The vibrant and energetic capital city of Freetown is located in the Western Area of Sierra Leone framed by the majestic Sierra Lyoa mountains rising behind it. It is divided into the Western Rural area, comprising Waterloo, Koya, the mountain axis and York. The heart of the city, which sits at the mouth of the largest natural harbour in the world, is in the Western Urban area and is divided into Eastern, Central and Western sections.
The Northern Province is one of the four provinces of Sierra Leone sharing boundaries with the Republic of Guinea. The provincial headquarter is Makeni and it is approximately two and half hours from Freetown and has good road network. This region is a potential paradise for eco-tourism and adventure tourism. It has ranges of Mountains, Hills, Valleys and Wetlands; comprising unique and endangered species. It is also home to Outamba Kilimi National Park.
The Eastern Province is famous for diamond and gold mining activities within heavily forested hills. It is a place of unrelenting beauty, home to rich biodiversity in the country’s first rain forest National Park at Gola Forest with jungle-covered green hills, rare birds, aged trees, chimps and the odd pygmy hippo. The area is perfest for adventure lovers. Travelling from Freetown to Kenema takes around five hours by four wheel drive vehicle.
The geography of southern Sierra Leone, as of much of West Africa’s south west-facing shores, is that the coast itself tends to be indistinct and often miles from the nearest road. The coast is entirely separated from the mainland and thus the town of Bonthe and the Turtle Islands are adrift in the Atlantic. Southeast of Bonthe, the surf hits a tremendous, unbroken beach, which stretches 110m to the little port of Sulima on the Leberian border.