Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Overview

Sierra Leone is a small country situated on Africa’s western “bulge,” north of the equator, between Guinea and Liberia. Sierra Leone, a former British colonial possession, became independent in 1961. It remained a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Freetown is the country’s capital, and was founded in 1787 as a settlement for freed slaves.

Eighteen miles from Freetown at the mouth of the Sierra Leone River stands the historic fort on Bunce Island, the biggest slave-trading fortres, where thousands of slaves were shipped to North America. Sierra Leone’s National Parks are protected within conservation areas such as Outamba Kilimi National Park, the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary outside of Freetown, and the Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary on the Moa River.

CLIMATE

Sierra Leone has a rainy, tropical climate. The dry season lasts through January and February in the south, and from December through March in the north. Temperatures average from 77 to 81 °F (25 to 27 °C) except in the extreme north, where a greater variation of temperature occurs.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Freetown
POPULATION: 6.2 million
LANGUAGE: English
CURRENCY: Leone
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 230V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +232
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +0