Black Johnson – Blight or Blessing

Sierra Leone’s chattering classes are up in arms. The focus of their online fury? Government plans to locate a fishing harbour at Black Johnson Beach. No matter that few of us could find it on a map and fewer still have been there, the issue has united disparate voices like little before it. Located in […]

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Lac’s Villa – Freetown’s Hidden Oasis

Arriving at Lac’s Villa, being greeted by this panoramic display of its eco-friendly landscape instantly informed me of the tranquil gratification I was bound to experience in their arms. At that moment, I realised why it is fondly dubbed, the-best-kept-secret-in-town. The lush tropical styled establishment has this instant surge of attraction crafted within its borders. […]

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A Word of Thanks – VSL’s Bimbola Carrol Receives Award

We are proud to announce that Bimbola Carrol, founder and manager of Visit Sierra Leone, received the Eminence Africa For Excellence award in the category of Entrepreneurship – Tourism. Receiving this award is a great honour, of course, as it shows appreciation of the efforts Bimbola has made to advance his company, as well as […]

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Freetown on a budget

There is something odd about the leone. At first, you might be impressed by the sheer volume of the currency. A 50 dollar note buys you a packet of bills that barely fit a wallet. And once you find out a taxi ride is 1,500 leones (20 cents), it seems like you’ve hit the jackpot. […]

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Travel upline – To the Provinces

You’ve heard good stories about Makeni (insert link to article) and Kabala and you’d like for to venture inland. Now, how do you get there? It is recommended to rent a car with driver (link to car rental service), especially since many roads are still under construction or full of potholes. This slows any vehicle […]

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The coffee lovers’ guide to Freetown

Imagine: you are used to ordering an Ethiopian Arabica almond milk dry cappuccino, which magically appears within three minutes, crafted by the tattood- barista on your way to work. It might cost you 4$, but hey, who said heaven was cheap? Now, on your well deserved holiday to the tropical paradise called Sierra Leone, you […]

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The best Sierra Leonean drinks

Every country has their own specialties when it comes to beverages. In Sierra Leone, the best drinks are fresh, cheap and perfect for the hot tropical climate. Here are five drinks that should try out when visiting Sierra Leone. Bissap Bissap is the Sierra Leonean name for brewed hibiscus flowers with added vanilla and sugar. […]

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Getting your Leones in Freetown – Foreign Exchange

It can be a bit complicated to get your Leones and payment options are limited. Not many enterprises accept credit card payments and debit cards are almost useless. The best way to go around is to have Leones in cash that you either get through exchanging on the black market or withdraw from ATM’s. Black […]

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Homegrown: Meet 21 yr old entrepreneur Hannah Tawarally

Meet Hannah, a 21 year old entrepreneur. She is currently studying business and finance at LICSSAL Business College, but that’s not all she does. Hannah is a budding entrepreneur and runs “Coffee Couriers” – selling authentic Sierra Leone coffee. Like most entrepreneurs, she fell out of adversity and into business. After she completed her Senior […]

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Night Life, Night Clubs, Bars

Sierra Leoneans definitely love and know how to have a good time. While Freetown is not exactly brimming with night clubs, there is a a fair amount of local bars around. Alcohol is relatively cheap in most places and the advice is to party responsibly and be safe, beware of ‘kolonkos’ (prostitutes) and also know […]

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