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Sierra Leone is a country of dense tropical rainforest, mangrove swamps and gorgeous beaches. It boasts a variety of natural resources, including diamonds, titanium, bauxite, gold, iron, ilmenorutile, platinum, chromite, manganese, cassiterite, and molybdenite.

Agricultural exports include coffee, cocoa, ginger, palm kernels, palm oil, cassava, bananas, citrus, peanuts, cashews, plantains, rice, sweet potatoes, vegetables, cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, and fish.

Sierra Leone was a British colony to which freed slaves returned in the late 1700's. After Independence in 1961, successive governments were dominated by a small political elite who profited from the diamond trade. In response an armed insurrection was formed.

Dissatisfied with the government, the military took power in 1991. The Revolutionary United Front was formed in opposition, and civil war continued until 2002.

Today Sierra Leone is a constitutional republic. Regular tours will resume in Sierra Leone when ebola is sufficiently rare. If you are interested in visiting, contact us about a custom tour.

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