Sierra Leone -Wonder - Explore - Discover
Country Overview Sierra Leone was Originally called Sierra Lyoa meaning lions mountain. It is a small country on the west coast of Africa lying 900 kilometers north of the equator, in the region. on the south-east it is bounded by Liberia, On the north and north-east by the Guinea. The atlantic ocean form Sierra leone's third
Sports & nature
Football: It is one of the most loved sports in the country. National and international games are played in the national stadium. Among the fans, is a hug popular English premier league and Spanish La li ga which are shown across the country in small make-shift Cinemas. Half and full time in any big game is Punctuated by loud and passionate arguments about the final details of the game. Example like MAN United VS Arsenal and Barcelona VS Real Madrid
Golf: Not popular among Sierra Leoneans. it is along the Lumley beach with a greenish view.
Swimming: No. 2 River, Bureh beach offers warm, clean water along white, golden and black-sand beaches. Banana Island is good for scuba diving and marine life and a tropical diving paradise not to be missed. Banana is 40km from Freetown. Swimming in fresh water and rivers
Boating: Aqua sport club provides organized trips where one can cruise along the Sierra Leone River or explore the glorious and many coves beaches along the coast line. Local fisher men are always happy to take visitors for boating and fishing trips in their canoes powered by an engine.
Fishing: An ideal economic activity for those living alongside the Atlantic Ocean. thanks, where barracuda, Bonita, salmon, lobster, crab and cat fish are plentiful. One can join the local fishermen in fishing villages such as Tombo, Konakri-dee, Murray town, Funkia, Lumley beach and Kent. You can also charter a boat from any of these beaches to take out on a fishing trip.
Excursions: A range of excursion are also on offer, which includes one day off shore, travelling and exploring rural Sierra Leone.
Shopping: Shopping in a local market is a chance to surround yourself with dizzying sights and smells of Sierra Leone up- Close. Whether its pungent smoking fish, Brilliantly bright fresh fruit or speedy battering at its best, you are unlikely to be disappointed at big market, The most desirable of Sierra Leone's handicrafts among, baskets weaving, wood carving, Rustic pottery and palm furniture, country cloth, Tie-dyed gara, and the heavy hu ronko cloth colored dark orange with natural dyes, come from a fast- fading tradition of the north
Nightlife in Freetown is very exciting. There are many nightclubs and casinos full of music and dancing. Lumley beach has beach bars,music cafes and some beachside clubs organised concert with the local pop band. casinos can be found in the aberdeen area. For further details, iTRAVEL can help. we are friends
Culture and history info
More than six centuries ago, tribes from the African interior decoded to settle in the virgin forest, where they will be protected on the mountain on one side and the sea on the other. they where probably the ancestors of the Limbas, the oldest ethnic group in Sierra Leone, the coastal bulloms [Sherbro], Temne and Mende
Portuguese sailors were among the first European to discover the site of what is now Freetown. As foreign influence increase, trade commence between the locals and European in the form of a barter system. the British began to take interest in Sierra leone and in 1672 the Royal African company establish fort on the high land of Bunce and york for trading. with the emergence of the slave trade, Human being became the major commodity in the market, indigenes were sold as slaves. Infact, Bounce island became a prime spot for the transportation of slaves to Europe and America.
Through the efforts of some British philanthropists, Slavery was abolish in England. A naval base was established in Freetown to intercept slave ships and also to served as settlement for freed slaves in 1787. This settlement was called the 'province of freedom' By 1792, 1200 slaves were sent to Freetown from nova Scotia and a large number from Maroon in the 1800s, the colony official became a British crown colony. Trade commenced between the indigenes and the settlers. this pave the gateway for the British to infiltrate the protectorate- the need to extend their rule became necessary. In 1896, a protectorate was declared. The country then became a single entity with a shared history, culture and language called Krio which evoked out of the factual and miss Languages of various other settlers and traders. English became the official Language.
During the colonialism, Sierra Leone served as the seats of government for other British colonies along the west coast of bounce Africa. The first college for higher education south of the sahara was establish in 1827. the country is well known for it early achievement in the field of medicine, Law and education earning the name' the 'anthems of west Africa'
Sierra Leone gain independence on the 27th of April 1961 and a republic statue on the 19th April 1971. since independence there have been many changes in the socio-political, and economic spare.
Today, under a multi party democracy, several changes have occurred on every aspect of life. the country economy is gradually picking up. The Tourism sector has enormous potentials and is steadily becoming a major player in the economy. Sierra Leone is an ideal eco- friendly holiday destination. more tourist establishments are now on the increase. Political stability and tolerance has foster a peaceful co-existence. the country is making steady progress in it socio-economic and political strides.
The country Name Sierra Leone name dates back in to 1462, When a Portuguese explorer sail down the coast of west Africa. there seen some dispute, whether it was the shape or climatic condition that influence pedro da contra to come up with "Serra lyoa"meaning Lions mountain
Some say the costal mountains looked like " lions teeth"others suggest he thought the thunder storms over the mountainous peninsula sounded like a roar of a lion. seventeen century english sailors called it "Sierra Leoa which involved in the 17th century to Sierra Leone. The British official adopt the name Sierra Leone in 1787.