Where to stay in Sierra Leone
There are a number of hotels in Sierra Leone of international standard with air conditioning and swimming pools, based in Freetown and its suburbs. It is always advisable to make reservations in advance. Additionally, there are luxury hotels located on the peninsula at Lakka and Tokay. Hotels in the interior are rare, although in Bo there are now hotels which are of international standard. There are also government rest houses, for which application must be made to the Ministry of the Interior; guests must bring their own linen.
Options in Freetown include Country Lodge Hotel (tel: +232 77 692 000;www.countrylodgesl.com) which has a swimming pool and dining area overlooking Freetown’s Lumley Beach area and Aberdeen Creek. It is slightly pricey, but this is compensated by the location and VIP feel.
Family Kingdom (tel: +232 76 777 949;https://fkresort.com/) is another resort located near Lumley Beach and offers a variety of accommodation options with views on the main beach stretch. It has a restaurant, entertainment facilities and is near to many of the beach bars where you can sip on ‘sundowners’ whilst watching the locals play football on the beach.
In Bo, Dohas Hotel and Restaurant (tel: +232 79 944 444;http://www.dohashotel.com/) offers relatively good quality rooms with a nice restaurant serving local and European food. Sir Milton (tel: +232 76 642 530) is also in the centre of Bo and has an internet café, restaurant and good quality rooms.
Bed and breakfast
A number of guesthouses can be found in Sierra Leone, with many located in and around Freetown, particularly in the Aberdeen neighbourhood. Lakka Beach Resort (tel: +232 80 083 933;https://www.lakkabeach.com) is a small guesthouse located on an island just off Lakka Beach. At a distance of 10km (6 miles) outside of Freetown, along the peninsula, the resort is an idyllic place to rest away from the hustle and bustle of the capital.
Camping is uncommon, but it can be done in Sierra Leone. Tiwai Wildlife Sanctuary (www.tiwaiisland.org), for example, offers camping possibilities in a jungle setting, from where you can explore the primary rainforest to look for chimpanzees, endangered monkeys and the elusive pygmy hippo.
It is also possible to camp in local communities around Sierra Leone, providing that you visit the village chief first to ask him/her for their permission, with a gift (usually a Kola nut).
The YMCA in Freetown offers clean, cheap accommodation with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities at a reasonable rate.
Wildlife-centred retreats and eco-tourism options are more limited than in some of Sierra Leone's neighbouring countries, but accommodation is available in lodges at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary (www.tacugama.com) or in camping grounds at Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary (www.tiwaiisland.org).