The Republic of Sierra Leone Tourism and Cultural Affairs has lifted the Sierra Leone Tourism and Culture to another level, making Sierra Leone a safe and welcoming travel destination. Sierra Leone has credible welcoming culture, political stability, low crime rate, and stunning natural beauty.
The decade-long war ended in 2002, some twenty-two years ago and the current political administration of the Sierra Leone People’s Party, led by His Excellency Dr. Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, is the third democratically elected president after the rebel war in Sierra Leone.
As a sovereign state, Sierra Leone is not just safe; it’s a friendly destination humbly waiting to be explored by travelers from around the world.
The visionary Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Mrs. Nabeela Farida Tunis, is benevolently filled with optimism, zest, and passion to ensure that Sierra Leone becomes a major player in global tourism.
The Honorable Minister has put in motion strategic competitive methodologies that will overshadow popular tourist hot spots in Africa, such as Gambia and the Seychelles, given the plethora of sites and activities that can be enjoyed by visitors in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone does not in any way need artificial landscaping; the country has a natural aesthetic environment surrounded by hills, valleys, bays, and lagoons, a pleasant-sounding and enriched cultural mixture that brings you closer to the everyday glory of life, coupled with a glimpse of natural hope.
The present Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs isreceptive and accommodating, like the blossoming morning flowers. She is extra-ordinarily proactive, innovative, and down-to-earth, staff members have described her as the mother of tourism and culture. “We have had good and hardworking ministers of tourism and cultural affairs, but this present minister of tourism and cultural affairs is not only the best but also the most hardworking, consultative, transparent, innovative, foresighted, and impartial minister. She works with a team, not individuals”, these were the exact words of one senior staff member at the Ministry of Tourism and culture.
Furthermore, Sierra Leone has the oldest museum in sub-Saharan Africa, which survived largely due to the commitment of its dedicated staff. The national museum is hosted by an old railway station at the junction of Siaka Stevens Street (formerly Westmorland Street) and Pademba Road. Thanks to the German Embassy for providing funds for the extensionof the national museum, which was opened in 1987 to mark the bicentenary of the founding of Freetown.
Additionally, there is a Sierra Leone National Railway Museum opened in 2005 in the old railway workshops Cline Town, east of Freetown. The railway museum has a fine collection of historical 2’6” gauge railway locomotives, coaches, wagons and related equipment from the former Sierra Leone Railway that once connected Freetown to Pendembu via the second principal city of Bo in the south and to the major town of Makeni in the north of Sierra Leone.
However, the Sierra Leone tourism and cultural sector recently joined the global tourism community and participated in Fitur and Ifema Madrid in Spain. The showpiece event took place from the 24th – 28thJanuary, 2024. The Sierra Leone delegation was led by the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, NabeelaTunis, the National Tourist Board, the Monument and Relics Commission, and private sector operatives.
During the opening session, the Sierra Leone Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Nabeela Tunis, engaged high-profile tourism stakeholders and also attended the touristic and cultura promotional meetings.
The Honorable Minister revealed to the attendees about Sierra Leone’s tourism potential as an emerging tourism hotspot that is ready and open for business. Minister Tunis overwhelmingly shared solidarity with her colleague Africa Tourism Ministers in their respective stands, a move that symbolizes Sierra Leone’s readiness to collaborate and partner for tourism growth in Africa.
There is nowhere like Sierra Leone across the world… The best time to tour Sierra Leone is now, as every season has its seasonal values.