If you love holidaying in virgin territories before mass tourism arrives, Sierra Leone is just the right place for you. Sierra Leone has white sand beaches till where your eyes can reach, immersive wildlife (more than 600 species of birds and numerous primates), and an amazing culture carried by generations of Africans. Sierra Leone is untouched Africa at its best.
All inclusive resorts in Sierra Leone may not mean as much as they mean in other countries because tourism is just taking off after the infamous Sierra Leone Civil War ended in 2002. Having said that, there indeed is an all inclusive resort which you should explore – Dalton’s Banana Guest House – but more about that later.
Places to see in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. Any trip to this country should begin with the capital city Freetown. Needless to say, the first stop should be at Sierra Leone’s National Museum, located under the branches of the city’s famous Cotton Tree. The Museum displays Sierra Leonean artifacts and artworks for the tourists. The Cotton tree can be your next stop. Just in case you are wondering, not so long ago slaves used to be sold in the shade of this Cotton tree – standing under it is quite a humbling experience.
Your next stop should be the numerous beaches Sierra Leone boasts of. So much so, camera crews come from the World over to shoot their advertisements or movies in these beaches. Once you are done with the beaches of Sierra Leone, we recommend you visit Tacaguma Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Your foray into the rainforest reserves will make you want to visit this amazing African country again. If you loved this brush with wildlife, you should next try Tiwai Island Reserve, Sierra Leone’s only community conservation project.
If you have the heart for it, we also suggest a visit to the Bunce Island Slave Fort, from where thousands of slaves from Sierra Leone were sold off to the highest bidders.
All inclusive resorts in Sierra Leone
There are not many all inclusive resorts in Sierra Leone. In fact, there is only one all-inclusive resort in this country. Dalton’s Banana Island Guesthouse is a high-end property catering to all needs of a modern day traveller. Be it a business traveler, a solo traveller, a family travelling together or a romantic couple expecting some privacy… you just can’t go wrong with Dalton’s Banana Island Guesthouse. Besides Dalton’s Banana Island Guesthouse, there are three more hotels / resorts in Sierra Leone good enough to provide you an “almost all inclusive” holiday experience.
About all inclusive Dalton’s Banana Island Guesthouse
Situated at Dublin in Banana Island, Dalton’s Banana Island Guesthouse is everything that a modern day traveler aspires in an all inclusive resort. This resort offers four categories of rooms and has a restaurant, a bar and a scuba diving center near the resort itself. Various activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, angling, watersports, and boat excursions are part of the all inclusive package. Please note, that the all inclusive tag for a Sierra Leone resort is different from the way it is in other mature tourist destinations – the emphasis is more on all inclusive recreational activities.
Other recommended resorts / hotels in Sierra Leone
There are three other resorts which come close to being all inclusive – a category we like to call “Almost All Inclusive,” and they are:
Banana Island GuestHouse: This is a community owned and run resort situated at the southern most tip of Peninsula Beach. Banana Island Guesthouse is only accessible by boat from Kent Beach on the mainland. When we last checked this popular guesthouse had six rooms, which means you need to book early.
The Place Resort: This 15-acre resort is located 10Kms from the center of Freetown. The Place Resort is popular amongst locals for hosting weddings, private parties or conferences. Their fine dining restaurants dish out French cuisine, Mediterranean flavours or African flair – the choice is yours.
Tokeh Sands Beach Resort: Needless to say this beach is on the Tokeh beach, one of the finest in the country. If you just want to relax, this is the almost all inclusive resort for you.
Note: Thanks to the Ebola Virus, not many travellers are lining up to experience the amazing country that Sierra Leone is. As of now, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a Level 3 warning against travelling to Sierra Leone – this means, travellers to Sierra Leone are advised against non-essential travel, they are advised to follow high levels of precaution and they are expected to come back into US of A through one of the airports doing enhanced screening. Do check on the latest advise before traveling to Sierra Leone.