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Rock My Sierra Leone Adventure

Join us on an immersive adventure in Sierra Leone, an amazing and misunderstood country, with stunning landscapes, varied wildlife and vibrant traditions, yet pretty much untouched by mainstream tourism. If you’re looking for an intrepid and very different adventure, then come and experience ‘Sweet Salone’!

Sierra Leone (aka Sweet Salone) is an amazing and misunderstood country, with stunning landscapes, amazing wildlife and vibrant traditions yet due to its turbulent history, it’s pretty much untouched by mainstream tourism.

Starting off with a couple of nights in the capital Freetown, we’ll explore the city before heading to the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary to learn all about their important conservation work they do and go on a hike through the surrounding jungle.

Next we’re heading to the Rogbonko Village Retreat to learn all about life in a traditional Sierra Leonian village, where we’ll have the chance to take part in lots of the village activities so we can really immerse ourself in the culture.

From there we’ll head south to the Tiwai island Wildlife Sanctuary an important conservation project on an inland island on the River Moa and the Gola Rainforest National reserve.

The next part of our trip sees us exploring the beautiful Banana Islands and from there we’ll head out on a 3-day expedition to the very remote Turtle Islands where you will stay amongst the fishing communities and learn about their unique and traditional way of life.

Our last stop is the Freetown Peninsular where we’ll relax and enjoy our last few days together in this wonderful country. 

Come and experience the magic of ‘Sweet Salone’ before everyone realises how amazing it is! 

 

Let Us Rock Your Adventure!

Dates: 

  • 6 – 21 November 2020

Please Note:

  • This is one of our most unusual and coolest trips, very different from any of our others tours.
  • There isn’t much in the way of tourist infrastructure in Sierra Leone, however this incredible West African country is an amazing destination for the intrepid traveller.

 

Cost: 

  • £2,195 + $1000 (local payment, paid on arrival)
  • Includes £400 non-refundable deposit

 

Come with us on the adventure of a lifetime!

“This trip is a true “off the beaten path” adventure. It was everything I hoped for. I loved absolutely everything we did! I loved the variety of the landscapes we visited, from chaotic and colourful Freetown to the steaming jungles of Tiwai to the glorious warm waters of the shoreline, there is so much to experience in Sierra Leone. Some of the places felt truly remote and due to the lack of tourism it was a very authentic experience. I will never forget my dance-offs with the Temne women of Rogbonko and the Mende of Tiwai. Without speaking we understood each other and had fun. Those are truly precious moments. Nature was stunning and because we had camping and ecolodge accommodation, I could feel really at one with the world around me. Looking up at a star strewn sky at Turtle Island whilst going for a nighttime pee was beautiful. I will never forget the glorious full moon lighting up the midnight clouds over Tiwai Island, or the lazy green river Moa snaking its way through the jungle flanked by yellow sand. Sierra Leone is lucky to have a good amount of untouched nature preserved and I urge everyone to go and see this hidden gem.”

KATJA / GERMANY / ROCK MY SIERRA LEONE ADVENTURE 2019

Tour Highlights

  • Explore exciting Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, on a historical and cultural tour of the city including Bunce Island.
  • Freetowners know how to party so join them on a night out in the city.
  • Shop for locally made handicrafts and souvenirs in the local markets.
  • Take a tour of the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary and learn about their amazing conservation work.
  • Hike in the jungle surrounding the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
  • Stay in eco-lodges at the sanctuary amongst birds, butterflies and chimpanzees.
  • Spend time at the Rogbonko Village Retreat, a community-based initiative, where we’ll experience the local culture and learn what it’s like to live in a rural village in Sierra Leone.
  • Take walks through the bush, go canoeing and learning to make local food at the Rogbonko Village Retreat.
  • Stay at Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary, an important conservation project within the Gola Rainfor on an inland island on the River Moa.
  • Go on a guided hike through the Tiwai Forest where you may see some of the rarest & most colourful primates in the world.
  • Swim in the warm waters and take a scenic boat of the River Moa.
  • Go on a guided hike through the Tiwai Forest where you may see some of the rarest & most colourful primates in the world.
  • Search for the elusive and rare pygmy hippo on a night time tour of Tiwai island.
  • Take a scenic boat trip along the River Moa.
  • Visit some of the local villages surrounding Tiwai Island and see (and take part in) traditional dances.
  • Stay on the chilled out Banana Islands and experience Sierra Leonian hospitality.
  • Go on a true adventure on a camping expedition to the beautiful Turtle Islands, one of the most remote places in West Africa.
  • Visit fishing communities in the Turtle Islands and learn about their unique and traditional way of life.
  • Relax on some of the most stunning beaches in West Africa.
  • Explore the Freetown Peninsular and the beautiful beaches along the coast.
  • Try all the amazing and locally caught fresh seafood on offer.
  • Go surfing at Bureh Beach or try some of the fantastic water sports on offer along the peninsular.
  • Enjoy a goodbye dinner at one of Sierra Leone’s best restaurants.

