January 17th: Arrive at Lungi International airport and make your way on the boat across the Sierra Leone River to your hotel where the group will all meet together. Spend the day at leisure to explore Freetown, including the famous Cotton Tree in the city centre.
January 18th: After breakfast we travel to one of Sierra Leones's most famous and unspoilt beaches; River Beach Number 2. Free day around the beach or option to take a boat cruise up river and further hike. Evening free to relax on the beach with meals of fresh fish and beers!
January 19th: After breakfast we take a boat ride to Banana Island. The island was initially inhabited by the Portuguese and later by freed slaves. Return to River Beach Number 2 in the late afternoon and rest of the day at leisure.
January 20th: Depart the beach in the morning and start the journey to the city of Bo - the centre of Sierra Leone's diamond mining industry. It's also known as the 'Manchester of Sierra Leone' due to it's music scene and nightlife! We arrive here early afternoon and the rest of the day is free to wander around the city or relax in the hotel resort.
January 21st: After breakfast we depart to Tiwai Island Sanctuary. We will enjoy local meals prepared by community cooks and take nature walks where we will hopefully spot red, black and white colobus monkeys. There is also the opportunity to take an optional river cruise around the island.
January 22nd: In the morning we will take a wildlife walk of Tiwai before departing and heading to the Liberian border. Cross the border and join our new transport to take us to Robertsport, a city previously settled by African American freed slaves and was later an allied forces airbase in World War 2.
January 23rd: We spend the morning around Robertsport taking a walking tour. Visit churches, schools and the abandoned African Center of Culture. Return to our accommodation for lunch before spending the afternoon at leisure or taking optional surf lessons.
January 24th: After breakfast we travel to Liberia's capital, Monrovia where we will spend two nights. On the way we visit and swim at Bomi Lake at Tubmanburg; a 100 metre deep blue lake suspended midway between the peaks of surrounding mountains. Depending on accessibility at the time we will also visit an abandoned UN base which was used to deal with the Ebola outbreak in 2015.
January 25th: Today we take a walking tour of Monrovia. Stop for lunch in the Embassy District before returning to our hotel in the late afternoon.
January 26th: Today the tour ends. Leave for your flight home or continue your travels through West Africa!
Sierra Leone & Liberia tour: £895
Guinea and Guinea Bissau exploratory tour: see bottom of page
- all accommodation: single room in Freetown, single tent in Tiwai, twin rooms elsewhere except Robertsport - mix of triples and quads.
- all breakfasts and all meals in Robertsport
- all ground transport during tours
- all entry fees and permits
- English speaking local guides
- Lupine guide accompanying
- Visa support
- International flights
- visas (Sierra Leone £109, Liberia £60)
- airport transfers
- most meals, personal expenses and optional extra tours
- single supplement (except Robertsport) £150
Exploratory pre-trip extension:
For those of you who would like to join us, we will be arranging a pre trip extension, flying into Banjul, Gambia and travelling South through Senegal into Guinea Bissau, across to Guinea and then finally to Sierra Leone to catch up with the main tour in Freetown. We will book accommodation in advance but for transport we'll pay as we go along, sharing the cost out between each person on the trip. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. The rough itinerary can be seen below:
- 7th January: fly to Banjul (Gambia) and take a taxi to accommodation close to the South Senegal border
- 8th January: cross the Senegal border and take a taxi to Zinguinchor, stay overnight
- 9th January: cross the Guinea Bissau border and take a taxi to Bissau City
-10th January: free day in Bissau City
-11th January: another free day, possibly to visit islands off the coast of the capital
-12th January: drive to Guinea border, cross and onwards to Koundara
-13th January: drive south to Labe
-14th January: drive to the capital Conakry
-15th January: free day in Conakry
-16th January: drive to Freetown