Sierra Leone is located on the west coast of Africa covering 71,000 sq. kms. The swampy coastal plain, dominated by mangrove forests, is interrupted by the Freetown Peninsula. The interior plateau varies from savannah grass- lands to undulating forest. The country is rich in iron and diamonds.

The climate is tropical with high temperatures all year round. The wet season is April to November and the dry season from December to March. The coast is wettest.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Exploring the Atlantic coastline of Sierra Leone can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on entry and return to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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