Sierra Leone Itinerary

Day 1: Freetown

Arrive in Freetown and transfer to your accommodation for the night.

Relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a meal and a Star beer or two! Welcome to ‘Sweet Salone’, your Rock My Sierra Leone Adventure starts here.

*  If you have the time and can arrive earlier, we can organise any other activities you wish to do. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately.

 

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Hotel)
  • Activities: None

 

Day 2: Freetown

Today we’ll take a tour of Freetown with a local guide to see all of the main historical sights and get a feel for the city.

After lunch, you will be able to do some souvenir shopping at the Big Market, a craft market where you can buy locally made hand-woven baskets, wooden carvings, fabric, jewellery, home furnishings, paintings leather sandals and bags.

Freetown is an exciting place with a great atmosphere, so after dinner, those who want to can sample the local nightlife scene.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Hotel)
  • Activities: Freetown City Tour

 

Day 3: Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

In the morning we’ll make the short journey to Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary to go on a beautiful hike through the jungle and enjoy a picnic lunch.

In the afternoon, we’ll take a guided tour of the sanctuary to find out about the important work that they do, caring for and rehabilitating almost 100 rescued chimpanzees, as well as doing community outreach, wildlife field research, environmental sustainability, conservation education and alternative livelihoods programs.

All proceeds from the lodges and tours go directly towards the animals and conservation projects of the sanctuary.

That evening we’ll enjoy dinner and stay overnight in eco-lodges at the sanctuary amongst birds, butterflies and wild chimpanzees.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: Jungle Hike, Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary Tour
Day 4 - 5: Rogbonko Village Retreat

From Tacugama, we’ll make our way to Rogbonko Village Retreat, a community-based initiative, where we’ll learn what it’s like to live in a rural village in Sierra Leone.

You will have opportunity to meet, interact and learn from the local people, as well as take part in a number of activities whilst we are here, such as walks through the bush, canoeing, basket weaving, traditional dancing and learning to make local food.

We’ll sleep in local houses, eat local food and experience everyday life in the village.

A truly special experience and one that you will never forget!

  • Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Village Stay)
  • Activities: Village Activities, Traditional Cultural Dance Performance
Day 6 - 7: Tiwai Island

From Rogbonko we’ll make our way to the Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary which lies on one of Sierra Leone’s biggest inland islands on the River Moa and is part of theGola Rainforest National Reserve.

Tiwai Island has one of the highest concentration of primates in the world with 11 different species and is home to around 80 rare and endangered pygmy hippos. The Sanctuary also supports the 8 communities living around it.

Whilst we are here, we’ll go on a guided hike through the Tiwai Forest where we may see some of the rarest & most colourful primates in the world, we’ll take a scenic boat tour on the river and we’ll visit some of the local villages where we’ll get to see (and take part in) traditional dances.

There will also be time to take it easy and relax in a hammock overlooking the river. Those who want to can take an optional night tour to search for the pygmy hippos!

 

  • Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Camping – Light Sleeping Bag Required)
  • Activities: Guided Hikes on Tiwai Island, Scenic Boat Tour on the River Moa, Traditional Cultural Dance Performance
Day 8 - 10: The Banana Islands

Leaving Tiwai Island, we’ll head back towards the coast for our next stop, the Banana Islands, made up of 3 islands – Dublin, Ricketts and Mes-Meheux.

We’ll be staying on Dublin, however you will have the chance to visit the other islands if you wish.

Here you can take part in a number of activities including a historical tour of the island, boat tours, forest walks, snorkelling, fishing, scuba diving (the Banana Islands are a great place for wreck diving) and various watersports such as water skiing, wakeboarding and ringo rides!

Or you can just relax on the beach whilst the palm trees sway, it’s totally up to you!

The people of Dublin are very hospitable so you may not want to leave! 

 

  • Meals: 3 x Breakfast, 1 x Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Glamping)
  • Activities: Boat Trip Around the Islands, Historical Tour
Day 11 - 12: The Turtle Islands

Today we’ll head out on an expedition to one of the most remote places in West Africa, the Turtle Islands, an archipelago made up of 8 islands, in the Atlantic Ocean.

We’ll spend two nights camping on these isolated islands, which are full of natural beauty, yet very untouched by tourism or indeed, the outside world.

Whilst we’re there, we’ll get a rare glimpse into a very different and traditional way of life as we visit some of the communities that call these islands home.

