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Best Hiking Trails in Sierra Leone

Overview

Sierra Leone, a western African country on the Atlantic coast, has a few mountainous areas to explore but little hiking infrastructure.  The main areas for hiking are in the Western Area National Park, on the Freetown Peninsula, and the Loma Mountains in the northeast of the country where the highest peak, Mount Bintumani, can be found.  There is a lot of potential, particularly in the mountainous Freetown Peninsula, but not many established trails. The best months to hike in Sierra Leone are November to May. Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Sierra Leone. 

Capital: Freetown

When To Hike in Sierra Leone?

November – May: Dry period
June – October: Rainy

Climate: Tropical – dry and rainy seasons. 

 

Sierra Leone Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: A guide is recommended for any hikes you do in Sierra Leone due to absence of marked trails.

Transportation required: Sturdy vehicle

Where to stay in Sierra Leone for hiking:

  • Freetown
  • Koidu Town 

Most popular hikes in Sierra Leone

There are two mountainous areas to explore, one on the Freetown Peninsula, in the southeast (on the coast), and one in the Loma Mountains and Tingi Hills in the northeast. There are smaller, hilly areas in various parts of the country, such as the Bumban hills. Highest Mountain: Mount Bintumani (1945 m) in the Loma Mountains.

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Tingi Hills Forest Reserve

Loma Mountains No Hunting Forest Reserve

  • Contains Mount Bintumani, which you can hike

Long Distance Trails of Sierra Leone

  • Mount Bintumani

Sierra Leone's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Sierra Leone Hiking Books: No hiking specific books

  • Sierra Leone, by James Knight, ‎Katrina Mason, ‎2018, Bradt Travel Guides – https://amzn.to/3J3sOna
  • Lonely Planet West Africa, by Anthony Ham and Michael Grosberg, 2017, Lonely Planet Publications – https://amzn.to/4cIIF8a

 

Best Hiking Trails in Sierra Leone:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Mount Bintumani – Loma Mountains
  • Picket Hill – Freetown Peninsula
  • Leicester Peak – Freetown Peninsula
  • Tingi Hills hikes

 Easy Hiking Trails in Sierra Leone:

  • Camel Hill – near Binkolo
  • Gola National Forest trails
  • Bumban Mountains hikes

 

Sierra Leone Hiking Websites: Not a lot of hiking specific websites

 

Sierra Leone Official Tourism Site:  

 

Sierra Leone Hiking Apps: 

 

Sierra Leone Hiking & Road Maps:

What Else To Do

  • Bunce Island – slave history
  • Beaches 
  • Gola National Park 
  • Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Other Important Points