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A must for travellers to Sierra Leone or anyone interested in the country
on 5 June 2009
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.