November 1, 2024
Welcome to the vibrant heart of West Africa! Your extraordinary Sierra Leone adventure begins with a warm greeting at the airport by our dedicated Urban Flight Collective Sankofa Experience driver. From the moment you land, you are in good hands.
Upon arrival, our experienced driver will whisk you away to our beautiful 4-star hotel, your home away from home in Sierra Leone. The first day of your Sierra Leone adventure is all about relaxation. After your journey, you deserve some time to unwind and soak in the surroundings.
In the evening, Queenie & Lisa invite you to join the rest of the group for a formal meet and greet cocktail hour. The dress code for the evening is GREEN. Following the meet and greet, indulge your taste buds in a delectable welcome dinner hosted by Queenie & Lisa, our gracious hosts who know Sierra Leone very well and has a few surprises for you! If you aren’t too tired from your long journey you’ll get to experience a taste of the nightlife that Freetown has to offer.
Welcome to Sierra Leone, where every moment promises an adventure!
November 2, 2024
Welcome to Day 2 of the Sierra Leone Group Trip, a day that promises excitement, cultural discovery, and vibrant experiences. Get ready for an enriching Day 2 that begins with a shopping extravaganza in the bustling markets of Freetown.
In the heart of the city, these markets offer a kaleidoscope of colors, textures, and aromas. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as you explore stalls adorned with jewelry, traditional African print clothing, unique souvenirs, and stylish handbags. This is your chance to indulge in authentic Sierra Leonean crafts, each item telling a story of the local culture and craftsmanship.
But the day doesn’t stop there. Prepare to unleash your creativity in a traditional tie-dye class, a popular art form in Sierra Leone. Under the guidance of skilled artisans, you'll learn the intricate techniques of tie-dye, creating your own vibrant masterpiece to take home as a cherished memento of your journey.
At night, and after some rest, get ready to experience the energy of Sierra Leone's nightlife. Whether you prefer the rhythmic beats of local music, the laughter-filled ambiance of lively bars, or the excitement of dancing under the stars on a rooftop, Sierra Leone offers a nightlife scene that caters to every taste. With newfound friends from your group, immerse yourself in the infectious spirit of the locals, creating memories that will undoubtedly become the highlight of your trip.
November 3, 2024
Day 3 of the Sierra Leone Group Trip promises a sun-soaked adventure at one of the country's most stunning white sand beaches. Our Sankofa Experience DJ sets the scene, filling the air with infectious rhythms of afrobeats and dancehall music, turning the beach into your private dance floor.
The day unfolds with a burst of competitive energy as we dive into our Sankofa Experience Beach Olympics. Adding to the cultural delight, local dancers and TikTok stars take the stage, offering a firsthand lesson in Sierra Leonean dance. Feel the beat, learn the moves, and immerse yourself in the vibrant heritage of Sierra Leone, capturing these lively moments to cherish forever. As the sun dips below the horizon, the day seamlessly transitions into night, and you're invited to explore Sierra Leone's nightlife.
November 4, 2024
Day 4 of the Sierra Leone Group Trip invites you to delve into the country's rich history with a visit to the iconic Bunce Island. Bunce Island stands as a poignant reminder of the region's complex past. Once a significant hub in the transatlantic slave trade, this historical site bears witness to centuries of human stories, both heartbreaking and resilient. As you approach the island by boat, the remnants of colonial architecture and the lush, tropical surroundings create an atmosphere steeped in history.
Guided by knowledgeable historians, you'll explore the island's evocative ruins, including the imposing fort, dilapidated slave quarters, and the haunting remains of the infamous "Door of No Return." These echoes of the past will transport you back in time, offering a profound understanding of the human experiences that unfolded within these walls. Feel the weight of history as you stand on the same ground where countless lives were forever altered, gaining a deep appreciation for the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. As you leave Bunce Island, you carry with you not just the history of the site, but also a sense of reverence for the strength and endurance of the people who once called it home.
