Over the past weekend , your favorite Ajala visited Sierra Leone, the land popularly known as the “Lion Mountain” where I had a short but sweet trip .I flew Africa World airline (AWA) and it was a 3hour 30 minutes flight, which included a stop over in Ghana for 40 minutes . Sierra Leone is an ECOWAS country , hence I was able to use my ECOWAS Passport for the journey travel.
Upon arrival and as at the time of writing this post, you need to do a COVID test at the airport which I already paid for before my arrival in Freetown Airport (Find more information here ). The process was seamlessly and it is important to note that if you are not fully vaccinated or not vaccinated you are required to quarantine , but if you are fully vaccinated, your vaccine card will be requested for and you would be allowed to leave the airport freely like I was able to . Furthermore, if you are staying in Sierra for not more than 3 days like I did, you don’t have to do a test for the second time when leaving Sierra Leone (also known as ‘Salone’).
After my test , I was surprised to find out that, the Freetown international airport which we thought was an Airport in the city of Freetown was actually located on the outskirt of Freetown across a river channel in a place called Lungi. So after arriving at the airport, we had to take a water taxi (speed boat) from Lungi to Freetown which is the capital of Sierra Leone. See all the highlights here !
The ticket from the Airport to Freetown was 400,000 Sierra Leone’s or $40 Dollars . A bus takes you from the airport to the boat dock where we boarded the 25 minutes boat ride to Freetown . I later got to know that there is a road trip afterwards that takes up to 3 hours but I didn’t explore it. Secondly, I am not a fan of road trips, so I still chose the waterways when I was leaving Freetown to get to the airport. However if you have phobia for water, you can explore the road option whenever you visit Sierra Leone but ensure you make prior arrangement as this option wasn’t available at the airport .
We checked into our hotel where we stayed at Radisson blu in Freetown which is in the center of the town and close to the beach. We couldn’t do much on the first day more than have dinner and head straight for the bed .
The next day I visited the River 02 Beach where I had a great time like the BeachHead that I am. Probably the best beach in the World.
From the beach , I booked a Freetown Keke (Tricycle) tour which I highly Recommend where you get to see the city in a Keke for 3 hours . However I had a short time so I used 1.5 hours but the guide did a great job showing us around . We visited the colonial houses where, interestingly civil servants still live there till date . One of the Colonial buildings which was exceptional was called the “White House” which we were informed that Queen Elizabeth stayed when she visited Sierra Leone to give them their independence in……..
From the colonial house, our guide showed us the presidents lodge , a couple of embassies before we proceeded to stop by at Umoja “Swahili word for “Unity”) which shows the unity that exists within the people of Sierra Leone.
We stopped by at the Sierra Leone museum but sadly it was closed and right opposite the museum is the famous cotton tree which dates back to about 500-600 years . The tree is very huge and was such a lovely sight to behold .
A few meters from the museum is the first church in Sierra Leone which was founded in 1808. As we drove by , we saw the biggest hospital which was meant for slaves when they first arrived in Sierra Leone for them to get checked. We drove around a bit more to see the main port where the colonial masters and slaves come from which today helps to power electricity in the city . I couldn’t visit the rest of the places as I had to rush to meet the boat heading to Lungi for my flight .
I enjoyed my short stay and look forward to visiting soon again . You can catch more highlights on my Instagram here and I hope you have enjoyed seeing Sierra Leone through my eyes.
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