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Katrina Manson , James Knight
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6 May 2009 Bradt Travel Guides
This is the only guide, in any language, devoted solely to Sierra Leone. Armed conflict ended here in 2002; while still poor, the country is safe and offers tremendous opportunities for English-speaking travellers. This guide gives details and maps of its miles of palm-fringed beaches that are among the best in West Africa. It covers deep-sea fishing and wreck diving, snorkelling, canoeing and white-water rafting. It tells travellers how to island hop between Plantain Island, Banana Islands and Turtle Islands, and provides maps of hiking trails into the Nimini Hills, Bora Mountains and Gola Forest. Wildlife enthusiasts will learn where to see rare pygmy hippos, dwarf crocodiles, whales, lions and elephants; while cultural tourists are led to slaving landmarks including Bunce Island, site of the former slave fortress, and the funky city of Freetown.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 1 edition (6 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841622222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841622224
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'For those keen to discover new horizons, Bradt offers a sensible, diligently reserached guide to the country and describes the pleasures of travelling in a place where tourists are welcomed with open arms.' Frank Barrett, The Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Katrina Manson and James Knight are journalists, writers and photographers whose assignments have taken them into rebel-held territory of Ivory Coast, the deserts of southern Morocco, and on the presidential campaign trail in Burkina Faso. They are the authors of the Bradt guide to Burkina Faso.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
In the not too distant past, Sierra Leone was a thriving tourist destination with luxury hotels dotting its miles of pristine beaches. On one side lay the turqouise Atlantic ocean, on the other a stunning backdrop of forest-covered mountains. The country's troubles in the 1990s brought all that to a griding halt. The hotels closed and were claimed by the forest, while the number of tourists could have been counted on the fingers of one hand. And that remains pretty much the same to this day, even though SL's war is now a memory and the country has possibly the lowest crime rate in Africa.

For Sierra Leone's economy this has been a disaster. But for the adventurous traveller it is a rare gift. Sierra Leone is the utimate forgotten gem. It's not just off the beaten track, it's pretty much off the track full stop. And that's where this book becomes indispensable. It allows the independent traveller to make their own trail.

The amount of research that must have gone into producing this guide cannot be underestimated. To visit one district outside Freetown is a (worthwhile) feat. To have visited them all, met their chiefs, and researched their oppounities for adventure (and a decent meal) is true labour of love. I can completely understand why the Director of Tourism sounds so bowled over in his quote above. It must have been hard to imagine that such a guide would or could have been written under these authors did it. Travellers with wanderlust owe them a real debt.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide on Sierra Leone 18 Nov 2009
By Buguda
I have to admit that although I am a Sierra Leonean who has travelled widely acrosss Sierra Leone, this guide taught me a few things I did not know about my country! It is well written and tells it like it truly is. The country is as beautiful as the guide says, but the guide is also honest about the challenges a visitor might face.

Definitely the best guide I have come across on Sierra Leone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide 3 Dec 2011
I used this guide for my first trip to Sierra Leone and found it to be very useful. We travelled to Freetown, Banana Island, Bo and Tiwai Island and everything in the book was up to date and we used the phone numbers mentioned to arrange boat trips etc.

Sierra Leone is such a beautiful country and this book did it justice. My copy has now fallen apart I read it so much and I will be using it again when I go back next year to get married!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sierra Leone travel guide 3 Jan 2013
This book was a fantastic resource for me. It highlighted everything I needed to know and more, I felt confident about the content and the locals were very impressed with how much I knew about there country. Would definitely recommend.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, great country 14 May 2009
Having lived in S.L. for a number of years and traveled across Africa, i can honestly say this is the best travel guide you are going to find. The recomendations for hotels, beaches, culture, nightlife etc are honest and interesting.

the guide is simple to follow, comprehensive and far longer than other travel guides i have read on S.L.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dependable, detailed and in-depth 17 May 2009
Bradt guides have generally been fantastic.

This guide is no different as the author covers all the essentials in an easy to follow narrative which will really allow you to see the best of this amazing country.

A tried and tested guide which mare than pays for itself. An absolute must for potential travelers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 13 Dec 2013
By Regi
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I believe there is now a newer version of this published, but I'm sure much of the general content will be the same, this served my purpose to get an insight into travelling to Sierra Leone.
great delivery time, great condition
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5.0 out of 5 stars True caption of SIerra Leone 3 Jun 2013
By Ivy
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Loved this book. It gave a real view of SIerra Leone. I recommend if for those who don't know SIerra Leone and those who want to know more about Sierra Leone beyond Freetown.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't visit Salone without it!
Far and away the best guidebook for any visitor to Sierra Leone. Culturally sensitive and balanced in its assessment of the country.
Published 13 months ago by Revd Dr W Kilworth-Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars How di bodi
Useful information which I'm hoping to use on a month long trip to Sierra Leone. Enjoyed reading the additional information over and above the actual guide book.
Published 14 months ago by D. Grierson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful
Very Useful and easy to read. Not that you have much choice as I believe Bradt are the only guides that cover Sierra Leone!
Published 18 months ago by Harriet Ancock
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice guide, but severly outdated
The guide is nice and it covers a huge number of topics and places. the main problem though is that it is quite outdated and in many cases the restaurants and hotels reviewed... Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2011 by Omar
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor
I visited Sierra Leone just before the troubles, mainly Freetown. As a travel guide, this is very poor. Read more
Published on 11 April 2011 by B. Flaks
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea, wrong content - no alternative
As one of the few advertising companies in the guide, I should be interested in a very well guide with correct information. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2010 by Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant information
having been to Sierra Leone more than once, I felt this book gives an honest assessment of the country. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2010 by Mr. Gordon T. Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Travelling round Sierra Leone
This is the only travel guide for Sierra Leone. It is a useful guidebook, which I have used extensively as I have travelled round the country. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2010 by R. Flanary
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