Freetown is not only an interesting city bustling with life and culture, it also has several wildlife and nature sanctuaries ready for you to explore.
Put on your hat, sunscreen and walking boots and get into exploring mode. The exotic trails of Freetown are waiting for you with a number of day excursions from Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel.
Explore the exotic Banana Islands
Head to the south of Freetown to explore the Banana Islands, made up from Mes-Meheux, Ricketts and Dublin. The first island is uninhabited whereas the other two have a combined population of 900 who live in two separate villages linked by a stone causeway. There are many ways to explore the islands and surrounding areas including snorkeling, canoeing or walking the hidden trails of the rainforest. If you are lucky, you might get to see one of the endangered sea turtles.
Walk the trails of Kangari Hills Forest Reserve
If you’re up for a day trip, this incredible wildlife reserve is located 210 kilometers from Freetown and makes for a perfect excursion. The area stretches across the Tonkolili District to the Bo District and is home to an important wildlife community. This includes elephants, chimpanzees and birds. You will actually be able to see several endangered species like the Diana Monkey, Western Chimpanzee, Leopards, Forest elephants and Forest buffalo, so bring your camera and get ready for a crazy excursion.
Enjoy the beach life
If you would rather explore the beach, you can check out this list of Freetown beaches. With more than six heavenly and relaxing locations, you will have a chance to unwind in between your excursions and explorations.
Playtime with the Chimps
© Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary
If you want to be completely sure to get some cuddle time with exotic animals, head to Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary. It opened in 1995 after the owners rescued a sick chimpanzee and nursed it back to health. Take one of their tours and get to know the Chimps, including the cutest babies to the wise alpha male at the park, named Bruno. You can read more about him and his cute friends here. If you just can’t get enough and dread leaving these incredible animals you can in fact adopt one, which means that you will help provide for a chosen Chimp for a full year.
Ready yourself for fantastic excursions and put on your explorer’s hat, Freetown and Sierra Leone has an abundance of sanctuaries and nature reserves that deserve your time and attention. Welcome!