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Sierra Leone: Bicycle Tour Travel Guide

 

 


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by David Mozer

[An introduction and overview to travel in Africa is available by clicking here.  If you are look for a bicycle tour to this country, this link might help you.]

The information below may have been extracted from a more comprehensive "Country Supplement" to the book "Bicycling In Africa".  For information on these publications click on the links.

Instability has been the primary characteristic of Sierra Leone during the mid-1990s. In calmer times it is a beautiful lush country dominated by "village life". As we start a new century it looks like it is returning to a peaceful and productive society.  You can create anyone of a number of loops within the country and get a sense of the culture. The southern half of the country tends to be more rolling and the northern half of the country tends to be more mountainous. There are two routes from Freetown to Liberia. Both follow the main highway past Kenema. At Joru, if you turn south you can enter Liberia near the coast. Turning northeast you pass through a region known for its agriculture, crafts and beauty, and can reach Liberia through Foya. There are a number of routes to Guinea. The most direct route to Conakry is the least mountainous.  As peace returns to Sierra Leone we will update this page.

Many of the interior roads are still not paved so weather can play a factor in mobility.  The dry season is roughly November to April.  In this period, the coolest temperatures are usually before February and the highest temperatures in April.

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Regional Resources:

Guinea
Liberia

 

 
 

 

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