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About Sierra Leone
  • Sierra Leone, on the west coast of Africa is the Holiday Gem of Africa with over their miles of soft sandy beaches-reputedly the finest on the African continents-lush green forests, lakes, and a warm and genuinely friendly people.
  • The name of the country “Sierra Leone” was previously know as “La Sierra Da Lyoa” which was given by a Portuguese captain named Pedro Da Cintra, reefing to the shape of the mountain range back of Freetown the sound of the violent thunderstorms similar to the roaring of lion.
  • The Sierra Leone International Airport is located at Lungi across the river-situated approximately eight miles from tagrin, from where the ferry to Freetown dep
 
 
  • Nestled between the blue Atlantic Ocean and the green tropical forests Sierra Leone hotels and lodges offer a combined sophisticated business and tourist facility-fully equipped for all of your needs and comforts. Enjoy the exotic bars and restaurants
  • During the day, you can explore the hills and the tropical forest, see exotic birds and butterflies, visit the old colonial capital of Freetown with its crowded street markets, or simply let the time go by relaxing on one of its magnificent beaches many of which you can have to yourself.
  • In the evening, you can enjoy the richness of local troupes, disco to the early hours, try your luck in one of Freetown's international casinos or eat international or local cuisine whilst watching the fantastic sunset.
  • Sierra Leone, on the West Coast of Africa with over thirty miles of soft sandy beaches-reputedly the finest on the African continents-lush green forests, lakes, and a warm and genuinely friendly people.
  • Sierra Leone offers an ideal location for conferences and meetings, with facilities that range from the Freetown international comnference center which can cater up to 800 individuals delegates in an impressive auditorium with translating facilities, to more typical samller but more personal meeting rooms in one of the international operated hotels.
  QUICK FACTS:

Population: Approx. 5.4 Million
Capital City: Freetown
Borders: Liberia, Guinea open
Money: Leone (US$ 1 = LE 4400)
Major provinces: Bo, Kenema, Makeni, Koidu
Type of Government : Republic
President: Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma
Vice President: Alhaji Samuel Sam Sumana
Languages: English, Krio, Temne, Mende, Loko, Limba and other dialects
Major imports: Machinery, Textiles, Pharmaceuticals, Plastics, Leather, Iron
Telephone Country Code: 232
Time: GMT|UTC
Seasons: Dry (mid-November to mid-May); Wet (mid-May to mid-November)
Airport: Sierra Leone International Airport Lungi
 
  TRAVEL

Sierra Leone is in the same time zone as Europe and only six flying hours away by direct flight yet you visit another world with out the discomfort of time differences. It is a world of tropical seas, fantastic beaches and scenery and an undisturbed African culture, living side by side with descendants of freed salves from America.
 
  PEOPLE

The history of different people who settled in Sierra leone dates back to the fifteenth century when it was believed that's Krim, Sherbo and Gola tribes settled on the coast. The Lokos prefered the interior, where they were joined by the Konos and the Vais who came from the North.
The Mendes, tmnes and Korankos, did not arrive until the sixteenth century. All these tribes had very similar ethnic origin. The Fulas, natives of senegal, came from north across the mountains of guinea. Today, 60% of the population belongs to the Temne and the Mende tribes.
The third major ethnic group is that of the Limbas, the first to settle in Sierra Leone. the Mendes live in the south of the country, while the Temnes, apart from the north coast of Freetown, occupy the centre. The Konos occupy the mining areas of the east. In the north there is a variety of ethnic groups including the Susus, Madingos, Kissis, Yalonkas and Kroos. The Krios, descendants of the slaves who returned form North America and the West Indies, are concentrated in the west.
 
  LANGUAGES:

English in the official language throughout. As a result of the 1990's civil war the literacy rate has fallen drastically. Approximately 16 tribal languages are used although Mende and Temne are the most widely known. Krio (not Creole) is an interesting combination of pigeon English, Fresh influences from guinea and various other tribal languages. It is a challenge to learn although upon hearing it many of the words at least sound familiar.

 
 
  CLIMATE:

The main temperature is 27ºC, varying from 22ºC at night to 33ºC during the afternoon.
There are two main seasons:
• The rainy season starts in May and ends in October, with heaviest rain fall in July-August.
• The Dry seasons lies between November and April. During this season there is often morning mist. Also, during this period from December to February dry winds called "Harmattan" from the Sahara deserts blow across the country leaving behind a thin film of dust on everything around. After this, the weather is warm and damp. Humidity is high.

 
 
  MEDICAL:

Once feared as the white mans grave because of its " fevers", health conditions are now greatly improved. MAlaria is endemic but can be controlled by anti-malaria drugs. It is advisable to treat drinking water by boiling before use. In the capital there are few hospitals, such as the connaught Government Hospital at Percival Street, Netlands Hospital at Congo Cross, Brookfields Community Hospitals at Brookfields and a new modern hospital at Hill Station called Choithrams Hospital.

 
  PASSPORT, VISA AND CUSTOMS FORMALITIES:

All passengers except nationals of the 16 ECOWAS countries need an entry visa to enter Sierra Leone. This can diplomatically be obtained from Sierra Leone's representatives at the country of departure or where are no such representatives; the british Embassy or high commission at that location could be of service. Alternatively, landing permits for group or individuals may be issued on arrival at Lungi airport provided 48 hrs. working hours notice communicated through to the agent. IPC travel has airport representatives who will assist clients through airport formalities.

 
  GETTING THERE

  • Bmi flies four times a week from London Heathrow to Freetown with a flight time of around 6½ hours. Connections are available from various UK regional airports.
  • Brussels Airlines operates twice a week between Brussels and Freetown (via Monrovia) with connections from a number of UK airports.
  • Kenya Airways operates 4 weekly flights from Freetown to Nairobi (via Accra) connecting Sierra Leone with East African destinations
  • Air France operates twice a week, via Guinea to Paris
  • ASKY commute the West African routs of Monrovia, Accra and Lome from Freetown
  • Air Maroc operates three weekly flight from Freetown to Casablanca connecting Sierra Leone to the other part of the world
  • Connecting Sierra Leone to USA and other parts of the worlds
  • Arik Air flys to Lagos and Banjul three times a week
 
  HEALTH REQUIREMENTS;

A number of countries will require a yellow fever certificate from people arriving from Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone is a malaria region and visitors should take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, as well as taking appropriate anti-malaria medication. You should only drink bottled water. Please consult your GP at least 6 weeks before departure

 
 
 

 
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