This will be a true adventure!

 

  • Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Camping)
  • Activities: Turtle Islands Expedition
Day 13 - 14: Bureh Beach

From the Turtle Islands, we’ll head to our penultimate destination of Bureh Beach (Helen’s favourite place in Sierra Leone) on the Freetown Peninsular, famous for the laid-back vibe and great surf!

Here we will have some time to let our hair down, enjoy the sunsets, relax, party, drink fresh coconut water and eat all the fresh seafood.

There will be plenty of time for water sports but those who don’t fancy the water can venture inland to do some hiking, spend time in the village or you can just relax.

 

  • Meals: 2 x Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Guesthouse)
  • Activities: None
Day 15: Freetown

On our last day, we’ll head back to Freetown to explore Bunce Island, one of the most significant places of the slave trade.

In the evening, we’ll toast to new friends and great adventures as we enjoy a goodbye meal at one of Sierra Leone’s best restaurants!

The rest of the night is free to get an early night before the journey home or you can enjoy the weekend nightlife on the coast!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Twin Occupancy (Hotel)
  • Activities: Goodbye Dinner
Day 16: Departure Day

Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends (there’s usually a few tears, I will warn you), but the memories and shared experiences will last a lifetime!

We can arrange the transfer to Lungi International Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there (transport to Freetown city centre is included).

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activities: None

Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes, ‘This is Africa’! But whatever happens, we’ll ensure you have an amazing trip!!

Have a question? Feel free contact us here or take a look at our FAQ’s page. 

Essential Info

Duration: 15 Nights

Dates:

  • 6 – 21 November 2020

Start: Freetown

Finish: Freetown

Maximum Group Size: 8 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Moderate to Tough

Total Cost: £2,195 + $1000* (local payment paid on arrival)

Deposit: £400 (non-refundable)

Support

  • Rock My Adventure Group Leader, comprehensive pre-departure information & planning advice.

Meals

  • 15 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners.

Accommodation

  • 15 nights accommodation in good quality camps, hostels, hotels and guesthouses.

Transport

  • Airport transfers.
  • All transport within Sierra Leone to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – taxi, mini bus, 4×4, boat).

Activities

 

  • Freetown City Tour
  • Jungle Hike
  • Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary Tour
  • Village Walk
  • Sierra Leonian Cooking Lesson
  • Canoeing and Guided Hike on Tiwai island
  • Scenic Boat Tour on the River Moa
  • Traditional Cultural Dance Performances
  • 3-Day Turtle Islands Expedition
  • Bunce Island
  • Goodbye Meal
  • Flights.
  • Visas (if needed).
  • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
  • Travel/health insurance (required).
  • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Tips for local guides.

You will make 3 payments:

  • Deposit: Paid in GBP upon booking.
  • Balance: The remainder of the GBP balance (minus deposit) paid 62 days before arrival.
  • Local Payment: Paid on arrival to your Tour Leader in Africa

The local payment is separate from the initial price you pay prior to the trip. You pay the local payment to your Tour Leader in US Dollars upon arrival in Africa.

This includes the on tour expenses that we cannot pay prior to arrival, such as national park entry fees, food, local transport and some activities.

Travel insurance is essential for ALL Rock My Adventure trips.

Your health and safety when travelling is of the utmost importance, so it is vital that you have travel insurance policy that covers you for your trip to Africa. Adequate travel insurance is a condition of your contract with us and you will not be able to join a trip without it.

You must be satisfied that your insurance fully covers all your personal requirements including cancellation charges, theft, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. 

Your insurance should also cover you for any adventurous activities that you wish to do – this includes the ‘included’ activities on the tour and any ‘optional’ activities.

Please be aware that some hazardous activities such as (but not limited to) white water rafting on grade 5 rapids, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, safari walks, bungee jumping and sky diving may not be covered by all policies, so you may have to take out a higher level of cover.

Medical care is not free in Africa and even the cost of getting to hospital can be super expensive, so you need to be covered in case of a medical emergency, including air ambulance evacuation and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. For example, if your appendix bursts whilst we are in the Serengeti, you will need to be evacuated by helicopter to Nairobi. Without insurance you would need to pay for that out of your own pocket. 

If you are bringing along any electrical equipment such as cameras and laptops, you should also ensure your insurance covers those items too. Some policies only have this as an add-on. 

If you are travelling to an area that is subject to foreign office warnings, this may void your travel insurance, so you may need to take out an additional policy for the days you are in the danger zones. 

Please always read the small print.

Your tour leader will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip, so please have the following information ready for them:

  • Name of insurance provider.
  • Your policy number.
  • The telephone number to call in the event of an emergency.
  • Your next of kin name and number.

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