Best things to do in Freetown

Let us get you through best things to see and what to visit in Freetown. Carefully selected sights by our users. Places to go, most interesting spots what to do. Simply top Freetown tourist attractions and sightseeings.

Freetown, Sierra Leone

The Cotton Tree

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The Cotton Tree is a Ceiba pentandra, also known commonly as a kapok tree, a historic symbol of Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone. According to legend, the "Cotton Tree" gained importance in 1792 when a group of former African American slaves, who had gained their freedom by fighting for the British during the American War of Independence, settled the site of modern Freetown. These Black Loyalist settlers, called "Nova Scotians" because they came from Nova Scotia after leaving the United States and before they decided to go back to Africa or, "Navatians" in Sierra Leone, founded Freetown on March 11th 1792.


Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Outside Freetown and will require a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Follow the Regent road through Hill Station and Leicester. Watch for the entrance on the right. Open twice daily at 10:30AM & 4PM 7 days a week by appointment. Le 30,000 (approx. 10 USD), Le 15,000 for children.

Lumley Beach

The main public beach close to Freetown itself facing the Atlantic with shops, restaurants, hotels, golf course, as well local clubs. The beach is popular for football, running and is normally crowded on holidays and the weekend. It is often not too clean and in September 2015 was inundated by huge quantities of sea weed washed in from the Atlantic. Demolition of all of the (illegally) constructed beach bars has not improved the beach. 2016: cleaning crews clean the beach daily. A paved pathway now runs the length of the beach, popular for walking and jogging, especially when the tide is in.

Hamilton Beach

Unfortunately this beach has become a mining site.

Sussex Beach

The popular Franco's restaurant is here. Nice setting, good food but really slow service.

No. 2 River Beach

Driving further, for another 20 minutes will get you to No. 2 River Beach. The villagers have set up a community project to look after this stunning beach and river outfall. There are some small craft shops and a bar serving cold drinks and fresh fish/lobster. If you are old enough to remember the 1970s Taste of Paradise commercial for the Bounty chocolate bar, this is where it was filmed.

Tokeh Beach

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