This is the only guide, in any language, devoted solely to Sierra Leone. Armed conflict ended here in 2002; while still poor, the country is safe and offers tremendous opportunities for English-speaking travellers. This guide gives details and maps of its miles of palm-fringed beaches that are among the best in West Africa. It covers deep-sea fishing and wreck diving, snorkelling, canoeing and white-water rafting. It tells travellers how to island hop between Plantain Island, Banana Islands and Turtle Islands, and provides maps of hiking trails into the Nimini Hills, Bora Mountains and Gola Forest. Wildlife enthusiasts will learn where to see rare pygmy hippos, dwarf crocodiles, whales, lions and elephants; while cultural tourists are led to slaving landmarks including Bunce Island, site of the former slave fortress, and the funky city of Freetown.
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Katrina Manson and James Knight are journalists, writers and photographers whose assignments have taken them into rebel-held territory of Ivory Coast, the deserts of southern Morocco, and on the presidential campaign trail in Burkina Faso.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
‘On the wooded slopes of the Peninsula interior you can bathe in mountain pools, observe endangered primates close enough for them to biff you on the nose, and hike around the Western Area’s threatened forests. As for the coastline, all you have to do is indulge. For 25 miles. It provokes a little twitch of envy across the whole of west Africa, and visitors have been known to mutter about being in ‘tenth heaven’ as they set eyes on beach after beach, and dip toes in bathtub-warm water. Once the setting for a Bounty advert, these shores really do have a taste of paradise about them, bone-white sands stretching so far it feels like they could disappear round the globe and back, with only birds for company; wooden boats bobbin on placid waters far beneath forest-covered mountains disappearing into the mist; islands lazily snoozing out at sea; beachside villagers practicing fishing and football. Give yourself some time, an appetite for fresh fish, lobster and oysters, and get out there.’
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