Travel to Sierra Leone, the unique itineraries of TransAfrica
The trips to Sierra Leone, like all those organized by TransAfrica, allow you to live an unforgettable experience thanks to the itineraries well organized by our team of professionals. We also arrive in the Republic of Sierra Leone on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Sierra Leone borders Guinea to the north and east, and Liberia to the southeast. The capital is Freetown, “free city”, in memory of the liberation of the slaves left in the country’s territories.
The land of free men, travel to Sierra Leone
The territory is characterized by a vast coastal plain, flat and marshy near the Atlantic coast and dotted with lagoons. Our tours to Africa take you directly to the low coastal area of Sierra Leone. This is surrounded by numerous islands and several joints: the largest is the peninsula on which the capital Freetown stands. The plain rises as you proceed inland. The hinterland looks like a wavy plateau, covered with forests and cultivated intensively. In the north-eastern region there is the chain of the Loma Mountains, to which Monte Bintumani belongs which, with its 1,945 meters high, is one of the highest peaks in West Africa.
The evergreen rainforest is rich in plant and animal species, but has shrunk greatly due to the intense exploitation to which it has been subjected in recent years, and therefore replaced with cultivated land. In addition, most of the forests originating in Sierra Leone have been destroyed to harvest timber, to extract minerals or due to unsustainable agricultural practices, and today only 5% remain. The savannah, with the typical baobabs, shea nuts, acacias and oil palms, is widespread in the innermost belt, where the most typical representatives of the great African wildlife live. Along the rivers, vegetation consists of tunnel forests, while mangrove formations predominate in coastal areas.
During the war many species typical of Sierra Leone were killed or moved to quieter regions. There are crocodiles, chimpanzees, bongos, buffaloes, hippos, elephants and lions, which are slowly recovering. Birdlife is much richer, there are over 650 registered species. Among these, we mention: gray parrots, giant blue turachi, brown-cheeked hornbills, reddish owls and prinias.
Travel to Africa, what to visit in Sierra Leone
During your travels in Sierra Leone, you will have the opportunity to visit many parks and nature reserves. In fact, the government has established 21 parks and nature reserves, which cover 4% of the national territory. The main problem is that very little is done to protect these areas. The Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best places in all of West Africa for primate sighting. Outamba-Kilimi National Park is ideal for observing large mammals.
The last remaining virgin rain forest in Sierra Leone extends over the Gola Hills in the southeast of the country. Thanks for being in a remote area of the country, the highland rainforest of the Loma Mountains Forest Reserve, which surrounds Mount Bintumani, is still largely unspoiled. Bird watchers visit the Kambui Hills Forest Reserve, near Kenema, for the almost guaranteed sighting of the collobianco picatarte.