Diverse Tourism Attractions
Sierra Leone offers investment opportutunities across 4 key segments
Sun & Sand Tourism
Is the main segment for tourism in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leonean beaches is internationally reputed for their natural beauty, pristine waters, and winter sun. The proximity to Europe (<6hrs travel) acts as a major catalyst for tourism in the European winter months. Popular beaches in Sierra Leone include Lumley, Tokeh, Sussex, Bureh, and River Number 2.
Sierra Leone has an extremely diverse wildlife which includes thousands of species of flora & fauna.
Presently, it has over 31 protected areas which offer investors an untapped potential in ecotourism. These protected areas are host to pygmy hippos, chimpanzees, and multiple species of birds.
Sierra Leone has an incredibly rich history and has potential in the back-to-roots tourism segment.
There are several opportunities for investors across the value chain such as history museums, boat cruises, and eco lodges during excursions to islands such as Bunce, Tasso, Banana and Plantain.
The Business Tourist segment has enjoyed rapid growth over the past decade growing at 9% p.a. to reach a market size of $70m+ in 2019. In the business travel segment, Sierra Leone attracts a fair share of foreign businessmen for its agribusiness & mining sectors. Sierra Leone has also been marketed as a conference hub by major hotel chains in the country.
Source: Wavted based on SLIEPA, AZ Animals, World Travel Guide, Visit Sierra Leone, Outlook Travel, World Travel & Tourism Council, World Bank
Top 5 places to visit in Sierra Leone
Tacugama Chimpanzee Reserve
The Tacugama Chimpanzee Reserve is located just outside of Freetown and was founded in 1995 by leading conservationists. Presently, it has over 100 chimpanizes on-site & the reserve is engaged in wildlife research, environmental sustainability, and conservation education.
Tokeh Beach is known for white sand, straw beach huts and long wooden pier - stretching to the sea . It is also home to several resorts catering to international tourists. The beach is located on the outskirts of Freetown and also has high-end lodging options for tourists.
The Turtle Islands are a group of 8 islands which are habited primarily by fishing communities and takes approx. 3 hrs to reach via speedboat from Freetown. The islands are known for its natural beauty especially its coconut trees, sand bars and remoteness of the island.
The Bunce Island is a place of historic significance and was a British slave trading post in the 18th Century.
In 1948, the Bunce Island was designated as Sierra Leone’s first protected historic site.
Outamba Kilimi National Park
Located near the border of Sierra Leone with the Republic of Guinea, the national park is home to several primates such as chimpanzees, hippos, elephants, rare bongo antelopes and multiple species of birds.
Source: Wavteq based on Devex, Visit Sierra Leone, Daltons Banana Guest House, CNN, International Business Times
Image Credits: Ecomadic, TripAdvisor, Banana Island, Flickr, CNN
Tourism and Experiences
Explore the countries famous heritage sites such as Bunce island, the Old Fourah Bay College and the Sierra Leone National Museum.
Visit Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary and witness Sierra Leones national animal, the Chimpanzee in the wild.
Take a trip to Gola Rainforest National Park a catalyst for sustainability and environmental protection in Sierra Leone.
Relax on one of Sierra Leones plentiful beaches such as River No.2, Tokeh, Lakka and Bureh Beach.
Quality of Life
- Sierra Leone has something for everyone, and provides a unique blend of cultures, dance, food, people and acceptance.
- Sierra Leone is a safe and friendly location with many activities to do within the city of Freetown and the surrounding provincial areas.
- Government Health Expenditure amounts to 16% of The Sierra Leone total GDP, among the highest in West Africa.1
- 33% of the government budget is spent on education.1
- Average annual temperatures of 27°C.2
1 World Bank Group, data indicators, 2018 – link
2 World Bank Group, Climate Knowledge Portal 2020 - link