive landscapes. The landscape varies and is stunningly beautiful; many beaches are still empty and wildlife reserves can be visited without a vehicle. The people are eternally friendly; if you show respect to someone you will have a friend for the rest of your visit.

 

Before the civil war that -tenk God tenkie- ended in 2000- Sierra Leone was and is again an excellent place for travellers. In 2000, a 10 year devastating civil war finally stopped and brought peace to Sierra Leone. It is sad to notice that still people think the war is going on after they visited the movie “Blood Diamonds”.  

 

Bounty beaches and paradise nature in Sierra Leone; clearly as beautiful as the beaches and nature of the Seychelles or Maladives. Especially Beach #2 at the Southside of the Freetown Peninsula is a hidden treasure. This "natural resource" is a real pearl, fairly unknown to the rest of the world.  Also the beach from Lumley to Aberdeen at the West Cape is worthwhile visiting. The mountains behind Freetown rise to a maximum height of over 900 metres above sea level and the landscape, which includes high peaks and ridges separated by deep, picturesque valleys, is frequently spectacular.  

 

The Mende and the Temne, and their related groups, have a system of secret societies responsible for maintaining the culture of the tribes, into which boys and girls are initiated at adolescence. Most cultural activities are strictly closed to outsiders. This is particularly the case where “devils” dance on special occasions and holidays. If you are lucky enough to be allowed to witness the dances, photography is prohibited unless the devils agree to accept money.

 

If you visit Freetown we can advice you to stay in the Aberdeen area at the cape where several hotels are located with some fine restaurant and Lumley Beach around the corner. Five hotels deserve the title good- Kimbima (+232-33350687, ask for Tina Davies), Solar Hotel, Bintumani, Family Kingdom and Cape Sierra Light House. So far we valued the food in the Kimbima restaurant as very good (2 stars) with Cape Lighthouse second, and Solar Hotel on a third place. But you also can eat a fresh and well prepared snapper with sea view at some nice beach restaurants at Lumley Beach or have an exotic meal at Beach #2 and in Scott’s place in Tokeh. For dancing and gambling we can advice Buggy's Retaurant, Paddy's and Lagoonda. When arriving at Lungui Airport you can take the ferry or the hovercraft to Freetown and from there a taxi to Aberdeen or fligh by helicopter with UTA Airlines what only takes 15 minutes.

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