Sierra Leone Cultural Immersion

Freetown, Sierra Leone

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Bea Adventurous
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7 reviews
Apr 28 - May 1, 2024
Group size: 1 - 12
Sierra Leone Cultural Immersion
Freetown, Sierra Leone

Bea Adventurous
  • Email address verified
7 reviews

Apr 28 - May 1, 2024
Group size: 1 - 12

About this trip

Are you heading to Sierra Leone for the Street Child Challenge? Then this is the perfect add-on to give you a well-rounded understanding of Sierra Leone, its culture, history, and wildlife.


I first joined Street Child in Sierra Leone in 2022 and I completely fell in love not only with the work they do but also with the people and the country. Having had the opportunity to explore beyond the Street Child Projects, I realised there was so much more value to be had by taking an extra couple of days to learn more about this hidden gem of a country. 


I invited some of the Street Child Challenge participants to join me last year and they too felt the same way. You will get so much more from the whole experience if you have a rounded understanding of the challenges that Sierra Leone has faced. So why not kickstart the fun a few days early and join me on an adventure of a lifetime? 


Sierra Leone is the perfect introduction to West Africa. 20 years after the bloody civil war ended, Sierra Leone is now one of the safest countries in the region, making it the ideal spot for intrepid travellers to explore one of the lesser visited countries in the world!


I’m looking for individuals who are prepared to step outside their comfort zone though. There is no doubt that Sierra Leone is a beautiful country with some of the kindest people you will meet anywhere. However, it is also one of the poorest countries in the world. There is no well-oiled tourist infrastructure here, so you will definitely need a sense of adventure! If you like the sound of that then make sure to sign up! 

What’s included

  • Ke-Ke (tuk-tuk) tour
    Get under the skin of Freetown with fun female lead tour
  • Cooking Class
    Learn to cook traditional Sierra Leonean dishes
  • Bunce Island Tour
    Learn about West Africa's transatlantic slave trade
  • Tacugama Chimpanzee
    Visit the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary and see first hand the amazing work that is being done to protect these amazing primates
  • Lunch at Tasso Island
    Take a dip in the sea before enjoying a delicious lunch
  • All transfers
  • Accommodation
    3 nights stay at Stafford Lodge - a home away from home

What’s not included

  • Flights
  • Meals not specified
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Souvenirs
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional Activities

Available Packages

Sierra Leone Cultural Immersion
£600
Deposit: £50

Itinerary

Day 1
Let the Adventure Begin

 

  • Say goodbye to everything you know and jump on a plane for the adventure of your life.
  • I’ll meet you at Lungi Airport, and together we will tackle our first adventure: taking the boat from the airport to Freetown, where our hosts for the night will meet us to take us to the hotel. Last time the door fell off the boat! I said it would be an adventure!
  • Stay the night at The Stafford Lodge with Dori and her fantastic team.
  • Dinner included.

Your Organizer


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Bea Adventurous
7 reviews
Welcome to Bea Adventurous! I have a passion for exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations through the eyes of locals. No big tour companies or international hotels. Instead, I find individual guides, family-run businesses, and independent hotels with whom to experience a destination in the most immersive possible way.

Reviews

Bea’s cultural immersion experience in Freetown was the perfect introduction to Sierra Leone. Bea is a great tour organizer and experienced in interacting with locals. She is completely unflappable and identified some fantastic experiences, such as a boat to Bunce Island followed by a quick swim and lunch on the beach. Her local contacts are great and provide first hand knowledge about the country. The whole experience was stress-free and wonderful. Thank you Bea!
By Christiane N for Sierra Leone Cultural Immersion on May 22, 2024
Bea was an amazing tour guide. She was so knowledgeable, organised, relaxed and had a wonderful network of contacts which made for the most wonderful, and fun trip. I was nervous about visiting Sierra Leone particularly in relation to my personal safety, but being with Bea I immediately felt comfortable in her knowledge of the area and understanding of the culture which alleviated any worries I had. She had a good knowledge of the area, communicated well with locals, took us to areas that were not on the usual tourist trails with inspiring tour guides which really completed the trip. The accommodation/bars/restaurants that Bea chose for us had been done carefully to ensure a wonderful balance of culture, budget, and tastes for everyone in the group, whilst still embracing the true ethos of embracing the locals and directing our expenditure to the local economy. Bea is a relaxed and knowledgeable traveller and I would jump at the chance to travel with her again. She worked hard to ensure the group bonded and was equally approachable if any issues needed to be raised !
By Georgie H for Sierra Leone Cultural Immersion on May 13, 2024
This was just the most amazing trip! I joined Bea Adventurous Cultural Immersion as I was heading to Sierra Leone for a charity marathon and wanted to understand more of the country and its culture. We spent three days in Freetown, touring the city in "KK"s (three wheeled taxis - an experience in itself!), a visit to Bunce Island to learn about the history of the slave trade, a culinary class that included a trip to a local market to buy (haggle for?!) the ingredients and a visit to a Chimpanzee sanctuary. Bea is a fantastic guide, her understanding of the local culture and people is very valuable on a trip to a location like this, and I felt comfortable, safe and welcome everywhere we went. Thank you Bea, and look forward to travelling with you again!
By Douglas S for Sierra Leone Cultural Immersion on May 13, 2024
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This was the trip of a lifetime! Bea and Malaki were an amazing team and created days filled with adventure, incredible animal sightings and knowledge, and overall so much fun. Malaki, our wonderful tour guide, is hilarious and kept the energy up and you can tell is truly passionate about what he does. We got to experience unforgettable culture, landscape, people, music, food, and breathtaking wildlife. Highly highly recommend!!
By Allia B for Epic 7 Day Safari (Tarangari, Ngorongoro, Serengeti) + visit 2 tribes! on May 11, 2024
I was lucky enough to join Bea on the Sierra Leone Cultural Immersion tour and it was fantastic. We spent some time learning about the history of Sierra Leone, cooking, eating and visiting the Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Bea found excellent local guides to talk us through the history of Freetown as well as the slave trade on Bunce Island, as well as explaining the current issues of the country. It was a perfect introduction to this amazing country. Bea perfectly balanced all the elements of relaxing and learning so we had time to process what we heard and saw as well as enjoy beautiful sunsets on the beach. At all times I felt safe and completed trusted Bea's judgement on what we should do when. I look forward on joining her on another adventure in the future.
By Elizabeth W for Sierra Leone Cultural Immersion on May 10, 2024
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