November 5, 2024
Day 5 of the Sierra Leone Group Trip promises a captivating blend of wildlife conservation and cultural exploration. Your day begins with a visit to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a haven for our closest living relatives. Nestled within the lush greenery of Sierra Leone's natural landscapes, the sanctuary provides a unique opportunity to observe these intelligent and charismatic creatures in a semi-wild environment. As you observe the chimpanzees, you'll gain insight into their social behaviors, fostering a deep appreciation for the importance of conservation efforts in preserving the rich biodiversity of Sierra Leone.
Following your wildlife adventure, your journey continues with a fascinating Maroon Town tour, a testament to Sierra Leone's historical ties with Jamaica. Explore the vibrant community of Maroon Town, where the legacy of escaped slaves who formed independent communities centuries ago comes to life. Your tour includes a visit to the Maroon church, a symbol of resilience and cultural preservation. Here, you'll learn about the enduring connection between Jamaica and Sierra Leone, discovering shared traditions, music, and stories that have transcended time and continents. The echoes of the Maroon heritage will surround you, offering a glimpse into the strength of communities bound by a shared history of overcoming adversity. This immersive experience serves as a reminder of the power of heritage and the unity that can emerge from the depths of shared struggles.
November 6, 2024
Day 6 of the Sierra Leone Group Trip invites you into the heart of a vibrant village outside Freetown, promising a deeply spiritual and culturally immersive experience. This day begins with a profound spiritual interaction as you partake in a traditional naming ceremony facilitated by the village priest. For members of the African-American and Caribbean diasporas, this ceremony holds a special significance. In a private Sankofa Experience, you'll receive a traditional name, carefully chosen based on significant factors, linking your identity to the rich history and heritage of Sierra Leone. Adorned in exquisite Sierra Leonean traditional cloth, you'll be embraced by the community, making this ceremony a moment of profound connection and understanding.**
Following the naming ceremony, you'll engage in a myriad of cultural activities, deeply rooted in the traditions of Sierra Leone. Collaborate with local women to cook a traditional dish, learning age-old culinary secrets passed down through generations. As the aroma of authentic Sierra Leonean cuisine fills the air, immerse yourself in the flavors and techniques that define the local gastronomy. Meanwhile, the rhythmic beats of dancers and drummers provide a musical backdrop, enhancing the atmosphere with their energy and passion. These activities offer a glimpse into the everyday life of the village, fostering a sense of mutual respect and understanding between you and the local community.
As the day draws to a close, we will gather for a final toast, raising your glasses in celebration of the profound connections made, the cultural exchanges experienced, and the unforgettable memories created during this remarkable journey. It's a moment of reflection, gratitude, and unity, marking the end of a truly transformative trip through the heart and soul of Sierra Leone and experiencing a Sankofa Experience group trip!
November 7, 2024
On the final day of the Sierra Leone Group Trip, the warmth of newfound friendships accompany you as you board the private ferry back to the mainland.
As the ferry glides across the waters, you carry the spirit of Sierra Leone with you, a reminder of the remarkable experiences, cultural exchanges, and profound connections that have shaped this journey.
As you head back to your respective countries, you leave behind a piece of your heart in this vibrant land, forever changed by the beauty and warmth of Sierra Leone and the Sankofa Experience.
English speaking guide for all tours and excursions
Themed welcome dinner
Transportation to and from all scheduled activities
Air conditioned vehicle
Professional & licensed driver
UFC Sankofa Experience goodie bag
7 Days, 6 Nights accommodation
All applicable guides and activity fees
All applicable local and government taxes
Flight assistance before the trip to ensure you are getting the best deal from your chosen airport
International flights to & from Sierra Leone
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Vaccinations (If applicable)
Travel & medical insurance
Personal expenses, Tips & gratuities
Entrance to parties or any other activities not mentioned In the itinerary
Anything not stated in the itinerary as covered