Sierra Leone - Forts, Chimps and Beaches


Sierra Leone - Forts, Chimps and Beaches

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 8 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Itinerary

Day 1 – Freetown

Arrive in Freetown and transfer to the hotel. After some time to freshen up, explore Freetown. Visit some of the main sites including the Maroon Church, Big Market and St George’s Cathedral. Overnight at Sierra Lighthouse Hotel or similar.

Day 2- Bunce Island- Tacugama- Freetown

This morning you head to Bunce Island. The island was established as a major slave trading fortress and castle in 1670 and is located approximately 20 miles upriver in the Freetown Harbour on the Sierra Leone River. Bunce Island is a powerful experience for anyone interested in the history of the country and the slave trade. After lunch you will visit the Tacugama Chimp Sanctuary, which is located about 40 minutes from the centre of Freetown. The Sanctuary was set up in 1995, and is committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned and abandoned chimpanzees. The chimps enjoy a semi-wild life within the 100 acre reserve. Overnight at Sierra Lighthouse Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 3- Banana Islands

The Banana Islands lie south west of the Freetown Peninsula. The journey to the islands takes us about 2 hours by a combination of car and boat. Once here, you will be staying in a traditional eco-chalet with mod-cons. There is ample time for you to explore the Island and snorkel in the clear blue seas. Overnight at a permanent campsite. (BLD)

Day 4- Banana Islands

A leisurely day to take in the amazing array of fish, flowers and birds the island has to offer. You may get to meet some of the friendly local people who live on the island. Overnight at a permanent campsite. (BLD)

Day 5- Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Drive to Tiwai, a unique rainforest island where visitors can camp in prepared tents surrounded by an evergreen forest and the sounds of hornbills and monkeys calling from the canopy. The flora and fauna to be found on Tiwai is stunning. Over 700 different plant species live on Tiwai and there are over 135 different bird species, including 8 types of hornbill. Overnight camping, at a permanent campsite. (BLD)

All non- alcoholic drinks and camping items are provided (tents, bed sheets/blankets)

*On occasions it may not be possible to visit Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary. On these occasions the trip will be replaced with Outamba-Kilimi National Park, which is equally as impressive.

Day 6- Tiwai Island

We spend today exploring the area, walking through the forest, and travelling on the river by canoe and motorboat as we look for Tiwai’s wildlife. Overnight at a permanent campsite. (BLD)

Day 7- Freetown

Transfer back to Freetown for your final night in Sierra Leone. Overnight at Sierra Lighthouse Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 8- Freetown

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.