SIERRA LEONE TRAVEL GUIDE
Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa, on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s known for the white-sand beaches lining the Freetown Peninsula. The capital city, Freetown, commemorates the nation’s slave-trade history with the Cotton Tree landmark and King’s Yard Gate. Both were known as places of refuge for returned slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries.
From an approximate 100km coastal belt of low-lying land, the country rises to a mountain plateau near the eastern frontier rising 1200m to 2000m with a rich timber forest region. Sierra Leone is rich in natural resources. It has some of the best beaches in the world, a rich colonial heritage, and some stunning scenery, but its greatest asset is its welcoming, friendly populace, most of whom will go out of their way to make a foreigner comfortable.
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SIERRA LEONE QUICK FACTS
- Capital: Freetown
- Currency: leone (SLL)
- Area: 71,740 km²
- Population: 7,65 million (2018)
- Language: English (official), Krio (English-based Creole), Mende (south), Temne (north)
- Religion: Islam, Christianity, indigenous beliefs
- Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (UK plug)
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SIERRA LEONE PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 27 April, Independence Day
Also, Christian holidays, especially Good Friday through Easter Monday, and the Islamic holidays of Maulid an-Nabi, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.
SIERRA LEONE WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Tropical; Hot, Humid; Summer Rainy Season (May To December); Winter Dry Season (December To April)
HEALTH RISKS IN SIERRA LEONE
Be aware of possible health risks in
Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.