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Sierra Leone has much to offer its visitors. Its magnificent sandy beaches stretches for more than 30 miles along the Peninsula coast, interspersed with tree-clad bays and coves which are easily accessible along the scenic marine drive that provides an ideal setting for holidays in the sun.

An ambitious road development programme, linking principal towns and centres throughout the country is opening up new areas of potential tourist interest.
On one of Sierra Leone's lovely beaches, the Lumley beach are modern hotels specially designed for holiday visitors. The hotels have their own cabanas on the beach, restaurants and night clubs and a casino that uniquely stands overlooking one of Sierra Leone's romantic bays.

The beaches of Sierra Leone provide a perfect setting...

Archaeological finds show that Sierra Leone has been inhabited continuously for at least 2,500 years, populated by successive movements from other parts of Africa. Sierra Leone by the 9th century, and by AD 1000 agriculture was being practiced by coastal tribes. Sierra Leone's dense tropical rainforest largely protected it from the influence of any precolonial African empires and Islamic colonization, which were unable to penetrate through it until the 18th century.

In 1462, a Portuguese explorer by the name of Pedro da Cintra mapped the hills surrounding what is now Freetown Harbour, naming the shaped formation “Serra de Leão” (Portuguese for Lion Mountains). Its Italian rendering is Sierra Leone, which became the country's name. Soon after Portuguese traders arrived at the...

High we exalt thee, realm of the free;
Great is the love we have for thee;
Firmly united ever we stand ,
Singing thy praise, O native land.
We raise up our hearts and our voices on high,
The hills and the valleys re-echo our cry;
Blessing and peace be ever thine own,
Land that we love, our Sierra Leone.

One with a faith that wisdom inspires,
One with a zeal that never tries;
Ever we seek to honour thy name
Ours is the labour, thine the fame.
We pray that no harm on thy children may fall,
That blessing and peace may descend on us all;
So May we serve thee ever alone,
Land that we love our Sierra Leone.

Knowledge and truth our forefathers spread,
Mighty the nations whom they led;...

I pledge my love and loyalty to my country Sierra Leone;
I vow to serve her faithfully at all times;
I promise to defend her honour her good name;
Always work for her unity peace, freedom and prosperity;
And put her interest above all else.
So help m God.

The Flag of Sierra Leone consists of three horizontal stripes of equal width, green at the top, white in the middle and blue below. The normal size of the flag for official use should be be in the proportion of nine (across) to six (down).

The colours of the flag have the following significance:

(a) Green for Sierra Leone's agriculture, natural resources and her mountains;

(b) White for unity and justice;

(c) Blue for the hope that Sierra Leone's unique natural harbour may make its contribution to peace throughout the world in the years that lie ahead.

The Coat of arms of Sierra Leone were designed and adopted in 1960.

The arms show a lion beneath a zizzag border, representing the Lion Mountains after which the country was named. It also shows three torches which are meant to symbolize education and progress. At the base are wavy bars depicting the sea.

The supporters of the shield are lions, similar to those on the former colonial badge. The three main colours from the shield are green, white and blue. The Green represents agricultural and natural resources, the Blue represents the Harbour of Freetown and the White represents unity and justice.

At the base of the arms is the motto Unity – Freedom – Justice

It is clear from the few archaeological findings on Sierra Leone that people lived in the present area of Sierra Leone a very long time ago. Examinations of tools discovered in a cave in Yengema suggested that people inhabited that area at least 2,500 years before Christ. These people lived in small communities. We do not know for certain who they were. By the time Portuguese traders began to appear on the West African Coast in the mid-fifteenth century, certain groups had already established themselves firmly in many areas in what is now Sierra Leone. On the coast were a host of communities such as the Baga, Bullum, Krim and Vai. The Portuguese called these coastal peoples the Sapes. In the North lived the Limbas. The Banta were found in the south-west while the Kissi and Kono lived...

The official name of Sierra Leone is the Republic of Sierra Leone, with its capital city Freetown. It is situated on the West Coast of Africa, latitudes 7° and 10° North of the equator and longitudes 10.50° and 13° West. It is bordered on the North and North East by the Republic of Guinea, on the East and Southeast by Liberia and on the West and South by the Atlantic Ocean with a coastline stretching some 300 miles

The country has a total area of 71,740 square kilometers (27,699 square miles), divided into a land area of 71,620 square kilometers and water of 120 square kilometers. The country has four distinct geographical regions. In eastern Sierra Leone is the interior region of large plateaus interspersed with high mountains, with the highest point being Mount Bintumani that...

Sierra Leone History
History Page: The Sierra Leone Web was launched in February 1996, the first niche news service on the internet. It was also the first website to archive news

The Sierra Leone Web
Home: The Sierra Leone Web was launched in February 1996, the first niche news service on the internet. It was also the first website to archive news

The Sierra Leone Daily Mail

Wilfred Kabs-Kanu and Ahmed Kamara have come together to revive the famous and cherished Sierra Leone Daily Mail...

The climate of Sierra Leone is tropical, with two seasons that determine the agricultural cycle. These seasons are the Rainy season that lasts from May to November and the Dry season from December to April. During the dry season there is a short spell of cool dry winds that blow in off the Sahara Desert. This period is refered to as harmattan period. At times during the night, temperatures can go as low as 16 °C (60.8 °F).