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Romantic Sierra Leone

They say Paris is for lovers, we say Sierra Leone is for lovers. The country is a mixture of vibrant city life, tranquil natural surroundings, and stunning views. Sierra Leone can provide the perfect context to make memories you will not forget. Ah, and of course, a country so picturesque makes that even easier. We’ve compiled a list of things to do for (ex/future) lovers and couples. This doesn’t mean that these places are not interesting for singles or friends; we ensure anyone will lift their spirits when visiting these spots.

1. Black Johnson

Black Johnson is one of the most underrated beaches in Sierra Leone. The positive side of this that it’s therefore secluded and quiet. No beach parties, no noise, but ecolodges on a desolate beach and fresh seafood straight from the Atlantic Ocean. Black Johnson is perfect for beach walks, sunset gazing and long swims. As it’s so far from any big city, there is no light pollution either. Say hello to bright stars and moon-lit beaches.

2. The Lighthouse

Just off Aberdeen beach, along the rocky shore, you find the centuries old lighthouse. It breathes, feels and smells old but is surprisingly well kept. Although there is nothing like an official tour, the caretaker is more than willing to take you into the lighthouse and allow you a peek through the top windows. For extra romance points you can bring some drinks and stretch out on the concrete platform next to the lighthouse. Excellent for endless gazing at the waves.

3. Sunset cruise

Watch the Freetown cityscape from a new perspective. As the boat leisurely rides along the peninsula and the sunset colours the horizon in warm tones- you’ll know why this is one of the most romantic experiences in Sierra Leone. After it gets dark, the famous mountains of Freetown seem covered with a blanket of stars. Have a dance on the boat and enjoy good food and drinks as the ocean breeze cools off all overheated heads.

On a final note, romanticism is a subjective matter. For this article we focused more on tranquil scenes and beautiful views. But of course, if fancy dinners and partying is more your thing, then there’s a lot more activities in all  the hotels,  restaurants and clubs.

Esther Kamara
About the author

Esther Kamara is a Dutch-Sierra Leonean that was born and raised in Amsterdam. After finishing her bachelor Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam she moved to Freetown, where she now works as a freelance writer and artist manager. Her brainchildren are otherworldly short stories and peculiar drawings of non-existing characters. Her contributions to the blog do not necessarily reflect the views of Visit Sierra Leone. Although she tried to be as accurate as possible, these observations are always momentarily and therefore subject to change.