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An Inspiring Country Sierra Leone

Aug 18, 2007
The main option of getting to Sierra Leone is by air and land but you can also get there by sea.

The name Sierra Leone dates back to 1462, when a Portuguese explorer sailed down the coast of West Africa. There seems some dispute whether it was the shape or climatic conditions that influenced Pedro da Cintra to come up with Sierra Lyoa meaning Lion Mountains.

with tremendous potential from the tropical paradise of rain forests to white sandy beaches, Sierra Leones heritage, history and sophistication happily co exist with nature to create a unique harmonious ambience.

A vaccination certificate for yellow fever is required if arriving from or via an infected area. It is advisable to take anti malaria tablets and consult your doctor or travel agent at least six weeks before travel, on what other precautions should be taken when travelling to tropical regions.

Sierra Leone reflects the diverse nature of the region with people from different tribal backgrounds. These differences can be seen in the traditional music and performances of local cultural groups. Come listen to the drums of the Temne or watch the dances of the Mende. See the fire eaters or watch the Mask Devils dance.

The people of Sierra Leone welcome visitors and are proud to show off their country. There are few social restrictions though sensitivity is suggested in the more rural areas. English is widely spoken in Freetown though krio and tribal languages are more prevalent in the countryside. Translators are available.

Greetings are important in Sierra Leone. Business meetings usually begin with a formal exchange of cards and introductory speeches. Social gatherings are less formal. Always ask permission before taking pictures of nationals. In most cases they will be happy to comply especially if you send them a copy of the picture. The government discourages begging of any kind.

The largest fishing grounds for shrimp in West Africa along with tuna, snapper, mackeral, lobster and crab mean that Sierra Leone fishing can make a considerable contribution to the economy.

For the fishing enthusiast, Sierra Leone offers a good playground. You can see the sea from almost any point in Freetown which gives you a sense of the opportunities.
Recreational fishing is mostly done during the weekends with boats available from the aqua sports club.

Work is now complete on the refurbishment of the fishing camp at Bonthe on the Sherbro Islands in Sierra Leone.

Bonthe is a remote, attractive, old town on a large island off southern Sierra Leone. In colonial times it used to be a major trading centre for piassava and other agricultural products.
About the Author
Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Sierra Leone Rental Site
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