Diverse Tourism Attractions

Sierra Leone offers investment opportutunities across 4 key segments

beach palm house

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

rainforest eco-tourism


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.


Cultural Tourism

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.


Business Tourism

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

Tokeh Beach

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.

turtle island

Turtle Islands

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.

bunce island

Bunce 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.

Gola Rainforest National Park in Sierra Leone

Relax on one of Sierra Leones plentiful beaches such as River No.2, Tokeh, Lakka and Bureh Beach.

No. 2 River


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

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