Sierra Leone

A brutal 11-year civil war ended in 2002 and Sierra Leone has achieved stability since then. The country is being slowly rebuilt, and possesses excellent beaches around the capital, Freetown which also has some interesting colonial architecture which (just!) survived the war. The tiny town of Bonthe in the south has better examples.

Massive deforestation took place during the war, and there are no major parks comparable to what neighbouring countries have to offer. As very few roads are tarred, transport within the country is difficult despite its modest size. But in parts of the interior hospitality can be excellent and Sierra Leoneans have a reputation for friendliness.

Country

Sierra Leone flag

Why you should go:

Because the war is well and truly over.

Why you shouldn't:

It may be a better place in ten years.

Map of Sierra Leone