Geography

Sierra Leone is nestled between Guinea and Liberia on the south-west coast (the ‘hump’) of Africa, 900 kilometres north of the equator. It covers an area of 73,326 square kilometres (27,925 square miles), including some 360 kilometres (212 miles) of North Atlantic Ocean coastline offering some of the best beaches on the continent.

Sierra Leone has several breath-taking mountains, ideal for hill-walkers and climbers, including Mount Bintumani, the Wara Wara Mountains, the Loma Mountains, the Sula Mountains and the Tingi Mountains. The capital, Freetown, is situated on the northern end of the Western Area Peninsula, framed by the majestic Sierra Lyoa mountains rising 1000m (3280ft) behind it.