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’!

Tour Overview

We thought it was about time we ventured over to the other side of the African continent, don’t you?

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 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, surf and enjoy our last few days together. What an incredible adventure!!

PLEASE NOTE: This is a brand new trip, so not everything may always go to plan and we may need to switch things around a bit as we go, but we will ensure you have an amazing time regardless!

* The local payment is a portion of your overall tour cost paid on arrival to your tour leader in US Dollars. 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.

Essential Info

Duration:15 Nights

Dates:

  • 15 – 30 March 2019 (1 Place Left)

Start: Freetown

Finish: Freetown

Maximum Group Size: 8 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Moderate to Tough

Total Cost: £1,845 + $1000* (local payment paid on arrival)

Deposit: £200 (non-refundable)

“This was my first trip to Africa. What away to explore Kenya, a really good mixture of sight seeing, and immersing into Kenyan life. From eating a meal at Carnivore to partying in a township in the Maasai Mara where there was no other tourists with well informed guides and a fun packed itinerary. This is a trip not one to miss. I loved it and would definitely book another tour. I found Jessi to be fun, informative, knowledgeable and organised. I think you would be hard pushed to make this tour any better. I still don’t know how you did this on this budget.” 

EMILY | UK

Tour Highlights

WEEK 1

  • Explore exciting Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, on a historical and cultural tour of the city.
  • Visit Bunce Island, a former slave-trading post and important historical site.
  • Freetowners know how to party so maybe you can 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 Tacugama and enjoy a picnic lunch.
  • Stay in eco-lodges at the sanctuary amongst birds, butterflies and wild 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 on an inland island on the River Moa.

WEEK 2

  • 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.
  • Visit the Gola Rainforest National Reserve.
  • 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 remote 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 beautiful beaches.
  • Try all the amazing 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.

Itinerary

DAY 1:  Freetown

Dinner

The Country Lodge (or similar)

None

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.

DAY 2:  Freetown

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Country Lodge (or similar)

Freetown City Tour

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 those who want to can sample the local nightlife scene.

DAY 3: Tacugama Chimp Sanctuary

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (or similar)

Jungle Hike, Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary Tour

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.

DAY 4 – 5:  Rogbonko Village Retreat

2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner

Rogbonko Village Retreat

All Village Activities

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 chance 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 and learning to make local food.

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

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

DAY 6 – 8:  Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary/Gola Rainforest National Park

3 x Breakfast, 3 x Lunch, 3 x Dinner

Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary (or similar)

Gola Rainforest National Reserve, Guided Hike on Tiwai island, Scenic Boat Tour on the River Moa, Traditional Cultural Dance Performance

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.

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, visit the Gola Rainforest National Reserve, 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!

DAY 9 – 10:  The Banana Islands

2 x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch, 1 x Dinner

Dalton’s Banana Guesthouse (or similar)

None

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 (to shipwrecks) and various watersports such as water skiing and rubber rings!

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

DAY 11 – 12:  The Turtle Islands

2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner

Camping

Turtle Islands Expedition

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!

DAY 13 – 14:  Bureh Beach

2 x Breakfast, 1 x Dinner

Lumthumbul Gardens (or similar)

None

From the Turtle Islands, we’ll head to our penultimate destination, stunning Bureh Beach 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.

Along the peninsular there are all of the usual beach activities and there are also a few good surf spots along the coast too.

Those who don’t fancy the water can venture inland to do some hiking, spend time in the village or you can do nothing!

DAY 15:  Sussex Beach

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Florence’s Resort (or similar)

None

Heading up the peninsular, we’ll spend our last day on Sussex Beach, just outside of Freetown.

Here you can relax, top up your tan or take a trip into the city for some last minute souvenirs.

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

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!

DAY 16:  Departure Day

Breakfast

None

None

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).

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.

What’s Included?

SUPPORT

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

MEALS

15 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 13 dinners.

ACCOMMODATION

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

TRANSPORT

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

Gola Rainforest National Reserve

Guided Hike on Tiwai island

Scenic Boat Tour on the River Moa

Traditional Cultural Dance Performance

3-Day Turtle Islands Expedition

Goodbye Meal at Franco’s

What’s Not Included?

      • Flights.
      • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you).
      • Visas (if needed).
      • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
      • Travel/health insurance.
      • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Transport for optional activities
  • Tips for local guides.

COME WITH US ON THE ROCK MY ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!

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